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Consider taking a CE Class for professional development

Continuing Education is offering a selection of online classes for the summer. Registration is online and easy to access. Consider using your EEB benefits.

CE has launched a new online registration system featuring summer class offerings. Now students can register for noncredit classes anywhere, anytime. Continuing Education will offer online personal enrichment classes along with online professional development classes on UGotClass and Ed2Go. To use your EEBs for Continuing Education classes, complete the EEB form before you register, then contact Continuing Education at or 505-428-1676. Their team will help you and your dependents complete registration.

To browse classes and register go to:

News and Announcements

Virtual Town Hall at noon on June 10: SFCC Crucial Conversations

SFCC Crucial Conversations
The systemic impact of racism, police brutality, xenophobia, and inequalities Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 10
Advance registration required

A space to discuss the impact of current events, and how racism, police brutality, xenophobia, and inequalities impact our lives and our work. Sponsored by the SFCC Library.

Opening and closing comments by President Becky Rowley, Ph.D.

Moderated by sj Miller, Ph.D., Santa Fe Community College Professor of Teacher Education

All participants must register in advance at  Logon information for the event will be sent to registrant’s email address the morning of the event.

Free and open to the public.


Please note changes in fall tuition and fees

Changes in tuition and fees that were approved at the May 8 special governing board meeting are in effect for the 2020-2021 academic year.

SFCC is waiving its online distance learning fees for the summer and fall semesters – a savings of up to $75


See video from May 27 governing board meeting

The May 27 Learning Center District Board Meeting and The Governing Board Meeting is now available to view at

Operation Bandana still needs help with mask making, phone calls, deliveries and more!

Nursing students and CNAs Erin Price and Robin Carrillo Ortiz have been making masks to help the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. They started the group, Operation Bandana New Mexico in March to make face masks for NM health care workers. Note, these are not N95 masks, but masks for extra protection.

Follow the Operation Bandana New Mexico link to sign up to help. If you aren’t on Facebook, you can sign up to volunteer in different capacities (sew, cut, make phone calls, etc) at this link, which is at the top of the Facebook page, too:
Operation Bandana NM Google Forms Sign-up

The group provides mask materials and needs people to sew at all levels. Please disclose your sewing skill level so they can determine what is appropriate as some of the material is like gold!

We recently spoke with the duo and their main request: We Need More Help With All Tasks. They are hoping now that the semester has ended that others can help out!

School of Fitness Education Newsletter, 2020 Vol. 3

The School of Fitness Education Newsletter 2020 Vol. 3 is packed with great information on meditation, thinking positive, activating your glutes, improving the mind-muscle connection, inspiring quotes, healthy eating tips, and so much more!


Automotive Technologies Center progress

Construction is progressing rapidly on the Automotive Technologies Center. All steel has been erected and the building will soon be fully enclosed. Though the project may experience some delays due to covid-19, it remains well within budget and on track to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

See the latest images on Facebook SFCC in this Together.

View larger photo here.

Santa Fe New Mexican editorial recommends studying at SFCC and Northern NM College

A Santa Fe New Mexican editorial stated “Getting basics online at Santa Fe Community College or Northern New Mexico College might be a better bang for a buck than sending thousands out of state right now.”

Read the full column: Santa Fe New Mexican, 5/27/2020 OUR VIEW: To the Class of 2020: It’s your time now

Student Emergency Assistance Fund

SFCC Foundation has established the Student Emergency Assistance Fund to help students in need during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Please help us grow this fund and help as many of our students as possible at this difficult time by making a donation today!
If you have trouble accessing the donation site, please try a different browser. Google Chrome is recommended.

If you are a student and wish to apply for emergency assistance, follow this link to apply online.


Summer and Fall registration is now open! Consider taking a class

SFCC’s fall semester registration has begun. All online fees have been waived for the summer and fall semesters.

Registration opened for all on April 21. You need to use the Look for Classes in the drop down menu.

Employees: Please consider using your EEB benefit by signing up for a class this summer or fall. Also, let your friends and family know about the selection of classes they can attend from the safety of their homes.

Perhaps, you have a family member graduating from high school soon. They can get a jump start on college by enrolling now. Have them reach out to the Welcome and Advising Center at to get started.

For more information, please see President Rowley’s message to students.

Note: Summer online classes will begin on June 8. Please read the fall registration press release.


SFCC receives funding from VW settlement for Auto Tech Center

The college received great news from the New Mexico Environment Department regarding funding from the Volkswagen Settlement. The notification stated:

The VW Settlement Steering Committee has selected the Santa Fe Community College project for funding in the following amount:
• Automotive Tech Center: $22,298

This funding is for the Light Duty Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (LDEVSE) Program.

