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Student Success and Wellness Expo highlighted SFCC and community resources

Students stopped by information tables to learn more about resources for student success and wellness.

Last week’s Student Success and Wellness Expo was informational and offered fun and yummy mocktails as people strolled to the tables to find out more about SFCC and community resources.

Want more information about available resources? Visit the Student Wellness Center downstairs in Room LL 312, near the Atrium in the West Wing. The Student Wellness Center is a haven where students can find holistic student support, focusing on non-academic success to ensure they thrive.

See and register for upcoming events from the Student Wellness Center at

CE hosted an art opening on Feb.1; see the art outside room 567

Visitors enjoyed checking out the art and having tasty treats at the CE art opening and reception.

SFCC’s Continuing Education hosted an art opening on Feb. 1. The art exhibit on display outside of Room 567 features work by CE instructors, as well as talented CE students. The art work will be on display until mid-May. Continuing Education offers more than two dozen art courses throughout the year. Browse through the CE catalog and learn more by visiting or email for more information. Thank you to Bella Marie for sharing the photos!

SFCC SNA Blood Drive on Tuesday – register now

Student Nurses Association Club Blood Drive Hosted by Vitalant

Vitalant will be hosting a blood drive in the

SFCC board room February 6, 2024 12:00- 3:30 p.m. 

Aamna Nayyar spoke on KTRC to recruit volunteers for free dental event

Aamna Nayyar, D.D.S, Director of the Dental Health Program

ICYMI: Director of the Dental Health Program Aamna Nayyar, D.D.S., shared a Call for Volunteers for the Santa Fe Mission of Mercy (MOM) event happening this April with KTRC 1260 | 103.7 Radio Host Richard Eeds.

Listen to the podcast.

Dr. Nayyar also shared information about the college’s dental certificate and degree programs that lead to good-paying careers in New Mexico, noted for a need for more professionals in this in-demand career. SFCC’s Dental Health Program is partnering with New Mexico Mission of Mercy (NM MOM) on a free, two-day dental/medical clinic. The event requires more than 1,000 volunteers. The free clinic provides basic dental care and limited medical treatment, consultation, and education. It’s April 26-27 at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Volunteer info is here.

SFCC had info table at STEAM Day at the capitol

SFCC’s table with information and interactive activities at STEAM Day at the capitol.

Dean Barry Hubbard, Ph.D., reports that faculty and staff from SFCC’s School of Trades, Advanced Technology and Sustainability staffed a table at STEAM Day at the capitol last week. Read more about the day’s activities in this report from the LANL Foundation in the Los Alamos Daily Post, “Students Speak Up At 2024 STEAM Day At The Legislature.”

STEM Kits – Name Rockets & Robot Necklaces!
Available at the SFCC Library

Free Name Rocket and Robot Necklace STEM Kits are available for kids ages 4-7 at the SFCC Library.  All materials are included in the kits courtesy of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

The number of kits we have are limited, so come by the library soon!

For more information contact:

International Holocaust Remembrance Day and Celebration of Black History Month

This message was sent on Jan. 30, 2024:

Dear SFCC Community,

Today we reflect on two significant events in our history: the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the Celebration of Black History Month. Each community has endured incommensurable atrocities and yet have provided powerful legacies of strength, hope, and resiliency. Let us take a moment to reflect, honor, and celebrate these lives lost and their unyielding visions to keep their communities flourishing.

January 27 commemorates the anniversary and celebration of the liberation of those held in Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi extermination and death camp, in 1945. The United Nations affirmed that “The Holocaust, which resulted in the murder of one-third of the Jewish people, along with countless members of other minorities, will forever be a warning to all people of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism, and prejudice.” 

Black History Month is February, a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. In 1976, President Gerald Ford declared that we must “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Since then, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme.

The 2024 theme is dedicated to the global influence of African Americans in preserving their history and using memory as empowerment through the visual arts in performance, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and other forms of artistic and cultural expression.

Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, cautioned us that “To remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all.” let it serve as a guiding reminder that we must remain steadfast in our efforts to fight for liberation of those who still struggle for the right to be free from persecution.

Kind regards,

President’s Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC)
Becky Rowley, SFCC President
sj Miller, PDAC Co-chair
Marcos Maez, PDAC Co-chair

Día Internacional de la Conmemoración del Holocausto y celebración del Mes de la Historia Afroamericana

Estimada comunidad SFCC, 

Hoy reflexionamos sobre dos acontecimientos importantes de nuestra historia: el Día Internacional de la Conmemoración del Holocausto y la celebración del Mes de la Historia Afroamericana. Cada comunidad respectiva ha soportado atrocidades inconmensurables y, sin embargo, ha dejado poderosos legados de fuerza, esperanza y resiliencia. Tomémonos un momento para reflexionar, honrar y celebrar estas vidas perdidas y sus visiones inquebrantables de mantener florecientes sus comunidades. 

El 27 de enero se conmemora el aniversario y celebración de la liberación de los detenidos en Auschwitz-Birkenau, el mayor campo de exterminio nazi, en 1945. Las Naciones Unidas afirmaron que “El Holocausto, que resultó en el asesinato de un tercio de los judíos “La gente, junto con innumerables miembros de otras minorías, será para siempre una advertencia para todas las personas sobre los peligros del odio, la intolerancia, el racismo y los prejuicios.”

 El Mes de la Historia Afro Americana es febrero, tiempo para reconocer la importancia de los afroamericanos en la historia de Estados Unidos. En 1976, el presidente Gerald Ford declaró que debemos “aprovechar la oportunidad para honrar los logros de los afroamericanos, con demasiada frecuencia ignorados, en todos los ámbitos de nuestra historia.” Desde entonces, cada presidente estadounidense ha designado febrero como el Mes de la Historia Afroamericana y ha respaldado un tema específico. 

 El tema de 2024 está dedicado a la influencia global de los afroamericanos en la preservación de su historia y el uso de la memoria como empoderamiento a través de las artes visuales en la interpretación, la literatura, la moda, el folclore, el lenguaje, el cine, la música, la arquitectura, la gastronomía y otras formas artísticas y culturales expresión. 

 Elie Wiesel, un sobreviviente del Holocausto, nos advirtió que “permanecer en silencio e indiferente es el mayor pecado de todos.” Que sirva como recordatorio de que debemos permanecer firmes en nuestros esfuerzos para luchar por la liberación de aquellos que todavía luchan por el derecho a estar libres de persecución. 


Comité Asesor de Diversidad del Presidente (PDAC) 
Becky Rowley, Presidenta de SFCC 
sj Miller, Copresidente del PDAC 
Marcos Maez, Copresidente del PDAC 

SFCC partners with Grant County to offer free workforce training

File photo: SFCC’s popular fiber optics training.

SFCC has partnered with Grant County to offer free workforce development trainings. The popular workforce trainings offered by SFCC include online sessions for a Customer Service Bootcamp (on either February 20 and June 4) and Hospitality Industry Overview Trainings (Thursdays February 22 – March 21), as well as in-person certified fiber optic training (either May 13-17 or Oct. 28-Nov. 1).

Randy J. Hernandez, Planning and Community Development Director of Grant County, said, “I’m excited that Grant County, with funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, has partnered with Santa Fe Community College to conduct a series of workforce development trainings.  These free educational trainings are available to all employers, employees and the public with the intent to develop career-based opportunities that foster prosperity for individuals, businesses and our community while building a resilient and competitive workforce.”

