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Gloria Ladson-Billings, Ph.D. to keynote convocation

SFCC has invited all faculty, staff and students to virtually participate in the Convocation keynote speech from 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday August 13 by Gloria Ladson-Billing. She is a global thought-leader and renowned scholar in the field of education and equality within the education system. Read her bio here.

The talk will be video streamed on SFCC’s official YouTube Channel starting at 11 a.m. The video will be available for replay shortly after the talk. A question and answer session will take place after the presentation. Follow-up breakout sessions with sj Miller and Valerie Nye begin at noon.

In preparation for this virtual visit, please consider reviewing two of her foundational articles: Toward a Theory of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, and From the Achievement Gap to the Education Debt: Understanding Achievement in U.S. Schools.

In addition, we also encourage you to watch her video on Building Culturally Relevant Schools Post-Pandemic.

Everyone please mark your calendar so you don’t miss this incredible virtual presentation. Please invite others in the community to view the presentation.

News and Announcements

Radio series to feature teachers of traditionally hands-on classes

Teaching the trades and other traditionally “hands-on” classes in a socially distant world presented our faculty with many new challenges. To learn more about some of these programs and what SFCC classes will look like for students this Fall, tune into KSWV 810 AM & 99.9 FM on Mondays and Wednesday mornings from 8-8:30 a.m. starting this coming Monday, August 10. Featured programs include: Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Film, Solar and Sustainable Technologies, Alternative Fuels, Controlled Environment Agriculture and more.

Each segment features faculty who will talk about their department’s programs, career opportunities, adaptive teaching strategies, safety protocols for on-campus instruction and more. Stream at or tune-in on the radio. Links to the interviews will be posted on our event page after they air.

Scheduled guests & dates are as follows:
8/10 – Julia Furry and Allen Mirabal, Automotive Dept.
8/12 – Jerry Dakan, Culinary Dept.
8/17 – Ute Jannsen-Kerr, Massage/Fitness Dept.
8/19 – Milton Riess, Film Dept.
8/24 – Xubi Wilson, Green Building/Solar Dept.
8/26 – Stephen Gómez, Ph.D., Alt Fuels and Sustainability
8/31 – R. Charlie Shultz and Pedro Casas, Controlled Environment Agriculture and Greenhouse

Congratulations dental program graduates!

On Aug. 7, Dr. Aamna Nayyar hosted a virtual pinning/graduation ceremony for the dental certificate graduates. Congratulations to Dr. Nayyar, the dental program faculty, staff and hard working students who had to finish their studies following strict COVID-19 safety protocals! The hard work paid off. Many in the class have already started working in jobs with their new skills. Several students will continue to work to get their associate degrees. Two graduates said they plan to go on to higher education with their sights on becoming dentists! Dr. Aamna Nayaar, you and your team inspire us all!

Inset photo: Screenshot from virtual pinning. Image shows Natalia Gonzalez, who received her certificate in dental assisting. She is working toward an AAS in Dental Health and wants to continue to study to become a dentist.
Watch this video of the celebration.

OIT Maintenance Sunday, August 16

OIT will be performing system maintenance from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday, August 16, 2020. All systems will be affected by intermittent outages.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the OIT Service Desk at 505-428-1222

Listen: Kate McCahill on Cline's Corner

Listen to the podcast as Santa Fe Community College Faculty Advisor Kate McCahill talks about the new edition of the Santa Fe Literary Review with Lynn Cline on KSFR 101.1 FM’s Clines Corner.


Virtual Pet Therapy August 19

SFCC Library is hosting a virtual pet therapy event on Wednesday, August 19 from noon to 1 p.m. If your department is anything like ours, your pets make regular (and unwanted!) appearances during your staff meetings. Well, this is one virtual meeting they are welcome to crash! Please bring your furry (or otherwise) friends to meet and greet your SFCC colleagues at this fun and informal event! Open to staff, faculty, and students.

