SFCC 30th Anniversary Facts

We've been around a long time, and there's a lot about SFCC you may not know! These facts and figures may surprise you.

  1. January 1983 – Governor Toney Anaya gave his support for legislation to establish a community college in Santa Fe.

  2. In 1983 tuition at SFCC was $13/credit hour.

  3. April 1983 - Dr. William C. Witter was appointed as the first President of Santa Fe Community College. Ten years later the Fitness Center was built and named after him.

  4. September 1983 - SFCC opens its doors to over 1,000 students for the first time at the Joseph Valdez Industrial Park located off of Cerrillos Road.

  5. September 1983 – Andy Lovato was hired as the first Continuing Education instructor to teach guitar. He still teaches this class 30 years later.

  6. April 1984 – the Rancho Viejo Partnership donated $1 million dollars and a $5 million bond was passed to construct the first buildings on Richards Avenue.

  7. May 1984 – There was one graduate at SFCC. In 2013 there were over 700 graduates.

  8. August 1988 – The main campus is open for students. The West Wing was added on in 1994.

  9. September 1996 – The Early Childhood Development Center, now Kids Campus, was opened.

  10. September 1999 – The Fine Arts Center offered its first classes.

  11. January 2008 – The biomass heating system is started which satisfies 85% of the College’s demands by using woodchips acquired from forest-thinning projects.

  12. September 2009 – SFCC had the highest enrollment of over 6,800 students who took classes for credit.

  13. August 2010 – The Health and Sciences Center opened its doors to students and Health Care and Social Services are the fastest growing job markets.

  14. September 2011 – SFCC serves more than 15,000 students per year in its credit, noncredit and adult basic education programs.

  15. May 2011 – The Trades and Advanced Technology Center opened and SFCC joined the green economy.

  16. September 2012 – 63% of students at SFCC were female.

  17. In 2013 there are over 550 faculty and staff. In 1983 there were less than 40 employees at SFCC.

  18. April 2013 – There was a groundbreaking ceremony for the Higher Education Center to allow for students to get a Bachelor’s degree through NMHU, UNM, NMSU, and IAIA without having to leave Santa Fe.

  19. In 2012-2013 there were over 650 high school students enrolled at SFCC for dual credit.

  20. The SFCC Foundation provides over 275 scholarships to students every year.

For more information, please contact Colette Lee, Community Relations Specialist, 505-428-1271,

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