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TRIO is now accepting applications from students

The TRIO Program is recruiting new students. Student Support Services (SSS) TRIO is a federally funded grant program designed to work with 160 Santa Fe Community College students. The program serves low-income students, first-generation students, and students with disabilities. Please encourage students to apply to participate in TRIO.

TRIO continues to serve students with tutoring and other resources in an online capacity.

Find applications and more information at TRIO Student Services. Questions? Contact or call 505-428-1364.

Above, TRIO student Alexandra Romero (photo and story by Ted Alcorn used by permission of New Mexico In Depth) was recently interviewed for the Jan. 12 story, “Persistence, Help From Families and Organizations pays off.

News and Announcements

Certificate in Massage Therapy now an Approved Program with NCBTMB

The Certificate in Massage Therapy at SFCC is now an Approved Program with NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork)!
Our graduates will be able to apply to be Nationally/Board Certified in Massage Therapy and will have a national license.
A NCBTMB Assigned School is an institution researched and approved by NCBTMB, proving the school is legitimate, operating legally and meets our minimum curriculum requirements of 500 hours of education. NCBTMB Assigned Schools are awarded an Assigned School Code once programs are approved. This code is required for graduates of a school’s massage therapy program(s) to sit for the Board Certification Examination.
Visit to learn more.


Just In Passing Lunchtime Conversation, Feb. 3

Everyone is welcome! Join us for a casual conversation on February 3 at noon. We will meet online. Bring your lunch!

Join us here:


Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos shares her personal educational journey on KSWV

Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos, Associate Vice President for Student Success, shared her personal educational journey during a recent interview on KSWV. Listen here.


PROTEC offers skills and paid internship

Do you know someone who has lost a job or needs new skills?

Professional Readiness for Technical Career Program (PROTEC) offers preparatory training for entry-level employment in a variety of industries and is designed for individuals who are currently unemployed, under-employed, re-entering the workforce or looking to increase their hire-ability in Santa Fe County. Accepted applicants will have an opportunity for a paid internship.

PROTEC is an SFCC collaboration with Santa Fe County and New Mexico Workforce Connection. Read more here.

Applications are due Feb. 15. Apply at

For more information about the PROTEC program contact SFCC Continuing Education program at 505-428-1676 or

Hear a recent interview about PROTEC here.

Photo: CE Enrollment Specialist Paloma Anaya-Trujillo


Listen to podcast to hear about a new technology system to help students

Listen to this recent podcast where Northern New Mexico College President Rick Bailey and President Rowley explore the benefits students will experience with a new technology system shared by five colleges on the Jan. 22 edition of the Richard Eeds Show on KTRC.


Library Spring 2021 Curbside Services

The SFCC Library is offering curbside services for the spring semester. Students, faculty, and staff may request library items for pickup here:

Students may request printing services for curbside pickup here:

Curbside hours are

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays
  • by appointment.

Send questions to:

Migrating Songbirds - Small and Mighty Mar. 9

Migrating Songbirds – Small and Mighty, an online presentation with Lenny Gannes
1 p.m. March 9, 2021

Register to attend:


Midtown Campus news

Several news stories in recent weeks indicated that the Midtown Campus developer wanted to end its contract with the city and the City Council has ended the agreement. SFCC is a partner in the Midtown Campus planning.

1/28/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe agrees to terminate midtown development contract

Jan. 28, Santa Fe Reporter, “Lights out for Midtown master developer: Council to reconvene evaluation team and consider alternative”

12/16, Santa Fe New Mexican, Editorial: “Developer’s exit brings new midtown opportunities”

Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 21 ran this story, “Midtown campus master developer wants out of contract.”

The Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 22 published this story, “What’s next for Santa Fe’s midtown campus?”

1/21/2021, Albuquerque Journal, “Developer pulls out of Santa Fe Midtown project.”

Image: Santa Fe Higher Education Center is on the edge of the Midtown Campus.

Moving Arts Española is moving on up

The Santa Fe New Mexican ran the story, “Moving Arts Española, Moving on Up” on Jan. 16.

