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HED Cabinet Secretary Stephanie Rodriguez encouraged graduates to share their graduation photos and stories with others
Saturday’s Spring Commencement ceremony honored graduates who graduated in Fall 2022, as well as those who completed this Spring 2023 semester.
Stephanie Rodriguez, the nation’s youngest Cabinet Secretary, gave the keynote address.
In President Becky Rowley’s introduction of the Cabinet Secretary she said, “As the first among her siblings to earn a college degree, Secretary Rodriguez knows first hand the importance of reaching your dreams through your education.
“She is an impressive example of how attaining a degree can make an impact on your life and your community. She led the effort to pass the Opportunity Scholarship Act so New Mexico students can attend college free, and it applies to students earning a certificate, as well as associate and bachelor’s degree programs. The Opportunity Scholarship has benefitted many students across New Mexico, including some of you, our graduates. …
“Secretary Rodriguez is committed to eliminating barriers that prevent students from earning a degree, and supportive of higher education for all New Mexicans, leading to economic prosperity and personal fulfillment.”
In her keynote address, Cabinet Secretary Rodriguez spoke about the qualities of persistence and resilience. These are qualities that our recent graduates had to tap into as they began and completed their studies amidst the global pandemic.
Cabinet Secretary Rodriguez encouraged the graduates to share their college achievements with friends and family through photos and stories. She shared what an impact it had on her to be a part of her father’s college graduation celebration when she was just three-years-old.
At commencement, the college honored First-Generation graduates – the first in their families to complete a college credential – by having them wear special First-Generation honor cords. SFCC is proud that 70 percent of SFCC graduates are First-Generation students. The college recognizes they are now role models for their families and community members who are looking to them as trailblazers to a new life.
Former SGA treasurer Monty Mangum, who received an Associate of Arts in Accounting, was the student speaker. He talked about how his life changed after he met Teagan, who is now his wife. She motivated him through her own example of rigorous study of biology. So he came to SFCC after he did poorly at his first college attempt elsewhere. He thanked the SFCC Foundation for financial support and guidance. He took advantage of several internship opportunities, which prepared him to get his current job with H&R Block. He is now studying at Eastern New Mexico University to earn his bachelor’s degree.
Read interesting Fast Facts about the graduates in this press release.
Camilla Bustamante, Ph.D, to keynote HSE completion celebration at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Jemez Rooms
SFCC will celebrate 55 students who successfully completed their High School Equivalency exams in the Adult Education, Academic and Career Education (ACE) program at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 in the Jemez Rooms.
Keynote Speaker: Camilla Bustamante, Ph.D., serves as the Santa Fe County Commissioner for District 3 and has more than 25 years in education, training and community advancement. She holds a Ph.D. in Health Education and has dedicated her career to public health and higher education, through traditional sustainability and the hope of providing citizens the tools needed to improve their quality of life.
Student Speaker: Amanda Gonzales has been in the ACE program off and on for eight years and is a great example of perseverance, having never given up as so many do. She particularly demonstrated her perseverance over the past several months with the successful completion of her GED. She is interested in pursuing a career in healthcare.
Student Speaker: Elizabeth Zambrano Torres is a proud mother of four children and has participated in the Spanish GED program for the past 3 years while also taking English as a Second Language classes. Her goal for the future is to pursue a career in finance, marketing, or business administration.
The SFCC Academic and Career Education (ACE) program helps students prepare for their High School Equivalency (HSE) credential as well as college and career upon completion of their HSE. Students prepare for the GED or HiSET exams to fulfill requirements for the HSE set by the state of New Mexico. The Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) Program at SFCC provides students with career pathways for automotive, early childhood education, or health care. Students learn job-related skills while strengthening their reading, writing, and math abilities.
For more information contact Adult Education ACE Program Manager Kristen Krell by phone at 505-428-1142 or via email at email@example.com.
Entrance closures May 22-26 for safety and security camera upgrades
The main entrance will be closed May 22-23 and the north entrance of the college will be closed May 24-26 due to road work. APIC, the contractor that is replacing the security cameras on campus, will be removing existing concrete to install a camera pole at each entrance and pouring new concrete. Facilities and security are aware of the work. Please contact Chris Gettler at 505-428-1136 if you have any questions.
Work on Richards Ave. and Avenida del Sur begins May 22; note road closures
Please read this important message regarding the latest construction for the Santa Fe Connector. Commission District 5:
EFFECTIVE MAY 22, 2023 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE NE/SE Connector Road(s)Project (Richards Ave. and Avenida Del Sur Intersection) Beginning Monday, May 22, 2023, the Contractor for Santa Fe County Public Works Department (SFCPWD) will begin construction of the roundabout at the Richards Avenue and Avenida Del Sur intersection. To safely accommodate the construction, it will be necessary to close a segment of Richards Avenue and Avenida del Sur.