Here’s also a recent story about these projects on KRQE.


Sharing stories related to Midtown Campus

There have been many recent stories related to the development of Midtown Campus. SFCC and Santa Fe Higher Education Center are key partners. Here are some updates:

Santa Fe New Mexican, 5/28/2020, “More sound stages slated for midtown”

Santa Fe New Mexican, 5/19/2020, “More details emerge for midtown campus vision”

Albuquerque Journal, 5/17/2020, “Santa Fe Art Institute carves out a niche on Midtown campus”

Albuquerque Journal, 5/12/2020, “Santa Fe hears from Midtown developer”

Santa Fe New Mexican, 5/11, 2020 “Master developer for midtown campus builds entirely local team”

Santa Fe New Mexican, 5/4/2020, “Santa Fe taps Dallas developer for Midtown campus”

Student Spotlight

Studio G is here to help entrepreneurs

Want to become an entrepreneur? Studio G is here to help students and alumni (graduates from the past five years). Visit Studio G at SFCC. On that page, click the Apply Now to get involved.

If you’re interested in starting or growing a business, click here to learn about Studio G’s statewide network based at NMSU.

Apply now for new Massage Therapy certificate program

SFCC is now accepting and reviewing applications to enter the Certificate of Massage Therapy program. SFCC is launching that program with online only classes in the fall semester for those accepted into the program. For information on admission to the program visit

Ute Jannsen-Kerr, who is directing the certificate program said, “The college is excited to offer this new program. Massage therapy contributes to the health and well-being of those seeking stress relief, as well as relief from aches and pains. People must apply this summer to be reviewed for access to beginning online classes this fall.” Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEX) in order to qualify for NM State licensure.

Note: All fall classes for this program will be online. Please apply now to secure a spot in the program. For more information contact Ute Jannsen Kerr at
or call 505-428-1420.


Career Services Virtual Drop-In Clinic Tuesdays and Thursday

SFCC Career Services Virtual Drop-In Clinic
Sessions Available Tuesdays and Thursdays
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Resumes
  • Application Letters
  • Job Searches
  • Career Coaching

Book a session online


Student featured in story about seeking medical help for daughter

SFCC student Tintawi Kaigziabiher was featured along with her family in the May 23 Santa Fe New Mexican story, “Santa Fe girl could overcome sickle cell anemia, thanks to brother.” The family is now in Colorado for her daughter’s bone marrow transplant.

Tintawi Kaigziabiher participated in this year’s Katie Besser Student Awards. She was last year’s recipient of the Richard Bradford Creative Writing Memorial Scholarship.

A Go Fund Me Page has been set up to help the family. Also, follow progress on that page.

Photo: Tintawi Kaigziabiher. Photo taken in 2019.

Apply now for Engineering Machining Technology Program

Applications are being accepted through June 12 for the revitalized Engineering Machining Technologies certificate. The program is supported by a partnership of SFCC and Los Alamos National Laboratories. Evaluation of applications will be determined this summer for a limited number of students. The unique partnership provides a combination of classes with hands-on training at LANL.

Special benefits for students

Students who qualify and are accepted into the LANL/SFCC program will receive the following benefits, provided by LANL:

• Tuition and fees for a full-time student
• Paid student internship at LANL, which will meet on Fridays
• Student/intern pay while physically in class (based on standard SFCC contact hours),
• Initiation of the security clearance process, and
• Potential conversion to full-time employment upon completion of the 62-credit hour program, providing the student meets all LANL eligibility requirements.


How to retrieve belongings from lockers or cubicles

Students who require access to retrieve belongings from lockers or cubicles can contact the point person listed below for the area that needs to be accessed:

William C. Witter Fitness Center Lynda Trujillo;
SHEM/Woodworking Tami Crespin
Arts Design and Media Arts Julie-ann Burgett
The Masters Program Tami Crespin
Other areas SFCC Safety and Security

Students who have made appointments will be required to come on campus at their appointment time wearing a mask. No one will be permitted access if they have COVID symptoms (dry cough, history of recent fever of 100.4 or higher, fatigue); or recent out of state travel in the past 2 weeks; or confirmed exposure to a positive COVID case; or presents with a temperature of 100.4 or higher.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during these events.

SFCC credit for volunteering

SFCC students continue to make a difference and are receiving college credit for their work!
Culinary Arts and Nursing students receive credit for their work on the SFCC, World Central Kitchen free meals for the community program. Medical Assisting students are also screening volunteers and receiving credit.

SFCC & World Central Kitchen provide food for students

SFCC students can pick up meals to feed either two or four people from 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. To find the food distribution location, follow this map.