“Santa Fe Community College is honored to work with Grant County and your communities,” SFCC Dean of Continuing Education and Contract Training Kris Swedin said, “We deliver quality workforce training tailored to the needs of employers and students. Completing students will earn SFCC Digital Badges that can be shared with employers to showcase their skills.”

Registration for the free classes for Grant County residents is through Grant County. Scroll down on the Grant County home web page and view under Latest News to see complete descriptions of these Workforce Development trainings: Customer Service Bootcamp,  Hospitality Industry Overview and Certified Fiber Optics Technician.

For details on the trainings being offered see the full press release.

Videos of reading and creative sessions by poet Janna Lopez available

SFCC & IAIA Creative Writing Programs partnered to present free online series

The Santa Fe Community College Library and SFCC’s Creative Writing program have partnered with the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) undergraduate Creative Writing Program for The Writing Generation Series. This free online series is open to the public and consists of two types of events: readings by New Mexico writers and creative sessions when attendees will be given writing prompts and time to write.

If you missed the January 24 reading by Janna Lopez you can now watch it here:

This video is from the Jan. 24 reading of “such is” by Janna Lopez.

On Jan 31, Lopez shared her creative approach of self-conversation with attendees. Read the full press release with Janna Lopez’s bio here and see the video below:

This video shows Janna Lopez lead a creative writing session on Jan. 29.

The series will continue with readings and creative sessions throughout the spring. The public is encouraged to join some or all of the free online events. Register to get a Zoom link to attend at

Future series events:

Manny Loley Reading on Wednesday, February 21 at 6 p.m.
Manny Loley Creative Session on Wednesday, February 28 at 6 p.m.

Serena Rodriguez Reading on Wednesday, March 20 at 6 p.m.
Serena Rodriguez Creative Session on Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m.

Final Attendee Reading (to shed the spotlight on the online event participants and attendees), May 1 at 6 p.m.

Learn more about SFCC and IAIA creative writing programs:


For more information on The Writing Generation Series, please contact SFCC Library Director Valerie Nye at or 505-428-1506.

Appointments open for free tax assistance

Service available from Jan. 29 to April 15

SFCC and AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will offer in-person tax assistance and preparation by appointment. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. The services are provided by volunteers from the community. Appointments can be made now at Tax preparation services will be done on SFCC’s main campus in rooms 408 and 410.

The State Coordinator of AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program Gene Varela said, “We’re delighted to partner again with Santa Fe Community College to offer this free service through AARP’s Foundation. We require appointments.  Services are being offered in classrooms near the spacious Campus Center at SFCC.”

All appointments can be made online. Individuals who do not have internet access can call 505-428-1780 beginning Jan. 30. Appointments, which are expected to quickly fill, will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Monday, Jan. 29 and ending Monday, April 15. For information, please leave a voicemail at 505-428-1780. Volunteers will return calls when possible. Multiple year returns may also require multiple appointments.

Tax-Aide services are not available during any holidays observed by SFCC including Spring Break from March 25 through April 1. Tax-Aide services will also observe all SFCC closures and weather delays. Appointments affected by weather delays or closures will be rescheduled. Visit to see notices of weather delays or closures.

Intake and other forms may be picked up at the site during tax preparation hours or you may download these forms at  Please arrive 15-30 minutes early for your appointment.

Please note: Individual appointments must be made for each member of a household or group that is filing a return. For taxpayers who are married and filing jointly, both individuals must be present to sign documents. Exceptions may be made only when a spouse is unable to be present due to health issues.

See details of what to bring at:

Become an ESL or Basic Literacy Tutor – trainings in February

Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe’s 12-hour training workshop prepares volunteers to tutor adults in English as a Second Language or Basic Literacy.

ESL Tutor Training
Orientation: Online, Thursday, February 8, 4-6 p.m.
Training: In Person, Friday, February 9 & Saturday, February 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
(There will also be a 2-hour follow-up workshop.)

Basic Literacy Tutor Training
Orientation: In person,  Thursday, February 29, 4-6 p.m.
Training: In person training Saturday, March 2, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (with a lunch break).

For more information, please call 505-428-1353 or visit to apply to be a tutor.

Volunteers needed; register now for NM MOM free dental event on April 26-27

Every year the New Mexico Mission of Mercy Dental Event travels to a different city in our state to offer free dental services to those most in need. This year, the event will be April 26-27 at the Santa Fe Convention Center. The group needs about 1,000 volunteers to help with the event. SFCC is a major partner in this event. SFCC’s Dental Health Program Director Dr. Aamna Nayyar and a team from SFCC’s Health and Sciences will be working with volunteers to get ready for the event. Any and all volunteers from the community are encouraged to apply before April 9 at You can also register by scanning the QR code in the graphic above.

The free dental clinic will help underserved New Mexicans. The free service will include everyone from homeless veterans to working adults who do not have the funds to pay for dental care. Many young children are served during the event.

Be a part of the largest charity event in the state. When you register you can let organizers know when you would be able to volunteer. Volunteers are needed throughout the event. No special skills are required. Invite your neighbors and friends to participate with you. When you register you’ll be given information on available meals during volunteer hours, etc.

Lina Germann, Ph.D., took oath of office on Jan. 24

Governing Board Member Lina Germann, Ph.D.

Lina Germann, Ph.D., was sworn in as the newest elected member of the SFCC Governing Board on January 24. Dr. Germann was sworn in by the Judge Bruce Black, who served as a United States district judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico from 1995 to 2017, during an online ceremony.
“Thank you so much – it’s a very, very precious moment for me,” said Germann. “Thanks to everyone here who helped me get to this moment.”

She was elected on November 7, 2023 to serve a six-year term on the Santa Fe Community College Governing Board in Board Position # 2.

Prior to her role on the Board, Germann has been a STEM educator, chemist and advocate for education for 26 years in Santa Fe.

Here are highlights from her biography:

Lina Germann, Ph.D., (during an online ceremony) takes the oath of office to become the newest elected member of SFCC’s governing board.

Lina Germann, Ph.D., MBA
Since moving to Santa Fe in 1997, Germann has been an advocate for STEM Education and education in New Mexico.

She has been an active community member, spearheading large community events, leading after-school STEM programs, as well as serving on local boards and committees.

In 2016, Germann founded STEM Santa Fe, an award-winning New Mexico 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which advocates for, develops and provides STEM programming, mentoring and resources for all youth, especially under-represented groups in STEM.

During her seven years leading STEM Santa Fe as its CEO, STEM Santa Fe earned multiple awards including Non-Profit of the Year for NM Excellence in STEM by AFRL-NM in 2018 and Piñon Visionary Award by Santa Fe Community Foundation in 2022. In addition, in 2023, she was honored among Women in Technology by New Mexico Technology Council—she received the STEM Equity and Inclusion award by NM Out-of-School Time Network, and in 2022 she was named Mentor of the Year for New Mexico Excellence in STEM by AFRL-NM.

Germann has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Boston College and an MBA from University of New Mexico. She is passionate about education as a path to achieve prosperity.

SFCC looks forward to working with Dr. Lina Germann. The next Governing Board meeting is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 in the Board Room (Room 223). The January Board Meeting was cancelled due to a lack of a quorum.

