Coming Soon: New Performing Arts Center

A rendering of the new Performing Arts Center.
Students who love performing arts will soon have a new home at Southwestern College. Southwestern College’s student-run Mariachi Garibaldi will have a new stage to perform their world-renowned music. The Dance Department will have brand new performance spaces. Student set designers will have a...

Southwestern College Gives Donovan Inmates an Early Start on Second Chances

Donovan class.
Southwestern College's Second Chance Pell Program gives inmates inside Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility a pathway to a college degree with federal financial aid while serving their sentences.

Southwestern College Ranked in 2019 ‘Best for Vets’ College

Southwestern College’s dedication to student veterans and military dependents has been recognized by Military Times with a “Best for Vets” college distinction. Southwestern College is one of only 208 schools and only one of 33 community colleges to receive the honor. The designation was given...

Chula Vista Veteran of the Year is Proud Southwestern College Graduate

Southwestern College alumnus Chris Lawerence is Chula Vista's Veteran of the Year. Lawrence is a Purple Heart recipient, a police officer with the Chula Vista Police Department and a graduate of Southwestern College's Police Academy.
In 2007, Chris Lawrence had been in about his fifth month of deployment in the Al Anabar province of Iraq when an enemy improvised explosive device went off and destroyed the bridge he and his squad of about 14 soldiers were walking over. “I was...

International Student Spotlight: Mariana Silva-Gómez

If you’ve attended campus events throughout the past year, such as the Mother’s Day Celebration, Professors and Pizza or the Jag Kitchen pop-ups, you’ve probably seen Mariana Silva-Gómez helping lead them. As the Associated Student Organization Vice President of Outreach, Silva-Gómez has helped make...

Paramedic Program Celebrates 30 Years of Training First-Responders

Paramedic student Michelle Bostrom works with other students and her professor on cardiac patient assessment.
It’s a busy day for students of the Southwestern College Paramedic Program at the Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa. They’re on a strict schedule, and four Southwestern College paramedic professors and staff members are leading them through real-world scenarios and workshops they’ll encounter...

5 Tips for Making Online Courses a Success

Rachel Perez, working on her online class at Grind House, a coffeeshop on Third Avenue in Chula Vista.
With Southwestern College gearing up to spring into the new semester, you might be scrambling to find an extra class or two to add to your already packed schedule. Instead of rearranging your entire schedule to fit in another class, you might want to...

SWC Cares Closet Helps Students Dress to Impress

Emily Lynch Morissette inside the SWC Cares Closet, a mini-boutique for students who need free professional business clothing.
The SWC Cares Closet is a mini-boutique serving all Southwestern College students who need professional clothing assistance. The Cares Closet is located in room 104B on the Chula Vista campus.

The Southwestern College Sun Inducted Into the ACP Hall of Fame

Past and former members of The Sun, Southwestern College employees and The Sun's adviser, Dr. Max Branscomb, after The Sun was inducted into the Hall of Fame on March 2.
The Sun was inducted into the Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame at its Midwinter National College Journalism Convention in La Jolla on March 1.

Twitter Thread Sparks Intense Support, Admiration for Community Colleges

Screenshot of freelance journalist Yashar Ali's tweet. Tweet reads: "Did you go to a community college? Quote tweet this and say which community college you attended and what you're doing today. I'll retweet as many as I can. People who attend community colleges deserve to be as proud as people who attend Harvard."
Amid a myriad of bleak higher education news like increases in tuition and the recent college admissions scandals, freelance journalist Yashar Ali delivered a welcome reprieve on Twitter that celebrated community colleges across the country. After he called community colleges “the backbone of our...