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Gene Haas Scholarship available for Machining students

Gene Haas Foundation Scholarships are now available for SFCC Machining Students

Part-time students (6-11 credits) can receive a scholarship of $300 per semester, and full-time students (12 or more credits) can receive $500. New students are eligible, and continuing students must maintain a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.5. In addition, students must:
• declare a major in the Engineering Machining Technology AAS
• be New Mexico residents
• file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Dreamers Financial Aid Application.

The Gene Haas Scholarship can be combined with other scholarship options like the Opportunity Scholarship and the Lottery Scholarship.

For more information and links to applications, go to

For more information about this scholarship, as well as other scholarships email or call 505-428-1268.

It’s not too late to register for classes in the program. Students can complete their machining certificate in 4 semesters by attending courses in the late afternoons, evenings, and online. The evening/online machining cohort starts spring 2022 including the following sequence of courses: ENGR 121 – Engineering Graphics, MATT 113 – Manufacture Safety and Measure, MATT 114 – Introduction to Lathes, MATT 115 – Introduction to Mills and MATT 116 – Introduction to Supporting Machine Tools and Principles.

Questions about the program? Contact either Miguel Maestas: at 505-428-1315 or Steve Converse: 505-428-1232.

News and Announcements

Explore Your Options session for prospective students from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday

Know someone who’d like to learn more about SFCC? SFCC’s first Virtual Information Session of the year will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 6. SFCC will provide prospective students with general information on SFCC including advising, financial aid, tutoring and more. To get a free link for the online session sign up here.


Registration deadline for HSE-GED preparation, applications due today, Jan. 3

The registration period for Santa Fe Community College’s HSE/GED preparation classes is open for new students through January 3. Classes begin online January 18 in Spanish and English. Returning students who have been enrolled after Fall 2021 may register until Jan. 14. For more information, call 505-428-1433 or go to

Classes are offered in the mornings, afternoons and evenings. Classes conducted in Spanish are offered in the mornings, evenings and on Saturdays. Classes prepare students for the state-approved HSE tests – the GED and HiSet. Classes will be primarily online. Students must have a stable internet connection to participate.

New students are required to attend the four-day orientation Jan. 10 through 14. The four-day orientation is offered in the mornings from 9 a.m. to noon or in the evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. In orientation, students will have the opportunity to meet with an advisor, create an individualized learning plan, and register for classes. The orientation will be online. Please see SFCC’s vaccination requirement that goes into effect on January 18.

For information about Adult Education programs, call 505-428-1356 or visit SFCC Adult Education. SFCC’s campus is closed for Winter Break, December 18 through January 2. Students may submit an online application during that time.


Register now for Miriam Sagan reading on Feb. 1

SFCC Library presents “Start Again: A Reading” by Miriam Sagan from her newest book of poetry at 6 p.m. Feb. 1.

The poems in Miriam Sagan’s poetry collection, Start Again ($21.95 paperback, Red Mountain Press), come from the poet’s experiences and ruminations during the COVID-19 pandemic in Santa Fe.

As in her previous work, Sagan dips into elements of myth and mysticism, working in symbols of the tarot, astrology, nature, history, and Judaism, to create a poetic cosmology all her own.

Some poems explore the traditional New Mexico landscapes — sacred places turned iconic, the indigenous and migrated populations jarring up against the history and trauma of conquest and Anglo invasion. Heavy in the history, the poet likewise captures the present pandemic moments, the underlying sense of dread and unknowing the pandemic spurred.

Photo by Matthew Morrow.

Register to attend here:


Congratulations, graduates! Enjoy the recording

Congratulations, graduates! It was wonderful to celebrate your commencement at our virtual ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 11.

Thanks to the campus team who made this video production possible: Doreen Gallegos, Dorothy Piriz, Sarah Martinez, Roxanne Tapia, Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos, Todd Lovato, Mason Kovacs, Pedro Castillon and Bernadette Gonzales! Also thanks to everyone else who helped with the commencement behind the scenes and in front of the camera.

