Campus Weekly

Welcome our students; encourage student parents to get engaged with support, resources and events

President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., (center) walks with students in a file photo.

Please welcome all of our students as they begin the spring semester. Let them know SFCC appreciates them whether they are attending in-person or online. SFCC wants everyone to know they belong in our caring community. The college offers exceptional support services to help students succeed.

Tell parents of young children about resources, programs, events and opportunities

Please also let students who are parents know about the expanded parenting resources the college now offers.

Click image to enlarge. Applications for Student Parent Success are due Jan. 28 at

Applications for Student Parent Success Program due Jan. 28

The application deadline for the Student Parent Success Program is Jan. 28. Parenting students seeking a certificate or degree and who have a child who is younger than 18 can apply here. There are special perks offered through the Student Parent Success Program including one-on-one and small group coaching. Students who are 29 and younger with a child between 0-5 may be eligible for a stipend of not more than $450 for the spring semester.

Applications for Student Parent Alliance due on Feb. 4

Student Parent Alliance Members can earn $15 an hour. Applications are open until Feb. 4.
Alianza de Padres Estudiantes de SFCC. Inscribase antes del 4 de Febrero.

Student parents’ voices are valued. Encourage student parents to apply here by Feb. 4 to be part of the Student Parent Alliance. Alliance members advise on activities, family friendly spaces on campus, and college policy and help lead family events. Members receive a stipend ($15 per hour) for their time.

Many parent and family events this semester

Kids had fun at the Growing A Scientist event sponsored by Explora Museum. Read about and register for the next Growing a Scientist Event from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Jan. 31 here. Recommended for children, ages 2 to 6.

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.

Upcoming Parent and Family Events

Jan. 19, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Family Friendly Group Study Hours

Jan. 26, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Family Friendly Group Study Hours

Jan. 30, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Family Story Time – “The Mitten”

Jan.31, 3:30 – 5 p.m. On a Roll: Growing a Scientist with Explora Children’s Museum. Registration Required:

Feb. 2, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Family Friendly Group Study Hours

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

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

Feb. 9, 10 a.m.  – 1 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.

New expanded fitness hours have begun

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to add more fitness time to your schedule, please note the new expanded hours at William C. Witter Fitness Education Center (FEC) that have begun on Jan. 16. This extension of open hours runs continuously through all interims and the remainder of 2024.

The new hours for the FEC other than the pool:
Mon.-Thurs. 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

New pool hours:
Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sat. 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

The new hours go into effect at the start of the spring term on Jan. 16.

Please visit to see rules regarding use of the Fitness Center and more.

Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy honored

The following message was sent on January 15, 2024:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day | El Día de Martin Luther King Jr.

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Dear SFCC Community,

As we commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we reflect on the profound impact of his legacy and tireless efforts in advancing civil rights and social justice. Today, we honor a man whose dream inspired positive change and unity.

At SFCC, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse learning environment that echoes Dr. King’s visions of equality and equity. Let us use this day to reflect on our shared responsibilities in creating a more just and equitable society.

Please join us in recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s enduring legacy, as we strive to embody his principles in our educational journey and community engagement.

Querida comunidad de SFCC,

Al conmemorar el Día del Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., reflexionamos sobre el profundo impacto de su legado y sus incansables esfuerzos para promover los derechos civiles y la justicia social. Hoy honramos a un hombre cuyo sueño inspiró el cambio positivo y la unidad.

En SFCC, estamos comprometidos a fomentar un entorno de aprendizaje inclusivo y diverso que refleje las visiones de igualdad y equidad del Dr. King. Aprovechemos este día para reflexionar sobre nuestras responsabilidades compartidas en la creación de una sociedad más justa y equitativa.

Únase a nosotros para reconocer el legado perdurable del Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., mientras nos esforzamos por incorporar sus principios en nuestro viaje educativo y participación comunitaria.


