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GB News: From the Southwestern Community College District Governing Board

President's Message

Governing Board President Tim Nader

April 15 is the day circled on most people’s calendar. On our calendar, it was April 11.

That Monday, the team from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) visited our campus and met with our students, faculty, staff and administrators to make a decision about the College’s accreditation status. The team included Dr. Gari Browning, Superintendent/President of Ohlone Community College District and Michael Bowman, Dean of Research and Planning from Ohlone.

Full President's Message
Classified Employees: Thank You

The College District would not run without our classified employees. Every day, they make sure Southwestern College is open and operating so students can learn in a safe, productive and supportive environment.

During its meeting, the Board passed a resolution establishing the week of April 25, 2011 as Classified College Employee Week and honoring “the contributions of classified College employees to quality education in California and the Southwestern Community College District.”

Congratulations to Trustee Aguilar SWCCD Trustee Nick Aguilar

The Board was pleased to award an honorary degree to Trustee Nick Aguilar for his contributions to the College, South Bay and United States as a veteran. Aguilar's degree was recommended to the Board by the Academic Senate.

Aguilar will receive his degree at the College’s 50th Annual Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 20 at 4 p.m. in DeVore Stadium. (Commencement details)

Policy Briefs

Next meeting: May 11, 2011Among the action at the meeting, the Board voted on policies related to Special and Emergency Meetings of the Governing Board and Quorum Voting.

The Board discussed a proposed Supplemental Employee Retirement Plan, an effort by the College District to reduce expenditures as State funding continues to decline while honoring employees for their contributions.

Southwestern College Education Association members pose with banner. The Plan proposes that employees who are 55 or older and have worked for the College District for five years or more receive 85 percent of their salary, including health care, as long as they retire before June 30, 2011.

The Board also approved the Southwestern College Education Association bargaining agreement for July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2011, the product of much hard work and focused negotiation between the faculty and administration.

Following legislative action threatening workers rights in Ohio and Wisconsin, the Board passed a resolution affirming workers rights.
Funding For Our Future Small Business Development Center facade

The Board approved $462,854 in new funding from the federal Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, which provided grants to Small Business Development Centers across the country for consulting, counseling and training services.

Located at the Higher Education Center at National City, the College's Small Business Development Center provides business consulting and development training programs on technical assistance and start-up to management, operations, marketing, financial analysis and sourcing of local loan products.

Faculty and Staff Spotlight

At its meeting, the Board approved the establishment or reinstatement of the following positions:
  • Associate Director, Small Business Development Center Network (project funded)
  • Dean, Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Grants
  • Senior Research & Planning Analyst, Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Grants
  • Project Grant Writer, Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Grants (two positions, one full-time and one 50 percent time)
The positions in the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Grants are critical to the College's future success and accreditation. The Office compiles data, trends and statistics about students, classes and programs to help the College operate more effectively.

Artist's rendering of corner lotConstruction Update
Corner Lot Wins Design Award

Southwestern College’s corner lot development won an Award of Excellence for Project Design from the Community College Facility Coalition. The College won the award based on the strength of the design’s connectivity to the existing campus and City of Chula Vista.

Funded by Proposition R, Southwestern College broke ground on the corner lot development in October 2010.

The 110,000-square-foot project will include:

  • A new college bookstore, classroom space, food court and culinary arts program for students
  • An art gallery to showcase the work of students and faculty
  • A wellness center to better serve the community and a College police station
  • Conference rental space to generate funds for student programs
  • New administrative spaces, freeing up the current spaces for other uses, including classrooms
ASO Releases Student Survey, Results Positive

The Board heard results of the Associated Student Organization’s (ASO) Student Campus Climate Survey, which sought input on topics including accreditation, academics, campus environment and the Board itself.

Students were positive of the College’s campus environment with more than 90 percent of respondents saying they felt safe and secure on College District campuses.

Additionally, 80 percent of students surveyed believed the College was adequately preparing them for their future.

Students in BarcelonaSouthwestern College Goes Global

At its meeting, the Board heard from students of Southwestern College and other local community colleges who recently returned from the College's study abroad program in Barcelona, Spain.

Since spring 2006, the College’s Center for International Studies and Programs has sent more than 200 students abroad as participants in short-term and semester programs. The study abroad experience includes the opportunity to earn units toward an academic degree or four-year transfer goal and develop foreign language skills.

Currently, students are working and learning in the Red Hill Township on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. International Programs is also leading a program to study Art, History or Italian in Florence, Italy.

For more information, visit

SWC CheerleadersCollege Cheer Team Wins National Award

The Southwestern Cheerleading Squad was honored at the Board meeting for taking first place at the United Spirit Association Collegiate Nationals and in the California State Collegiate Competition. Go Jaguars!

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