The Southwestern College Higher Education Center at National City was established in 1998, the Higher Education Center opened with more than 600 students registered for one or more of the 39 classes offered at the Center. Today, the Center enjoys an enrollment of over 1,700 students per semester. The centers' 120 plus courses offers a full array of classes for students who wish to pursue an Associate's degree, complete general education and major preparation requirements for transfer, and/or develop occupational skills for employment, such as dental hygiene or computer programming.
Southwestern College praises the vision of the leaders of the city of National City and all of its collaborative partners. As former Dean William C. Kinney stated “by establishing the Higher Education Center at National City, Southwestern College continues the trend of decentralization, which began with the establishment of the Higher Education Center at San Ysidro (HEC, SY) in 1988. These centers provide increased access to higher education for all District residents and help alleviate enrollment pressures at the main campus in Chula Vista."
The administration of the Higher Education Center is comprised of Christine M. Perri
, Dean, William Di Zinno
, Interim Director of Dental Hygiene, Deanna Reinacher
, Director of Medical Laboratory Technician & Medical Office Professionals Program and Fernando Poveda
, Center Supervisor.