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Career and Major Exploration Workshops

SFCC’s Exploratory Academic Advisors and Career & Transfer Advisor will be hosting a Career and Major Exploration Workshop series on February 13th, March 5th, and April 9th. All SFCC students are welcome to attend any and every workshop in this series to learn about how to make career and major decisions using self-reflection! Join us in Room 204-I or use the QR code to get the meeting link from the Career and Transfer Services webpage!

Workshop 1: February 13 Introduction to Self-Exploration
Workshp 2: March 5, Career and Major Self-Reflection
Workshop 3: April 9, Now What? Putting It All Together

Please contact with any questions.

Wellness Wednesdays – Relaxation in the planetarium
Noon, Feb. 14

LANL Foundation Career Pathways Scholarship application is open

Applications are now open for LANL Foundation Career Pathways Scholarships. Please note it will take time to fill out an application. Applications are due by April 1. Apply here.

Congratulations Fall Graduates

Important information for Fall Graduates from the Office of the Registrar:


Diplomas will be sent by the end of January, both digitally and through traditional mail.
(This is the one you put in a frame.)

Official Transcripts

You may go online to request your official transcripts at Transcripts are your official, legal document to show you have been awarded a degree or certificate.
(This is the one you send to your employer, transfer college, etc.)


Please monitor your emails during the week of Feb 5-9 for an invitation to the Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremony. The Commencement Ceremony will be held on May 11, 2024.
(This is the celebration of your achievement/s.)

Commencement regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) information is pending. Continue to check your email and announcements for information when it becomes available. Commencement details will be in your invitation. 

Explore opportunities to work with young children

There are three options at SFCC to build your résumé, gain early childhood work experience and get paid! Check out the APRENDE Early Childhood Teacher Apprenticeship Program, apply for work study positions at Kids Campus by contacting, or Child Care On Call worker positions.

Petition to Graduate in Spring 2024

If you are eligible to graduate, you can now submit your petition to graduate next spring. The application opened in MySFCC on December 10. Graduates will be able to RSVP for spring commencement beginning in February.

Follow Student Parent Success Program on social media!

Financial Aid News: 2024-2025 FAFSA now open ; SFCC scholarship and loan applications opened Jan. 2

The Department of Education announced that the newly overhauled 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, opened to students and families by December 31, 2023.

The SFCC Spring 2024 Scholarship Application will be available on January 2, 2024.
The SFCC Spring 2024 Student Loan Application will be available on January 2, 2024.

Questions? Call 505-428-1268 or email

Upcoming Parent and Family Events

Student parents can become more fully engaged with the college and other parents by participating in a variety of parent and family events this semester. These events help them succeed as students, as well as parents.

This week: Designing Family Friendly Spaces, Educación Financiera Familiar, Family Friendly Group Study Hours

Upcoming Parent and Family Events:

Feb. 5, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Designing Family Friendly Spaces on Campus

Feb. 5, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Educación Financiera Familiar

Feb. 8, 2  – 5 p.m. Family Friendly Group Study Hours

Feb. 12, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Educación Financiera Familiar

Feb. 13, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Designing Family Friendly Spaces on Campus

Check the family and parent events web page for updates.

Students can bring their child(ren) with them while they study/do homework for class at the Family Friendly Group Study Hours at the SFCC Library. It’s an opportunity to meet other student parents and give their child(ren) a place to play and learn. Snacks, toys and children’s activities provided. Student parents are welcome to attend with or without children. It’s from 2 to 5 p.m. on most Thursdays. Check schedule.
Hosted by the SFCC Student Parent Alliance.

Mark your calendars for HESI Nursing Admission Exams in Jan. and Feb.

East Wing Eatery is hiring student employees

The East Wing Eatery needs student employees. Contact Rosina Chaparro at to learn more and apply.

Student Writing Awards – submit entries through March 1, 2024

Entries are being accepted for the SFCC writing awards now through 12 noon on March 1, 2024.
Categories include poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, academic essay, image/photography, instructor-nominated, & en español. Winners receive $50 and runners-up receive $25

Winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions will all be published in Accolades, will be invited to read at the celebration, and will also be considered for the SFCC Foundation Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship.

  • Applicants must be enrolled in at least three credits and should not yet have earned a degree.
  • Entries should be no more than 5 pages in length, typed, and attached as Word documents (or jpgs for images/photography).
  • No more than 6 submissions, excluding instructor nominations.
  • Please remove any identifying information from the entries.

Email submissions (or questions) to Please include name, A#, phone number, and the titles & categories of entries.

Counseling services available for students

Apply now for AwardSpring Scholarships

Here are the requirements that must be met for all Foundation scholarships for the Fall 2023 semester:

  • GPA (2.5 or higher)
  • Completion Rate (67% or higher)
  • Satisfactory Academic Status
  • Enrollment (6 credit hours or higher)
  • FAFSA on file
  • Completed Financial Aid file

For more assistance and information, please contact The Financial Aid office at

Schedule an online FAFSA appointment

Students who need FAFSA assistance can now schedule an appointment via a Calendly link. There are no longer weekly virtual FAFSA hours during the fall semester. 

Scheduling via Calendly allows students to schedule a specific time, allowing the time needed to complete their FAFSA. At this time, with many students inquiring for FAFSA assistance, the virtual hours wouldn’t allow for great one-on-one assistance.

Seeking Student Recruitment Ambassador

Are you outgoing and enjoy working with people? Join our student recruitment team!

The Office of Recruitment and Student Outreach is hiring a Student Recruitment Ambassador to assist with leading campus tours for individuals and large groups, to support SFCC’s Recruitment and Dual Credit team and assist with projects as needed. Our Ambassador will also participate in community and Santa Fe Public School events like college and career fairs and application drives.

Please contact Daniela Gurule at or 505-428-1149 if you are interested!

Interested in helping others? Campus Cupboard is seeking student employees

Interested in helping others? Campus Cupboard is hiring three Students as Campus Cupboard, The Exchange and Office Ambassadors.

Interested call 505-428-1582  or email

Students will work a maximum 20 hours per week. Must be registered for at least 3 CR in summer and 6 CR in fall and maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. Pay is $15/hour. Students do not need to be work-study eligible.

Ambassadors make a difference by providing excellent customer service, completing and fulfilling online and in-person orders, coordinating on-campus delivery events, maintaining inventory reports and ensuring products are readily available, maintaining a positive atmosphere, ensuring the cleanliness of space, and providing other opportunities to make a difference. Assist with campus events and activities. Ambassadors may have some physical requirements to fulfill.

Students: Need childcare? Make sure you’re on the Kids Campus waitlist

When a spot comes available at the Kids Campus, students get priority placement. Kids Campus wants to support student parents and hopes that those needing childcare will get on the waitlist.

Children of degree-seeking SFCC students, SFCC employees, and full-time students at the Higher Education Center are prioritized for placement to support a two-generation philosophy of education at the college.

Visit the Kids Campus website for more information. Students receive a 10% discount on the cost of Kids Campus and N.M. Early Childhood Education and Care Development offers Child Care Assistance to income-eligible students.

Student Resource Center is here for you

Connect with Community Resources
The Student Resource Center focuses on providing information to students about resources throughout the community and providing appropriate referrals to agencies. The resources focus on basic needs such as: housing and shelter, food, legal services, transportation, childcare services, utility payment assistance, and physical and mental health services. All services are free and confidential.