RSVP required:


Santa Fe LITERARY REVIEW available for pick up

Complimentary copies of the 2020 SANTA FE LITERARY REVIEW are available for safe curbside pickup at the Santa Fe Public Library branches, at the SFCC Library and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center. See the details regarding times and locations in this press release.

The SANTA FE LITERARY REVIEW is produced annually by SFCC students, faculty and alumnae. This keepsake publication features work by regional writers and artists, as well as contributors from around the world. To learn more, visit Santa Fe Literary Review. Also, preview the magazine here.

Mark your calendars and reserve a spot at the online reception on October 22. Register here.

Testing Center to provide Hi Set testing in August

The Testing Center will provide official HiSet testing services in August.

The Testing Center will be offering the exams from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but you must register in advance.

Register for for the HiSet at:

Please note: Due to Covid 19, students have not had access to the GED and Hi Set tests. It is important that students take advantage of this opportunity to complete their High School Equivalency as it might not be available again during the fall semester.

Be Counted: Help your community for the next 10 years

Why is the census important? If New Mexico undercounts residents by only 1%, we would lose $780 Million Dollars. (

Be counted! If you have received an invitation, respond using your Census ID.

If you haven’t received a census letter or paper questionnaire with your Census ID, wait to respond. Census workers will drop off paper questionnaires at your front door.

When people respond online or over the phone using their Census ID or mail back their completed paper questionnaire, we can get the best count of the community.


SFCC's phased Reopening Plan

In alignment with SFCC’s 2020 COVID-19 Strategic Plan, the “SFCC CARES: COVID-19 Readiness Plan” for fall semester 2020 emphasizes a smart and compassionate return to campus. The carefully measured approach will continue to balance the educational and health needs of our campus.

As circumstances stand today, our fall semester may not feel significantly different than our summer. The best way to ensure the safety of our community is to minimize our person-to-person contact.

The above statements are from the comprehensive SFCC: Cares Covid-19 Readiness Plan. The plan is a 58-page document.

The college is currently in Phase 0 and will move into Phase 1 at the beginning of the fall semester.

For a concise, illustrated guide to the college’s phased reopening plan please visit


Fall registration continues! Consider taking a class

SFCC’s fall semester registration continues.

You need to use the Look for Classes in the drop down menu.

Employees: Please consider using your EEB benefit to take classes.

Perhaps, you have a family member graduating from high school. Help them get a jump start on college by enrolling now. Have them reach out to the Welcome and Advising Center at or call 505-428-1270 to get started.


Laptop Discounts for Staff, Faculty and Students

The Office of Information Technology is excited to announce a partnership with Dell. Students, Staff and Faculty may purchase laptops, monitors and computer accessories with the SFCC educational discount.

To get started log into and click on the SFCC Dell Campus Announcement to access the selected discounted equipment.

Capital Improvement Projects scheduled for July and August

We are excited to announce several upcoming Capital Improvement Projects scheduled to begin in July and August as follows:

August 3 to end of October (3 months)– Phase I Parking Lot Improvements to repave SFCC’s Main Lot, crack seal, fog and stripe Accessible Lot, Carpool Lot and TATC West Lot.

July 20 to November 20 (120 Days) – Roofing Upgrades for Main Campus

August 3 to November 3 (3 months) – Waste Water Treatment Plant Gravity Sewer line transfer to Ranchlands Utility & Irrigation Upgrades

The Main Lot will be closed starting in August and all other lots are available for parking during construction. While we apologize for any inconvenience, we appreciate your patience. For questions, please contact F & O (Facilities and Operations) Project Manager (formerly POM), Andrea Mueller at 505-930-9781.

Operation Bandana still needs help with mask making, phone calls, deliveries and more!

We recently spoke with the Nursing student duo Robin Carillo Ortiz and Erin Price of Operation Bandana NM and their main request was: We Need More Help With All Tasks.

