Higher Education Center at San Ysidro

At the Higher Education Center at San Ysidro, students can enroll in general education classes and certificate programs that meet students' educational and career goals. Established in 1988, HEC at San Ysidro holds a special place as a tribute to the 21 victims of the July 18, 1984, tragedy at the McDonald's restaurant. The memorial is located at the front of the center, honoring the memory of the victims and serving as a promise to enhance the lives of San Ysidro's residents.

 Academic Programs at HEC San Ysidro

Welcome to the state-of-the-art Southwestern College Higher Education Center at San Ysidro, your first step to success. ¡Bienvenidos!

HEC at San Ysidro

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Signature Academic Program

"The signature academic program offered at the Higher Education Center at San Ysidro includes General Education and various Certificate Programs - perfect for students wishing to pursue a wide range of careers. Our expert faculty and counselors will help you along your educational pathway."

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We are here to support each of our student’s needs. Chat live on Cranium Café by finding an online staff member below. To learn more, visit the Virtual Welcome Center. Our student service specialists have their hours of availability listed on their profile cards. If a team member's hours are not reflective of their availability, they are likely supporting another student. We give each of our students the individual attention and time they deserve. Thank you for your patience.

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Helpful information for the Higher Education Center at San Ysidro.


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Course Schedule

Our flexible classes are available days and evenings, Monday through Saturday.

Student Services

Access the same services that you would at any other Southwestern campus, from Admissions to Financial Aid.

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