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  • The completion of the 70,000 square-foot Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa. The new state-of-the art facility opened in Fall 2007 and houses a number of signature programs including the Police Academy, Environmental Technology, Nursing, Fire Science Technology, Paramedic, Emergency Medical Technician, and International Business.
  • The completion of the 87,000 square-foot Learning Resource Center. Constructed completely with state funds, the $17 million project was the largest of its kind approved in California since 1996.
  • The consistent placement in the top 100 – or top 10 percent – of more than 1,110 community colleges nationwide in the number of associate degrees conferred for all students.
  • The ranking as the 24th highest associate degree producer in the nation for minority students.
  • The continued regional and national recognition of the student newspaper – the Southwestern College SUN – and its staff.
  • The establishment of the collaborative Project Synergy, which has been cited by the California Postsecondary Education Commission as a model for joint use facilities and building educational partnerships.
  • The completion of the Schematic Design and Preliminary Planning phase for the new Child Development Center. Funded with Proposition 47 funds, the $6.5 million Center will serve some 120 children daily and will feature six classrooms, observation rooms for Southwestern College students in the Child Development Program, a park-like setting, and much more.
  • The introduction of an electronic scheduling system – SARS – and electronic informational kiosks.
  • The completion of Southwestern College's first Cultural Exchange Excursion. Participants traveled to China where they took a boat trip down the Three Gorges and visited the cities of Beijing, Guangzhou, and Zhuhai.
  • The receipt of a $594,534 Hispanic Serving Institutions Assisting Communities grant that will fund the construction of a Family Resource Center within the new educational village at the Higher Education Center at National City.
  • The formal establishment of the "Garden of Giving" endowment fund. Designed to benefit students of the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering, the fund provides scholarships in the following disciplines: Biology and Biotechnology; Engineering; Horticulture; Mathematics and Computer Science; and Physical Science.
  • The designation as the "Best Small Business Support Organization." Awarded by the San Diego Supplier Development Council, the title was presented to the College's Contracting Opportunities Center.
  • The Paralegal program received the Legal Aid Society's Pro Bono Award for students in the program who provided services for people who could not afford to pay an attorney/paralegal.
  • Southwestern College is only one of nine community colleges in the state of California to receive renewal of three-year funding of the State Work-Study Teaching Intern Program grant. (The rest of the 13 recipients are four-year colleges and universities.) In addition, the amount has increased from $65,000 the first year to $130,000 for the current year.
  • The successful implementation of The Festival of the Nations – a cultural event that highlighted the multi-ethnic population of Southwestern College and the many different people that make this nation great.
Last updated: 2/28/2014 4:53:35 PM