By Gabriela Jimenez
                        ABOUT SWC
                        Established in 1961, Southwestern College is one of 109
    public community colleges in the state of California and the only institute of
    higher education located in the southern portion of San Diego County. Its
    location—nestled between the City of San Diego and the U.S.-Mexico
    international border on a 156-acre plot—positions it to play an important
    role in the intellectual growth of the more than 400,000 residents that call
    South County home.
   Serving approximately 18,000 students annually, Southwestern College
    offers more than 285 associate degree and certificate options. A host of
    noncredit courses designed to enhance personal and professional
    development are also offered through the College’s Continuing Education
   Southwestern College has continuously received accreditation by the
    Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Whether pursuing an A.A.
    degree, preparing to transfer to a four-year college or university, or
    acquiring new occupational skills, students attending Southwestern College
    are given every opportunity to meet their educational goals.
   History
   The Southwestern Community College District, located south of San Diego and
    extending to the U.S.—Mexico border, is one of 72 community college districts in the
    California Community College system. It serves as the primary source of college
    education for approximately 400,000 residents of the South San Diego County area
    including the communities of Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City,
    Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro, Sunnyside, and Coronado.
   The college began offering classes to 1,657 students in 1961, with temporary
    quarters in Chula Vista High School. Groundbreaking for the present 156-acre campus
    was in 1963 and by September 1964, initial construction was completed and classes
    were being held at the new campus on the corner of Otay Lakes Road and East H
    Street in Chula Vista.
   In 1988, Southwestern College established its Education Center at San Ysidro on the
    memorial site of the McDonald’s tragedy. The college again expanded its off-campus
    locations in 1998 by establishing the Higher Education Center at National City in
    partnership with San Diego State University. And, in 2001, the Board of Governors
    officially designated an additional site in Otay Mesa.
   In addition to its centers, Southwestern College also provides off-campus classes at
    several extension sites throughout the district and operates an Aquatic Center in
    Coronado in conjunction with the California Department of Boating and Waterways.
    Current enrollment—at all locations—exceeds 19,000 students. More than a half-
    million students have attended Southwestern College since opening its doors 40 years
              About the school logo
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges has continuously accredited Southwestern
    College. The college offers a comprehensive curriculum, preparing students for transfer to
    four-year colleges or universities as well as preparing students for jobs and career
    advancement. Of the more than 1,100 community colleges nationwide, Southwestern
    College consistently places in the top 100 in the number of associate degrees conferred
    SWC Logo
"Logo" is an abbreviated term for logotype, which originated as a printer's description of an icon
    and/or type combined together to present a symbolic representation, as in a trademark, for
    a business or organization.
The Southwestern College logo is one of the most important graphic elements to be considered
    in maintaining visual continuity among College publications, especially those that circulate
    off campus. It is distinctive and easy to identify.
The current logo is just the third design to be used in the history of the College. It was created
    with the intent to increase the recognition of the College in the community.
The logo consists of two parts, which must always appear together: the icon, or graphic design
    of a stylized sun, and the words "Southwestern College" using a typeface named
                             Logo part 2
Symbols reflective of the four elements of nature - sun, earth, water and fire - were used by
    native peoples of the Southwest in art, rituals and beliefs. The stylized sun of the
    Southwestern College logo contains outward radiating spokes in multiples of four. The
    design is also compatible with the Mayan architectural theme of the College’s structures.
The sun symbolizes learning as the center of the Southwestern College universe, respect for all
    people, and the life-giving elements found here. The four points on the compass are also
    represented, showing directions our students take in their educational journeys. The sun
    provides light and nourishment to keep our surrounding earth beautiful and renewed.
The Southwestern College logo reminds us of our history and positions the sun above the
    College name to light the way to the future. SWC Mascot
The Governing Board of the Southwestern Community College District formally changed the
    College’s mascot from the Apache to the Jaguar in May 2001. The decision was the result of
    approximately two years of campus discussion in response to local and national concerns
    about using people as mascots. The U.S. Civil Rights Commission had previously made a
    formal recommendation and issued a call to all schools and colleges to stop using Indian
    names as mascots and team names, deeming their use insensitive to American Indians.
                           Mascot history
   The Jaguar appears as a recurring theme in Mayan legend, frequently depicted as being associated
    with royalty, strength, beauty, power, and intelligence. Jaguars are distinguished as being the
    largest and most powerful cat in the Western Hemisphere and they are rarely aggressive toward
    humans. Unlike leopards, Jaguars never developed man-eating tendencies and coexisted with
    humans in a relationship marked by awe and respect. Although all of the big cats have inspired
    their share of myths and legends, few have played such a pivotal role in the religion and culture of
    a continent as the Jaguar. Considered to be a Mesoamerican deity, the Jaguar formerly roamed
    lands from the south of the current states of California, New Mexico and Texas in the United
    States, all the way to Uruguay and northern Argentina.