President’s Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC)
Becky Rowley, SFCC President

sj Miller, PDAC Co-chair
Marcos Maez, PDAC Co-chair

‘Unlimited Breadsticks’ opens with reception from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday

“Lucina,” Ink on Panel, 6 by 6 feet, by Jennifer Lynch
“Self Portrait by Daylight” (2023) by Steven Eckert, charcoal on newsprint, 22 by 18 inches

SFCC’s Art on Campus announces, “Unlimited Breadsticks,” an exhibition showcasing the art of SFCC Drawing and Painting instructors (Julia Catron, Del Curfman, Steven Eckert, Gary Kim, Jennifer Lynch, Kathleen Richards, Anne Rocheleau, Sudeshna Sengupta, Shane Tolbert and Jared Weiss) in the SFCC Visual Arts Gallery with an opening reception from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, January 18.

The exhibition runs from January 16 through February 1 and can be seen during open campus hours.

Come out and support the drawing and painting faculty. And bring your friends! Perhaps, they’ll be inspired to sign up for an art class from one of SFCC’s stellar instructors.

“Nerina,” by Jennifer Lynch, ink on panel, 6- by 6-feet

Contact Linda Cassel, Director of Art on Campus, at 505-428-1501 or via email at for information.

“The Sort of Thing That Thinking About Won’t Change One Bit,” (2023) by Jared Weiss, oil on canvas 48- by 48-inches

New Student Orientation was a success

New students show off their new SFCC T-shirts at the Spring NSO.

Despite the snowy and icy weather on Jan. 9, Director of Student Engagement and Recruitment Marcos Maez said the New Student Orientation (NSO), went very well. “Even though it was as a smaller group, it was one of the best. The students were very engaged,” Maez said.

Thank you to Marcos Maez for the top image and to Collections and Instructions Librarian Laura Smith for the photos from NSO Escape Room activity in the SFCC Library.

NM Brain Builders Speaker Series January 19, 2024

The Brain Builders Speaker Series is back in 2024! The 2023-2024 speaker series focuses on infants and toddlers and the amazing work that goes into brain development during the earliest years. 

January 19, 2024
12-1 pm Zoom
Building Healthy Beginnings for Child Development
Dr. Carrie Quinn; Executive Director of the Mount Sinai Parenting Center
Dr. Heather Pratt-Chavez; UNM Pediatrics

Register Here

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.

Artist Hernan Gomez Chavez, a welding alum, receives City grant

Welding program file photo.

Hernan Gomez Chavez has one of the five projects selected for Art is the Solution grant fund. Five projects were selected from a robust applicant pool for the City of Santa Fe’s 2024 Art is the Solution grant fund. The theme for this cycle was Structural Inequity in O’ga P’ogeh/Santa Fe, and the grants were awarded to support art projects that incorporate the issue of structural inequity and its impact on Santa Fe to enrich the experience and understanding of the city for residents and visitors.

The artist Herman Gomez Chavez after his art studies at UNM and several art institutions, came to SFCC where he received a certificate and an AAS in Welding in 2018.

His City-funded project is: Art Classes at Pete’s Place, Chavez’s practice is focused on the intersection between power, place, and art. Along with offering free art workshops to unhoused community members at the Interfaith Community Shelter/Pete’s Place, Chavez has developed a “Pete’s Place Art Wall” at the shelter in the communal dining area where different people’s art is shown. This project will support the art classes and extend the artists’ reach and audience by culminating in a public pop-up exhibit at the Santa Fe Community Gallery, allowing the artists to sell their work.

SFCC is proud of his achievements in art as well as his contributions to community service. Born in Santa Fe in 1991, much of his work reflects his cultural heritage. Read more about Hernan Chavez Gomez

Hernan Gomez Chavez also took a ceramics class at SFCC, which gave him a foundation for a piece displayed in the Southside Library. Read more in the Jan. 9 story from the Santa Fe New Mexican, “Clay statue of Aztec god makes stop at Southside Branch Library”. The piece is on display at the Southside Library until Jan. 20.

