SFCC Student Weekly Connection 05/06/2022

Dear Students,
We are counting down to the end of the semester.  Finals are next week.  How can you survive finals week?  Try to keep a balanced lifestyle.  Other than studying (of course) it is a good idea to make a schedule, get good sleep, eat healthy, and take breaks.  Find a way to reward yourself when it is all over.  You deserve it!! We have many support services listed below to help you complete the Spring 2022 semester successfully.  Summer and Fall 2022 registration are open!   Please schedule your academic advising appointment as soon as possible, and work with our financial assistance team to ensure you have completed your 2022-2023 FAFSA!  For those of you graduating this term – YAHOO!  Please work with your academic advisor for next steps and options to transfer to your choice 4-year institution, or work with our Career Coach to explore job opportunities.  More information regarding commencement is listed below.  As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if I can assist you in your academic journey at SFCC.

See below for some very important updates and services.

ALPFA SCHOLARSHIPS & FELLOWSHIPS FOR LATINX STUDENTS: $2.5k, $5K, AND $10K scholarships are available. The deadline to apply is May 6, 2022
Scholarships General Criteria:

  • Premium student member
  • A degree-seeking student, enrolled full time at a two-year college, four-year university, or graduate program in the United States or Puerto Rico
  • Enrolled as a full-time student in a college or university the following semester after the award
  • Open to all majors
  • Classifications: rising Sophomores, rising Juniors, rising Seniors, Graduate students
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average: 3.0 or higher (out of 4.0)
  • Resume submission
  • Application including all essays and attachments submitted by 11:59PM PST on May 6th, 2022

Check our website for more information

Are you interested in helping our campus community?  Working in the Campus Cupboard provides a great opportunity to make a difference and connect with our students.  There is an hourly compensation for a minimum of 15 hours per week.  Please see attached flyer for more information.  For an application call 505-428-1775 or email:

Check out SFCC’s Career Coach.  We have 85+ job postings from local businesses that are waiting to hear from you.  Create a profile and quickly craft your resume.  Career Coach will even suggest tasks and skills to include based on your work experience.  Once your resume is complete you can quickly apply for any job, we have posted in Career Coach.  If you don’t know what kind of job you want, you can take an assessment that matches you up with careers.  Or just search for any program or career.  Explore broad career pathways that match your strengths and interests.  Compare careers with a pathway: salaries, required education, and more.  Explore the programs that will train you for your favorite career.  Quickly apply for programs by jumping over to SFCC’s program page.   Click on the below link to start your career search!!!

Counseling Services is currently offering a Nursing Support Group.
We will be offering more Support Groups this summer and fall. Thank you for everyone that attended our groups this semester.

The Drop-in Nursing Support meets Fridays at 12pm 
The group meets for 6 weeks beginning the week of April 4th, and each session will last one hour.

  • Receive the support you need to stay engaged in the nursing program
  • Learn techniques to lower test anxiety, including meditation and breathing exercises
  • Share your challenges in a safe, supportive, and confidential space
  • Support your fellow nursing student peers and receive support from them

Contact to get the link or to make an appointment with a counselor.


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  • Certificate in Dental Assisting: [3 semesters]
  • Associate in Applied Science in Dental Health: [5 semesters]
  • Certificate in Advanced Dental Assisting Skills: [1-2 semesters]

To apply, contact the program: Email:; Phone: 505-428-1258
Visit: or see attached flyer for more details on prerequisites and how to apply.

Santa Fe Community College students and prospective SFCC students can get assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online via Zoom from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m on the date listed below. Visit for details. The FASFA form is the first step for many to gain access to free money for college. There is still time to apply for funds for this academic year, as well as the next academic year. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at or call 505-428-1268.  Please join us at on the following dates:
May 25, 2022 from 11 am-1 pm

Student Success has just launched a Financial Well-being and Literacy course to help our students ensure they are on a path to financial well-being and making good choices about their money and their future. Watch a preview, an introduction by SFCC Student Resource Coordinator Jocelyn Hernandez-Monsalvo:  Nusenda and SFCC also have a co-branded Financial Wellness website with lots of useful information and tools:   You can access the course by clicking on the “Financial Literacy” button in the Welcome section of the MySFCC homepage.

The campus cupboard has moved to room LL305.   Come by and visit to see our new improved location and maybe do some shopping at the same time.  Campus cupboard  is offering FREE FOOD this spring semester.  Students can visit weekly during open hours to select their own products or pick up a prepacked box.   We currently do not require any student identification.  Personal hygiene (menstrual products) are available from Free Flow NM.  You may schedule an appointment using the Campus Cupboards Booking link on MYSFCC.  Check out the new QR code created for the Campus Cupboard which takes you quickly to the Campus Cupboard Bookings site.  From there you can shop online or set up an appointment to shop.  They have contactless pickup and even delivery.  Please see the attached flyer for these services.  Questions call 505/428-1775 or email:

1)  Are you a currently enrolled in the Spring semester and are experiences some financial challenges?  Have you experienced a recent emergency and need just a little help?  Apply today through the Student Emergency Fund.  Applications can be found on your MYSFCC page under Resources (Emergency Assistance Fund).  Applications are reviewed frequently, and funds are directly awarded to your account.  (The funds cannot cover the cost of tuition or books.)
2)  Did you know that you may be eligible for FREE GRANT MONEY?  Have you completed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  If not, it’s easy, apply today at  Even if you are taking a few classes, you may still be eligible.  For more information, please contact our financial aid office at (505) 428-1268 or join one of the financial aid workshops listed above.   The 2022-2023 FAFSA applications are available now.