   The College’s official jaguar image was designed by Southwestern College student, Aaron Ulloa
    Chavez, and is available in two design formats, the rare black jaguar and a tawny-colored version.
    Most Jaguars are a yellowish brown with dark rosettes that resemble paw prints, but their coats
    may vary and there are totally black specimens that resemble panthers. Jaguars are in the group
    of the roaring cats and their roar has been likened to a series of hoarse coughs, which function as
    a means of proclaiming territorial boundaries and announcing their presence.
   Goals for Southwestern College
   Goals Established in 1997 and Renewed in 2002
   The following goals were outlined in 1997 as directions for the College. The goals will
    continue to set the course for the College.
   Delivering a broad range of support systems – from counseling and guidance to tutoring
    and child care – essential to ensuring successful education outcomes for a diverse student
    body that includes increasing numbers of underprepared students, students with limited
    English skills, single parents, and the economically disadvantaged.
    Fostering a balance between transfer and workforce preparation programs; strengthening
    linkages with business and industry to ensure understanding among faculty and students of
    the changing nature of the business world; and positioning the College as a key community
    resource in its international border / Pacific Rim location.
    Developing and implementing a comprehensive technology plan for the College and District
    that upgrades the technological support and related skills of all staff and provides a leading-
    edge preparation of students for transfer and employment.
    Building strong collaborative connections with K-12 schools and colleges and universities to
    strengthen learner-centered articulation programs and the transfer of students among and
    between institutions of higher education.
    Positioning the College as a key contributor to the economic development of the District
    and to the employability of its graduates and enrollees.
   Increasing the public’s accessibility to the College with innovative instructional programs.
   Enhancing community with all segments of the internal and external Southwestern
                                   CLUBS 1
   Clubs and Organizations
   Abilities Beyond Limitation through Education (ABLE)
   ACS Student Affiliates (Chemistry Club)
    ADN 2007
    African-American Student Union
    Architecture Club
    Biology Club
    Chemistry Club
    Child Development Club (MC)
    Clay Club
    Dental Hygiene Club
    Earth Science Club (Terra Incognita)
    Environmental Club
    Environmental Technology Club
    Fire Science
    Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
    In Focus
                                   CLUBS 2
   Jaguar Aquatics Club (JAC)
   Jewelry Club
   Judo
   La Expression Hispana
   Listos
   Model United Nations Club
   Nu Alpha Omega (NAO)
   Pagkakaisa
   Performing Arts Club (PAC)
   Pre-Health Club
   Psi Beta
   Puente Club
   Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
   Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
   SWC Environmental Club
   Volunteer College Club (VCC)
   Women’s Herstory Club
   1st Generation
   Counseling/Career Guidance
   The School of Counseling and Personal Development offers a comprehensive program
    designed to ensure student success. Academic advisement and individual counseling
    appointments are available to all students as well as a full range of courses in
    personal growth and development. Counselors are prepared to answer inquiries or
    talk with students about their academic performance, choice of career, personal
    goals, and transfer opportunities. The counseling faculty will assist each student in
    developing a Student Educational Plan (SEP) outlining all coursework necessary to
    achieving their goals. Appointments should be made with a counselor to discuss the
    student’s goals and develop the SEP after admission to the college.

   Spring registration start November 13, come in now to schedule a counseling
    appointment. Appointments are scheduled in the Counseling Center, 2nd floor of the
    Student Services Center, or call 421-6700, ext. 5240.
   Personal Counseling
   We understand that attending college can create added stress in your life. Students are asked to
    juggle classes, homework, part-time employment, and various personal obligations. Within the
    Counseling Center , several Marriage and Family Therapy Interns are available for individual
    appointments. The MFT Interns are currently in the last stages of training for full licensure and are
    supervised by a professional Psychologist. Should you ever feel overly stressed or feel the need to
    discuss a serious personal issue, feel free to come by the Counseling Center to schedule an
    individual appointment with confidential MFT Interns.

   Stop by the Counseling Center located on the second floor of the Student Services Center, or call
    (619) 421-6700 x 5240
   Posted hours of operation are:
   Monday 8:00AM – 6:45 PM
   Tuesday 8:00AM – 6:45 PM
   Wednesday 8:00AM – 6:45 PM
   Thursday 8:00AM – 6:45 PM
   Friday 8:00AM – 3:00PM
   Scholarships

   Located at the Student Services Center, 2nd floor (Transfer Center)
   Scholarships are monies contributed to enable various students to pursue their educational goals.
    On Campus – available the beginning of each Spring semester
    Off Campus – Scholarship Bulletin
    Boston Realty Advisors Scholarship
   The Boston Realty Advisors Scholarship is a $500 grant designed for students concentrating in Real
    Estate or planning to become involved in the Real Estate sector—this can include owning property
    for investment purposes. Recipient(s) will be notified by e-mail and by phone within two weeks of
    deadline. Scholarship Deadline: December 31, 2006.
   For more information via the Internet, click on the links below:
   Information and applications may be obtained in the Transfer Center.

   For more information contact:
   Debbie Arzaga
   E-mail:

   Phone: (619) 482-6361
   Tuition Enrollment Fee (All Students)
    .5 unit $10 per unit
    1 or more units $20 per unit
    Nonresident Tuition (In addition to $26 per unit enrollment fees)
    Tuition $ 160 per unit

    Parking Fee - Chula Vista Campus/Education Center at San Ysidro/Higher Education Center
    at National City
    Multi-vehicle/car *$31
    Motorcycle $20
    Daily Parking $3 per day
    Parking Meters $1 for 45 minutes
    Eligible Financial Aid BOGFW Recipients $20

    Health Fee - Health Fee (includes the accident insurance liability fee)
    .5 unit to 5.5 units $11
    6 units or more $14

    Student Center Fee (All students, including BOGFW B and C)
    Fee $1 per unit
    $10 maximum per academic year

    Student Activities Card
    Student Activities Card .$8
 900 Otay Lakes Road
 Chula Vista CA
 91910-7299
 (619) 421-6700

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