If you missed it, check out the video! We love the photos and shout outs from our graduates. Here is an example in the inset photo from one of our graduates who earned multiple awards.

Read selections from Lillian Montoya’s keynote address and check out a few more images from the event here.


Alumna Cindy Nava takes the helm of Transform Education NM

Transform Education NM announced that it welcomes policy advocate Cindy Nava (SFCC alumna) as its new executive director. For the last 13 years, Nava has worked to advance communities of color through policy, education, political involvement, and legislative advocacy at a state and national level.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to work with TENM to empower New Mexico’s communities to transform our education system,” said Nava. “As a former DACA recipient and English language learner, I know what it means to be the kid sitting in class who doesn’t understand a word the teacher says and to be bullied because of my heritage. New Mexico needs a public education system that embraces and celebrates our rich and diverse cultures, values our educators, and offers the services and curriculum our children need. TENM won’t stop fighting until all our children have the education they need and are legally entitled to.”


Listen to the The Key Podcast featuring Becky Rowley and Tracy Hartzler

The Key Podcast | Episode 69: A Major Cross-College Collaboration – Inside Higher Ed, an interview with Becky Rowley and Tracy Hartzler.

Listen to a great conversation with Becky and Tracy explaining the challenges and goals of CHESS.

ICYMI: Watch the Multi-College CHESS ERP Kickoff Celebration

Colleagues at Clovis Community College, CNM, Northern New Mexico College and Santa Fe Community College, members of CHESS (the Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services), simultaneously hosted kickoff events on Dec. 2 to celebrate the implementation phase of the new Enterprise Resource Planning system.

Watch the recording to learn more about the initiative – where we are, where we’re going, who’s doing what, and how beautifully our new system will transform the student experience and improve our operations. Hear from students, faculty, presidents, partners, and the Implementation Team. There are lots of great photos from all of the colleges, too. For more information, contact CHESS Communications Officer Laura Mulry.


Between Certain Death and a Possible Future World AIDS Day Event recording

Watch Between Certain Death and a Possible Future World AIDS Day Event. Hosted by Valerie Nye and the SFCC Library, several contributors to “Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis” read from the newly released book, followed by a Q&A with the authors.

The online event was sponsored by SFCC Foundation, PDAC and the SFCC Creative Writing program.

Spring CE Catalog now available online and in print

Santa Fe Community College announces the SFCC 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 racks around town. Visit for tips on registering and to view the variety of offerings.

“Many new classes are available this spring for Continuing Education students,” said Kris Swedin, Dean of Continuing Education and Contract Training. “We realize that many students continue to enjoy the comfort of online classes, but we also have a variety of in-person classes for those who want to explore outdoors or get hands-on training.”

The Spring Continuing Education catalog is now available online for viewing and download.

Browse the fun and interesting noncredit classes and then enroll online today.


Apply now for Spring Massage Therapy program

Students interested in joining the Massage Therapy program this spring should visit for program details and the application form which should be completed and emailed along with a résumé to

Please note the program includes a mix of online and in-person classes, so all Massage Therapy students must have Covid vaccinations. Apply ASAP to join the program this spring, since an interview is required for acceptance.

Questions? Contact either Massage Therapy program director Ute Jannsen-Kerr via email at or Massage Therapy instructor Julianna Santillanes at or call 505-428-1293.


Artist Jerry Brown installs “Evolution” at SFCC

Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel was excited to share this news:

Jerry Brown just installed his New Mexico Art in Public Places mixed media piece “Evolution” in the entry of the Art and Design Building. SFCC purchased the work using AIPP funds. It is one of eight pieces that will be coming to our campus in the next few months from eight different artists.

Jerry Brown is a contemporary Native American painter. The Diné artist is from Mariano Lake on the Navajo Nation. He is a 1995 graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is influenced by Diné traditions and ceremonies and the colors, people, sites, smells and sounds of both the Diné and modern world.