Conèctese con los Recursos de la Comunidad El Centro de Recursos para Estudiantes se enfoca en proporcionar información a los estudiantes sobre los recursos en toda la comunidad y proporcionar referencias apropiadas a las agencias. Los recursos se centran en necesidades básicas como: vivienda y refugio, alimentos, servicios legales, transporte, servicios de cuidado infantil, asistencia para el pago de servicios públicos y servicios de salud física y mental. Todos los servicios son gratuitos y confidenciales.

505–428-1194 | |

Plan on attending in-person follow-up Interact Communications session at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Jemez Rooms

President Becky Rowley sent this invitation to employees last week:

Faculty and staff members are invited to attend an important and insightful follow-up session hosted by Interact Communications, scheduled for Tuesday, February 6, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Jemez Rooms. This session will build on the momentum generated during the preliminary campus-wide communications and discovery sessions that took place during the previous fall semester. To foster open and meaningful face-to-face discourse, it has been requested that this event take place in-person.

Agenda Highlights: Welcome and Introductions – Staff and Faculty (9 to 9:30 a.m.)

  • Outcomes of the fall Discover session
  • Next steps in utilizing stakeholder input
  • Moving forward with an operational approach
  • Connection to Strategic Planning and College goals

Environmental Scan Review – Staff and Faculty (9:30 – 10:30 a.m.)

  • Market opportunities
  • Business and community insights
  • Hot jobs and declining industries
  • Personas of prospective students

The visit from Interact Communications will also include a variety of additional breakout sessions designed around feedback from specific programs, departments, and areas of focus. Invitations for these breakout sessions will be delivered in a separate message.

Your participation is crucial as we delve deeper into these important topics that directly impact our community college. Thank you for contributing to this significant process of discovery.

Please save the date, and we look forward to your active participation.

Best regards,

Becky Rowley, Ph.D.
SFCC President

Defensive Driving Certification Class Wednesday

As per policy 5-10, everyone is required to take a Defensive Driving Class prior to operating SFCC vehicles.

The next Defensive Driving Class has been scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday February 7, 2024 in the East Wing area in room 570. (Please arrive promptly or it will cause the class to go further in time.)

To receive full credit for the class, you must arrive promptly at 8 a.m. and attend the full 4-5 hours.

Please register by calling or emailing: X 1756 X 1403

Please provide the following information when you call or email us to make a reservation for the class:

  • Full name of individual attending.
  • Individual’s New Mexico driver license number; and a copy of the individuals driver’s license if not already on file
  • Department Name
  • Fleet vehicles are a great cost-effective way for employees to travel for work related reasons without incurring any personal vehicle expense and having to wait for a reimbursement.

If you have any questions about the program or the classes, please call Jackie or Steve at the numbers listed above.

Elizabeth Hunt exhibits her work at Taos Ceramic Center Gallery through March 17

Elizabeth Hunt, SFCC Ceramics Program Head, is the featured artist at the Taos Ceramic Center Gallery.

The Taos Ceramics Center Gallery has stated, “It is most honored to exhibit this extraordinary grouping of figurative ceramic and painterly works created by the exceptional hands and mind of Santa Fe, New Mexico artist, Elizabeth Hunt. Elizabeth is the Director of the Ceramics Program at the Santa Fe Community College, perhaps the largest and most respected ceramics program in northern New Mexico.” 

“We promise that this will be an exhibit that you will likely never forget. It’s amusing, bewildering, astonishing, and powerful, in a word… extraordinary! Elizabeth offers up a large body of work that is unique in every way.”

Taos Ceramic Center Gallery

The exhibition, “Cast of Characters,” opened on February 3 and continues through March 17.

Dive into Open Content: OER Licensing and Resources – By Jennifer Jordan

The video is a training conducted by Jennifer Jordan at UNM.  The training is an introduction to Online Educational Resources (OER).  She covers locating OER, creating OER, and integrating materials into courses.

Register for Suicide Prevention Training (QPR) either at 1 or 3:30 p.m. Feb. 15

Please join us in learning QPR, a nationally renowned, evidence-based suicide prevention program on Thursday, Feb. 15.  Dr. Marvel Harrison helps participants increase ease in talking about suicide and provides practical steps we can take to help people at risk. Register for either Session I (1 to 2:30 p.m.) or Session II (3:30 to 5 p.m.) at

Become a QPR Trainer – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 16

Learn to teach QPR classes in your community:

Friday, February 16, 2024
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Santa Fe Community College Board Room

Register now:

Mayra A. Gutierrez is the new director of the state model office for First Born® and More

Mayra A. Gutierrez, First Born® and More Model Office Director

Mayra A. Gutierrez is the new director of the state model office First Born® and More, based in the Early Childhood Center of Excellence (ECCOE) at the college.

First Born® and More is a home visiting program and curriculum that supports families with children ages prenatal to five. The program’s mission is to increase the health and wellness of women who are pregnant, families parenting children (ages 0-5) and families adopting their first baby. Housed at SFCC’s Early Childhood Center of Excellence, the program provides statewide training, curriculum, technical assistance, and licensing of First Born® Programs throughout New Mexico and nationally. Based on the belief that well-supported families are the foundation of healthy communities, First Born® focuses on strong relationships and health in the early years.

Director of the Early Childhood Center of Excellence Catron Allred said, “We are thrilled to welcome Mayra Gutierrez to the Early Childhood Center of Excellence (ECCOE) at Santa Fe Community College as the director of the state model office for First Born® and More. Mayra brings extensive experience in home visiting at the state level to her role as director that will continue to elevate First Born® and More as New Mexico’s premier universal home-visiting program for all families with children newborn to age 5.

Gutierrez brings a wealth of experience in early childhood education, as well as a strong community-based perspective after a decade of work with the Partnership for Community Action, along with state government experience with the Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD).

“I am delighted to join SFCC and support the growth and development of the First Born® and More model, as well as the Institute for Innovative Family Programs,” Gutierrez said. As the mother of two boys – a two-and-a-half-year-old and seven-month-old, she understands the importance of her position.

Most recently, Gutierrez led the Family Support and Early Intervention Division, one of three divisions with the Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD). As Division Director she was instrumental in increasing provider rates for home visiting and early intervention service providers in New Mexico. She brought new evidence-based home visitation models to support families with diverse needs and unique experiences. She also expanded the perinatal case management state program, Families FIRST to the Northeast region of the state and strengthened the relationships with New Mexico’s managed care organizations.

See Mayra A Gutierrez’s full bio and more in this press release.

For more information contact Mayra A. Gutierrez via email at or call 505-428-1059.

Meet LaNysha Adams, Ph.D., Director of the Wellness Center

LaNysha Adams, Ph.D., is the Director of the Student Wellness Center.

Meet LaNysha Adams, Ph.D., a seven-time award-winning author of “Me Power” and Director of the Student Wellness Center. Beyond her dedication to education for over 20 years at various levels, she’s a mother of two, language enthusiast, and avid traveler. Dr. Adams holds degrees from California State University San Marcos, Columbia University, and the University of New Mexico. She is a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Advisor and an Institutional Ethnography Board Member of the International Sociological Association. Her passion lies in reshaping professional development as a continual cycle of unlearning, learning, and relearning. Dr. Adams has been featured on prestigious platforms such as The Roland Martin Show, American Heart Association, Reader’s Digest, Fox Business, Washington Business Journal, The Journal of Emergency Medical Services, Bold Journey Magazine, Blavity, Inc., Brown Girl Collective Book Club, numerous podcasts, and various syndicated radio shows.

