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Applications for PROTEC job-training program due Feb. 15

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

Professional Readiness for Technical Career Program (PROTEC) offers preparatory training for entry-level employment in a variety of industries and is designed for individuals who are currently unemployed, under-employed, re-entering the workforce or looking to increase their hire-ability in Santa Fe County. Accepted participants will prepare for industry badges in Business Technology Systems and Social Media Basics through hands-on training and online workshops to gain key job-readiness skills through more than 30 hours of accelerated training online followed by up to 80 hours of paid online internships.

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

Applications are due Feb. 15. Apply at

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

News and Announcements

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

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


Just In Passing Lunchtime Conversation, Feb. 3

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

Join us here:


Library Spring 2021 Curbside Services

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

Students may request printing services for curbside pickup here:

Curbside hours are

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

Send questions to:

Hear podcast of conversation about PROTEC

The KSWV podcast of Estevan Gonzales’ interview with Director of Continuing Education and Contract Training Kris Swedin and CE Enrollment specialist Paloma Anaya-Trujillo is now available.

Paloma shares her personal story of how the PROTEC initiative improved her life and led to her job at the college.

Photo: CE Enrollment Specialist Paloma Anaya-Trujillo


Midtown Campus developer wants to end contract

Several news stories last week indicated that the Midtown Campus developer wants to end its contract with the city. SFCC is a partner in the Midtown Campus planning.

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

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

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

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

Moving Arts Española is moving on up

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

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

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

Read more about Moving Arts Española here.


Use SchoolDude to submit Facilities and Operations requests

Facilities and Operations would like to extend a friendly reminder to use the Facilities and Operations Ticketing System to submit requests concerning Grounds, Maintenance and Custodial departments.

For questions, urgent requests, or help on creating a ticket please email or or call 505-428-1670. They are happy to provide help and training to anyone who needs it.


New Mexico In Depth features SFCC nursing student's story of persistence

Ted Alcorn of New Mexico In Depth wrote the Jan. 12 story, “Persistence, Help From Families and Organizations pays off.”

The story features SFCC nursing student Alexandra Romero, who shares her very personal story of persistence. She is one of our students who has gotten support from TRIO. Thank you to Interim Director of TRIO Support Services Danielle Gonzales for recommending Alexandra to be interviewed. She cited her determination and grit!

From the story: Santa Fe Community College plays an important role for strivers like Romero, said its president Becky Rowley. The degree-seeking students there tend to come from a lower socioeconomic background and see it as a route to greater prosperity. “That’s why they’re here,” she said. “They want to be able to have a different life.” …

The photo was taken by Ted Alcorn for New Mexico In Depth (used with permission).


SFCC supports rule change re: Opportunity Scholarship

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

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

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

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

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

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


SF New Mexican features Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe based at SFCC

The Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe organization housed at SFCC was featured in the Santa Fe New Mexican story, “Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe celebrates 35 years” on January 9.

Thank you to all involved in this terrific program. Almost 5,000 volunteers have served as tutors with this program in the past 35 years serving more than 40,000 students. They have changed lives and strengthened our community. The SFCC coordinators and staff members under the direction of Literacy Volunteers Executive Director (SFCC Adult Education Director) Letty Naranjo have been integral to the program! Read more about SFCC participants here.

Reporter Dillon Mullan shared this in his story:

“During the pandemic, English as a Second Language coordinator Amanda Rivera de Garcia said students, who typically meet in small groups or one on one, have practiced English over video calls, the telephone and text messages. …”

Photo: Amanda Rivera de Garcia, ESL Literacy Coordinator, Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe.


American Red Cross classes offered Spring 2021

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

Lifeguard Certification
CRN 30688 HLED 1150
January 22 – 31

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

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

Kids Campus resumed programming on Jan. 4

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

Wait list applications are available online at


Val Nye to speak about her book, "Intellectual Freedom Stories from a Shifting Landscape"on Feb. 24

Save the date!

SFCC Librarian Val Nye will present Intellectual Freedom Stories from a Shifting Landscape from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 24.

She will talk about the publishing process and will share stories from her most recent book: “Intellectual Freedom Stories: From a Shifting Landscape” (ALA

Sponsored by the SFCC Library

Register to attend:

Hear Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos on KSFR podcast on SFCC's spirit of giving during the pandemic

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomasinia Gallegos-Ortiz spoke with M.K. Mendoza on KSFR on Dec. 24 during the program “SFCC and Local DJ Daniel J Get Creative While Giving During Holiday Season.” She spoke about the college’s many initiatives to help the community and our students throughout the pandemic.


Check out the Continuing Education offerings

Take a look at the variety of offerings available! You’ll find classes that are fun, some offer professional development and others can enrich your health and wellness.

In the New Year, think about the new you! Employees use your EEB Benefit. Need assistance with registration? Call 505-428-1676 or email


Learn more about sculptor David Rudolph's "The Big Picture TV"

For those who were able to visit campus last semester, you probably saw that an exciting addition was brought near the entrance of the Fine Arts Building. (We know most of you weren’t on campus!)

Sculptor David Rudolph has loaned “The Big Picture TV” sculpture to the college with the support of the Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel and SFCC Foundation. The sculpture was a hit when it first was revealed in California and more recently in the Santa Fe Railyard.

