SFCC registration opens Nov. 10 for spring semester

Classes begin Jan. 19, 2021. SFCC programs offer pathways to careers and degrees.

Santa Fe Community College registration for spring semester classes will open on Tuesday, Nov. 10. There are dozens of certificate and associate degree programs offered at SFCC that can quickly prepare students for the workplace or to transfer. Registration is ongoing through Jan. 18. Spring classes begin Jan. 19, 2021.

Early registration is encouraged to secure a space for in-demand classes and to meet requirements for certificates and degrees, which open doors to successful careers.

President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., said, “Santa Fe Community College understands that the pandemic has impacted families in the region. Our staff is ready to help students find a pathway that can get them quickly into the workforce with better paying jobs. While SFCC is very affordable, our financial aid staff can help students find additional resources to support them on their journey. And, with flexible online classes it’s a great time to earn a degree that transfers to a four-year program.”

Most spring classes will be offered online. SFCC is waiving its distance learning online fees – a potential savings of $75.

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions reports that the jobs that will be growing the fastest in Northern New Mexico are in the health care and computer fields. The college offers many certificates in those areas, as well as others that will help students get into the workforce.

Certificates prepare students for entry-level work and/or supplement their skills for job advancement opportunities. Students can earn a certificate in one year or less. 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

Virtual info session at 6 p.m. Nov. 12

For those who’ve never applied to the college or those undecided about their next step, SFCC invites those interested to join an online Virtual Info Session at 6 p.m. Nov. 12. Students and their family members can register here.

Programs that start in January

While some programs start with classes in the fall term, there are dozens that begin in the spring term, which begins Jan. 19. For ideas about short-term certificates to kick off a career quickly while fitting a flexible schedule visit

For those looking to get computer skills, there are a variety of options. The Computer Hardware and Software certificate develops skills for those interested in computer user support. The computer science program also offers a Web Development Certificate for those wanting to learn the computer programming skills and operating systems behind web development. For those who would like to focus more on the look and design of a website, SFCC’s Media Arts program offers a Media Arts – Web Design Certificate to enhance your digital skills along with your creativity.

Do you enjoy helping people through health and wellness? For those who want to be first on the scene in an emergency, SFCC’s Emergency Services Institute will offer the Emergency Medical Technician-Basic certificate program in January. If you prefer a slower pace of delivering health and wellness consider starting SFCC’s Massage Therapy Certificate program this January.

Would you like to learn more about the law and crime solving? Check out SFCC’s certificates for Criminal Investigation and Law Office Administrative Assistant.

Are you a person who enjoys building and hands-on work? Consider getting a Solar Energy certificate or the Building Science and Construction Technologies Adobe Certificate.

Do you love films and want to get to work in the field? SFCC offers multiple film certificates and film degree programs. SFCC’s certificate and degree programs train students to work in the film and television industry or to pursue a bachelor’s degree. You’ll get access to film equipment and state-of-the-art editing programs.

If you love cars, consider studying for one of seven Automotive Technologies competency certificates:  Automotive Engine Repair, Auto Maintenance and Light Truck Repair, Automatic Transmission Transaxle, Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning, Brakes, Manual Transmission and Drive Train, and Steering and Suspension. The median salary for entry-level service technicians is $40,710.

Cooking and baking can become more than a passion and lead to a career. SFCC’s Culinary Arts program offers certificates in Culinary Fundamentals, as well as Pâtissier. Students have access to superb online instruction, as well as opportunities to demonstrate their skills.

The demand for qualified early childhood educators continues to grow. Check out the multiple options to earn Early Childhood Education certificates.

Associate degrees can offer a pathway to higher paying jobs as well as to prepare you to transfer to a four-year institution. For example, Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking to employ graduates with  an Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Technologies. Students often begin by pursuing the Engineering Machining Technologies Certificate. Read more about SFCC’s collaboration with LANL for that program.

While SFCC’s buildings remain closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, SFCC staff is working online to help you apply to the college and enroll in classes. Visit to learn more about the variety of support services available.

Registration is at Interested students are encouraged to contact SFCC’s Welcome and Advising Center at 428-1270 or