Academic Advising


Academic Advising is an ongoing, intentional collaboration between students, faculty and staff that empowers each student to succeed.


Academic Advisors teach, guide and support students to develop and achieve academic, career and personal goals.

Academic Advisors understand your busy schedule and are able to meet with you remotely or in person
 based on your preference during the following hours:

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Students are encouraged to schedule an advising appointment to discuss:

  • Progress toward a degree
  • Difficulties with current courses
  • Adding or dropping a course
  • How to plan for transferring to another college or university
  • Graduation requirements
  • School/life balance

Getting Started

In order to assist new students in successfully transitioning to college and to increase the likelihood of academic success and degree completion, SFCC offers a  New Student Orientation (NSO) to familiarize students with programs and resources available at the college.  New students are required to meet with an academic advisor before registering for classes.  These services are designed to keep new students on track, enhance their student success and improve degree completion. For more information about this or upcoming NSO dates, please call 505-428-1270.

Academic advisors are located in the Student Affairs area to assist with undecided or exploratory students as well as embedded within the Academic schools.

Meet the team:

Holly Beamon

Director of Advising, First Year Experience and Career Services

Jonathan D. Harrell, MA

Academic Advisor, Undecided & Exploratory Advising, School of Education

Emily McCarthy

Academic Advisor, School of Business

Melba Ramos

Academic Advisor, School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts

Sarah Wernsing, MFA

Academic Advisor, School of Science, Health, Engineering, & Math, School of Fitness Education

Nicole Ferreira

Academic Advisor/International Coordinator and Principal Designated School Official (PDSO); Undecided & Exploratory Advising, Biological & Physical Sciences, Pre-Forestry

Julia A. Gonzales

Academic Advisor, School of Liberal Arts, Paralegal Studies

Katie Studer

Career & Transfer Advisor

Danny J. Suazo, MA

Academic Advisor, School of Trades, Advanced Technologies, and Sustainability, Culinary Arts, Criminal Justice

Cahalan Fiddes

Academic Advisor, School of Science, Health, Engineering, & Math

Kayla Garcia

Teacher Education Coordinator

Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo

Bilingual Early Childhood Coordinator