From the story:
While Moving Arts generally has been focused on younger students, (Roger) Montoya, a state representative, wants to use the renovation to design programs for high school students aligned with career tracks offered at Northern New Mexico College and Santa Fe Community College.

“We’re intentionally creating an opportunity to do career development while continuing the arts model that’s our brand,” Montoya said. “Lots of music students — wouldn’t it be great for them to learn sound engineering?”

Read more about Moving Arts Española here.


SFCC supports rule change re: Opportunity Scholarship

In the Jan. 11 story in the Santa Fe New Mexican, “New Mexico Education Department seeks more funds for Opportunity Scholarship,” reporter James Barron wrote about changes to be proposed in the legislative session for the Opportunity scholarship.

From the story: The agency also is seeking to change student eligibility requirements, reducing credit hours from 12 to six, in an effort to accommodate working students and encourage workforce training. …

Becky Rowley, president of Santa Fe Community College, said she was especially excited about the possibility of relaxing the requirements for part-time students. She said 75 percent of students at the college fit that category, and many of them are balancing work and family obligations while taking classes.

Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos, assistant vice president for student affairs at SFCC, said the college received $510,970 in scholarship funds but used only $153,000 for 250 full-time students.

“It’s something that has been helpful for our students, but broadening the base of students who are eligible for it would make it that much more appealing,” Rowley said.

The Opportunity Scholarship covers tuition and fees for students pursuing two-year degrees and certificates at any tribal college or public higher education institution in the state, regardless of when they completed high school. It can cover up to 100 percent of a student’s tuition and fees, or the remaining amount after other aid, including the long-standing lottery scholarship, is applied. …


American Red Cross classes offered Spring 2021

Opportunities for American Red Cross training are available, register now at with the CRN listed below. For more information, call 428-1608, or click the course title to view a flyer.

First Aid & CPR/AED
Friday, February 12
CRN 30691 HLED 1120

Water Safety Instructor Course
April 9 – 18
CRN 30693 HLED 1140

Kids Campus resumed programming on Jan. 4

Kids Campus resumed programming on Monday, Jan. 4 and will continue serving children (infants – Pre K) Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Wait list applications are available online at


Val Nye's talk about intellectual freedom is postponed

Due to a scheduling conflict, SFCC Librarian Val Nye will present “Intellectual Freedom Stories from a Shifting Landscape” later in the spring semester. It had been scheduled for February. We’ll share the new date after it’s confirmed.

Register now for CE cooking classes and more in February

Want to get healthy this winter? Or just have fun? Check out the many CE classes that start soon.

Employees use your EEB Benefit. Need assistance with registration? Call 505-428-1676 or email


Media related to ERP system initiative to assist students

Many stories, columns and radio interviews are highlighting the Shared Services Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiative including these:

1/7/2021, University Business, “5 New Mexico colleges launch groundbreaking partnership”

12/18/2020, Santa Fe New Mexican, “SFCC among 5 New Mexico colleges to collaborate on admissions/transfers”

12/12/20, Santa Fe New Mexican, “My View: Colleges introduce new collaborations.”

SFCC in the news

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

1/9/21, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe celebrates 35 years”

12/24, 20, KSFR radio interview, SFCC’s Spirit of Giving with Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos.

12/18/20, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Estevan Ortega at the Visual Arts Gallery”

12/17/2020, Los Alamos Daily Post, LANL Community Conversation Highlights COVID, Economy.

12/12/20, Santa Fe New Mexican , “Our View: Stronger local food systems will strengthen N.M.” Column cites SFCC’s Controlled Environmental Agriculture as a world leader.

12/06/2020, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe man opens his home and his heart to foster boys,” profiles SFCC locksmith Paul Arellano.

Student Spotlight

Student Weekly Connection Jan. 29

This week’s Student Success newsletter, SFCC Weekly Connection contains great information about resources, opportunities, and student activities events.


Submit your work for Katie Besser Student Art and Writing Awards

When inspiration strikes, remember to submit your work for the Katie Besser Student Art and Writing awards!

