SFCC Snapshot: Ya’el Chaikind

“By the end of the spring semester, 100 interns went through the PILAS Internship Program (Programa de Internos, Los Alamos), a paid, three-credit course that combines hands-on learning with academics. The program is named after Los Alamos National Labs, which funds it. PILAS means batteries in Spanish: the internship connects a student’s studies with real […]

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SFCC Snapshot: Lisetanne Scherschel

“I went to New York before quarantine and lockdown set in, thinking I’d be taking a short trip to visit family. I left just as spring break was happening and things were different in Santa Fe than in New York. When I went, I don’t think I realized what was going on. But I was […]

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SFCC Snapshot: Amanda Hatherly

“EnergySmart Academy’s online classes are hugely popular. We’re a training center for energy efficiency and water efficiency, so it’s like a workforce training program. Once covid-19 happened, we were one of the training centers with the most comprehensive online classes, so we were deluged with people from all around the country. Up until three weeks […]

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SFCC Snapshot: Yolanda Rodriguez Galindo

“For the past year I have been working as a full-time administrator-in-training at Vista Hermosa while attending the SFCC I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program) program, allowing me to pursue my High School Equivalency while working on my Certified Nursing Assistant certificate. It was rough, and at one point I started to doubt […]

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SFCC Snapshot: Marci Eannarino

“At first I was a little worried because I just didn’t know what converting the classroom environment to online was going to be like. As educators, we have to be adaptable, and I think it was just taking it as it came, one step at a time. I decided early to keep as much of […]

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SFCC Snapshot: Nate Clements

“I was furloughed from my job at Sassella and I wasn’t working for about a month. My head chef Gerritt Bravata suggested that I check out World Central Kitchen. Executive Chef Christian Pontiggia had been in touch with SFCC Lead Instructor and Chef Jerry Dakan about the World Central Kitchen project, and I suppose Christian […]

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SFCC Snapshot: Brenda Fernandez

“The I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program) Early Childhood Development Certificate Program gave me the opportunity to obtain a college certificate while working on my High School Equivalency. The program is very flexible, the awesome teachers provided excellent direction and advising. I improved my academic skills and gained valuable experience working at Kid’s […]

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SFCC Snapshot: Paloma Trujillo-Anaya

“My job not only includes helping people register, but also helping them if they need resources. During the pandemic, I’m helping the instructors get their classes on Zoom. I set up the Zoom meetings, I get them comfortable with it and we do test runs to make sure that they are ready. Anything they need, […]

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SFCC Snapshot: Marisol Trevizo-Carlos

“One of the things we learned in my Community Health Worker Certification class was about mindful self-regulation, which is about practicing being centered and being calm, even as things are happening. I really put these things into practice when everything changed suddenly. Our class talked about how to become a home visitor, so we talked […]

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SFCC Snapshot: Eli Honey

  “I’m doing rather well all things considered! I have been in college at SFCC since I graduated and completed my GED. My major is in IT, particularly networking and security. I’m studying Japanese in tandem with the IT courses so that I may do the IT work there. I’ve been taking my courses at the […]

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SFCC Snapshot: Ezra Estes

“My courses have always been online, and every single course in the fashion program has had online support from John Gorman, an amazing guy who provides the best support that I’ve had from anybody. So I didn’t have a huge transition to get things going. But it was tremendously difficult because what might have been […]

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SFCC Snapshot: Lorri Sweat

“My internship was at the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department, and there was no online module for me. It started in January and I went every Wednesday and worked with the Crime Scene Technician. I loved every minute of it. She had given me a syllabus for the class, so I knew what to do […]

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SFCC Snapshot: Zuwena Islam

“The I-BEST Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate Program was great for me. Coming from Kenya to Santa Fe, I feel it opened up a lot of opportunities for my future. I was able to obtain a college certificate and am currently working to complete my High School Equivalency. This program met my needs and helped prepare […]

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SFCC Snapshot: Alyeska Shore

“I think the biggest challenge for me was being able to make a schedule for myself. That was probably the most difficult thing. And not just for homework. I remember the week of spring break and the quarantine was already starting and feeling like I just want to lay down on the couch all week. […]

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SFCC Snapshot: Kate McCahill

“We were very fortunate to be able to transition online. People talk about missing the normalcy of class, but my students did an admirable job. I tailored the curriculum to be wrapped around what was happening. A lot of them chose to write about COVID, comparing it to the Spanish Flu. They wrote really strong […]

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