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Here are some highlights from the February Governing Board meetings.

Cross-border Outreach

Two memoranda of understanding with two Tijuana universities were passed by the Governing Board.

The agreements with Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Y Superior Universidad (CETYS), México, and Universidad Tecnológica de Tijuana (UTT), México hope to create and expand cross-border programs and to make student exchanges between the two countries more affordable and enticing to students.

You can read the full story here.

Salary Restoration

At the Feb. 18 Governing Board meeting, the board voted unanimously to approved a measure to repay college employees who took salary cuts during the 2012-13 school year.

The restored salary will be in employees’ March paychecks.

Prop R Update

Construction of the math, science and engineering (MSE) building could begin in summer 2015, a year earlier than originally slated.

Pushing the timeline forward on MSE construction will allow students access to the new facility earlier and increase local work opportunities through the Prop. R community benefits agreement.

MSE construction is projected to finish in 2017, congruent with the completion of the National City Higher Education Center two-story building. Performing arts center and associated parking structure construction on the Chula Vista Campus is projected to be finished by 2018.

Acceptance of Gifts

A 1979 Pierce fire engine and more than $21,000 were donated to Southwestern College and accepted by the Governing Board at the Feb. 18 meeting.

Donated funds will go to the Women’s Resource Center, the Department of Environmental Hazardous Materials Technology and the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center. The fire engine will go to the fire science program.

Brown Act Workshops

At their Feb. 25 special meeting, the Southwestern College Governing Board hosted two workshops on the Ralph M. Brown Act, a California law that regulates the meetings of legislative bodies.

Leon Schorr, a San Diego County deputy district attorney, presented the first workshop, which focused on reporting requirements for public officials.

The second was presented by Trevin Sims, Southwestern College general counsel, and addressed conflict of interest regulations.

Last updated: 3/10/2015 2:09:58 PM