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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 is Family Studies - perfect for students wishing to become a teacher, nurse, social worker or enter many other careers. Our expert faculty will help you along your educational pathway.

Family Studies

Virtual Chat

Chat live on Cranium Café using your MySWC login! This service allows you to experience a face to face drop-in session in an online environment using your webcam and microphone. Find who you're looking for online and select the “Chat with Me” button to start. To learn more, visit the Virtual Chat webpage.

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Student Resource Guide

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.

Personal & Family Support