In Memoriam: Maeve Long

In this file photo of the 2019 Naturalization Ceremony, Maeve Long (who recently passed) is seated next to the podium next to then-President Cecelia Cervantes, Ph.D.

It’s with sadness and sympathy to the family and friends of Maeve Long that we share the news that the 24-year-old SFCC student has passed as a result of a hit-and-run crash as reported in the Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 12. There is no obituary or memorial information available at this time. Maeve attended SFCC in the fall semester. Her first semester with SFCC was in 2016 when she took her first dual enrollment course with SFCC; she took MUSC 141 at Santa Fe High School. She returned in 2018 and took a variety of courses MUSC – Class Voice being a very popular one for her.

When there was an SFCC chorus class (prior to the pandemic) Maeve Long sang with the chorus at SFCC events. She sang the National Anthem at the Naturalization Ceremony in 2019 at SFCC.

SFCC recognizes that she died under tragic circumstances. Counselor Leah Goldstein has offered to speak with anyone in our campus community about the traumatic loss. She can be reached via email at or by phone at 505-428-1682.

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 what shifts 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.

KRQE-TV featured film training partnership offered at SFCC

A file photo from SFCC Film program

KRQE-TV ran a story on January 5 focusing on the new film partnership training being offered in Santa Fe. The first training began on Jan. 6. SFCC is the training partner.

From their story, “Santa Fe groups come together to pioneer film internship” :

As the New Mexico film industry continues to flourish, five Santa Fe organizations are working together to pilot an innovative program, and they are doing so starting from the bottom up. Helping locals break into the film industry, Stagecoach FoundationSanta Fe Community CollegeAspect StudiosGarson Studios, and IATSE Local 480 have united to create their new and mutually beneficial internship program.

The Stagecoach and PROTEC Film Internship Program will kick off with a weekend intensive, followed by a two-week paid placement on a union signatory production; the eventual goal is to land attendees long-term positions within the state’s film industry.

See more here.

ESL orientations offered on Jan. 16, 17, 23 and 24

Do you or someone you know want to learn English as a Second Language? Whether you speak no English at all, or you only know a little, or even if you know a lot of English, SFCC has classes for you.

Santa Fe Community College will offer a 12-week English as a Second Language (ESL) session from January 29 to April 25 to any adult who wants to learn English. New students must attend an orientation session to register for classes. The orientation session will include testing and placement as well as registration for the courses. The $25 registration fee is waived for the Spring 2024 term. The classes are free. Classes will be in person at the SFCC Main Campus, at Sweeney Elementary School, and online.

How to Register:
Attend an orientation at the SFCC Main Campus, 6401 Richards Ave.

Orientation Schedule
Orientation sessions begin at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. (no late arrivals) on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, January 16
  • Wednesday, January 17
  • Tuesday, January 23
  • Wednesday, January 24

Orientations are limited to 30 participants. Arrive on time.Only future students may be present. Additional guests will not be permitted in the orientation area.

Students interested in online classes can attend an orientation at SFCC or contact the ESL Program (505-428-1329 or to arrange an online orientation. Students will need a stable internet connection to attend online classes.

Classes meet twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays depending on the level. Morning and evening classes are available at SFCC. Evening classes are offered at Sweeney Elementary School. Free childcare for children ages 4 to 12 is available for evening students at Sweeney Elementary School. Students are expected to attend classes twice a week.

For more information:

Spring 2024 ESL classes begin January 29. Space is limited. For more information, call 505-428-1329 or email

SFCC Library announces Writing Generation Series for creative writers; register for 6 p.m. Jan. 24 and 31 online events

SFCC & IAIA Creative Writing Programs partner to present free series

Santa Fe Poet Laureate Janna Lopez launches series with events at 6 p.m. January 24 and January 31 .
Register to get the link and updates here:

The Santa Fe Community College Library and SFCC’s Creative Writing program are excited to partner 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 will consist of two types of events: readings by New Mexico writers and creative sessions when attendees will be given writing prompts and time to write.

