Special Programs


In January 2014 Santa Fe Community College Center for Academic Transitions successfully partnered with the AARP Foundation and American Association of Community Colleges, with generous support from the Wal Mart Foundation to provide unemployed and underemployed Northern New Mexico residents age 50+ assistance with getting back to full time work that would provide self-sufficiency. SFCC was named one of 12 community colleges nationwide – and the only one in New Mexico – to participate in AARP Foundation’s first BACK TO WORK 50+ Initiative.

In March 2015, SFCC was approved for a renewed and expanded AARP Foundation Back to Work 50+ grant, now called BACK TO WORK 50+ Women's Economic Stability Initiative (WESI), focusing primarly on women aged 50-64 who seek full time employment. This grant is expected to go through February 2017.  Santa Fe Community College has been joined in New Mexico by Central New Mexico Community College of Albuquerque in this new program and is one of only five national community colleges selected for this more intensive program. See the national Press Release for details.

The next Information Session about BTW50+ WESI, which is required to enroll in the program, will be Friday, January 8, 2016 from 10am - 12pm. If you are interested in attending an Information Session, call the AARP Foundation Call Center toll-free at 855-850-2525 to register and receive a helpful packet which includes the booklet "7 Smart Strategies for 50+ Job Seekers" and local job search resources.  If you have questions aout this program and eligibility, contact SFCC's Career Services Coordinator at the information provided below.




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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