For a free electronic copy of Me Power, click here.

“I hold a newly established position at the college, being the first of its kind, especially with the recent introduction of the Student Wellness Center (SWC). In this role, I take on a leadership role within the SWC as the Director, dedicated to promoting inclusivity and making a significant impact on the non-academic aspects of students’ lives. Acknowledging that a leader is only as strong as their team, I am fortunate to lead a stellar group, including Administrative Assistant Isabella Jefferson, Counselor Leah Goldstein, Student Accessibility Services Case Manager Monique Romero, Student Resources Coordinator Dr. Nancy Gonzalez, and Student Worker Joanna Johnson.”

“I’m excited to join SFCC because I get to bring my skills in data analytics, programming, and connecting with people to offer comprehensive non-academic support and promote holistic well-being for ALL students, including those in Adult Basic Education, English to Speakers of Other Languages, and Continuing Education.”

LaNysha Adams, Ph.D., Director of Student Wellness Center

Contact LaNysha Adams, Ph.D., by calling 505-428-1046 or via email at

Spring Online Teaching & Training Learning Opportunities

Online Teaching & Learning present opportunities for training funded by Title V this spring. Explore Quality Matters Workshops at Reach out to the OTL Department for more information. To register contact Michelle Renteria at or 505-428-1166.

Academic Referral Reminder

Please don’t forget about our early alert/academic referral process this spring semester. The academic referral form allows both faculty and academic advisors to support students in an intentional and comprehensive way – providing wrap around services to our students.

If you have a student who is struggling in the classroom, please let the advising team know via the academic referral form. The sooner the advisor learns of your concern through the form, which requires VPN access, the better as it increases their chance of successfully intervening and supporting faculty/students at a pivotal point in time.

The electronic form is located on
Click on SFCC Connect (Intranet)
Select Academic Referral 2023-24, under Featured Links (Left Side of Page)

Referrals are routed instantaneously to an advisor. Advisors reach out to their advisee via phone/email. They check in, explain the reason for their outreach, and determine how to best help based upon their dialogue with the student in addition to the information submitted within the referral. Depending upon the situation, advisors educate/offer options, provide holistic care, strategize with a student, make referrals to others on campus resources, etc. Once the concern is addressed, the advisor updates the referral status and enters their notes in the system, which will update the faculty member on the outcome of the referral if they log back in to check the status. Faculty access this information by clicking into the referral response via the email confirmation of their submission (click show approval history and then show approval comments).

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out via phone at 505-428-1275 or by email at

Step-by-step academic referral guide

Shane Tolbert, Over Committed & Okay, 2023, Acrylic on Canvas, 52×32 in.
Shane Tolbert, Academic Director of Arts & Design

Shane Tolbert solo exhibition – Memory Dilemma at McClain Gallery in Houston
Jan. 13 – Feb. 24

McClain Gallery is happy to announce Shane Tolbert’s third solo exhibition: Memory Dilemma. The exhibition expounds on the artist’s process based work, including figurative drawings for the first time, alongside his painting and collage work. Playing off of Tolbert’s layering technique, the drawings reveal a cyclical return to imagery, thought process, and the way themes are honed through thoughtful play and automatic response.  Tolbert furthers his experimental practice and mines the studio as a place of potential: somewhere memory and experience, stored in his body and muscle, can translate onto canvas or paper and tell him something he didn’t know before. As Tolbert puts it: “[Memory and experience] accumulate in my emotional state each day I enter the studio and compound in the work over time like sedimentary layers of mudslides and volcanic ash.” Studio ephemera, like painter’s tape, often makes it into the finished work, as a reminder of the originating space. Read full press release at:

Generative AI Syllabus Policy Consults with Sarah Hood: one-on-one, small group or departmental

Want to create a Generative AI policy for your syllabus but not sure where to start? Sarah Hood is happy to provide a 1-on-1, small-group or departmental consultation. Book an appointment here:

WOW awards – nominate an outstanding coworker today!

The Office of Human Resources recognizes WOW recipients for their dedicated work and commitment to Santa Fe Community College.

Please be sure to nominate someone who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC.

The award is a $25.00 gift certificate from Amazon.
The submission form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, Home » Online Forms/Surveys/Tests » Online Forms » Office of Human Resources or nominate by reaching out to Katie Cadena Priebe at

SFCC professor, SFLR contributors and artists participate in “Giving Voice to Image 11” exhibition at ViVO Contemporary through March 24

 Genevieve Betts, assistant professor at SFCC, is among the artists featured in “Giving Voice To Image 11” a collaboration of artists and local poets. Learn more about the exhibition in the recent ViVO Contemporary Newsletter. The show opened with a reading and reception on January 5 and runs January 5 – March 24. Several former and current SFLR contributors and art students are participating. (Noted below, there might be others who are unidentified.)

2024 Poet / Artist Pairings

H. Marie Aragon  /  Ilse Bolle (exhibited at SFCC)
Nancy Beauregard SFCC ALUM   /  Nina Glaser (in this year’s SFLR)
Genevieve Betts (SFCC faculty)  /  Barrie Brown
Mary Dezember  /  Norma Alonzo
Frank Falcone  /  Warren Keating
Joyce Hayden  /  Laurinda Stockwell
Michou Landon  / Tracy King 
Kristian Macaron  /  Gary Oakley (in this year’s SFLR)
Jeanne Simonoff  (in a past issue of SFLR) /  Ann Laser (exhibited at SFCC)
John Macker  /  Opening Poem
Daron Mueller  /  Closing Poem

Minds Apart V 16 x 18 x 4 Handmade Paper, Encaustic, Silk and Found Objects by Ilse Bolle

November WOW – Krystel Sanchez

Congratulations to November 2023 WOW Award winner Krystel Sanchez nominated by Deyanira Contreras:

“Krystel Sanchez is the Aprende Early Childhood Teacher Apprentice Manager, even though she is not part of the Kids Campus team directly, Krystel always offers her help to cover classrooms when we are short staffed or with anything we need from helping in the classrooms to covering the front desk. Her teamwork spirit is outstanding. Krystel is an excellent manager of the Aprende program, her leadership is inspiring.”

Please be sure to nominate who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC. The submission form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, or by reaching out to Katie Cadena Priebe,

CHESS — Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services

CHESS Connection Newsletter – January 2024

If you’re wondering what’s happening with Workday, check out the latest CHESS Connection!

This new newsletter combines information about the wave 2 ERP schools, SIS, and Workday Learning as well as Workday support information.

CHESS Workday Learning Implementation

A team from SFCC is participating in a CHESS Workday Learning Implementation. Workday Learning is an Enterprise Learning Management System (LMS) aimed at the employee learning experience. It will be integrated within our existing Workday tenant to provide simplified access. The SFCC team includes HR, IT, Marketing, and OTL employees. The project kicked off on 9/21 and is expected to be completed in March.

Have any questions about the project? Contact Donna Castro in HR or Cori Bergen in IT.