SFCC Library Director Valerie Nye said, “I am really happy that the library can work in collaboration with the Creative Writing departments at SFCC and IAIA to offer this series of readings and workshops.  The partnership will provide a platform for sharing written works and inspiring writers in our community.”

Austin Eichelberger, SFCC Professor of English and Creative Writing said, “This series is about giving people time and inspiration to write, building community, amplifying New Mexico voices, and giving students across the globe facetime with our talented faculty.” Eichelberger is also the Fiction Editor of The Santa Fe Literary Review.

IAIA Professor and Department Chair of Creative Writing Kim Parko is also enthusiastic about the partnership. “We are excited to enter this innovative, generative, and reciprocal space with SFCC and to further share the vital and necessary voices of the IAIA community.”

Janna Lopez Santa Fe Poet Laureate Ambassador leads inaugural sessions

6 p.m. January 24, reading
6 p.m. January 31, creative session

The first event is a reading by Janna Lopez, Santa Fe Poet Laureate Ambassador, online at 6 p.m. January 24, which will be followed a week later with a creative session at 6 p.m. January 31, when Lopez will share her creative approach of self-conversation with our attendees.

The public is invited to join Lopez, as she publicly reads work for the first time from her newest poetry collection, “such is.” Pieces center on grief, love, and belonging. Janna will read several selected pieces, then share insight about imagery, form, and approach, for a lively, insightful conversation to inform participants about how to apply these ideas into their own creative writing process. Then everyone is invited to her follow-up session on January 31.

The series will continue with readings and workshops offered by graduates and professors from SFCC’s and IAIA’s Creative Writing programs throughout the spring. The public is encouraged to join some or all of the free online events.

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.

Speaker bio: Janna Lopez is Santa Fe’s current Poet Laureate Ambassador. She’s a book coach, creative writing teacher with an MFA, and published author. She uses psychic intuition to guide individuals in transforming lives through fearless writing, reimagining the power of poetry, and unlearning false beliefs about writing’s purpose. Her next book is, “Writing Freedom Forever.” She leads writing retreats with people who come from all over the country to make powerful breakthroughs for ultimate writing freedom. Learn more at

Latest ‘Inside SFCC’ available

The latest Inside SFCC issue includes a video (produced by Doreen Gallegos) with Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos, Ed.D,, President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., Executive Director of SFCC Foundation Kelly Marquez and SGA President Ayden Young. All express their gratitude. Photo by Chris Corrie taken at SFCC Biowall in the Health and Sciences building.

You should have received a link to Inside SFCC via email during Winter Break. If you did not, check out the latest edition here. The issue is a celebration of the last year and an expression of gratitude to all.

Want to make sure you get every issue? Subscribe to Inside SFCC.

Paralegals of Santa Fe Networking Group meets Jan. 25

SFCC Paralegal Studies program has created a networking group to bring together paralegals, legal assistants, and legal secretaries in Northern New Mexico. The group meets the fourth Thursday of the month, with the exception of March (Spring Break). The next meeting is 5:30 p.m., January 25 at the HEC.

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich visited SFCC with a focus on EnergySmart Academy

In the foreground (left to right): The EnergySmart Academy Director Jeremy Mier, instructor for Cold Climate Heat Pumps Jeff Polk, and EnergySmart Consultant Carl Ulibarri (seated) talked with Sen. Heinrich (far right).

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich visited SFCC’s Trades and Advance Technology Center (TATC) on January 5. Through the years, he’s visited and learned how the college is a leader in training in areas of energy efficiency and sustainability. On this recent visit, he met with those working with EnergySmart Academy offered through SFCC’s Continuing Education and Contract Training. The mission of the EnergySmart Academy is to offer students high-quality, consistent energy efficiency and green jobs professional training throughout New Mexico; reduce energy and water use, and greenhouse gas emissions; and engage with our local community and the greater professional industry.