In DavidR-BTV-Letter-of-Intent-to-SFCC Rudolph wrote, “Some of the reasons and primary goals of moving the “Big TV” to the SFCC campus are to inspire creativity, imagination, communication and to provide an outdoor venue for continued education and creative exploration. We have seen the “Big TV” create an atmosphere of empowerment for all who come in contact with it for both thought and action.”

We invite you to hear artist David Rudolph speak about his art in a wonderful video produced by Ashley Martinez.

Notification about the Annual Security Report

As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), SFCC is providing you with the comprehensive Annual Security Report (ASR).
The report may be accessed online by clicking on the following link: Please take a few minutes to review this information.
In addition, hard copy reports are available in the following locations:
• Safety and Security, Room 101.
You may request a hard copy of the report by mail by contacting the SFCC Safety and Security Department. Send the request to:
SFCC Safety and Security Department, Room 101
Santa Fe Community College
6401 Richards Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87508
505 428-1224
If you have questions about this report or would like more information, please feel free to the Safety and Security Department at SFCC or ( or 428-1014).

Laptop discounts for staff, faculty and students

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

To get started log into and click on the Dell Computer Discount icon under Resources. Discounts are available on laptops and computer accessories.

Media related to ERP system initiative to assist students

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

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

12/18/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, “SFCC among 5 New Mexico colleges to collaborate on admissions/transfers”

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

SFCC in the news

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

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

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

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

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

December issue, Sandoval Signpost. See Page 21 of link on website for story, Virtual Show “Hidden Talents” includes Bernalillo artist Jake Lovato.”

Student Spotlight

Additional students added to Fall 2020 Dean's List

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

View additional students at:

View the original Dean’s List at


New Mexico Tech Open House Feb. 6

Research @ Tech Day
February 6, 2021

Additional open house to be held February 20.

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

Learn more and RSVP: Research @ Tech Day


SFCC Counseling Services offers spring support groups

Spring Semester Support Groups
through SFCC Counseling Services

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

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

We very much look forward to meeting with you!


LANL announces Spring 2021 Career Pathways Scholarship recipients

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

Here’s the list of SFCC’s recipients:

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


Support your SFCC Bookstore: Spring 21 textbooks on sale January 4

COVID-19 got messy. Getting ready for classes shouldn’t be.

Shop online at SFCC Bookstore & get all the supplies you need to stay organized this school year.

Textbook purchase began January 4.
Go to and support your local bookstore.


Apply for 2020-2021 SFCC and Foundation Scholarships

SFCC has state, institutional and Foundation private scholarships available for new and returning students to help pay for college for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships are available for full and part-time students in all qualified areas of study including but not limited to: Business, Early Childhood, Engineering, Nursing, Computer Studies, Culinary. There are scholarships for Native American students, Hispanic students and students with disabilities (must be registered with the SAS department), international and non-U.S. citizens.

Financial need, a cumulative and term GPA of 2.50 and enrollment in at least 6 credit hours in a degree plan are required for most scholarships.

You may apply for an SFCC scholarship now at:

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

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

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

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


Student Emergency Fund assistance

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

SFCC Student Activities Group on Facebook

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

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

Visit to join today!


Employee Announcements

Employees: Reminder of Conversation with the President at 3:30 p.m. today, Jan. 25

Just a friendly reminder that employees are invited to A Conversation with the President at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25. Click on the link that you received in your SFCC email.

Appts. for lap swimming will open on Feb. 4

Employees will be able to use their fitness CRN to enroll for lap swimming. (The CRN was posted last week in the SFCC Connect announcements.) The procedures and protocols will be the same as last time.

The reservation system will not be available until Monday, Feb. 4. At that time you will be able to set up appointments for lap swimming sessions beginning on Friday, Feb. 8.


How to enroll for COVID 19 vaccine

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

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

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

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


Gerard Martinez y Valencia shares opinion in My View column

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


SFCC's Student Resource Coordinator ready to serve students

It’s always exciting when a former student joins our staff. Please welcome Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo, MSW !

She said, “I am very excited to be returning to SFCC as an employee and look forward to connecting with students and finding community resources to help students fulfill their educational goals at SFCC.”

In her new role, Jocelyn (who also speaks Spanish) will focus on helping students who may be experiencing non-academic barriers such as lack of food, housing, or financial help, which affects their academic performance.

In December 2017, Jocelyn graduated from SFCC with an AA in Criminal Justice, then went on to New Mexico Highlands, where she earned a BA in Criminal Justice and later a Master’s in Social Work. Her experience includes working at the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Solace Crisis Treatment Center, and Youth Shelter and Family Services at their Transitional Living Program.

Please reach out to her at or call 505-428-1194.

President Rowley's Dec. 15 ERP update

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

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

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


Reminders on how to slow the spread of the virus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you need information on testing? Visit

Submit nominations for WOW awards

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


Let Campus Weekly share your news

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

We wish our retiring deans much happiness

Jenny Landen

Please send your best wishes to Dean Jenny Landen and Dean Camilla Bustamante, Ph.D. for a wonderful retirement. They both have given outstanding service to the college. Both have been instrumental in the growth of their areas — with expanded programs and in the development of community partnerships.

They both are retiring on Feb. 1.

Send your congratulations to Jenny Landen at and Camilla Bustamante at

Inset photos above: left, Dean Jenny Landen and right, Camilla Bustamante, Ph.D.