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This is your shot! COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday

NMDOH COVID-19 Vaccine Drive-up Clinic
10 a.m. to noon
Wednesday, June 16
SFCC West Wing Parking Lot

No appointment necessary, no registration required.
Children 12-17 must have signed consent form

Opt-in and get your vaccination to participate in the NM Department of Health Vax 2 the Max sweepstakes You could win $250,000 or other prizes! Watch this report.

Optional: Register at and use event code WHJBT to reserve your spot.

News and Announcements

Sign-up now to participate in Santa Fe Pride Drive

SFCC celebrates and recognizes Pride Month. Anyone who is interested in participating in the Pride Drive on the Plaza on June 26 please contact Interim Director of the Early Childhood Center of Excellence Brooke Gondara, Ed.D., at Please note: Get in touch by Friday, June 18. She needs to determine if one truck will be sufficient and other details. Also, you can drive in your own car, but please let Brooke know by this Friday if you plan on doing that. She wants to make sure SFCC gets its registration fees in on time. Also, please let her know if you can help decorate vehicles or offer other support. Everyone is welcome to participate!

File photo: SFCC participates in a 2016 Pride event.

Automotive Technologies program moves into state-of-the-art Automotive Technology Center this fall

In the fall, students in the Automotive Technologies program will continue with a blend of online and in-person classes. Students will be spread out in the new state-of-the-art Automotive Technology Center, a 17,500 square foot center that houses three labs and shop space for automotive study. Highlights include a chassis/suspension lab, an electric lab, an EV/hybrid engine/power train lab, four two-pole lifts, two alignment racks and other equipment.

Automotive Technologies Director Julia Furry said, “We’re responding to the needs of the industry in Santa Fe and surrounding areas. There’s a big demand for trained certified automotive employees. The program will now offer classes at night and on Saturdays. Many of those working in the field who are seeking further certifications need the flexibility to attend classes. It also allows other students to work during the daytime and weekdays.”

Santa Fe Community College offers a range of classes that will prepare students to work on today’s advanced vehicle systems. This program will provide students with the background and knowledge to earn the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification in up to seven competency areas: Automotive Engine Repair, Auto Maintenance and Light Truck Repair, Automatic Transmission Transaxle, Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning, Brakes, Manual Transmission and Drive Train, and Steering and Suspension. Visit the Automotive Technologies program page for more information.

Governing Board approves policies, procedures posted

At its May meeting, the SFCC Governing Board approved revisions to Policy. In addition, several revised Procedures have been posted. Please review the changes in the links below and address any questions to the Policy Owner/Author listed.

The college’s Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more about college policies, please contact Laura Mulry, ext. 1776.

Fall registration continues, new tuition structure

Let your friends and family know that fall registration has begun.
The fall semester begins Monday, August 23.

SFCC is offering a new tuition structure beginning Fall 2021 that will allow students who wish to take 12 to 18 credit hours to pay for only 12 credit hours. Students will be charged tuition per credit hour up to 12 credit hours. After 12 credit hours, there will be no additional tuition charge up to and including 18 credit hours. Additional credit hours beyond 18 will be charged at the regular credit hour rate.

The college has developed a guide to registering detailed at

On-campus assistance is available for many student services.

Whether you plan to reach out in person or online, it’s strongly suggested that you set up an appointment in advance. To get started with advising, students are encouraged to contact SFCC’s Welcome and Advising Center at 428-1270 or


STEM/STEAM camps in person, including SFCC sessions

STEM Santa Fe is back with a variety of STEM/STEAM camps in person this summer. Each camp is one week long and you can sign up your child for one or more camps based on their interests and grade level. Five of the eight camps offered will be hosted at SFCC. Registration is open at

