Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)

SWC is a proud to be formally designated a Hispanic- Serviing Institution (HSI) by the United States Department of Education. The purpose of HSI is to expand the educational opportunities and improve the academic attainment of Hispanic and low-income students, with a focus on educational equity.

Student Resources at SWC



First Year Students Succeed at SWC due to First Year Experience Program

The FYE program is designed to assist students through their first year in college. Dedicated counselors and peer mentors assist and guide students through the college process, provide encouragement and support during the important first year of college.  FYE benefits includes the following:

  • Enrollment Priority
  • Designated Counselor
  • Designated Peer Mentor
  • Student Success Workshops and Events
  • Person Development Class
  • Special Event throughout the year


  • New student with no prior college experience or recent high school graduate

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SWC Dreamer Center

The SWC Dreamer Center serves as a central point to provide access to a full spectrum of program, services, and resources for undocumented students and their families. We welcome all students of all backgrounds.

We are working Remotely. For immediate assistance please email: agarcia4@swccd.edu or leave a voicemail at (619) 482-6435.

For updates connect with us on social media: 

  • Instagram
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  • Twitter


  • Admissions (Instate tuition, AB540 affidavit)
  • Financial AidCA Dream Act Application
  • CA Promise Grant Application
  • On Campus Resource Referrals
  • Scholarships
  • Online Events and Workshops
  • Free Legal Immigration Services by Jewish Family Service: Schedule your appointment!

Visit the Center today at SWC Dreamer Center


Puente Program : A Learning Community at SWC

Puente is open to all students and is designed to meet the needs of students from populations with low rates of enrollment at four-year colleges. Puente Project Faculty recruit students from high schools, our own community college campus and student orientations. Students who are college bound enroll in the program by attending a campus orientation, and completing and application and interview process. Students must be eligible for English 114 in the fall of the academic year. Students come from a range of backgrounds and are usually the first in their families to attend college.

Interested? Fill out this Student Information Sheet or come to the SWC Counseling Center and ask to meet with our Puente Counselor. The Counseling Center is located on the second floor of the Student Services Center, or call (619) 421-6700 x 5240

Student Engagagment is a key to succesful persistence and retention. We offer a variety of opportunities to get involved in leadership opportunies while at SWC

Student Leadership Opportunities

San Diego County Resources

MANA de San Diego

MANA de San Diego members enjoy personal and professional growth opportunities through events, networks and newsletters. Members connect with like-minded Latinas, to address concerns and challenges unique to the Latino community.

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Chicano Federation 

Chicano Federation is to provide empowering opportunities for our diverse community. The Chicano Federation is one of San Diego’s leading social service agencies providing child education, health and nutrition, and housing programs to more than 8,000 San Diegans annually.

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Casa Cornelia

Casa Cornelia Law Center is a public interest law firm providing quality pro bono legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations. The Center has a primary commitment to the indigent within the immigrant community in southern California. Casa Cornelia strives to educate others regarding the impact of immigration law and policy on society and the public good.

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