“SFCC is preparing students for the careers of the future. This institution (SFCC) values this type of education and is really stretching this forward.”

 – Senator Martin Heinrich, Jan. 5, 2024
Sen. Heinrich (at left side of table) visits an SFCC classroom to learn more about EnergySmart Academy training. Jeffrey Granger, ESA Trainer and Curriculum Developer, talked about the training offered through EnergySmart Academy.

Visit focuses on how Inflation Reduction Act is creating new careers for New Mexicans

President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. speaks with Senator Martin Heinrich outside the small weatherization training house/lab inside the TATC. EnergySmart Academy offers training in weatherization and energy auditing. The college also offers a variety of credit classes and programs that prepare students for green jobs.

In addition to the highlighted quote above, his office offered this statement on Jan. 5 about the visit: Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) toured the Trades and Advanced Technology Center at Santa Fe Community College and discussed how the Inflation Reduction Act is creating new careers New Mexicans can build their families around, lowering home appliance costs for families, making homes healthier, and advancing the transition to a clean energy future.

“I fought hard to pass the Inflation Reduction Act because I knew it would have a transformative impact on our climate, economy, and New Mexico families. Today on my visit, I got to see one of the ways this landmark law is delivering a stronger future for New Mexicans,” said Heinrich. “I’m especially pleased that the Inflation Reduction Act included my home electrification rebate program, which is now spurring an increased demand for home energy auditors — a career that New Mexicans can train for at Santa Fe Community College.”

Heinrich continued, “I’m grateful for Santa Fe Community College’s work helping to grow our economy by preparing New Mexicans for the HVAC careers they can build a family around. I’ll continue fighting to make sure that every person in our state can access the opportunities created by the Inflation Reduction Act.”

“Heinrich, the co-founder and co-chair of the Electrification Caucus, fought aggressively to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, helping to secure major provisions, including a new rebate program that mirrors his Zero-Emission Homes Act. The program will be delivering $87 million to New Mexico to help low- and moderate-income households receive up to $14,000 in savings when they upgrade their appliances and weatherize their homes. This program is leading to an increased demand for home energy auditors, which the Santa Fe Community College now offers training for.”

Anyone who would like to enroll in EnergySmart Academy training or who has questions should either email or call 505-428-1676.

From left to right, Becky Rowley, SFCC President; U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich; Jeremy Mier, EnergySmart Academy (ESA) Director; Jeff Polk, ESA Instructor; Carl Ulibarri (seated), ESA consultant; Jeffrey Granger, ESA Trainer and Energy Auditor; Yash Morimoto, SFCC Vice President for Strategy and Organizational Effectiveness; Kris Swedin, Dean Continuing Education and Contract Training; Joss Mulligan, ESA Operations Coordinator; Jerry Lopez, ESA Trainer; David Best, ESA Trainer; and Todd Lovato, SFCC Executive Director, Marketing and Public Relations.

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.

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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.

Some classes still open for last-minute registration; act soon

Academic Advisor Emily McCarthy meets with a student. Advisors can help students determine the best path to obtain a certificate or associate degree.

While classes begin today on Jan. 16, there are still some openings in classes. But act today, since many classes will close soon. Visit to find classes and get registration tips.

It is recommended that current students meet with their advisors to prepare for registration. In MySFCC, click on “Academic Advising (Online/In Person)” in the “Schedule an Appointment” section, or visit to find your advisor and book an appointment.

If you have questions or need assistance, reach out to or call 505-428-1270.

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.

SFCC announces Fall 2023 Dean’s list

Congratulations to SFCC’s students on the Fall 2023 Dean’s List! See the full list:

Sculpture installation -“Constant Transformation”

Installation by sculpture student Rocio Rodriguez Linares, “Constant Transformation,” in TATC hallway, if entering from Visual Arts Building past the first classroom on the right.

Follow Student Parent Success Program on social media!