Here are upcoming camps:
Camp 2 @ SFCC: “Building and Flying Drones“ for rising 9th-12th graders
June 14 – 18
Camp 3 @ NNMC: “Building Motion Sensors with Arduino” for rising 7th-9th graders
June 21 – 25
Camp 4 @ NNMC: “Volcanoes, dinosaurs and earthquakes of NM” for rising 9th-12th graders
Camp 5 @ NNMC: “Building and Flying Drones“ for students rising 9th-12th graders
June 21 – July 2
Camp 6 @ SFCC: “STEAM All around us” for rising 5th-7th graders
July 12 – July 16
Camp 7 @ SFCC: “App Design for Social Justice” for girls rising into 7th-9th grade
July 19 – 23
Camp 8 @ SFCC: “Building Smart Greenhouse with Arduino” for rising 7th-9th graders

Space is limited and registration is currently open at: Each camp is one week long and limited to 20 students. The registration fee is $25/week, waived upon request, and it includes lunch, thanks to our Title Sponsor Wildflower International.

Other Sponsors include LANL/TRIAD, NCGR, City of Santa Fe, N3B Los Alamos. Santa Fe Community College, Northern New Mexico College, New Mexico Tech, MathHappens Foundation, Enterprise Bank & Trust, Sandia National Laboratories, Santa Fe Community Foundation – Las Campanas Community Grants Fund, NM Childrens’ Foundation, McCune Foundation, and Meow Wolf.

Young parents attend SFCC with LANL support

Through a partnership with Santa Fe Community Foundation and other community organizations, 18 young parents began a health sciences degree cohort together in January 2021 at SFCC. They are part of the Expanding Opportunities for Young Families (EOYF) program. The student parents have taken shared courses at Santa Fe Community College, engage in weekly cohort meetings to support their college transition in their first semester, and each will receive intensive individual navigation/coaching from navigators from one of six community-based organizations. Student parents in the cohort also received tuition assistance, financial support to pay for books, dedicated academic advising, and support accessing early childhood services.

SFCC thanks supporters:
Annie E. Casey Foundation has funded the initial planning process and pilot project. We are also grateful to Los Alamos National Laboratory/Triad National Security, LLC for their support of 2021 EOYF activities.
• Financial support for student parents in educational pathways, such as helping with unexpected emergency costs, early childhood education and care co-pay vouchers, and supplies like laptops
• Grants to community organizations providing intensive navigation and case management support to young parents in educational pathways
• Young parent leadership development work.
• Further development and scaling of the model to new training and education areas and additional cohorts.


Congratulations to Terri Tewart, our newest dean

Margaret A. Peters, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs announced in a recent email: “I am pleased to inform you that Terri Tewart has accepted the position of Dean of the School of Sciences, Health, Engineering, and Math and the School of Fitness Education. Terri will start in her new position on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

“Colleen Lynch will continue as Interim Dean until that time. Many thanks to Colleen for her willingness to serve in this capacity since Jenny’s departure.”

Since 2017, Terri Tewart has served as the Director of Nursing Education and Allied Health at SFCC. She has been a nurse in New Mexico since 2007 and has been teaching and directing nursing programs since 2013. Terri is dedicated to the education of nurses at all levels. She is a native New Mexican and fully aware of the impact an education can have on the lives of graduates, their families and their communities. She earned her first degree from CNM when it was Albuquerque’s Technical Vocational Institute.

Terri is a member of the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium Leadership Council where she contributes to the NMNEC curriculum, program evaluation, accreditation and diversity committees. She also currently serves on the following boards and committees: Nursing Education Advisory Committee for the New Mexico Board of Nursing, New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium Diversity Committee, Office of Teaching and Learning Steering Committee at SFCC. She was recently nominated to the Board of Trustees for the Con Alma Health Foundation. Terri is committed to serving the community, students, staff and faculty of Santa Fe Community College.

SFCC is excited to welcome Terri Tewart in her new role. Congratulations!

Photo: Terri Tewart.