Categories include Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction/Academic Essay, Text & Image.

For more informataion on prizes and how to submit your work, visit:


New Mexico Tech Open House Feb. 6

Research @ Tech Day
February 6, 2021

Additional open house to be held February 20.

Log on to learn more about all that NM Tech has to offer. Research @ Tech Day is a chance for prospective students and their families to learn more about academic programs from Tech faculty, as well as various student services such as financial aid, housing, student clubs, and more.

Learn more and RSVP: Research @ Tech Day


Additional students added to Fall 2020 Dean's List

Congratulations to the additional Santa Fe Community College students on the amended Dean’s List. These outstanding students maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the fall 2020 semester.

View additional students at:

View the original Dean’s List at


SFCC Counseling Services offers spring support groups

Spring Semester Support Groups
through SFCC Counseling Services

As the challenges of student life continue, Counseling Services is here to support you. We are offering online Support and Grief Support Groups. Taking place via a secure video platform for the first half of the spring semester, the groups will begin the week of February 1st and meet for 6 weeks.

Please sign up here or email if you are interested in participating. We are collecting responses in order to select meeting times.

We very much look forward to meeting with you!


LANL announces Spring 2021 Career Pathways Scholarship recipients

Congratulations to the many SFCC students who received Spring 2021 Career Pathways Scholarships! These are awarded to students pursuing a two-year degree, trade or certificate.

Here’s the list of SFCC’s recipients:

  • Cynthia Adams of Santa Fe, studying Controlled Environment Agriculture
  • Jamal Allen of Santa Fe, studying Computer Science
  • Yolanda Alvarez Olivas of Santa Fe, studying Human Services and Early Childhood Education
  • Sabrinah Coriz of Santa Fe, studying Allied Health: Nursing
  • Shenelle Coriz of Santo Domingo Pueblo, studying Human Services
  • Stacie Froman of Los Alamos, studying Paralegal Studies
  • Raul Garcia of Santa Fe, studying Computer Networks and Website Design at Santa Fe Community College
  • James Renata of Santa Fe, studying Allied Health
  • Steven McQuiston of Santa Fe, studying Culinary Arts and Controlled Environment Agriculture
  • Andrea Montoya of Santa Fe, studying Criminal Justice
  • Joy Nwodo of Santa Fe, studying General Studies: Science
  • Brandon Pierce of Santa Fe, studying Welding
  • Raylynn Quintana of Española, studying Nursing
  • Ryan Ramaker of Santa Fe, studying Computer Science and Communication Technologies and Engineering Machining Technologies
  • Mateo Wester of Santa Fe, studying Controlled Environment Agriculture


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. 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 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.


Student Emergency Fund assistance

If you are currently enrolled in the Spring semester and experiencing financial challenges apply for some assistance from the Student Emergency Assistance Fund. Applications can be found in MYSFCC under Resources (Emergency Assistance Fund). Applications are reviewed frequently, and funds are directly awarded to your account. Please note: Funds cannot cover the cost of tuition or books.

SFCC Student Activities Group on Facebook

The Office of Student Development has a new, private Facebook group, SFCC Student Activities!

The group is for current SFCC students only and will be a virtual space where students can interact and participate in OSD activities.

Visit to join today!


Employee Announcements

Employees: Conversation with the President video available

Employees: Save the Date - Professional Development Day on March 5

Employees: Please save 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 5 for Professional Development Day. A subcommittee of SFCC’s President’s Diversity Advisory Committee is working with other collaborators to present a dynamic conference day of online workshops and interaction revolving around equity, diversity and inclusion. The overall theme is Anti-Racist Leadership.

As the day gets closer, you’ll be getting more details.

How to enroll for COVID 19 vaccine

Please see the President’s update from Jan. 8 to see how to enroll for the COVID-19 vaccine.

SFCC encourages you to enroll soon, so our state can more effectively distribute the vaccine and notify you when vaccine doses will be available in your area.