Richards Ave. will be closed from south of the Santa Fe Community College main entrance to East Chili Line Road in the Rancho Viejo Subdivision. Avenida del Sur will be closed from Canada del Rancho to Richards Ave. These closures will be in effect for up to 60 calendar days. During this time, SFCPWD will provide detour and business access signage identifying alternative routes around the closures. Motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists are advised to seek alternate routes and urged to allow additional time to accommodate the detours. For additional information regarding this project, please visit www.sfcconnectors.com or contact SFCPWD at (505) 992-3010. Thank you for your patience, continued cooperation, and please use caution in the work zones.
See the maps in greater detail by clicking on these links:
The college will continue to share information on the project as it receives information from project managers and county officials.
SFCC graduate featured in Santa Fe New Mexican
Michele Worstell, who graduated on Saturday with an AA in Human Services and Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling was featured in a front page story, “SFCC graduate waited a long time by realized her dream” in the Santa Fe New Mexican on May 13. In the story by editor Phill Casaus, he writes how the 57-year-old was able to earn her academic credentials.
The story begins:
Michele Worstell is closer to age 60 than she is to 20, 30, 40 or 50.
Big deal. In her heart, she’s young. In her mind, she’s determined. And the diploma she’ll receive Saturday from Santa Fe Community College is confirmation age is just a number and dreams aren’t marred by crow’s feet.
“It feels like a wonderful sense of accomplishment,” Worstell said of the graduation ceremony she’s thought about attending since she began at SFCC in 2021. “And it’s given me a confidence that I wasn’t expecting from it, I have to say. …”
Read the full story here. SFCC recognizes that every graduate’s story is meaningful. Be sure to share yours with others, too.
SFCC enters partnership with Genuine Foods for food service
On Monday, May 8, Vice President for Finance & CFO Nick Tellas wrote to staff and faculty the following message:
Today we are excited to announce that we have officially entered into a partnership with Genuine Foods to manage and operate the SFCC food services program. In this partnership, Genuine Foods will collaborate with the college on the offerings that will be available to our students, faculty, staff, and community. Genuine Foods is excited to bring a lot of great programing to our campus, including:
Healthy food options
Partnerships with our Controlled Environment Agriculture program and greenhouse
Marketing and special events
Enhanced Catering offerings
Improved coffee/café program
We are actively working on an opening schedule for the coffee shop and expect to open the program in the coming weeks, with the Cafeteria to open closer to the Fall semester. We will announce the official opening dates soon.
We invite you to check out Genuine Foods’ website, and we’ll be sending out more information in the coming weeks.
Accredited specific education includes performing clinical and administrative procedures in settings such as physician’s offices, clinics and ambulatory settings. Course are sequenced to build skill level and prepare students for a career in the growing medical field.
The certificate is accelerated, eligible for financial aid, offered in both Fall and Spring semesters. It includes a practicum in a doctor’s office or hospital and National Certification tests. The certificate is embedded in the Medical Assisting Associate Degree.
Students must complete an application to start the acceptance process.
Red Cross Veterans Resiliency Workshop: Trauma Talk May 24
Red Cross supports military and veteran families with free and confidential workshops. Whether you or a family member have recently entered the military or you are a long-time veteran, navigating the many transitions connected with military and veteran service can be hard. Resiliency workshops aim to ease the stress that comes with these changes.
The Red Cross Resiliency Workshops are FREE for veterans, service members, and their families.
Call 505-262-6162 to reserve your seat.
March with PDAC for Santa Fe Pride on June 24
Santa Fe Pride takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at the Santa Fe Historic Plaza.
SFCC’s PDAC invites you to march with us for this year’s annual celebration of Santa Fe Pride. Those who wish to march, we will meet at the Lamy Building at 413 Old Santa Fe Trail at 11 a.m. The GSA from The Masters Program will march with us!
The route will head north on Santa Fe Trail, turn left and then right, and head past La Fonda Hotel. At the Plaza, the route will turn left, head to Lincoln Ave, and turn right. The parade stops at Palace Ave. All parade participants must continue moving up Lincoln Avenue to Federal Place and turn left. Parking is available in the Convention Center lot.
Also, if you are interested in assisting a PDAC subcommittee with planning SFCC’s role, please contact sj Miller, Ph.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Porsche Roadrunner Club drew dozens to ATC tech session
SFCC Librarian Valerie Nye and her husband Joel Yelich had the pleasure of attending the Porsche Roadrunner Club free tech session and tour of of SFCC’s Automotive Technologies Center. They shared these photos from the fun, informative and well-attended event.
