October 12, 2015
Southwestern College in the Community
Our newest partnership that allows Southwestern College graduates to earn a bachelor’s degree without leaving Chula Vista is getting some important regional attention.
On Oct. 2, the South County Economic Development Council presented the Regional Leadership Award to Southwestern College and Point Loma Nazarene University for providing four-year degrees to area residents. Receiving the award with me at the SCEDC Summit was PLNU President Dr. Bob Brower.
The first cohorts of students seeking bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and nursing began this fall. We’ll add another cohort in these two areas in the spring semester and begin cohorts in child development and management and relational development.
Photo: Dr. Brower and I accepting the Regional Leadership Award.
Last week, PLNU Vice President Dr. Joe Watkins and I were able to provide more information on the partnership at the monthly meeting of South County Economic Development Council members.
Photo: Dr. Watkins and I present to a full house at the monthly SCEDC meeting.
The opportunities for bachelor’s degrees in South County were also welcome news at last week’s Chula Vista City Council meeting, where I provided an update on our college’s accomplishments of the past year.
I was able to share that not only has the Point Loma Nazarene University program begun, but that Southwestern College offers the highest number of Associate Degree for Transfer majors of any community college in San Diego County. With 23 majors approved by the Chancellor’s Office, Southwestern College students have many opportunities to begin their four-year academic journey here.
Councilmembers were overwhelmingly supportive of our progress, with what we have been doing academically but also with the plans for our upcoming Proposition R projects.
Photo: Sharing our transfer success at the Chula Vista City Council meeting.
The last month has marked a renewed energy and collaboration between Southwestern College and the Sweetwater Union High School District.
On Sept. 22, we hosted a joint school board meeting where staff from both districts shared data and programs with trustees from both districts. It was the first time the two boards had met in 10 years and resulted in fruitful discussions, mutual interests to pursue and a commitment to meet again in six months.
One of the first successes is a joint counselors’ meeting being held today. Student Union East was full of energy this morning as counselors from our two districts planned activities and shared resources for creating smooth transitions for Sweetwater District graduates attending Southwestern.
Dean Bea Zamora and Operations Supervisor Zeidy Barrera worked closely with their counterparts at Sweetwater to get the most from their time together this morning.
One of my greatest pleasures is sharing the great work of our students, faculty, staff and administrators with our community.
Photo: Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Angelica Suarez and I are excited to welcome Sweetwater counselors.