SFCC Offers New CE Social Media Certificate

Santa Fe Community College Continuing Education Department will offer a new series of classes in social media. The six-month series of fully online classes will begin Jan. 16 and end May 12. Students who complete the series will be eligible for a Social Media Specialist Certificate of Completion. “This a growing field where we see people quickly obtaining jobs in the workforce,” said SFCC faculty member Monique Anair, who helped develop the program with local employers.

The classes in the Social Media Specialist pathway prepares students for jobs that develop and utilize video, media, design, social networking and customer service skills in targeting virtual communities and social networks. The classes are structured to be “stackable” in design, so participants continue to build and develop their skills. The package includes four technical skills-based classes that take you from the basics to applying your skills in the real world and one copyright, media and society class that will take you through the ethical considerations that every social media expert needs to know. On completion of the five classes, the SFCC Continuing Education department awards students a certificate of completion. Students can take the classes for academic credit through the Media Arts department, where the classes are part of an academic certificate that is part of a film or media arts degree pathway.

Jennifer Case Nevarez of New Mexico TechWorks said, “This training is great for all ages, but especially for new generations that are growing up with social media but may not realize that there are amazing employment and self-employment opportunities in the field. Social media skills are in high demand and a bit of training can open the door to a whole world of possibilities that often offer more flexible working conditions and faster advancement than many common entry-level jobs.” According to Case Nevarez, New Mexico TechWorks sees SFCC as a key training partner in helping people develop the technical skills they need to get hired in the growing technology sector.

Marketing professional and owner of Santa Fe-based KLA Concepts, Kendra Ratcliffe-Arnold will teach a series of classes that will take participants through a variety of social media platforms, analytics tools and techniques for integrating social media with websites. Talia Kosh, Founder of New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts and Albuquerque based author and trainer, Barbara Waxer, will address copyright and ethical considerations in the class Copyright, Media and Society.

To register for classes contact SFCC’s Continuing Education office at 428-1676 or stop by their office, Room 131 on the main campus, 6401 Richards Ave. For more information about the Social Media Specialist courses, academic credit and certificate pathways, contact Monique Anair at monique.anair@sfcc.edu or 505-428-1738.

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