Val Nye said, “It was a full house and a great tour of the working spaces. The students in the program are amazing! They seem to be a really strong team together – good friends who share a passion for cars.”
Congratulations to the CEA student club, CEA faculty, SFCC Culinary Arts Department, Veteran’s Resource Center, SFCC Foundation and the many faculty and staff for the very successful Open House on April 29!
Thank you to Laura Mulry and Ben Lauer of MPR who supplied these photos, which showcased many current and past employees enjoying the event!
To learn more about the Controlled Environment Agriculture program contact Richard “Charlie” Shultz at 505-428-1205 or email email@example.com.
Veterans Legacy Grant Program had Dept. of Veterans Affairs annual review; gained valuable feedback
Stephen Martinez, Ph.D, Director of Veterans Legacy Grant Program (VLGP), reports the SFCC VLGP had its Department of Veterans Affairs annual review April 24 and 25. Antonio Addessi and John Williams visited the college. Dr. Martinez added “We met with each of our VLGP units, Community/Veterans Outreach, the Research Team, the Spanish Translation Team, the K12 Team, our Website and Social Media vendor, our grant Budget manager Veronica Hernandez, our SFCC VLGP faculty, President Rowley and members of the Executive Team. Antonio and John provided us with valuable feedback and support. Antonio will be back to visit us in July.”
Dean Wysong and Milton Riess met with Raton Public School District to expand dual credit film tech training classes
On Friday, April 14, Dean James (Jim) Wysong, Ph.D., and professor Milton Riess traveled to Raton to meet with staff from the Raton Public School District concerning an agreement to expand SFCC’s Dual Credit Film Technician Training Program to Raton. SFCC Dual Credit Specialist, Niki McKay, joined the meeting remotely. This new agreement will offer students in Raton the same opportunities that SFCC will be begin providing at Santa Fe High School and at the New Mexico School for the Arts in the upcoming school year.
Dr. Wysong said, “It is important to remember that the film industry has the potential to bring economic development and job opportunities to all parts of New Mexico, not just the Albuquerque and Santa Fe metropolitan areas. With new ventures starting in the rural areas of the state, such as Raton, we are ready to work with our partners at Raton High School to prepare students for work in this field.” Later, Wysong and Reiss met with officials from the City of Raton and Colfax County to tour a repurposed elementary school, where El Raton Media Works plans to begin operating a production facility through a public-private partnership with the city and county. The SFCC Film Department has been an advisor and consultant to this project for the past two years, seeing this as a logical part of the plan to expand training and create job opportunities in the industry.
Interview with President Rowley about CHESS featured in Inside Higher Ed Report
An interview with President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. on CHESS is the first case study in the report from Inside Higher Ed: “Adaptation across the higher ed landscape.”
Click on this link to access a free download for the full report. Find the president’s interview beginning on Page 8.
Enjoy Poetry Posts through May 31
The SFCC campus community is invited to enjoy this semester’s Poetry Posts displayed throughout the campus featuring the beautiful melding of words and colors created by Sudeshna Sengupta’s Color Theory students for their Color & Emotions module in this Online-Synchronous class.
“The posts at SFCC function as a curated gallery, where the posts enliven a familiar place for staff, faculty, and students with art and poetry,” said Miriam Sagan, a former professor of Creative Writing at SFCC, who brought this project to the campus.
Congratulations to Deborah Alexander, Maria Bacelona, Rena Espinoza, Ann Hogan, Lisa Rossbacher, Rebecca Sanchez, and Lisa Wermeling for the excellent work exploring emotions expressed through colors and words that are featured in this project. The display continues till May 31.
Book as Sculpture summer class offered Mondays and Wednesdays
New class: THE BOOK AS SCULPTURE: Narratives in Visual Play & Form Marci Easterbrook Arts and Design Advanced Projects – ARTS 2115L D1 CRN 10117 3 Credits Jun 05 – Jul 29 Eight weeks Monday and Wednesday 9-2 p.m. ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS
Explore materials to create unique books with sculptural dimension and content. Play with ideas, text and forms. Traditional and contemporary methods of book binding combine surface with 3-D structures.
This ONLINE SYCHRONOUS CLASS will use paper pulp, fabric, wood, clay, metal, fiber, altered books and re-purposed materials to create a home studio of learning.
Director of Continuing Education Nicholas Wernicki, Ph.D. said, “This summer we’ve got many new classes, both in person and online. Short-term or one-day summer classes can easily fit in around your summer vacation plans. Summer is also a great time to study at a more leisurely pace for either personal enrichment or to gain new professional skills.”
Are you passionate about literacy and enjoy helping people one on one? Become a BL (Basic Literacy) or ESL (English as a Second Language) tutor today and support a student in learning vital speaking, reading, writing, and numeracy skills.