The artist also shared these images on his Facebook page:

Policy Updates

At the Oct. 27 meeting, the Governing Board approved the addition of the Cash Reserves section to Policy 1-31 Governing Board Financial Oversight. You can view the Cash Reserves information under Policy Process L. If you have any questions, please contact Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer Nick Telles, Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer, ext. 1161. Thank you.

2021-2022 Policy Review Schedule. The policies scheduled for shared governance review during the academic year 2021-2022 are posted on SFCC Connect: Campus Resources > Policy Review. College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

For the protection of our community...

When coming on campus:

Student Spotlight

Spring 2022 student employment opportunities

Student Work Study is a financial aid need-based program that provides a student funds earned through part-time employment and pays the minimum wage for Santa Fe County.

Eligible students can work up to 20 hours per week and work is scheduled around your school schedule. In addition to helping you pay for your education, the work-study program helps you gain work experience, develop your skills, and build a possible pathway to future employment opportunities.

To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Must complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA and any additional requested verification items
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 degree related credit hours for spring.
  • Must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

If you are interested in student employment, you can email the Student Employment Office at for further information.

Planning to come on campus this Spring semester? Submit your proof of vaccination by Jan. 18!

All students taking in-person courses or using the William C. Witter Fitness Center are required to have at least one dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine no later than January 18, 2022.

Visit for details.
For details on how upload your vaccine card visit

SFCC Student Weekly Connection 12/3

Read this week’s SFCC Student Weekly Connection for information on Spring 2022 registration, Fall 2021 Virtual Commencement, FAFSA workshops to help you get money for school, Campus Cupboard food distribution and the resource of the week Southwest Care Center and a bonus resource, the Santa Fe Indigenous Center.


Spring 2022 Registration continues

Spring 2022 registration has begun. To get into the classes that you want, register as soon as possible.

The spring semester begins Tuesday, January 19.The college has developed a guide to registering detailed at
If you are registering for in-person classes, be sure to provide proof of vaccination via the SFCC Health Screener App. See for guidance on how to upload your documentation.

New students can get started at by clicking the Apply Now button. All students are encouraged to work with an academic advisor. Remote appointments or in-person appointments can be made by emailing or calling 505-428-1275.

SFCC 2021-2022 Scholarship Application Available Now

SFCC can help you pay for college with scholarships. One simple application puts you in consideration for state institutional and Foundation private scholarships. Scholarships are available for new and returning, part time and full-time students to help pay for college for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships are also available for second-generation college students, Veterans, Native American students, Hispanic students and students with disabilities (must be registered with the SAS department at SFCC offers performance-based scholarships through Contract for a Better Tomorrow (CBT).

For more information and to apply go to:

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

Student Resource Center connects students with community programs

The Student Resource Center helps students connect with various services, programs and agencies. We can help link up with several community resources including: Housing, Food, Utility Payment Assistance, Childcare, Physical Health and Legal Services. For more information and assistance, please contact Student Resource Coordinator Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo at 505-428-1194 or visit

El Centro de Recursos Estudiantiles ayuda a los estudiantes a conectarse con varios servicios programas y agencias. Podemos ayudar a conectarse con varios servicios comunitarios, que incluyen: Vivienda, Comida, Asistencia para Pagos de Servicios Públicos, Cuidado de Niños, Salud Física y Servicios Legales. Para obtener más información y asistencia, comuníquese con la Coordinadora de Recursos Estudiantiles Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo al 505-428-1194 o visite

Employee Announcements

Spring 2022 Convocation kicks off 9 a.m. Thursday

The Convocation Kickoff for faculty and staff is at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 6. See the email that was sent on Dec. 11 that has more details or check the schedule on SFCC Connect.