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

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 | |

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

Employees, use your EEB credit to take a credit or CE class! Get registered.

Also, read note in the policy about eligible spouses, partners, dependents

Employees, while there is still time to register before classes begin on Jan. 16, consider using your Employee Educational Benefit. Note this information from policy 4-36:

  1. All regular status full-time staff, full-time faculty, and part-time employees along with spouses, domestic partners, and legal dependents up to age 26 are eligible upon registering and completing the Employee Education Benefits form for a total of six credit hours, or the equivalent in monetary value for a noncredit course, per semester. This benefit can be used by the employee or shared by a member of the employee’s immediate family as defined above.
  2. No more than six hours of Employee Education Benefits may be used by a single individual per semester.
  3. Employees are encouraged to use their Employee Education Benefits outside of scheduled work hours.
  4. Only SFCC credit and noncredit courses are eligible for Employee Education Benefits.
  5. Employees must receive approval from their supervisor prior to applying for the benefit if the class occurs during scheduled work
  6. Adjunct faculty members may be eligible upon registering and completing the Employee Education Benefits form for a total of six credit hours per semester, or the equivalent in monetary value for a noncredit course, for the semester they are currently on. This benefit is only applicable for the adjunct employee and is not extended to family members or dependents.
  7. The Employee Education Benefit form must be submitted at least five business days prior to the payment deadline. Cost of lab fees and other fees shall be paid by the employee or family member immediately to avoid disenrollment.
  8. Eligibility for this benefit is in addition to the staff educational attainment benefit described below (Read about the Educational Attainment benefit Policy 43-36 under Letter F.

Visit SFCC Connect to download the necessary Spring 24 EEB form.

See details about registering at

If you need assistance registering for Continuing Education or have questions about using your EEB credit there, email or call 505-428-1676.

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

Miriam Sagan and daughter Isabela Winson-Sagan show collaborative work at Strata Gallery through Jan. 19

Poet and author Miriam Sagan will exhibit a collaborative piece with her daughter SFCC art alumna Isabel Winson-Sagan at Strata Gallery.

Miriam Sagan, retired SFCC faculty member of the Creative Writing program and her daughter SFCC art alumna Isabel Winson-Sagan will show a collaborative piece in the juried exhibition, “Selfhood” at Strata Gallery, 125 Lincoln Ave., Suite 105. Read more at

The exhibition runs from Jan. 2-19.  

Congratulations to Dave Sicko on his retirement

Colleagues gathered to celebrate Dave Sicko’s retirement.

Colleagues gathered to celebrate David “Dave” Sicko’s retirement on Dec. 6 in the SFCC Boardroom.

SFCC appreciates all of Dave’s work teaching at SFCC. He was an engaging, dedicated history professor who brought history to life.

Sicko joined the Social Science and Humanities faculty at SFCC in 2013, having come from the Four Corners where he taught history at Diné College. Before coming to New Mexico, he was an Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University, Meridian Campus, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Florida State University. His Ph.D. is in American history, and he has specialized in Early America, Native American history, and Borderlands history. He also served on the Faculty Senate.

Colleagues get silly and have fun celebrating Dave as he begins his retirement.

We thank Carlos Balladares for sharing some fun photos that he captured at the retirement gathering!

Three cheers for Dave! 

English and Communications Departmental Winter newsletter

There’s a lot of news in the English and Communications Departmental Winter newsletter. Read the latest issue here.

Donate to Peggy Guttman Van Hulsteyn Presidential Title V Endowed Scholarship to help SFCC students

Peggy Guttman Van Hulsteyn

Peggy Guttman Van Hulsteyn, who passed away in April, was an instructor at SFCC during the early years of the college. She shared her many skills and talents in marketing and writing. She was an accomplished writer and author who wrote for Mademoiselle, Cosmopolitan, Modern Bride, Country Living, Cat Fancy, New Mexico Magazine, American Way and newspapers such as the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald, the Kansas City Star, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Examiner, and USA Today. Her work was translated into Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Portuguese and appeared in Australian periodicals. During her career, she served as assistant travel editor of Mademoiselle magazine, southeastern director of publicity for American International Pictures in Atlanta, owner of an award-winning advertising agency in Austin, and was an advertising lecturer at the University of Texas.