William C. Witter Fitness Education Center expands access to the public

The public now can make appointments to access the William C. Witter Fitness Center for use of the tennis courts, basketball courts, indoor track, cardio equipment and weight room/Resistance Training Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. There is a $6 fee for each 50-minute appointment. Also, a 10-visit pass will soon be available for $50. The regular and warm lap pools opened earlier this year by appointment for a $7 fee. The public can make appointments now.

The Fitness Education Center will open for 50-minute appointments on the hour, and the following areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Patrons may use one or more open areas during their appointment time. Pool reservations remain separate.

  • Basketball courts: Half court reservations. Limit of four people. Bring your own basketball.
  • Tennis courts: Limit of four people. Bring your own equipment.
  • Cardio exercise equipment (treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes and stair steppers). Please wipe down after each use. Upstairs equipment is not available.
  • Indoor track: You will be required to follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Weight Room/Resistance Training Center: Please wipe down equipment after each use.

See William C. Witter Fitness Education’s web page for information on making Timetap appointments, COVID-19 safety protocols and hours.

If anyone is having issues making an appointment, please email

Image: The tennis courts are now available for use by appointment.


Recent SFCC Library events now available online

Did you know that the SFCC YouTube Channel has a playlist titled “SFCC Library Events” where you can can find recordings of past Library events?

Recent events in the playlist:

Photo: Janie Chodosh, author of the Elephant Doctor of India.


Register for Nutrition Courses

Interested in learning more about Nutrition, or even pursuing a 22 credit hour Certificate in Nutrition?

There are online classes in Nutrition available this summer and fall.


Midtown Campus news

The City Council has ended the agreement with the previously selected developer and continues to explore options. SFCC is a partner in the Midtown Campus planning.

5/12/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, “More than half of Santa Fe’s midtown campus buildings eyed for demolition”

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

Get creative! Art, writing and more CE classes available

Summer CE classes are ongoing with a mix of online and in-person classes. Lots of fun topics to explore this summer, such as railroads to exploring the relationship of Frieda Khalo and Diego Rivera. Register now to secure your spot.

Also, check out online options for kids, too!

Employees use your EEB Benefit. Need assistance with registration? Call 505-428-1676 or email


Media related to ERP/SIS initiative to assist students

Many stories, columns and radio interviews are highlighting the ERP/SIS (Enterprise Resources Planning and Student Information System). CHESS (Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services) is the non-profit collaborative organization.

04/26/2021,, “HIGHER ED SALVATION IN THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT: New Mexico colleges join forces to lower costs, eye opportunities in other states.”

4/3/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Five New Mexico colleges’ shared services plan receives state funding.”

3/30/2021, Los Alamos Reporter, “New higher education nonprofit CHESS to offer students more flexibility.”

SFCC in the news

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

5/26/2021, Albuquerque Journal, “Big development on the nuclear horizon.”

5/22/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, “MY VIEW by SABRINA DURAN Affordable technical degrees offer a path to good jobs”

5/22/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Groups help Dreamers navigate complicated legal process”

5/11/2021, Santa Fe Reporter, “Solar Winds.”

5/5/2021, Santa Fe Reporter, cover story, “Southside Pride: Santa Feans find pride, success despite stigma, the pandemic and a sluggish economy,”

5/3/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Smartboard: SFCC to livestream commencement ceremony”

Student Spotlight

Summer support group begins!

Counseling Services is offering a new round of a telehealth support sessions this summer. The group will meet for 6 weeks beginning the week of June 14, and each session will last one hour. Meeting time is TBD based on member preferences. Since summer is a time of travel for a lot of folks, there is no requirement to attend each session; you can simply let the group leader know which sessions you plan to attend. Please email if you are interested in participating. We very much look forward to having you attend!

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

Counseling services available

Your SFCC Counselors are here to provide support during the summer session and for your transition back to campus. Please contact us at or call (505)428-1682 to schedule an appointment with a licensed professional counselor. Our services are confidential and no cost to registered students.

Student Employment Openings - Apply now!

