Campus Weekly

SFCC on the Radio and in the Newspaper

Last week on KSFR’s Wake Up Call, Bruce Hamilton interviewed SFCC photography instructor and artist Joe Long about his more than 70 years working with a camera. Long’s works are currently featured in SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery through July 11. Listen to the conversation. Come see the show.

And, in case you missed it: Two auto-tech interviews (and photos)
Hear KSWV’s Mike Michaels talk with Zach Brandt, owner of Capital Ford Lincoln, and Julia Furry, automotive technologies director, about SFCC’s Automotive Technologies program, the high demand for technicians, and the partnerships with Ford and others for training for the future.

Listen to Julia Furry, automotive technologies director, and Yvette Roybal, owner of Octane Ford Buick GMC talk about Santa Fe Community College’s Automotive Technologies program and new facility on KTRC’s Richard Eed’s Show, 1260 AM/103.7 FM. The podcast is now available.

Dillon Mullen of The Santa Fe New Mexican wrote the story, “SFCC breaking ground on new automotive technology center.” He interviewed Julia Furry and a photograph featured automotive student Nathan Sindelar, who is working at Lexus of Santa Fe.

News and Announcements

Welcome our new president!

SFCC welcomes Dr. Rebecca “Becky” Rowley, who begins today on July 1. We’re excited to welcome the ninth president of our college.


Pride Flag flew at SFCC June 28 through June 30

The Pride Flag flew last Friday and throughout the weekend at SFCC. Last Friday, June 28, marked 50 years since the Stonewall Riots (NYC, ’69). This event fueled our modern-day LGBTQIA+ movement. There were only a few establishments that were welcoming in the ’50s & ’60s. It’s 2019 — all are welcome at SFCC. SFCC also participated in the Santa Fe Pride Parade.

Automotive Technology Center groundbreaking a success

Interim president Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D., members of the Santa Fe Community College Governing board, Santa Fe Community College Foundation, Julia Furry, director of the SFCC Automotive Technologies program, Camilla Bustamante, Ph.D., Dean School of Trades and Advanced Technology, members of the automotive advisory committee, and community leaders, including representatives of Santa Fe Concorso, New Mexico Higher Education Department and the New Mexico Department of Corrections joined community members in celebrating the groundbreaking for the new Automotive Technology Center last Wednesday.

Read more and see more photos.

WIOA Orientation/Information Sessions at SFCC

Looking for a resource to fund and support 2019-2020 retraining, certificate, or degree in a job growth industry? The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program is often a good resource for those ineligible for Pell grants and other, usual financial aid. Learn more about WIOA and eligibility at an orientation session. Sessions are open to faculty, staff, students, and community members.

The next session at SFCC is at 4 p.m. Monday, July 1 in Room 204-I. Then there are other sessions July 15 and July 29. Sessions are generally every other week both here on Mondays and also at 9 a.m. Mondays at the New Mexico Workforce Connection Office. For more information contact Pat Delgado, Career Development Specialist at 505-474-5025.

Massai Beading Class, July 9

SFCC’s Continuing Education Department will offer a Maasai beading class presented by International Folk Artist Phoebe Lasoi from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 9.

During the workshop, Lasoi will present a short talk on the important role of beading in Maasai culture, followed by a beading workshop in which participants will make a beaded leather medallion that may be attached to a necklace (provided for purchase) or worn as is. Cost for the class is $49.00 plus a materials fee of $15.00. To participate or for more information, please contact the Santa Fe Continuing Education Department 505-428-1676.


Grantsmanship Training Program, Aug. 5-9

SFCC’s Continuing Education Department and Georgia O’Keeffe Museum will co-host a Grantsmanship Training Program Aug. 5-9 on SFCC’s campus. The intensive, five-day, hands-on workshop for nonprofit and government grantseekers will guide participants step by step through all stages of planning programs, researching funding sources and writing proposals.

To register for the Grantsmanship Training Program, for more information or to apply for a partial scholarship, contact the Grantsmanship Center at 213-482-9862, or Early bird discount available until June 24.


Student Spotlight

Paramedic program accepting applications through July 31

SFCC’s Emergency Medical Services Institute is accepting Paramedic Training Program applications now until 5 p.m. July 31 for the certificate program that starts October 14 and runs through December 2020.

For more information on the SFCC’s Emergency Medical Services Institute or to download a copy of the application, go to or contact director Sahaj Khalsa at 505-428-1820 or

SFCC Department of Dental Health accepting applications for 2019-2020 academic year

The SFCC Department of Dental Health is now accepting applications for 2019-2020 academic year.

Certificate in Dental Assisting (3-semester, full-time program)
Certificate in Advanced Dental Assisting Skills (part-time, evening and online available)
AAS in Dental Health (5-semester, full-time program)
Certificate in Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) (2-semester program with online and weekends available)

For information contact, Aamna Nayyar, 505-428-1258 or or visit

Employee Announcements

Johnson featured in Insight Into Diversity

Janelle Johnson, LPCC, was interviewed in the article, Inconsistent Mental Healthcare at Community Colleges Harms a Vulnerable Student Population for the publication Insight Into Diversity. Johnson is currently serving on the Executive Council of the American College Counseling Association.


SFCC's Kim Bear wins gold medal at Senior Olympics

Kim Bear, an SFCC Zumba instructor won a gold medal at the National Senior Olympics. She shared these details: “There were 14,000 competitors from all over the U.S. to compete in many events for the National Senior Olympics.

In my age group alone (60-64), I had 32 women that I cycled against. Normally, I compete against four or five other women. I competed in swim and bike events with my best being 5th place ribbons.

Finally, my last event, a triathlon was at Cochiti Lake. I was on a co-ed team and did the 400 swim. I was third out of the water and the first woman. I then had to run up the boat ramp to tag off to the Santa Fean cyclist, Tom Egelhoff. He rode like the wind and was the first cyclist in. Our runner, Bernd Leinauer, was from New Mexico State University and is a regents professor. He took off and did not let anyone pass him. We ended up winning overall and beat the men’s teams. I finally got a medal and I am so happy it was the gold!”

Congratulations! We’re proud of Kim Bear’s accomplishment!

Join the trail running group on Tuesdays and walking group on Thursdays

The college now offers employees a “meet-up” for current and “newbie” trail runners in front of the William C. Fitness Education Center at 7 a.m. every Tuesday. All are welcome.

The Walking Group has moved to Thursdays 7:30-8:30 a.m., also meeting in front of the FEC.

For questions in regards to the trail running, please contact Herman Garcia und questions in regards to the Walking Group should go to Ute Jannsen-Kerr.

Ethyl the Whale on YouTube

Meow Wolf, in partnership with Santa Fe Community College, introduced a life-sized blue whale named “Ethyl” at SFCC’s main campus Earth Day 2019. The event coincided with Earth Day’s efforts to address climate change, foster a sustainable, healthy environment in protection of our planet for future generations.

View on YouTube.