Opt-In to get Student Parent Success newsletter

Did you know that more than 1 in 5 college students nationally is a parent and that 42% of student parents are enrolled at community colleges? The Student Parent Success Program, a program of the SFCC Early Childhood Center of Excellence, distributes a monthly student parent newsletter, events, and resources to student parents. Please help us reach more student parents – staff and faculty, use this form to opt-in to our emails so that you receive information on events, resources, and opportunities that you can share with student parents: And student parents, use the form on our webpage to opt-in to our emails directly:

New employees: We’d like to get to know you!

Staff Senate is encouraging new staff employees to come to an upcoming Staff Senate to introduce yourselves.

Campus Weekly would also love to introduce new staff and faculty members. Please send us your name, job title, when you started at SFCC, brief bio and photo (it can be a selfie!) to Submit News.

If you’re new to SFCC, we’d love to introduce you to the our community. We’re happy you’re working with us at SFCC!


Diné storyteller Manny Loley, Ph.D., is the next speaker in The Writing Generation Series

Diné storyteller Manny Loley, Ph.D., will read Feb. 21 and lead creative session Feb. 28

SFCC and IAIA creative writing programs have partnered for the free online readings and creative sessions

Register for link at

Manny Lopez, Ph.D., Diné storyteller

SFCC Library announced Diné storyteller Manny Loley, Ph.D., will be the next speaker in  The Writing Generation Series with an online reading at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 and a follow-up creative session at 6 p.m. Feb. 28. The series is being produced through a collaborative partnership with  SFCC’s Creative Writing program and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) undergraduate Creative Writing Program.

This free online series is open to the public and consists of two types of events: Readings by writers and creative sessions when attendees will be given writing prompts and time to write. Featured speaker Manny Loley, Ph.D., will read a selection of his writings on Feb. 21 and will follow-up with a creative session on Feb. 28.  Register at will receive a Zoom link the morning of the event.

Manny Loley bio:

Manny Loley is a Diné storyteller. He earned a Ph.D. in English and literary arts from the University of Denver, and an M.F.A. in fiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Loley is an inaugural In-Na-Po Fellow, and a member of Saad Bee Hózhǫ́: Diné Writers’ Collective. Since 2018, he has served as director of the Emerging Diné Writers’ Institute at Navajo Technical University. His work has found homes in Poetry Magazine, Pleaides Magazine, the Massachusetts Review, the Santa Fe Literary Review, Broadsided Press, the Yellow Medicine Review, and the Diné Reader: an Anthology of Navajo Literature, among others. His writing has been thrice nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Loley is at work on a novel titled, “They Collect Rain in Their Palms.”

As a Diné storyteller, Manny Loley writes in multiple genres including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and sometimes in photographs. His poetry is written in both English and in Diné bizaad (Navajo language), which engages with ancestral and contemporary Diné experiences. Loley’s fiction pieces include short stories and excerpts from his novel in progress. His fiction blends genres to tell Diné stories that spans the cultural beauty, depth, grit, and complexity of Diné life. Central to Loley’s writing practice are the stories and teachings passed on to him by his grandparents, his mother, and his family. These stories and teachings are focal points in his creative nonfiction as he attempts to write thought provoking pieces that explores themes of storytelling praxis, what it means to be gay in Diné culture, and much more.

Bá Yáti’: Translating Our Worlds
Creative Generative Writing session on Feb. 28

Loley writes about the session, “In Diné thought, the storyteller can be viewed as a conduit for stories. While the storyteller may have autonomy to tell a variety of stories, there also exists a symbiotic relationship between human beings and the natural world. In fact, these two groups are not mutually exclusive but variations of people. Personhood, in Diné thought, extends beyond human beings to include the vast network of communicators that exist in the natural world. More than anything, it is recognized the natural world is a relative.

“To be in kinship as a storyteller is to honor this familial relationship through the act of translation, not only of languages but also of experience. How do we translate saad (i.e., words, language, speech, sound)? How do we translate experience? What are the possibilities of translation? These are some of the ideas and questions we’ll be thinking and writing about in this generative session.”

Manny Loley’s events are the second in the Generative Writing Series. Janna Lopez, Santa Fe Poet Laureate Ambassador, led the first two sessions in January. Later in the semester Serena Rodriguez will read at 6 p.m. March 20 and lead a creative session at 6 p.m. April 3.

On May 1, the first semester of the series will conclude with an online reading for participants from the previous events, as they get the chance to share their work.

Registration for all Writing Generation Series events is online at: Registrants will be notified of additional series events as they are added. All events are online. Zoom links will be sent to participants who register the morning of each event. Other writers participating in the series and the dates of their events will be announced in 2024.

The Writing Generation Series is sponsored by the SFCC Creative Writing program, the SFCC Library, and the IAIA Creative Writing Program. For more information on The Writing Generation Series, please contact SFCC Library Director Valerie Nye at or 505-428-1506.

Spring CE registration open; many new offerings

New CE partnerships and new classes will help entrepreneurs and small business owners

Santa Fe Community College announces the Spring Continuing Education Schedule is now available online. Print copies can be found in the racks at Santa Fe Community College, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center and around town. Visit for tips on registering and to view the variety of offerings. With more than 180 classes offered, there are many opportunities for personal and professional growth. The Spring schedule has many new classes, including several to help entrepreneurs and small business owners.

SFCC Director of Continuing Education Nicholas “Nick” Wernicki, Ph.D., said, “The New Year is a great time to explore new opportunities. I’m very excited to announce our newest partnership with the Santa Fe Small Development Center and Century Bank to offer a series of four in-person classes on Tuesday evenings that will cover small business basics from start-up to succession planning. We also have many new classes this semester that will fuel people’s entrepreneurial spirit.”

The business partnership classes are offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and include: Strategic Business Alliances on February 13; Loans, Part 1 on February 20; Loans, Part 2 on February 27; Succession Planning for Your Business on March 3.

“The Santa Fe Small Business Development Center has been helping businesses start and grow since 1989,” said Santa Fe Small Business Development Center Director Deborah Collins. “Santa Fe Community College is our host institution and this partnership with SFCC’s CE department and Century Bank makes perfect sense. Together we hope to reach even more people through these trainings, increasing their awareness of the assistance available to them in their community.”

Century Bank Vice President/Commercial Relationship Manager Christy R. Majors said, “We’re excited to partner with the SFCC CE department and the Santa Fe Small Business Development Center to help more people learn the financial and interpersonal skills to effectively operate their businesses.”

There are many new classes offered that could help fuel your entrepreneurial spirit.

Open Your Own Food Truck

File photo of student in Culinary Arts lab during Open House.

(9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 20-Feb. 10)

Have you always wanted to be your own boss? You can! But opening a business is risky, so you want to be smart about it. This course walks you through the entire process from dream to reality. It will cover whether to buy or lease the food truck, where to find new and used food trucks, how to get the money, the menu, marketing, financials, naming your business, the permits and licenses you will need, and the marketing necessary to make it go.

Instructor John Self was in restaurant management as general manager and vice president of operations of several restaurant chains. Along the way, he opened and owned three restaurants and a comedy club. After going back to school, he became a professor of hotel and restaurant management at the University of Alabama, Golden Gate University, and Cal Poly Pomona.

Introduction to Swift Programming (a programming language for Apple platforms)

(5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 20-April 30)

Swift and Xcode. Learn programming concepts in the Swift language, as well as software development and user interface concepts in the Xcode integrated development environment. Through a collection of hands-on labs and small projects, students will develop and test apps on various Apple devices, including iPads and iPhones. This course will prepare students for the Develop in Swift Fundamentals industry certification.

