30 Year Anniversary Timeline

January 1983

Governor Toney Anaya supports legislation to establish a community college in Santa Fe.

April 1983

Dr. William C. Witter is appointed SFCC’s first President. Ten years later the Fitness Education Center is built and named after him.

September 1983

SFCC opens its doors to more than 1,000 students at the Joseph Valdez Industrial Park. Tuition at SFCC is $13/credit hour.


SFCC has 40 employees. By 2013 there are more than 550.

April 1984

A site is selected and a $5 million bond passes to construct the first buildings of SFCC’s new campus.

May 1984

SFCC has one student in its graduating class. By 2013 there are more than 700 graduates.

June 1985

Rancho Viejo Partners donate land for a permanent college campus.


SFCC computerizes!
The college installs its first institution-wide, integrated data management system.

August 1988

The main campus opens.
The West Wing is added in 1994.


SFCC completes new technical and occupational labs.

September 1996

The Early Childhood Development Center, now Kids Campus, opens.

September 1999

The Fine Arts Center offers its first classes.

January 2008

SFCC adds a biomass heating system that now supplies 85% of the College’s demands.

August 2010

The Health and Sciences Center opens. Health Care and Social Services are the fastest growing job markets.

May 2011

The Trades and Advanced Technology Center opens and SFCC programs support the green economy.

September 2012

63% of students at SFCC are female.

April 2013

SFCC breaks ground on the Higher Education Center, allowing students to earn a bachelor’s degree without leaving Santa Fe.


More than 650 high school students enroll in dual credit courses.


Santa Fe Community College celebrates its 30th year with special events throughout 2013-2014.Today, SFCC serves more than 16,000 students per year in credit, noncredit and adult education programs.