December WOWs: Susan Rathjen

WOW Award for the month of December

Edward Ashmead nominated Susan Rathjen

“Susan has worked for many, many years promoting math and language literacy for students enrolled in the ACE (Academic and Career Education) program and is always so pleasant and helpful. She bends over backwards to line up students with tutors and has been a Godsend to our program for those students with skills so low they would otherwise struggle to succeed in our Adult Basic Education program. I could not have succeeded with so many students without her help in training and matching tutors with them, which
has led to improved graduation rates.”

Charlie Shultz Aquaponics master's thesis published in World Aquaculture

Faculty member Charlie Shultz is one step closer to obtaining his Master’s degree in Aquaculture from Kentucky State University. Last week, his Master’s thesis was published by the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. He hopes to finish his Master’s defense during Spring of 2022. Shultz did the research and submitted the manuscript while a grad student, but the thesis is published as an SFCC Faculty member.

How to submit your proof of Vaccination

  1. Access the SFCC Health Screener app using one of these methods:
    • Download on your phone. Go to your app store and search for “SFCC Health Screener.” The mobile app seems easiest to use, and can also be downloaded at the bottom of page after clicking the “SFCC Health Screener” button above.
    • Click ‘Health Screener (COVID-19)’ app button from MySFCC

  2. Sign in using your SFCC credentials with “LOGIN WITH EXISTING ACCOUNT”
  3. Upload a copy of your vaccine card by clicking “COVID-19 SCREENER” and following the instructions

Contact for

  • Application support
  • Assistance uploading vaccination card
  • If you have already uploaded your proof of vaccine and need to resubmit

View SFCC Vaccine Requirement

HR has provided the following document to guide you through the submission process:
SFCC Health Screener App Guide

Full vaccination deadline on Jan. 6 for Faculty and staff

By November 30, 2021: All faculty and staff who work on campus or need to be at any College facility are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, have received at least one dose of an approved vaccine, or have obtained a vaccine exemption. All faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or have an approved exemption by Convocation on January 6, 2022.

Visit for details on how to submit your proof of vaccination or exemption request.


Policy Updates 2021-22 Policy Review Schedule

Policy Updates
2021-2022 Policy Review Schedule. The policies scheduled for shared governance review during the academic year 2021-2022 are posted on SFCC Connect: Campus Resources > Policy Review.

Revised Procedures. Please become familiar with the newly updated Procedures in the links below and address any questions to the Policy Owners listed.

College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

How to enroll for the COVID 19 vaccine

Please review the state’s latest vaccine registration information 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.”


Let's help slow the spread of the virus

Let’s keep everyone safe and remember:

SFCC COVID protocols require that everyone wear a mask at all times on campus.

• 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.

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

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

Do you need information on testing? Visit

Remember to wash your hands for a full 20 seconds!

Submit nominations for WOW awards

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


Let Campus Weekly share your news

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Visual Arts Gallery announces exhibition opening Jan. 26

SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery presents the exhibition, “Paintings and Poetry: The Center Cannot Hold,” which opens from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 27. The exhibition features the work of artists Jane Shoenfeld and Bill Sortino.

The two diverse contemporary artists will offer a showcase of paintings imbued with a deep connection to poetry. “This is such an exciting show that will resonate with artists and poets alike,” said Director of the Visual Arts Gallery, Linda Cassel. “While the artists are quite different, they both are so gifted and dedicated to immersing themselves in the full artistic process of painting, as well as writing poetry.”

Inset image above: Bill Sortino’s “Possibilities,” Acrylic on Canvas, 36” x 48

Jane Shoenfeld’s “The Center Cannot Hold” (in response to phrase from “The Second Coming,” WB Yeats,) Pastel on Tinted, Sanded Paper, 28 1/8” X 20 1/8”

A workshop “Poems from Paintings” with Poet Donald Levering is scheduled in conjunction with the exhibition from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, February 11 at the Visual Arts Gallery. Participants in this workshop will write poems in response to the paintings in this exhibition.

Read more about the exhibition in this press release.