Registration includes the test fee for students to take industry certification. Previous programming experience is helpful but not required for this class.

Instructor Jim Sanborn is the Director of the Santa Fe Creative Coding Initiative and a Certified Swift Developer. He has been a computing professional for more than 40 years, working as a developer, technical leader, director, and educator for many organizations, including Intel, MITRE, UNM, and SFCC. He earned a BA in Math from the University of Rochester and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.

Advance registration is required for CE classes through SFCC’s Continuing Education program.

If you have questions about the schedule or where to get a print copy, contact Continuing Education at or 505-428-1676. The CE staff can help you complete your registration.

Video of SFCC Library reading by Austin Eichelberger

SFCC Library and the SFCC Creative Writing program sponsored a reading with Austin Eichelberger from his novel in progress, “The Longdream.” Check out the video.

SFCC Library has launchpad tablets to lend for 3- to 5-year-old kids

The SFCC Library has six Launchpad learning tablets for children ages 3-5 years old. Launchpad learning tablets are loaded with apps, videos, storybooks, games just for kids. 100% secure. No internet needed. With an SFCC ID these tablets designed for kids can be used in the library’s Family Study Room and they can be checked out with headphones for four weeks at a time.

The Launchpad titles available at the SFCC Library are:
Estoy Listo Para Escuela, Food for Thought!, Learning Castle!
Pawsitively Scientific, Puppy Talk!, and School of Fun. Stop by the library’s main desk to request a Launchpad tablet. Questions? Contact the library at: or 505-428-1352.

Ongoing construction on Beckner Road; right turns only

Santa Fe County photo of intersection of Richards Ave. and Dinosaur Trail. Visit

Yay! The roundabout at Richards Ave. and Dinosaur Trail is now open. Please note: Some construction on Rabbit Road and other parts of Dinosaur Trail continues. Also, The Santa Fe New Mexican ran a story on Dec. 31 stating that the City is allowing right hand turns only on Beckner Road.

Here’s the official notice from Santa Fe County:

The Santa Fe County Public Works Department is excited to announce an early opening of the newly constructed roundabout at Richards Avenue and Dinosaur Trail. Effective Friday, October 20, 2023, at 3:00 pm Richards Ave will be fully operational and open to traffic. This is the second of six roundabouts slated for the Northeast and Southeast Connectors Roads Project.

While we are satisfied to reopen Richards Avenue in advance of schedule, we want to inform our residents that the west connection to Dinosaur Trail will be established at a later date. In the interim, the existing signalized intersection located south of this roundabout will remain in full operation to ensure consistent traffic flow. Moreover, the east connection to Rabbit Road is currently under construction and will be opened at a later date.   

On September 11, 2023, the contractor commenced work on this roundabout with the strict timeline to complete and reopen Richards Ave within (60) calendar days.  Due to an aggressive schedule and optimum weather, this work was completed in (40) days. 

This is a great example of the commitment made by Santa Fe County to the community, to streamline any disruptions to traffic while we complete this important road project. Santa Fe County envisions the Northeast and Southeast Connectors Roads project as the most dynamic transportation conduit of the Community College District, strengthening connectivity and safety in this growing community.

For additional information regarding the project, please visit or contact Johnny Baca, Project Manager 3, at

For any future road updates please sign up for Alert Santa Fe.

Re: Beckner Road. According to a Nov. 2 story in the Santa Fe New Mexican, Beckner Road will have ongoing construction for six to eight months. Read the story, “Beckner “Road to be closed for six to eight more months, city says” A story in the Dec. 30 issue of the Santa Fe New Mexican stated, “Santa Fe says Beckner Road is all right (turns) for now”

See video of Genevieve Betts’ Poetry Reading

If you missed Genevieve Betts’ reading of poems from “A New Kind of Tongue,” you can now watch the video.

You can learn more about her book and the recent event here.

Construction of NE/SE Connector Road(s) in Santa Fe County Postponed for Winter Season

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The following message was sent by Santa Fe County on Dec. 8, 2023.

Construction of NE/SE Connector Road(s) in Santa Fe County Postponed for Winter Season
NE SE Connector Construction Zones
Santa Fe, NM- Santa Fe County Public Works announces the postponement of pavement and weather-sensitive construction for the Northeast and Southeast Connector Roads project beginning Friday, December 15, 2023. To date, approximately 90% of the earthwork and 85% of waterline and drainage culverts have been installed, with two of the six roundabouts open to traffic.

Santa Fe County Public Works will however continue to work during the winter months installing solar lighting, waterline, and drainage culverts on the Southeast Connector and Avenida Del Sur as weather permits. Public access within the work zones is strictly prohibited. Traffic control and barricades will be in place along the following construction zones:

Northeast Connector west of Richards Ave to existing Rabbit Road.
Southeast Connector south of Rabbit Road to Ave. Del Sur.
Del Sur east of Richards Ave to the Southeast Connector.

These work zones pose significant hazards to pedestrians and motorists if breached, emphasizing the need to strictly adhere to safety precautions. Santa Fe County prioritizes constituent safety, urging all pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists to respect road closures and take precautions when navigating work zones.

Construction is expected to resume by the end of March 2024 or weather-permitting conditions.

For more information and additional safety resources, please contact Johnny Baca, Project Manager 3 at

SFCC to offer coding and creativity opportunities with support from Apple

File photo of student using an Apple laptop.

SFCC will offer the Santa Fe region new learning opportunities around coding and creativity, with the support of Apple’s Community Education Initiative. Community partners include Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe Indian School, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Fe/Del Norte, and STEM Santa Fe, which will work with the college and Santa Fe Community College Foundation to cultivate digital literacy, digital equity, and coding and creativity experience to Santa Fe’s diverse community.

SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., said, “Santa Fe Community College is thrilled Apple is supporting our work to offer training in coding and other creative digital skills to young people who have had limited access to such opportunities in the past.”

The initiative will reach youth in a variety of locations primarily in the Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe Indian School, as well as at the Boys & Girls Club based at the Santa Fe Place Mall. STEM Santa Fe will assist with the initiative.

Read the full press release here.

For more information about SFCC’s role in this program, contact Dean of Continuing Education and Contract Training Kris Swedin via email at or call 505-428-1253.

Required COVID-19 Reporting

SFCC continues to monitor and follow guidance from public health officials and state and local government on mitigating and addressing exposure to COVID-19. The State of New Mexico and New Mexico Higher Education Department recently announced they will no longer require the reporting of COVID-19 cases amongst student, staff, and faculty who are on campus via the Rapid Response Submission Portal.

Our college continues to take the transmission and threat of infectious diseases seriously and we remain committed to keeping our community as safe as possible. Please note the following:

  • The college no longer requires reporting of COVID-19 positive cases to SFCC’s Contact Tracing Team.
  • However, it is very important we continue keep each other safe and follow health and safety best practices. The college continues to follow guidelines from the CDC Quarantine and Isolation Calculator, which details the following:
    • You should isolate from others when you have COVID-19.
    • You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.
    • Ending isolation is detailed on the CDC’s Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19 webpage – “Ending Isolation”.
  • Positive or suspected positive individuals should coordinate closely with supervisors to make appropriate accommodations, as well as reporting for absences using regular sick leave.
    • If you are out of sick leave and contracted COVID-19, please contact the Office for Human Resources to determine if other options are available to you.
  • The college custodial staff continues its rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols, which includes a campus-wide daily schedule, with emphasis on bathrooms, and higher traffic and enclosed spaces.
  • Additionally, Facilities and Operations staff have made significant improvements to college ventilation and filtration systems and those systems are up and running.