They are in their final weeks before going back as full-time nursing students. They are looking for other students or staff who could take on coordinating the operation this fall.

To find out more about their needs for mask making, help with deliveries, supply donations for The Navajo Nation and assistance with phone calls read this recent update from Inside SFCC, “Nursing students lead Operation Bandana.”

SFCC in the news

The following stories either featured or mentioned SFCC or one of its employees.

7/23/20 LANL Foundation Awards Career-Bound Students With Its 2020 Career Pathways Scholarships, Investing In Scholars Of All Ages Set To Improve Their Lives And Communities

07/22/2020, Higher Ed Looking Ahead

7/12/20, “Santa Fe Community College braces for 25% enrollment drop,” focused on enrollment and SFCC Foundation Student Emergency Assistance Fund.

Student Spotlight

Campus Cupboard delivers food Thursday afternoons

Ed Worden of SFCC’s Campus Cupboard will be packing bags of food items for students. There will be pantry staples, snacks and canned goods. SFCC Students experiencing food insecurity are encouraged to take advantage of this new service.

Students should call 428-1775 on Thursday afternoons (noon to 4 p.m.) and drive up to the West Wing entrance. Groceries will be delivered into their trunk or left outside for pickup.

Campus Cupboard is distributing in collaboration with the Food Depot, and no one will be turned away.

For more information, call Ed Worden at 428-1775.

Students: Do you need a laptop or hotspot?

Students: Do you need a laptop or internet access for online classes? SFCC has hotspots and laptops available for checkout. You must be a credit seeking student and be registered for the fall semester to qualify for this program.

Use this link to request an appointment:

Book an appointment

You will need to follow the protocols at the link below to come to campus for your appointment:

Protocols to come on campus.

Questions? Email or call (505) 428-1222.

Did you have checked out equipment from this summer? Please return them no later than August 14 to avoid late fees. Use the same link to book a return appointment.

Online Student Orientation is available now!

The SFCC Online Student Orientation is available now! This is a Free Canvas course that is a ‘self-enroll’ course.

Please enroll online at:


Contract for a Better Tomorrow scholarship application open

The 2020-2021 application for the Domanica Foundation Contract for a Better Tomorrow (CBT) Scholarship Program is open!

CBT is a performance-based scholarship, which helps students complete and graduate from one of SFCC’s certificate or associate degree programs. CBT is for first-generation college students and is open to US Citizens, Permanent Residents, International and non-US students.

Please visit our website for eligibility requirements.


SGA seeks new officers, senators

Student Government Association president Ian Widrick Martinez invites all students to consider becoming an SGA leader.

Student Government Association has two open Executive Officer Positions and seven open Senator Positions.

Executive Officer Positions:
• Vice-President
• Secretary
Senator Positions:
• Liberal Arts, Arts, Design and Media Arts
• Trades, Advanced Technology & Sustainability, Business and Education
• Health, Math and Science, Fitness Center
• Communication & Public Relations
• 2 SGA Appointed Senator Positions

Requirements to run for office:
 WEDNESDAY meetings/trainings 11:30-1:30 p.m.
 A minimum of 14-24 office hours per month depending on position.
 Maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
 Have a declared major and enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credit hour classes in the current semester.

Click here to get more information and an application packet!

Application packets must be submitted by 5 p.m. August 20 to

Ian Widrick Martinez adds, “Together, the student voice has never been stronger.”

Apply now for new Massage Therapy certificate program

SFCC is now accepting and reviewing applications to enter the Certificate of Massage Therapy program. SFCC is launching that program with online only classes in the fall semester for those accepted into the program. For information on admission to the program visit SFCC Massage Therapy program.

Ute Jannsen-Kerr, who is directing the certificate program said, “The college is excited to offer this new program. Massage therapy contributes to the health and well-being of those seeking stress relief, as well as relief from aches and pains. People must apply this summer to be reviewed for access to beginning online classes this fall.” Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEX) in order to qualify for NM State licensure.