After her 2000 diagnosis with Parkinson’s she wrote the book, “Yoga and Parkinson’s Disease,” which was endorsed by Michael J. Fox and appeared on the Fox Foundation’s recommended reading list and which the CEO of the National Parkinson’s Foundation called “a must read.” She was also a “Guest Blogger” for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Read more in her obituary.

Throughout the years, she remained devoted to the students at SFCC and the college’s mission. The Peggy Guttman Van Hulsteyn Presidential Title V Endowed Scholarship was set up to honor her memory. Visit to make a tax-deductible donation through SFCC Foundation.

SFCC is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), through a U.S. Department of Education Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program (DHSI) grant received 1:1 matching funds for building scholarship endowments. which benefit Hispanic and other low-income students. All gifts to the Peggy Guttman van Hulsteyn Presidential Title V Endowed Scholarship will be matched 1:1, doubling your impact.

Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to honor Peggy through a gift to SFCCF toward the endowed scholarship in her name.

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 – November 2023

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

This newsletter contains information on the Student Information System (SIS) progress, and upcoming change with “My Tasks”, new tip sheets, and CHESS staffing updates including new hires and job openings.

Policy Update: Procedures for Policy 8-2 Political Activity, Solicitation, and Vending on Campus

Please review the recently updated Procedures for Policy 8-2 Political Activity, Solicitation, and Vending on Campus. For additional information on Policy 8-2, contact Todd Lovato, Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations. All College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. To learn more, contact Policy Officer Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

Defensive Driving Certification Class February 7, 2024

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.

SFCC hires Ivan Lopez Hurtado, Ph.D., as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Ivan Lopez Hurtado, Ph.D.

SFCC announced Nov. 10 that it has hired Ivan Lopez Hurtado, Ph.D., as its Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. He will begin working at the College in January 2024.

The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs will focus on leadership and coordination for teaching and learning, facilitation of transfer partnerships with four-year institutions, working with faculty and staff on assessment and program review, and other academic projects.

SFCC Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Margaret Peters said, “I am delighted that Dr. Lopez Hurtado will be joining the SFCC team. He provides a wealth of experience from his many years in higher education in New Mexico.”

Lopez Hurtado said, “I am profoundly grateful to the SFCC community for extending this incredible opportunity to me and entrusting my ability to make a meaningful impact on the institution’s academic mission. I eagerly anticipate the chance to integrate my experience, fostering a collaborative environment with the exceptional SFCC team. This opportunity marks an exciting new chapter in my professional journey, and I am genuinely thrilled to contribute to the continued success and growth of SFCC.”

Lopez Hurtado was born and raised in Tampico, Mexico. During his senior year in high school, he became a teaching assistant at an orphanage at the kindergarten level.

Lopez Hurtado received his B.S. degree in Industrial Physics Engineering with highest honors from Tec de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, 1995 and an M.S. degree in Automation with highest honors from Tec de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, 1998. After working as a Geophysicist for Schlumberger, as a Field Service Engineer for JOT Automation, as a Project Engineer for VI Technology, and as Program Director for the Mechatronics Undergraduate Program and Tec de Monterrey, Campus Juarez, he came to Albuquerque to obtain a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, that he received in 2008 from the University of New Mexico (UNM). In 2006, Lopez Hurtado received the Outstanding Student Award from the Department of Electrical Engineering during his doctoral program. His research was Control Systems across Networks, and he presented and published in several conferences and journals. Last year, he completed the Institute for Educational Management Program at Harvard University.

Since 2016, he has served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Northern New Mexico College. He previously served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology and Chair of the Department of Engineering at the same institution. He is also an Associate Professor of Engineering and Technology at NNMC after being granted tenure in 2012.

