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“Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program” Helps Students Majoring in Sciences Transfer to Four-Year Institution

CHULA VISTA, CA – Southwestern College today announced $10,000 in new funding to continue their participation in the “Bridges to the Baccalaureate” Program, which helps minority students pursuing a career in biomedical research earn a four-year degree. A collaborative effort between the College and San Diego State University’s Research Foundation, the program allows students to meet the transfer requirements for San Diego State University. 

“San Diego is a hub for biomedical research and it’s essential we provide Southwestern College’s students with the tools to become leaders in their field,” Denise Whittaker, Interim Superintendent/President of Southwestern College, said. “We are proud to continue this collaboration with San Diego State University giving our students a chance to continue their education and begin careers.”

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Program targets students from groups underrepresented in the biomedical research field. The program offers:

  • courses in laboratory skills, research ethics and biomedical research techniques;
  • a colloquium with research mentors; and
  • a summer internship in a biomedical research laboratory.

Classes are taught on the College’s main campus in Chula Vista. This is the 18th year the College has participated in the program.

“More than 100 Southwestern College students benefited from this exposure to university level academics,” Dr. Nouna Bakhiet, Coordinator for the Bridges to the Future Transfer Program and Director of the Southwestern College Biotechnology Program said. “Through this program, they are becoming better prepared for transfer and more successful throughout their academic progress.”

About Southwestern College
Accredited since 1964, Southwestern College is the only public institution of higher education in southern San Diego County, serving approximately 400,000 residents of communities including Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro, Sunnyside and Coronado. The College offers more than 312 associate degree and certificate options.

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