New semester starts at community colleges across San Diego

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A new semester started today at community colleges across San Diego.

At Southwestern College, students return to new facilities and new student support initiatives.

Getting to class early was key for Julianne Casillas. “It’s exciting. It’s my first day in college. I graduated from high school on Friday.” She’s about to embark on a new journey at Southwestern College.

Speaking of new on the campus, there’s a new state-of-the-art math and science building.

With a record number of graduates last year, the college has had the need to expand.

Also new on campus is the expansion of the Veterans Resource Center. The center is moving to a building at the front of campus that is twice the size.

JD White, Coordinator for the Veterans Resource Center says it’s remarkable that the small center has managed to do big things for their students. “We create a space for our veterans and military-affiliated students to help them through their transition. We were recently designated “Military-Friendly School” for 2019 and 2020 and we also received the designation “Best for Vets”.

“Where we’re standing is the Sergeant Rafael Peralta Garden of Honor and off to your left and right, you’ll see two areas of brick we call our Walk of Honor. We’re moving all of this, all the flags, our nation’s Colors along with our Walk of Honor to the front of campus is really going to be a special moment” said White.

Once the old veterans center has moved, the small space will be used for the college’s new Dream Center, a place where undocumented students who qualified to attend college under the California Dream Act can go to receive centralized services.

“I feel that I’m going to do good. It’s a nice sunny day out here, just get through the day that’s pretty much what I’m going to try to do try to have a good day,” says Freshman Arturo Salas-Garcia.

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