Note: All fall classes for this program will be online. Please apply now to secure a spot in the program. For more information contact Ute Jannsen Kerr at
or call 505-428-1420.


Apply for 2020-2021 SFCC and Foundation Scholarships

SFCC has state institutional and Foundation private scholarships available for new and returning students to help pay for college for the upcoming academic year.

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.

Financial need, a minimum cumulative and term GPA of 2.50 and enrollment in at least 6 credit hours in a degree plan are required for most scholarships.
You may apply for an SFCC scholarship now at:

A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a Dreamer’s Financial Aid Application (non-US Citizens only) will be required to determine need. The Dreamers Financial Aid Application can be found at: under “FORMS”.

If you have questions please email the Financial Aid Office at from your SFCC student email account. Make sure to include your Student ID number in the email.

If awarded, your scholarship may be continued until you graduate providing you continue to meet the criteria.

Lock in your scholarship now for current and upcoming academic years.

Career Services Virtual Drop-In Clinic Tuesdays and Thursday

SFCC Career Services Virtual Drop-In Clinic
Sessions Available Tuesdays and Thursdays
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Resumes
  • Application Letters
  • Job Searches
  • Career Coaching

Book a session online


Employee Announcements

Faculty & Staff: Reminder Convocation begins 8:30 a.m. Thursday

Welcome to the launch of our fall semester. Please check your email from President Rowley, as well as SFCC Connects – (the Intranet) in My SFCC to see the latest schedule. Please note that some sessions are listed as Mandatory for all Staff and Faculty, such as the opening at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 and the 11 a.m. keynote address.

Note: All meetings will be held virtually. Look on your calendar for links to the meetings. If you do not see a meeting in your calendar, please contact the person who is listed next to the session.

Communicating effectively in COVID-19: An interactive workshop

Val Nye and Kate McCahill will be offering their popular workshop on Communicating effectively in COVD-19: An Interactive Workshop during convocation week. The workshops will be offered to staff and faculty through MicroSoft Teams from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, August 17 and 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 18.

This workshop will help faculty and staff to communicate more effectively, more compassionately, and more reliably. Attendees can expect to gain easy, practical strategies for managing emails, participating in online meetings, and creating supportive and collaborative online workplace and classroom environments.

Please see details and login information here: communicating during covid-19_convocation[2305843009234503541]

Presented by SFCC Library Director Val Nye and Assistant Professor of English Kate McKahill.

Still openings in CE classes

Continuing Education has moved online this summer. There is a robust selection of classes, such as Kids Stuff, language classes, professional development and personal enrichment classes. So whether you’d like to learn about plant-based cooking or upgrade your technology skills there are classes to fit your needs. There are still openings in great classes.

Registration is online and easy to access. Consider using your EEB benefits.

Students can register for noncredit classes anywhere, anytime. Employees: To use your EEBs for Continuing Education classes, complete the EEB form before you register, then contact Continuing Education at or 505-428-1676. Their team will help you and your dependents complete registration.

To browse classes and register go to:

You can also browse through the summer schedule.

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FEC classes recognized as Best of Santa Fe, register now!

SFCC’s Fitness Education Center’s classes and studios were recognized in Santa Fe Reporter’s Best of Santa Fe Guide.
Here are the winners:

• Best Fitness Classes: SFCC Fitness Education Center Second place!
• Best Pilates Studio: SFCC First place!
• Best Yoga Studio: SFCC Third place!

Congratulations to our SFCC FEC fitness staff and instructors. Academic Program Director Ute Jannsen-Kerr said, “How cool is that the one local organization you’d hope would be really good at teaching any random thing would show up in our best yoga, fitness class and Pilates categories? SFCC rocks, y’all.” This fall all of the fitness classes will be online. Reserve your spot by registering today! Employees use your EEB credits.