Released: July 13, 2017
Santa Fe Community College will offer several new certificates this fall. These new offerings add to the dozens of certificates and associate degrees offered at SFCC. Registration is ongoing through Aug. 11. Classes begin on Aug. 21.
Certificates and an associate in Applied Science are now offered in Controlled Environment Agriculture, formerly the Greenhouse Management program. The new certificate and degree reflect the college’s expanded focus in food production, either indoors or within greenhouses, using soilless techniques such as aquaponics and hydroponics. Students will have access to the almost 12,000 square foot 4-Bay Gutter Connected greenhouse, which is currently under construction. Students will participate in setting up climate control systems within the new greenhouse this Fall creating a year-round growing facility on campus. Additionally, students taking Fall classes will continue to operate hydroponic and aquaponics systems in the Dome Greenhouse and the FarmPod, producing food on a continuous basis.
The college continues to keep pace with changes in the building and construction industries and is offering a certificate in Building Science and Construction Technologies. “The entire building curriculum has been revised to meet National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) criteria,” said Camilla Bustamante, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Trades and Technology, Sustainability and Professional Studies and the School of Business and Education.
SFCC’s new Infant and Family Studies Certificate prepares individuals to work in the Early Childhood fields of home visiting, early intervention and infant/toddler education. The IFS certificate provides students with the coursework necessary to apply for the New Mexico IFS certificate offered through the New Mexico Office of Child Development.
Other new offerings include certificates in web development, business administration, manufacturing engineering technologies and medical bill coding. Additionally, the college now offers classes that provide all of the academic requirements to become a New Mexico Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor.
Certificates prepare students for entry-level work and/or supplement their skills for job advancement opportunities. Degree programs prepare students for a career and/or transfer to a bachelor’s degree program. Students can choose classes from the schedule of courses online at www.sfcc.edu.
For more than 35 years, Santa Fe Community College has been the gateway to success for individuals and the community by providing affordable, high quality educational programs that serve the social, cultural, technological, and economic needs of a diverse community. SFCC is a designated Best for Vets and Military Friendly school. The college serves more than 12,000 students per year in its credit, noncredit and adult programs. For further information, visit sfcc.edu or call 505-428-1000. Follow us: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn.