President’s Welcome


Dear Students:

Thank you for choosing Santa Fe Community College. SFCC is a community. Your fellow students and our faculty and staff are ready to support you at every step of the way, whether you are training to get a better job or to earn more pay, working toward a certificate or an associate degree, planning to transfer to a bachelor’s program, or taking advantage of the many lifetime learning opportunities we offer.

Be sure to explore the many ways we can help to ensure your success. You’ll find them on our home page, under Student Resources. We are always looking for opportunities to save you money, streamline your class schedule, offer more classes that meet your schedule, and expand our programs to address the needs of the business community so you can land a good job locally. We welcome you as an active participant in this community, and we hope to benefit from your knowledge and experience.

A lot is happening here at SFCC. Most recently, we renovated the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center, completed a controlled environment (drought-friendly) greenhouse and broke ground on a new Automotive Technologies Center, which will be ready for classes next fall. You can learn more about these and stay in touch with campus news and events by checking your SFCC email regularly (it’s easy to forward to your personal email), logging into MySFCC, viewing the TV monitors and bulletin boards around campus, or following us on Facebook and Twitter. There are often activities in the Main Courtyard and Campus Center, so you will want to swing by to see what’s going on or meet with friends. Take a break from your studies from time to time to enjoy free lectures, exhibits, performances and more.

For those of you who are pursuing an associate degree with the intent to transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree, please check out our Santa Fe Higher Education Center, which offers programs from other colleges and universities at a convenient midtown location, so you don’t have to leave Santa Fe to get an advanced degree.

If you are new to SFCC, be sure to go to New Student Orientation on August 6. We will show you the ropes on campus and connect you with supportive colleagues. As you begin the semester, please know that we are here for you: excellent advisors, expert faculty, exceptional staff. Here are some helpful people to know:

  • Margaret Peters, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, 505-428-1372,
  • Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos, Associate Vice President for Student Success, 505-428-1238,
  • Kelly Durbin, Director of Financial Aid, 505-428-1814,
  • Valerie Nye, Library Director, 505-428-1506,
  • Tammy Duran, Director of Advising, First-Year Experience, and Career Services, 505-428-1457,

I hope to have the opportunity to get to know you and learn more about how we can better serve you. Please feel free to come by my office, adjacent to the main entrance, or contact me at 505-428-1201 or

Best wishes for an enriching and rewarding semester!


Becky Rowley, Ph.D.