The Title V Puertas al Futuro (Doorways to the Future) Project is funded by a five-year grant from the Federal Department of Education and intends to strengthen Southwestern College by implementing research-based best practices to improve the performance of underprepared Latino students so they will stay in school and complete their educational goals whether achieving a two-year degree or transferring to a four-year institution. Most academic programs and services in this project are meant to support students in basic skills courses. A description of Title V Puertas al Futuro programs and services can be found below.
For further information, please call Martha Garcia, Director, at (619) 421-6700 x5619.
FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE – This program is for new recent high school graduates with no previous college coursework. The program aims to reduce a student’s chances of dropping out of college and ensures that students are on the right path to success! Students are required to enroll in a Personal Development Course that provides resources such as priority registration for three semesters, a dedicated FYE college counselor, a College Success Team to include a peer and a faculty/staff mentor, access to free Power Study Program Tutors, information on accelerated courses and college success workshops and events. For more information contact Gary Brown, FYE Specialist, (619) 421-6700 ext. 5805.
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POWER STUDY PROGRAM (PSP) TUTORING – This program offers FREE in-class embedded tutors and out-of-class tutors for students enrolled in Basic Skills English/Writing, Reading and Math Courses. For further information on this program contact Shawna Hutchins-Williams (619) 421-6700 ext. 6662.
ESL SUCCESS PROJECT – This program offers a learning community, ESL Advocate, staff development for faculty and community building activities, success skills workshops and referrals to counseling and tutoring. The ESL Advocate is a catalyst to help students connect with college programs, services and courses so that student’s limited English language skills to not block their success. For more information, contact ESL Advocate, Angelina Barrerra at (619) 421-6700 ext. 5890.
PROYECTO ESL - Este programa ofrece una comunidad de aprendizaje, una Especialista Defensora para el Estudiante de Ingles como Segunda Lengua, desarrollo profesional para profesores, actividades para los estudiantes ESL, talleres, referencias para consejería y tutoría. La Defensora ayuda a los estudiantes encontrar programas del colegio, servicios y cursos para que el alumno de limitados conocimientos del idioma inglés logren éxito. Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto con la defensora, Angelina Barrerra al (619) 421-6700 ext. 5890.
STATWAY – The Math Department is working with the Carnegie Foundation to implement an accelerated course that teaches elementary algebra through introductory statistics in a two-course sequence. A student usually takes up to five courses to get from developmental math to college-level math in a regular non-accelerated course sequence. For further information, please contact Silvia Nadalet, Math Co-Chair, at (619)421-6700 ext. 5970
ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC & STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
ON-LINE TUTORING – On-line tutoring provides students with the opportunity to access tutoring in math and other subjects at times that fit their schedules to include evenings and weekends. For further information, please contact John Rieder, Learning Assistance Coordinator, at (619) 421-6700 ext. 5558.
SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH - The college outreach program is strengthening its outreach efforts to its primary feeder high schools in the Sweetwater School District as well as to the Latino Community. A special effort will be made to conduct outreach activities for Latino and other under-represented males because we have learned that these students are achieving at a lower rate that the general student population. For further information, please contact Jonathan King, Dean of Counseling, at (619) 482-6379.