Special Programs


Santa Fe Community College Center for Academic Transitions has partnered with the AARP Foundation, with generous support from the Wal Mart Foundation for a 2 year grant (2014-2015) to priovide Northern New Mexico residents age 50+ help to get back on their feet in the workforce now have a new option to support that goal. Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) has been named one of 12 community colleges nationwide – and the only one in New Mexico – to participate in AARP Foundation’s BACK TO WORK 50+ Initiative through a new collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The program will provide job coaching, academic training and career retooling for funemployed or underemployed men and women, age 50+, and scholarships for unemployed or underemployed women, age 50+, so they can land a good job. The first step for those interested is to call AARP Foundation at 855-850-2525.

The BACK TO WORK 50+ initiative is dedicated to moving low income or unemployed women age 50+ from instability to stability by increasing their income through employment. BACK TO WORK 50+ focuses on improving economic opportunity by providing education, training and employment services that facilitate entry into good jobs in our community. INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR 2015 ARE 1/9, 3/6, 5/1 AND 8/7.  Call AARP Foundation at 855-850-2525 to register for an Information Session and receive a helpful packet which includes the booklet "7 Smart Strategies for 50+ Job Seekers" and local job search resources.

SFCC Back to Work 50+ Press Release.

View this article and short video about other Plus 50 Initiatives at community colleges across the country.


SFCC is one of six New Mexico collleges who offer the Accelerate Technical Training and Job Placement Program that offers extra support and services for eligible students in technical degree programs which include


  • Tuition assistance and credit for basic-level math classes
  • Additional tutoring help to complete required math courses
  • One-on-one career coaching throughout the year
  • Events to meet and interact with regional employers
  • Paid internships and stipends for attending activities
  • Training to enhance your professional readiness skills before you graduate

Contact Gerard Martinez at 505-428-1877 or for more information about the Accelerate program at SFCC.

cisThe Career Information System (CIS) is a web-based program that holds information about more than 500 occupations, uses the Peterson's Guide to Colleges and Universities, State and U.S. Department of Labor wage and career projection data, as well as built-in interest assessments to help you discover your career direction.  Contact Career Services to learn how to use this program and to obtain a guest username and password.  College Success and First Year Experience students will have the opportunity to access the program as part of the class.  Others can access this program and assessments through the Get That Job Learning Modules explained below. 


get that jobGET THAT JOB SEMINARS are now Get That Job self-study learning modules available in the CAT Lab at the Center for Academic Transitions, room 131, M-F, 9-5. These learning modules are designed to supplement individual work with the Career Services Coordinator. Modules include

  • What Kind of Job/Work Do I Want to Do?
  • Job Search Strategies
  • What Makes a Great Resume?
  • Navigating the Online Application
  • Creating A Professional Portfolio
  • Successful Interviewing
  • Facebook, LinkedIn and other Online Profile sites

Click here for a brochure.  This service is offered to community members, graduates and alumni and as well as students at no charge.

For more information, please contact Patty Armstrong, GCDF, Career Services Coordinator, 505-428-1406 (Fax: 505-428-1657),

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