January 10, 2015
Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A group of Southwestern College students and staff celebrated the life and teachings of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., yesterday. Our contingent marched in the 35th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. With the theme of “Unity is Our Strength,” we marched along North Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway with other college groups, police and fire departments, marching bands, drill teams and church groups.
Thank you to Chief Michael Cash and Student Development Director Brett Robertson for your successful recruitment efforts. It was wonderful day of service for all of us.
Welcoming Students for Spring Semester
The message of this semester’s Opening Day presentation is still fresh in my mind as we prepare for our students to return tomorrow. Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade has reminded us that many of our students have lived through—or are still experiencing—serious stress that paints a very different picture of education. Dr. Duncan-Andrade’s research is a powerful reinforcement to our efforts to create a welcoming and nurturing atmosphere for our students. If you would like to hear the podcast of Dr. Duncan-Andrade’s presentation, click here.
The resources we have allocated for additional counselors, tutoring and strengthening our learning communities give our students an opportunity to connect with a caring adult. The daily connections our students make with our faculty and classified professionals give them the confidence to continue their studies.
Our efficiency took a healthy leap over the weekend, thanks to keeping our registration open through midnight tonight. As of this morning, we were at 81.9%. I am asking that we all work this week to encourage our students to take one more class to help them fulfill their educational goals more quickly.
A new option for students this semester is Weekend College. Students can fulfill their general education requirements in two semesters by taking one class on Friday evenings and two classes on Saturday this semester and next semester. The list of courses being offered can be found at www.swccd.edu/weekendcollege
Wells Fargo Supporting SBDC
Congratulations to our South San Diego Small Business Development Center for receiving a $50,000 grant from Wells Fargo Bank. In a check presentation this morning, Wells Fargo San Diego Area Bank President Ernesto Arredondo presented us the check to increase services to small business owners.The grant will fund training, counseling and assisting small business owners to improve and grow their businesses.