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SFCC celebrated groundbreaking for Automotive Technology Center on June 26, 2019

Interim president Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D. addresses the crowd as the chair of the governing board Linda Siegle looks on.

Interim president Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D. addresses the crowd as the chair of the governing board Linda Siegle looks on.

Interim president Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D., looks on proudly as one of SFCC's automotive technology students, Nathan Sindelar, speaks to the crowd.

Interim president Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D., looks on proudly as one of SFCC's automotive technology students, Nathan Sindelar, speaks to the crowd.

Larry Icerman of Icerman & Associates presents a check to support the automotive technology program from Santa Fe Concorso.

Larry Icerman of Icerman & Associates presents a check to support the automotive technology program from Santa Fe Concorso.

Community members viewed the groundbreaking ceremony.

Community members viewed the groundbreaking ceremony.

Robbie Gondara (Northern Cheyenne) gives a traditional Native American blessing on the ground to be broken.

Robbie Gondara (Northern Cheyenne) gives a traditional Native American blessing on the ground to be broken.

Director of SFCC's Automotive Technology Julia Furry, far left, and dignataries join in the groundbreaking ceremony.

Director of SFCC's Automotive Technology Julia Furry, far left, and dignataries join in the groundbreaking ceremony.

Interim president Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D., members of the Santa Fe Community College Governing board, Santa Fe Community College Foundation, Julia Furry, director of the SFCC Automotive Technologies program, Camilla Bustamante, Ph.D., Dean School of Trades and Advanced Technology, members of the automotive advisory committee, and community leaders, including representatives of Santa Fe Concorso, New Mexico Higher Education Department and the New Mexico Department of Corrections joined community members in celebrating the groundbreaking for the new Automotive Technology Center last Wednesday.

The voters recognized the need for skilled automotive technicians when they approved the bond to use $7 million to build a 17,000-square-foot auto center adjacent to the campus’ Trades and Advanced Technology Center. It’s a process that will take about 18 months and will allow the college to double the number of students and teachers in the program and meet local workforce demand for auto mechanics. The state-of-the-art auto center will quickly become the go-to location for educational and industry training in the capital city. There are currently 154 students taking automotive classes.

 SFCC’s automotive technology program offers:

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