College Learning Communities

Southwestern College is committed to your educational success. We know that some students are more successful when they participate in a community of learners. We have developed specialized programming just for your needs.

Learning communities are linked courses that use common themes, readings, and assignments . These classes meet a variety of requirements for a degree or for graduation while promoting learning in a friendly, supportive environment that encourages success and better teacher-student relationships. Learning community courses not only offer opportunities for greater academic success, they also provide more student-teacher and student-student interaction. Students who have completed such courses have developed lasting friendships with other students from their learning community cohort.

For more information on Southwestern College Learning Communities, contact the Counseling Center at (619) 482-6317.

Athletic Learning Community

Southwestern College’s Athletic Guided Pathway is a student-athlete success program aimed to enhance academic success among student athletes as well as transitioning them into universities to continue that success. The AGP courses provide accepted college transfer credits in the main academic courses of English, Math, and Communication and/or Counseling. These courses are provided with embedded tutoring as well as pairing these student athletes with a mentor that helps develop a sense of community learning amongst student athletes, faculty, staff, and administration. The Athletic Guided Pathways create unique learning experience that student athletes are seeking and puts them on the right track for success in their future academia.

Bayan Learning Community

The word "Bayan" in Pilipino implies a place where one belongs or feels welcome, as in a family or home. The Southwestern College's Bayan Learning Community provides a scholarly home for students of all races, cultures, or ethnicity to explore Filipino-American issues. Bayan scholars learn life and college skills to help them transition from Southwestern College to a four-year university or college. They do so by taking a pair of linked transfer level courses, English Composition and Personal Development. Both courses focus on the Fiipino/a American experience. As well, Bayan scholars have a dedicated counselor and participate in array of field trips and co-curricular activities, all to support transferring to a four-year college.  For more information, contact the Counseling Center at (619) 482-6317.  

PAIR—A Basic Skills Initiative Program

Preparation, Achievement, Interdependence, and Responsibility is a learning community designed to assist students in developing essential skills for college and work force success. PAIR is available each semester and students enroll in a Learning Skills Course and either a mathematics, reading, or writing course to complete the learning community coursework. Each student receives tutorial support and ongoing counseling support. The classes focus upon skills that assist you in building a foundation for college study. For more information call the Counseling Center at (619) 482-6317.

Puente Program

The mission of the Puente Program is to increase the number of educationally underrepresented students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors of future generations. Puente students commit to two consecutive semesters of English instruction, academic counseling, and mentoring. Classroom instruction features Mexican-American/Latino literature and opportunities for self-exploration. For more information, call the Counseling Center at (619) 421-6700 Ext. 5240.


UMOJA (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is a community ad critical resource dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students. UMOJA actively serves and promotes student success for all students through a curriculum and pedagogy responsive to the legacy of the African and African-American Diasporas. The UMOJA Community fosters civic engagement so that all participants, students and educators alike integrate learning and service.  Our mission is to increase the number of African-American students transferring to four-year colleges and universities!  We thrive to assist UMOJA Scholars to gain a better understanding of their identity in order to foster a stronger sense of navigating through higher education in the pursuit of college transfer achievements and lifelong success! During the fall semester, students enroll in English 115 (ENGL 115), Communications 103 (COMM 103) and Personal Development 100 (PD 100). In the spring semester, students will take ENGL 116 and Personal Development 114 PD 114.   For more information, contact the Counseling Center at (619) 421-6700 Ext. 5240.