The College will continue to follow best practices, community levels, and infectious disease developments.

Museum STEP Passes available at Library

With the STEP Pass, you and up to 5 people can use the card for free admission to:

  • Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
  • Santa Fe Children’s Museum
  • IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art
  • Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Passes check out for two weeks at a time.

For more information contact:

Message about preferred names

Dear Faculty,

While the college has always supported our students, we now have another technological opportunity to provide an empowering, safe, and nondiscriminatory educational and work environment.  Beginning on Monday February 6, students will be able update their preferred name in Self Service Banner (SSB9).

The student’s legal name will be on your class roster and their preferred name, if applicable, will appear in parenthesis.  For example, Gonzales, Bernadette (Charmaine).  For legal purposes, the student’s legal name will still appear on all formal documents such as Financial Aid information, 1098-T’s and transcripts.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

With kind regards,

Bernadette Gonzales. MA Ed. (she, her, hers)
Registrar |Office of the Registrar
505-428-1881 |

OIT Service Desk Hours
Phone service 24 hours a day Mon. – Fri.

On November 1st the OIT Service Desk extended its phone hours to better serve students, staff and faculty.

Phone Hours

Monday – Friday: 24 hours
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Office Hours
Room 528

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon
Sunday: Closed

Need food? Campus Cupboard welcomes all

Campus Cupboard offers fresh, canned and refrigerated items.

The Campus Cupboard (Room LL302E) in-person shopping hours are:
Mondays: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Thursdays: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

If you cannot visit during the current open hours listed or are not
comfortable with in-person shopping, check out Bookings for more options. To access Bookings, log in to MySFCC, look under Schedule an Appointment, and click on the pink button labeled Campus Cupboard (Online). You can access the reservation and delivery option 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome to visit the Campus Cupboard weekly for free groceries and other household items that may be available. Personal hygiene (menstrual) products are available from Free Flow NM.
Contact or 505-428-1775 for more information.

Visit Campus Cupboard for more information.

Campus Cupboard is supported by SFCC Foundation.

SFCC in the news

The following stories or radio shows either featured or mentioned SFCC or one of its employees. Some stories also are related to NM higher education.

01/24/2024, EdNC, “North Carolina once led the way in early childhood policy and investment. Five other states are showing us how to do it again.” Story cites progress in New Mexco and includes quote from Catron Allred, ECCOE director.

01/20/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “MY VIEW LENNY GANNES- SFCC is losing faculty because of pay”

01/19/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Out There! – LISTEN UP Self-conversation starters.” Story about SFCC Library’s Writing Generation Series.

01/16/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Parents of young woman killed in hit-and-run on I-25 still hope for answers” Story about SFCC student Maeve Long, who passed.

01/15/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Internship program paves the way to film industry jobs”

01/15/2024, Albuquerque Business First, “New Santa Fe internship program looks to give residents pathway to work in film.”

01/14/2024, KRQW, “Tax prep, help offered at Santa Fe Community College campus”

01/12/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo, “Love is the not-so-secret ingredient in the pies at Harry’s Roadhouse” Story is about SFCC Culinary Arts program grad Pastry Chef Karina Lira.

01/12/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Appointments open for AARP Foundation tax help at SFCC campus”

01/09/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe County seeks UNM study on global sustainability center”

01/09/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Clay statue of Aztec god makes stop at Southside Branch Library”

01/08/2024, Rio Rancho Observer, “Sen. Heinrich Tours Santa Fe Community College”

01/05/2024, KRQE, “Santa Fe groups come together to pioneer film internship program”

01/02/2024, Santa Fe Reporter, “25 Things We Love About Santa Fe Right Now.” Stories cites East Wing Eatery.

12/05/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Business people, Dec. 5, 2023

12/04/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, Boys & Girls Clubs teaching digital arts in new tech space Story about SFCC Creative Coding Initiative.

11/25/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Regional holiday fairs abound in Northern New Mexico”

11/10/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, Pasatiempo, “Editor’s Note: Young Talent” about Regional High School and Middle School Art Show at SFCC Visual Arts Gallery, as well as the full page photo of one of the winning entries: “Final Frame: Slowsundown by Ellie Angel”

11/10/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Out There! The plot thickens” Story about Austin Eichelberger’s online reading with SFCC Library.

11/2/2023, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC To Host Annual Holiday Arts And Crafts Fair And IAIA Holiday Art Market Saturday Dec. 9”

10/27/2023, Los Alamos Daily Post, “Santa Fe Community College Announces Information Sessions About Accelerated Medical Assistant Program”

10/21/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “MY VIEW BECKY ROWLEY – SFCC bonds will support community’s future”

10/18/2023, Santa Fe Reporter, “3 Questions With Chef Milton Villarrubia”

10/18/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Richards Avenue near Santa Fe Community College set to reopen Friday”

10/18/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Data shows varied voting records for local election candidates”

10/17/2023, Los Alamos Daily Post, “Higher Education Dept. Recommends $307.5M For Campus Improvement Projects Statewide Including $5.6M To UNM-LA”

10/17/2023, Santa Fe Reporter, “Morning Word!HED proposes $307 million in school improvements.”

10/10/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe school board, community college board candidates say public input important”

09/16/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, MY VIEW ROBERT MARTIN – Celebrate at IAIA/SFCC open house this week

09/12/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “OUR VIEW- SFCC’s aquaponics program gets moment to shine”

09/06/23, Santa Fe Reporter, “Tech Pathways: Community orgs work with public education to bring students digital opportunities through Apple Community Education Initiative”

09/03/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Water matters: Local honorees of the Alliance for Water Efficiency”

08/31/23, KRQE-TV, “Santa Fe Community College Main Campus closed for water repair”

08/31/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe Community College expects to reopen Tuesday if water issue is fixed”

08/30/23, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC Main Campus To Remain Closed Thursday Due To Low Water Pressure” 

08/30/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “SFCC to stay closed Thursday due to water pressure problem

08/29/23, Santa Fe Reporter, “Ballot Building: Aug. 29 marked Candidate Filing Day”

08/29/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Candidate filing day draws 11 hopefuls for City Council, 5 for school board”

08/26/23, Los Alamos Daily Post, “Santa Fe Literary Review Reading Thursday Oct. 19”

08/25/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, Pasatiempo, “Out There, LISTEN & LEARN, Different trail in Santa Fe”

08/21/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “NMSurf brings wireless service to SFCC neighborhoods”

08/19/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Proposed south side development includes cemetery”

08/16/2023, Santa Fe Reporter, “Early Learning Core: New Mexico targeted early childhood education as a solution to learning gaps. How far can it go?”

08/16/2023, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC And IAIA Invite Community To Open Houses Sept. 21”

08/01/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe’s planned purchase of land for Richards Ave. from Game Commission back on”

08/03/2023, Albuquerque Journal, “$6.4M grant for job development benefits rural NM” From the story, ” Santa Fe Community College is identified as the “backbone” institution in the health care sector.”