Santa Fe Community College, Western Governors University Announce Partnership

Front row: Margaret Peters, SFCC Vice President for Academic Affairs: Dr. Manny Gonzalez, Regional Director, WGU South Region. Back row: Dr. Ivan Lopez Hurtado, SFCC Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; Nancy Fitzgerald, WGU Alumni Relations Liason; Jordan Soto, WGU Strategic Partnerships Manager

SFCC graduates and staff are eligible for $2,500 scholarships

Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) has signed a partnership agreement with Western Governors University (WGU), an accredited, online nonprofit university to provide SFCC graduates and staff with multiple paths to higher education and professional development.

As part of the partnership agreement, SFCC graduates and staff are eligible to apply for the WGU Community College Partner Scholarship, valued at $2,500, credited at $625 per term for up to four terms. Application fees are also waived for partner organizations. The SFCC and WGU partnership provides seamless transfer pathways for admission into specific majors at WGU. Visit WGU/SFCC transfer landing page for more information.

Santa Fe Community College serves over 10,000 students per year, and is celebrating its 40th anniversary of student success, providing affordable, high-quality programs that serve the academic, cultural, and economic needs of the community.

Margaret Peters, SFCC Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dr. Manny Gonzalez, Regional Director, WGU South Region sign the partnership agreement.

“Santa Fe Community College is excited about this new collaboration with WGU,” says SFCC President Becky Rowley. “This partnership extends our mission of supporting community members in reaching their education goals by pursuing their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. At SFCC, we believe in the transformational value of a post-secondary education to help students realize their dreams by completing their degree.”

As a leader in higher education for 27 years, WGU offers more than 80 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and professional certificates online in business, K-12 education, healthcare, including nursing, and information technology. Tuition is around $4,000 per term for most undergraduate degree programs. Every program is mentor-supported and designed to fit into busy schedules. WGU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). WGU will collaborate with SFCC to develop online workshops and information sessions, provide access to career service and alumni events, and engagement and educational opportunities through WGU.

“As a university dedicated to expanding access to high quality, affordable education for all, with the ability to learn where you live, we are proud to partner with Santa Fe Community College,” said Dr. Manny Gonzalez, WGU Regional Director, Operations, South Region. “With nearly 1,000 WGU students across New Mexico, we want to create pathways for more future leaders, providing workforce-ready programs that lead to fulfilling careers and economic opportunities.”

For more information about the partnership, visit WGU/SFCC transfer page. To learn more about WGU and all available scholarships, visit To learn more about SFCC, visit

About WGU

Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves more than 174,000 students nationwide and has more than 335,000 graduates and 376,000 degrees awarded in all 50 states. Driving innovation as the nation’s leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. In just 25 years, the university has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families, and preparing the workforce needed in today’s rapidly evolving economy. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and has been featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at and

Santa Fe Community College celebrates its 40th Anniversary as the pathway to success for individuals and the community. SFCC provides affordable, high-quality programs that serve the academic, cultural, and economic needs of the community. The college welcomes over 10,000 students per year in credit, noncredit, workforce training, personal enrichment, and adult programs.
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