SFCC Student Weekly Connection 5/14

Good morning, Students,

     Congratulations as you complete the Spring 2021 semester!  You should be extremely proud of yourself!  Despite the pandemic challenges, you persevered, and continued your academic journey.  Santa Fe Community College is honored you chose us to help you in this journey and it has been a pleasure to work with and for you this semester.  Tomorrow, we will celebrate well over 300 students who will be graduating in a virtual commencement ceremony (details below).  Please take a minute and join me in congratulating each one of them!  You did it – job well done!!  Best wishes for you all as you now take action and put what you learned into the community and workforce.

     Students, we look forward to having you with us, again, real soon.  Whether you can join us for the summer term (starts June 7) or fall (starts August 23),  I hope you can find some time to rest and rejuvenate – you deserve some time to take care of you.  As the campus gradually begins to reopen (details soon to come) we look forward to meeting with you in person and welcoming you back on campus.  Until then, please remember SFCC is always here for you and can provide most services for you virtually or curbside.  As always, if I can be of service, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Always your Champion,

Dr. Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos
Associate Vice President for Student Success

Spring Graduation

​Students who are graduating in the Spring will be honored during Virtual Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 15th.  Graduates will not be on campus, but they will be celebrated as their names and degrees/certificates will be announced.  Some students have even submitted their photos.  Join us during a live stream on YouTube at and on SFCVTV-16 on Comcast!  Congratulations to all our graduates!

SFCC Spring 2021 Virtual Graduation


Whether you are graduating or seeking employment, SFCC has an excellent tool to offer you assistant – Career Coach.  Career Coach contains information on vacant positions in the community and surrounding areas, helps you with program alignment based on career interests, assistance with resume building, career assessment, and much more.  Contact your Career Services Coordinator, Gerard Martinez at or call at 505-428-1877 for more information.

Career Coach – Welcome to Career Coach (

YouTube – We give students the skills they need to be competitive in today’s economy. We share a vision of a better future by exemplifying exceptional leadership, advocacy and support on behalf of the community colleges.

Career Fair

In partnership with the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, Santa Fe Community College Career Services are excited to announce a virtual Business & Career Resource Fair.  On Thursday, May 20th participants will have access to several businesses, presentations, networks, and much more.  Click on the CareerExpo flier in the attachments for further information.


​Summer 2021 registration is happening NOW!!  Schedule your appointment TODAY with your academic advisor!!

1)      Returning students are strongly encouraged to work with an academic advisor prior to registering. Contact at Academic Advising at 505-428-1275 or

       2)   Registration is at Interested students are encouraged to contact SFCC’s Welcome and Advising Center at 505-428-1270.


1)  The Campus Cupboard is offering FREE FOOD distribution each Friday from 12-4pm.  Students can drive-up to the West Wing for a contactless pick-up.  We currently do not require any student identification.  Students do not leave your vehicles drive-up, open your trunk and your food will be placed in your trunk. 


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.   The 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 applications are available now.

Important Dates

1)  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

2) Students need to pay their current balance in order to register for the subsequent term.  Please contact the Cashiers office today or visit your student account online (

3) Last day for students to withdraw from Spring 2021 individual courses was April 1.


Study Space – Do you need a quiet place to study?  The Library is now open to you for study by reservation.    To make reservations visit:

Technology – Do you have a laptop or hotspot checked out from the SFCC campus?  The library is now making appointments for returning technology to campus.  To make an appointment visit: 

Resource of the Week 

Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon 505 Camino De Los Marquez Santa Fe, NM 87505 | 505-982-8932 |

Serves Santa Fe and surrounding areas. Their primary purpose is to provide information regarding AA meetings to people who would like to get sober. Check their website for resources such as meeting materials and literature in English and Spanish. Also, helps people by providing information about local agencies and services related to drug and alcohol abuse. The office is only open on Wednesday afternoons because of Covid, but the answering service that provides necessary information is still at full capacity. Meetings are listed on the website with links to connect via Zoom. Volunteers speak English and Spanish.

Sirve a Santa Fe y sus alrededores. Su propósito principal es brindar información sobre las reuniones de AA a las personas que deseen mantenerse sobrias. Consulte su sitio web para obtener recursos tales como material para reuniones y literature en ingles y español. Además, ayuda a las personas brindándoles información sobre agencias y servicios locales relacionados con el abuso de drogas y alcohol. La oficina solo abre los miércoles por la tarde debido a Covid, pero el servicio de contestador que proporciona la información necesaria todavía está a plena capacidad. Las listas de reuniones estan en el sitio web con enlaces para conectarse a través de Zoom. Los voluntarios hablan inglés y español.


It’s not too late to apply for Spring 2021 scholarships.  Visit for more information and scholarship application 

Summer Scholarship Application now available

Scholarships are available for full and part-time students in all qualified areas of study including but not limited to: Business, Early Childhood, Engineering, Nursing, Computer Studies, Culinary and more. There are scholarships for Native American students, Hispanic students and students with disabilities (must be registered with the SAS department), international and non-U.S. citizens. See attached flyer for info, or visit

Study Space

Are you need of a safe study space?  By reserving a space at the Higher Education Center (HEC), you will have access to WIFI, safe and quite space in an in-door facility.  Students will make reservations by emailing from their SFCC email account.  Check out the HEC Study Space flyer for more information.

Support Groups

Counseling Services is opening an online Support Group as well as a Grief Support Group to new members. Taking place via a secure video platform for the second half of the spring semester, the groups will begin the week of April 5th and meet for 6 weeks. Group sessions will meet for 1 hour.

The group meeting times are as follows:

Support Group: Thursdays at 5:30pm (1hr)

Grief Support Group: Thursdays at 2pm (1hr)

Please email if you are interested in participating or have questions. We very much look forward to having you join our groups!

UNM Ambassador Program

Apply by May 31 for Health Sciences Ambassador Program (deadline extended) (

The UNM Health Sciences Center Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offers

the Health Sciences Ambassadors Program hosted at SFCC.

The program is an academic year-long program providing new students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in health careers a year-to-year program to ensure they matriculate and graduate to their next level of education.

For more information on eligibility and program benefits, see the program information sheet.

Apply online now!  See flyer for more information.

Watermark Scholars Program

The application period is now open for the Watermark Scholars program! 

Watermark is offering women in STEM scholarships for the fall 2021 academic term to provide much-needed support for college students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM)-related studies and careers.

Two students will be selected from the pool of applicants, and awardees will each receive $5,000 to help continue their education.

To participate in the Watermark Scholars program, applicants are asked to submit either a written essay, up to 500 words, or a short video on the topic of “Who has inspired you to pursue a career in science or technology, and what do you want to achieve upon graduation?” We’re looking for students who have been inspired by recent events and changes in learning and want to make a difference in their careers!

We’re asking you to help us share this opportunity with your students by posting this link on your institution’s website and sharing it with the appropriate internal resources:

The deadline to submit entries is July 15, 2021, and awardees will be notified in August. 

Always Your Champion,

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