Student Work Study is a financial aid need-based program that provides a student funds earned through part-time employment currently paying at a rate of $12.10 per hour.
Eligible students can work up to 20 hours per week. 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 2020-2021 (for summer employment) and 2021-2022 FAFSAs and any additional requested verification items
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 3 credit hours for summer and 6 credit hours for fall.
  • 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.

Great scholarship news for fall semester!

Great news!

The state is now funding the Lottery Scholarship at 100 percent!

For more information watch these videos from area broadcasters: KOB, KRQE and KOAT.

Also, some more great news about the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship and other resources. See these highlights from the June 4 Santa Fe New Mexican story.

“The lottery scholarship program wasn’t the only good news for college students. The New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship, which benefits students who are not eligible for the lottery scholarship, such as returning adult learners and students who attend college part time, received an increase of $11 million for next year.
And the state has received $104 million in federal funds through the American Rescue Plan Act for student relief grants, Rodriguez said.

Read the full story here.

Want more information about how to apply for scholarships? Visit

Student Weekly Connection May 14

This week’s Student Weekly Connection – find information on the recent virtual commencement, Alcoholics Anonymous, the Watermark Scholarship Program for women in STEM, UNM Health Ambassadors Program, how to return laptops and hotspots and more!

Check it out at


Scholarship applications now available

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 and more. 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. Please visit for more information.

Need help paying for internet service? You might qualify for federal assistance - application available May 12

The latest COVID relief act includes an internet benefit for low-income and Native American households. You could qualify for $50 to $75 in monthly assistance.

Details about the benefit can be found at
On May 12, you can apply at


Employee Announcements

Virtual memorial for Margaretmary Woodd at noon Wednesday

SFCC will host a remote memorial and celebration of life at noon this Wednesday of our beloved Margaretmary Woodd who passed away April 27 after a 16-year battle with cancer. In the meantime, memorial gifts in honor of Margaretmary can be made to: When you donate, please note in the comments section that you are donating in memory of Margaretmary Woodd. Funds will be used to benefit the SFCC Culinary Garden to honor Margaretmary’s true love and gift for gardening.

Here is the link to the memorial service on SFCCNM YouTube: Santa Fe Community College expresses sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Margaretmary Woodd, administrative assistant for Trades & Technology.


May WOWs: Marcos Maez and Erica Keppel

The WOW nominees for the month of May are Marcos Maez, Director Recruit & Community Outreach and Erica Keppel, Associate Director IT Projects

Marcos Maez nominated by Office of Human Resources:

OHR Office would like to nominate Marcos Maez for his work at the College, always being a flexible team player, and for his help in the 2021 Service Awards.

Erica Keppel, nominated by Cori Bergen:

I’d like to nominate Erica Keppel for a WOW Gram. Erica not only excels at her day-to-day IT project work, but she has taken on the task of coordinating the ERP Shared Services Team and our efforts to select a new ERP with our CHESS partners. This is no small task and she makes it look easy. She goes above and beyond to make sure everyone has the information they need and always stays positive. I want to make sure Erica knows how we appreciate her!

Congratulations Marcos and Erica!

James Marshall 'Emergent' exhibition at Gerald Peters Contemporary through July 31

Gerald Peters Contemporary Gallery hosts James Marshall’s solo exhibition ‘Emergent,’ through July 31. James Marshall is a full-time faculty member in SFCC’s School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts.


Barbara Teterycz, dual credit instructor receives 'Teachers Who Inspire' award

Barbara Teterycz at CHS has been a dual credit instructor for SFCC’s computer science and media arts departments. She has been honored as one of this year’s Teachers Who Inspire.


How to order business cards and name badges

You can order business cards and name badges from Marketing and Public Relations (MPR) via our online form. The form is available via SFCC Connect, so you must be logged in via VPN or on campus for access.

The form is under ‘Online Forms’. You can access Online Forms from the left menu or under the Campus Resources dropdown menu. Once on the Online Forms page, click Marketing and Public Relations to see MPR forms. Click on “Business Cards or Name Badges Request Form” to fill out the form and submit your request.