Since 1997, he has taught at Tec de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey, Campus Juarez, Campus Tampico, the University of New Mexico, and Northern New Mexico College.

He served as the director of multiple grants in those roles, including the U.S. Dept. STEM Title III, NIH NM-INBRE project, NSF S-STEM project, U.S. Dept. of Ed-CCRAA, Title V, PPHOA (Co-Director), PNM Smart Grid, NSF S-STEP (Co-PI). He is a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission and a program evaluator for ABET. He also serves as a statewide New Mexico Academic Advisory Committee member to the N.M. Higher Education Department, the N.M. EPSCoR Statewide Advisory Board Member, and the NM-INBRE Steering Committee member.

Lopez Hurtado became a U.S. citizen in 2015 and has been married to Alma Liñan for 22 years. They have two daughters, Alma and Diana.

New workplace ethics procedure for policy 4-1: SFCC Workplace Ethics and Code of Conduct Policy

A new procedure has been added 4-1: Workplace Ethics and Code of Conduct Procedures for Marketing, Recruiting, Admissions, and Financial Aid Personnel. College Policies and Procedures are online at SFCC Policies. To learn more, contact Policy Officer Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

Read an interview with Chef Milton Villarubia about the East Wing Eatery

The Santa Fe Reporter on Oct. 18 ran this feature: 3 Questions with Milton Villarubia about the East Wing Eatery. Please note the story stated he had hoped to open this Tuesday, but it’s not possible at this time. Once everything is good to go, MPR will share messaging. In the meantime, stop by because he is doing some “soft openings” offering free taste tests.

Former Second Street Brewery executive chef Milton Villarrubia III took on the manager position after working in the college’s culinary classes as a lab technician for years.

We’re excited to welcome Milton Villarrubia in his role as the East Wing Eatery manager.

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.

Procedures updated for Policy 1-29, Governing Board Self Evaluation

The Governing Board has reviewed and posted with minor edits the Procedures for Policy 1-29, Board Self Evaluation Instrument. College Policies and Procedures are online at SFCC Policies. To learn more, contact Policy Officer Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

Duplicating Center open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. in LL307

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!


Appointments open for AARP Tax-Aide

Jan. 29 – April 15

8:30 a.m. through 3 p.m.

Monday through Friday

SFCC partners with AARP to offer free tax preparation

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, 6401 Richards Ave. 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 from the SFCC website.  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.

What you need to bring:

  • Copy of prior year return.
  • Driver’s License or State ID of the primary filers.
  • Social Security Card or ITIN Letters for all taxpayers and dependents.
  • Social Security Year End Statement.
  • Bank information (routing and account numbers) for direct deposit or direct debit.
  • Income documents: W-2s; 1099’s for retirement income or self-employment; interest, dividend, capital gains or brokerage statements; Unemployment (form 1099-G); gambling wins (form W2-G and related loss documentation).
  • Individuals eligible for State/County Rebates or Credits– bring 2022 property tax bill(s) or rent information, out-of-pocket medical expenses (no over-the-counter or medical cannabis-related expenses) and other household income.
  • Supporting documents for itemized deductions or credits: childcare, college, or vocational training information (1098-T), medical expenses not covered by insurance – including mileage, charity donations, property tax bills or receipts and mortgage interest paid.

If applicable, also bring:

  • Self-employed Income and Expenses Documentation:  1099 NEC or other income, employment related expenditures, business miles.  Determine if claiming COVID eligible sick or family leave and provide number of days claimed; and, decide whether you will be deferring self-employment taxes.
  • Marketplace insurance documents (1095-A).

The AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program cannot prepare returns that include:

  • Rental income.
  • Married individuals who file separately.
  • Self-employment returns with expenses of more than $35,000 or more, home office deduction, employees, inventory or operating loss.
  • Royalty income with associated expenses.
  • Casualty loss.

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.

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.

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

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.”