NOVID phone app: The City of Santa Fe has partnered with NOVID to slow the spread of the virus. Download the free app at Read more about the app in this Dec. 15 Santa Fe Reporter story, “Spread the Word, not COVID-19.”

Since the update was released, there has been additional information about the phases of distribution. Read more here.


Gerard Martinez y Valencia shares opinion in My View column

Gerard Martinez y Valencia shared his opinion in the Jan. 17 issue of of the Santa Fe New Mexican in the “My View: Seize opportunity for cultural healing.”


Reminder: Don't speak to ERP vendors

In an email on Dec. 15, President Rowley shared an ERP update.

She stated: After months of incredibly hard work by dozens of our colleagues here and at our partner colleges at CNM, Clovis Community College, Northern New Mexico College, and San Juan College with the Shared Services Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiative, I am pleased to announce that our Shared Services ERP Request for Proposals will be posted on Friday, Dec. 18…
Later in the full message she notes,

“Thank you to our coworkers who have dedicated many hours to the Shared Services ERP RFP. Thank you, also, to all of you for continuing to honor the mandate that we must avoid all vendor contact now through the awarding of the contract next summer. We have already received a lot of outreach from vendors, and that has not been limited to those in OIT. Therefore, please remember to avoid responding to vendors. Should you hear from a vendor, please refer them to Gerrie Becker, Chief Procurement Officer for the RFP, 505-224-4551. Gerrie is the only person authorized to speak with vendors.”


Let's help slow the spread of the virus

Human Resource Director Luis Olivas shared this message on Nov. 20:
With COVID-19 cases increasing to the highest levels we have seen since the start of the pandemic, I just want to remind everyone of a few important pieces of information.

• Public health orders require that everyone wear a mask at all times outside of your home.

Social distance in public and avoid gatherings with people outside your household.

• If you are feeling ill, you should not come into work, and avoid any type of social setting. The College wants you to feel better before you return to work.

If you are feeling ill: Get tested and isolate yourself from others as much as possible. We need to help mitigate the health risk to others.

Call 1-855-600-3453 for testing information and results. A new testing site at 2501 Camino Entrada at Fire Station #7 is open 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

• If you do contract COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately. Notify your supervisor and human resources, these cases need to reported, we are here to support you.

Please do your part, to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy.

Do you need information on testing? Visit

Remember to wash your hands for a full 20 seconds!

Submit nominations for WOW awards

The Office of Human Resources reminds you to nominate who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC. The nomination form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, or by reaching out to Joanne Romero


Let Campus Weekly share your news

Let us know about your accomplishments and other news that you’d like to share. Please remember that the deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday to get an item in the next week’s issue. Submit here.

Registration opens Feb. 4 for lap swimming appointments

The registration system for making appointments for lap swimming will open Thursday, Feb. 4.

Beginning Feb. 8, 2021 the lap pool lanes are available to the public for limited individual appointments that begin on the hour from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. There is a $7 fee. (Employees please refer to recent email from Human Resources to use the codes as part of your employee benefits.)

Participants must be 18-years-of-age or older. Only those with reservations will be allowed inside at their appointment time. No visitors or children will be permitted to enter.

Swimming lap pool appointments are for 50 minutes.

To make an appointment:

Step 1: Create an account at:
Step 2: Make your lap pool lane appointment (3 appts. max at any time) at that site.
Step 3: Pay $7 for your appointment on the site.
Step 4: Show up for your appointment – enjoy!

Everyone must adhere to safe COVID-19 safety protocols:

You always need to wear a proper facemask when on SFCC Campus (except when in the water). See face covering guidelines.
Always maintain at least 6-feet social distancing.
Your temperature will be taken upon entry of the Fitness Education Center, you will be asked current COVID screening questions.
No showers and no locker rooms are available, come dressed to swim.
A limited number of restrooms will be available off the main lobby.
Please bring your own drinking water.
Leave promptly after your session has ended.
Please respect the facility manager and lifeguards on duty and adhere to their guidelines.
For more information, please contact the Fitness Education Center, 505-428-1751