The Gene Haas Scholarship for Engineering Machining Technology AAS
Part-time students (6-11 credits) can receive a scholarship of $300 per semester, and full-time students (12 or more credits) can receive $500. New students are eligible, and continuing students must maintain a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.5. In addition, students must: declare a major in the Engineering Machining Technology AAS, be a New Mexico resident, and file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Dreamers Financial Aid Application. 
The Gene Haas Scholarship can be combined with other scholarship options like the Opportunity Scholarship and the Lottery Scholarship.  For more information on scholarships and links to applications, go to

Congratulations to all the students that will be graduating this Spring!  Santa Fe Community College will host our Spring 2022 Commencement ceremony on Saturday May 14.  The in-person commencement will be held , at 10:00 a.m. at the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center on the SFCC campus.    Rehearsal will be on  Thursday, May 12 at 3:30 pm at the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center.  All prospective graduates are strongly encouraged to attend.  Please arrive between 3:00 – 3:30pm for the rehearsal. Masks are required.  
We welcome you to join us at a BBQ scheduled right after rehearsal on Thursday. We are working on the location and will be announced during rehearsal. We hope you can join us!! 


  1. Final exams Monday – Saturday, May 9 – 14.
  2. Graduation rehearsal Thursday, May 12 at 3:30 at the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center.
  3. Students will not be dropped for non-payment.  If you are currently enrolled, you must pay in full or make payment arrangements with the cashier’s office.  Contact them today at
  4.  Students need to pay their current balance to register for the subsequent term.  Please contact the Cashiers office today or visit your student account online (

FREE consultation with an attorney for those representing themselves
Areas of law served: Consumer debt, Contracts, Employment, Expungement, Family Law, Landlord/Tenant, Name Change/Real ID, Probate, Public Benefits, Real Property.  Please see attached flyer for more information and contacts.

Want to help end mental health stigma on campus? Come be part of the solution.
Mental health discussion group co-sponsored by the SFCC library & counseling services, Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10
Open to students, faculty, and staff. A brief reading on a mental health topic will be sent out each week to be discussed in group. Reading not required for participation.
Email for more info and to receive the meeting link.

Expansion of Free Childcare
Free childcare will be expanded to qualifying families earning up to 400% of federal poverty level, or around $111,000 a year for a family of four.
Starting on May 1, 2022, all families enrolled in the state’s Child Care Assistance Program will no longer owe copays for childcare services, making childcare cost-free. The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) estimates that 18,000 families statewide will now qualify for free childcare. Families can find out if they are eligible by taking the “Am I Eligible?” survey at the ECECD website or contacting the ECECD call center at (800) 832-1321.
Recurso de la semana: Ampliación del Cuidado Infantil gratuito El cuidado infantil gratuito se ampliará a las familias que califiquen y que ganen hasta el 400% del nivel federal de pobreza, o alrededor de $111,000 al año para una familia de cuatro.
A partir del 1 de mayo de 2022, todas las familias inscritas en el programa estatal de asistencia para el cuidado infantil dejarán de tener que pagar copagos por los servicios de cuidado de niños, lo que hará que el cuidado infantil sea gratuito. El Departamento de Educación y Cuidado de la Primera Infancia de Nuevo México (ECECD, por sus siglas en inglés) estima que 18,000 familias en todo el estado ahora calificarán para el cuidado infantil gratuito. Las familias interesadas en buscar asistencia para cuidado infantil pueden saber si son elegibles llenado la encuesta “¿Soy elegible?” en el sitio web del ECECD o contactando al centro de llamadas del ECECD al (800) 832-1321.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION  (2022-2023) Available Now
SFCC can help you pay for college with scholarships. One simple application puts you in consideration for state institutional and Foundation private scholarships.  Scholarships are available for new and returning, part time and full-time students to help pay for college for the upcoming academic year.  Scholarships are also available for second generation college students, Veterans, Native American students, Hispanic students and students with disabilities (must be registered with the SAS department at  SFCC offers performance-based scholarships through Contract for a Better Tomorrow (CBT).
For more information and to apply go to:
If you have questions or need assistance, email the Financial Aid Office at from your SFCC student email account.  Make sure to include your Student ID number in the email. 
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Apply NOW for Spring and Summer Semester
Student Work Study is a financial aid need-based program that provides a student funds earned through part-time employment currently paying at a rate of $12.32 per hour (Beginning July 1, 2022, the rate of pay will be $15.15 per hour). Eligible students can work up to 20 hours per week and work is scheduled around your school schedule.
To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements: 

  • Completed the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 FAFSA
  • Enrolled now and in at least 3-degree related credit hours for the summer semester

Contact for further information.

Do you need a private space for your group to study.   The study rooms are available on a first come basis.
The library has 3 small study rooms for 2 people, and a larger room with room for 4.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

TRIO is accepting applications for Spring 2022!   TRIO offers eligible students great services including academic coaching, tutoring, cultural activities, workshops and study space.  Check out the attached flyer for information on services and eligibility, or visit the TRIO web page to apply now! Contact the TRIO office at or 505-428-1364.  

Applications are being accepted for Fall 2022 SFCC students who are interested in pursuing healthcare careers. This federally funded program provides opportunities for students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to explore healthcare options while also offering tutoring support to be successful in college. The deadline for the application process is September 15, 2022. For more information on eligibility and program benefits, see program information sheet.

The Donohue Family SkillPointe Scholarship Contest is open to applicants who are U.S. citizens of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, and are sixteen (16) years of age or older at the time of application. Applicants must be pursuing non-credit courses at an approved community college, technical college or other training institution. Non-credit courses do not count toward a college degree. Current employees, officers, directors and agents of Sponsor and its related companies and members of their immediate families (defined as spouse, parents, siblings and children) and persons residing at the same address are not eligible to win. Void where prohibited.  For more information or to submit an application go to:

Always Your Champion,

Dr. Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos
Associate Vice President for Student Success
Santa Fe Community College