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.
- January 1983 – Governor Toney Anaya gave his support for legislation to establish a community college in Santa Fe.
- In 1983 tuition at SFCC was $13/credit hour.
- 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.
- 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.
- September 1983 – Andy Lovato was hired as the first Continuing Education instructor to teach guitar. He still teaches this class 30 years later.
- 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.
- May 1984 – There was one graduate at SFCC. In 2013 there were over 700 graduates.
- August 1988 – The main campus is open for students. The West Wing was added on in 1994.
- September 1996 – The Early Childhood Development Center, now Kids Campus, was opened.
- September 1999 – The Fine Arts Center offered its first classes.
- January 2008 – The biomass heating system is started which satisfies 85% of the College’s demands by using woodchips acquired from forest-thinning projects.
- September 2009 – SFCC had the highest enrollment of over 6,800 students who took classes for credit.
- August 2010 – The Health and Sciences Center opened its doors to students and Health Care and Social Services are the fastest growing job markets.
- September 2011 – SFCC serves more than 15,000 students per year in its credit, noncredit and adult basic education programs.
- May 2011 – The Trades and Advanced Technology Center opened and SFCC joined the green economy.
- September 2012 – 63% of students at SFCC were female.
- In 2013 there are over 550 faculty and staff. In 1983 there were less than 40 employees at SFCC.
- 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.
- In 2012-2013 there were over 650 high school students enrolled at SFCC for dual credit.
- The SFCC Foundation provides over 275 scholarships to students every year.
For more information, please contact Colette Lee, Community Relations Specialist, 505-428-1271, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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