Processes for Summer/Fall Registration and end of Spring term

In an email to students, Associate Vice President for Student Success, Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos laid out SFCC’s registration process and dates for Summer and Fall 2020. The email also detailed steps should take to withdraw from or drop classes in Spring 2020 as well as how to petition to graduate.


Congratulations to SFCC team and student who won WERC awards

Congratulations to the SFCC team, which earned a WERC (Waste-Management Education Research Consortium) Engineering NM Resource Network Pollution Prevention Award ($1500). SFCC student Zachary DeLay also was recognized with one of Intel’s Terry McManus Outstanding Student Awards ($1,000).

SFCC’s team won for its solution of Heavy Metal Removal via Phycoremediation. See their brochure. Members of the SFCC’s Team Blue Nanno included Team Leader James Muir, Zachary DeLay, Natasha Farmer, Annie Padilla, Jermiah Star, Olivia Rivera and Oscar Lopez. Advisors were Frank Currie and Stephen Gómez, Ph.D. In the team’s oral presentation they also gave special thanks to: Ondine Frauenglass, Luke Spangenburg and Miguel Maestas as well as sponsors The Algae Foundation, ATEC (Algae Technology Energy Consortium) and NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory).


Congratulations to winners of Katie Besser Student Awards and Richard Bradford Memorial Scholarship

Congratulations to all of the recipients of the Katie Besser Student Awards and the tenth annual winner of Santa Fe Community College Foundation’s Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship.

The SFCC Library hosted the event on Zoom. See the video.

Photo: Sylvia Pincheira reacts on Zoom when she hears that she is the recipient of SFCC Foundation’s Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship.


Employee Announcements

Volunteers still needed to support food distribution through June 19

In partnership with SFCC Foundation and World Central Kitchen, the SFCC Culinary and Controlled Environment Agriculture programs are providing food to people in need in our community. Every protective measure is being taken to assure that we are safely preparing and distributing food.

For those of you who would like to support food distribution, you may sign up at the following link:

By volunteering for this project, you are committing to at least one 3-hour shift to distribute food or help direct traffic. You will receive training and PPE and our gratitude for your service to our community. Please communicate directly with your supervisor regarding the potential use of your time on this project.

Contact: Shirley Vialpando at


Want to help with making PPE?

You can be part of the SFCC teams making PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Here’s how some of your colleagues helped:

Ezra Estes, Ondine Frauenglass and Linda Cassel completed 21 hospital gowns for Christus St. Vincent and have received another bolt of fabric that will provide pattern pieces for 60 more gowns. To date, the hospital has received over 220 gowns toward their 1,000 gown goal. Jill Carlson is sewing an additional 23 gowns on her own. All of the fabric for the project has been given to teams cutting pattern pieces and those kits are moving to available stitchers as quickly as possible. Other partners in this project include the Santa Fe Opera Guild, MAKE Santa Fe, and MeowWolf.

Miguel Maestas and Peter Taussig are manufacturing the headband pieces for face shields, and with a recent contribution from the Santa Fe HEC, are now working to complete the face shields and share them where needed.

Other SFCC sewists including Cori Bergin and Emily Powell are helping to stitch masks to support the students, faculty and staff at Cesar Chavez Community School in Albuquerque. Operation Bandana New Mexico will provide all the materials to make 200 masks.

To get involved contact Meghan McGarrity or call 505-428-1604.

Photo shared by Meghan McGarrity from SFCC In This Together Facebook page.

Your rights: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Human resources provided guidance on employee rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, including what leave entitlements are covered and who is eligible.

For a quick overview, see this helpful Quick Benefits Tips poster from the Department of Labor.


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.

Dental EDA alumna makes masks for healthcare workers

Director of Dental Health Dr. Aamna Nayyar wants to recognize that Shahana Jawadi, one of SFCC’s dental EFDA graduates personally stitched hundreds of cloth masks that have helped many dental and medical healthcare workers. Dr. Nayyar said, “THANK YOU Shahana. We need many more like you.”

Shahana Jawad RDH, EFDA, received her Expanded Dental Functions Auxillary certificate from SFCC in 2018. She periodically takes dental Continuing Education courses at SFCC. She has returned to work now, but was happy to have been able to provide so many masks to people in the healthcare field.

She shared this mask-video of stitching masks.

Photos: Top left: Shahana Jawadi, RDH, EFDA, masks and her son Saad Jawadi.

To learn about the SFCC Dental Programs, please visit: and contact Aamna Nayyar, Director Department of Dental Health at Aamna.nayyar@sfcc,edu or call 505-428-1258