You will need to provide information about what financial account to charge for the purchase. Your department’s Administrative Assistant will be able to provide you with account information if the business card or name badge purchase is approved by your supervisor. The title you provide for your business cards should match your official title with Human Resources (HR) and will be sent to HR for approval.

If you have questions about ordering business cards or name badges please contact

President's Update to employees, May 15

In an email to employees on May 15, President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., congratulates graduates and shared information on SFCC’s masking guidelines, return to campus and telecommuting policy.

Please note: According to the NMDOH, “the CDC’s guidance for school settings currently remains unchanged. Pending additional guidance from the CDC, masks continue to be required in schools for all students and school staff regardless of vaccination status.” Per NMDOH guidelines, SFCC’s requirement to wear masks on campus will not change at this time. I will continue to update you as health orders change.


Expanded exercise opportunities for employees

Employees check your recent emails and SFCC Connect announcement for information on how employees can access the FEC. It detailed how you can access more exercise opportunities at the FEC through the appointment system, as well as how to register for a free online Office Yoga Class. You need to enter the Employee Code and also sign up with the Employee CRN on the register for classes page.

If you are having difficulty, accessing the appointment system, please contact Lynda Trujillo by email at so she can assist you.

Please note: Re: You will use a Spring CRN through May 31. Watch your email for a new one after June 1.

Belin Tsinnajinnie, Ph.D., featured on 'MΣΣT a Mathematician!'

SFCC math professor Belin Tsinnajinnie, Ph.D., is currently the featured interview on the website “MΣΣT a Mathematician!” Watch the interview here.

“MΣΣT a Mathematician!” is a collection of video interviews with mathematicians from different backgrounds, especially from historically excluded groups. The mission of MΣΣT a Mathematician is to share the stories of these mathematicians with the aim of introducing students to role models and fostering a sense of community. MΣΣT a Mathematician is committed to amplifying voices and increasing visibility of academic mathematicians from underrepresented groups while advocating for a more inclusive mathematics community that reflects the diversity in the world.

Is this room clean? Door Hanger and Seal Cleaning Protocol

The custodial staff will be using door hangers and door seals to easily identify rooms that have been used and need to be cleaned. The protocol is as follows:

Door Hangers:
All Rooms receive 2 Door Hangers are checked twice daily

  • Door hangers will be placed on exterior side of door handle and dated at the time cleaning and sanitation is completed.
  • A second door hanger will be placed to indicate room has been used since last cleaning. Green = Clean/Red = Dirty
  • Once a clean room has been used SFCC Staff and Faculty should turn door hanger from green to red as a communication to custodial staff that the room is in need of cleaning.

Yellow Door Seals:
Applied to rooms that are seldom used, checked twice daily

  • Once a room is cleaned and sanitized, door seal will be dated and applied to door.
  • A broken door seal will indicate that a room has been used and is in need of cleaning.

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


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Fully vaccinated? Apply for Fast Pass

Are you fully vaccinated? Find out how you can get a Fast Pass campus access card here.

You are being given this information to provide an opportunity for fully-vaccinated individuals to gain faster access to the Santa Fe Community College campus and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center. You are not required to participate. You can continue to have access by going through SFCC COVID-19 screening protocols. For the most up-to-date information visit: On that web page you will find sections for: Employee On-Campus Protocol, Student On-Campus Protocol and Visitor On-Campus Protocol.

Your privacy and confidential personal health information is important to SFCC. This information will be kept in a secure computer file that is only accessed by the SFCC Contact Tracing Team and the COVID-19 Point of Contact for the purposes of administrating the SFCC COVID -19 Safety protocols.

Just a reminder: The campus still has limited access. Essentially, the buildings are closed unless you have specific business on campus. Those coming to the campus need to follow protocols. But if you are returning or anticipating returning to work on campus, going to attend an in-person class or coming regularly for appointments you might want to consider applying for the Fast Pass. Again, this is just an option, not a requirement.