Tutors and students meet twice a week for about 90 minutes (based on their schedules). A 9-month commitment is needed. Please fill out an application on the Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe website: https://lvsf.org. Call 428-1353 for more information.
ESL Tutor TrainingJune 1-3, 2023
Orientation: 4 – 6 p.m. Thursday, June 1
Session 1: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, June 2
Session 2: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 3
Orientation will be held online, and training sessions will take place at SFCC. An introductory meeting and all sessions are required.
Greenhouse STEM Kits are back in stock at the library!
The very popular and free Greenhouse STEM Kits are available once again for kids ages 4-7. All materials are included in the kits courtesy of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.
Come by the library to pick up a kit to use and explore growing plants from seeds with your kids! Kits are available during the library’s regular hours.
In a March 10 email, Vice President for Strategy and Organizational Effectiveness Yash Morimoto shared the following update regarding the college COVID reporting policies and best practices:
SFCC continues to monitor and follow guidance from public health officials and state and local government on mitigating and addressing exposure to COVID-19. The State of New Mexico and New Mexico Higher Education Department recently announced they will no longer require the reporting of COVID-19 cases amongst student, staff, and faculty who are on campus via the Rapid Response Submission Portal.
Our college continues to take the transmission and threat of infectious diseases seriously and we remain committed to keeping our community as safe as possible. Please note the following:
The college no longer requires reporting of COVID-19 positive cases to SFCC’s Contact Tracing Team.
However, it is very important we continue keep each other safe and follow health and safety best practices. The college continues to follow guidelines from the CDC Quarantine and Isolation Calculator, which details the following:
You should isolate from others when you have COVID-19.
You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.
Ending isolation is detailed on the CDC’s Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19 webpage – “Ending Isolation”.
Positive or suspected positive individuals should coordinate closely with supervisors to make appropriate accommodations, as well as reporting for absences using regular sick leave.
If you are out of sick leave and contracted COVID-19, please contact the Office for Human Resources to determine if other options are available to you.
The college custodial staff continues its rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols, which includes a campus-wide daily schedule, with emphasis on bathrooms, and higher traffic and enclosed spaces.
Additionally, Facilities and Operations staff have made significant improvements to college ventilation and filtration systems and those systems are up and running.
The College will continue to follow best practices, community levels, and infectious disease developments.
Mask wearing strongly encouraged when indoors on campus
Due to the recent surge in Covid cases, SFCC is sharing this message at its entrances:
We strongly encourage face masks inside the building. Recomendamos encarecidamente el uso de mascarillas dentro del edificio.
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Students can meet author Colum McCann at Story Exchange event from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday; register in advance
(SFCC) will host a Story Exchange Narrative 4 event with author Colum McCann from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, May 19 in the SFCC Jemez Rooms. English and Creative Writing students from Santa Fe’s colleges and high schools are welcome and encouraged to attend this free event and meet the author. Refreshments will be served. Please register at https://bit.ly/santafestoryexchange. For more information, email Kate McCahill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-428-1903. This event is sponsored by the Santa Fe International Literary Festival’s Young Writers and Readers Program, Story Exchange Narrative 4 and SFCC.
Colum McCann is the author of seven novels, three collections of stories and two works of non-fiction. His most recent novel, Apeirogon, became an immediate New York Times bestseller and won several major international awards. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, he has been the recipient of many international honors, including the U.S National Book Award, the International Dublin Literary Prize, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, election to the Irish Arts Academy, several European awards, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China and an Oscar nomination. In 2017 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts. His work has been published in more than 40 languages. He is the president and co-founder of the nonprofit global story exchange organization, Narrative 4. See more about him at https://colummccann.com/
SFCC students to read works during Santa Fe International Literary Festival at 12:30 p.m. Saturday
Kate McCahill has shared that the English and Communications Department have partnered with the Santa Fe International Literary Festival to send students to this exciting event. Students will be attending readings and presentations compliments of festival organizers, and a handful of SFCC students will also be reading on the festival’s community stage at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. (The free reading is in the Courtyard of Santa Fe Convention Center at 201 West Marcy Street.) Terry Wilson, longtime creative writing faculty, and her Exploring Creative Writing students are also being treated to a small-group conversation with prominent novelist Jennifer Egan.
Students: Need childcare? Make sure you’re on the Kids Campus waitlist
When a spot comes available at the Kids Campus, students get priority placement. Kids Campus wants to support student parents and hopes that those needing childcare will get on the waitlist.
Children of degree-seeking SFCC students, SFCC employees, and full-time students at the Higher Education Center are prioritized for placement to support a two-generation philosophy of education at the college.
Visit the Kids Campus website for more information. Students receive a 10% discount on the cost of Kids Campus and N.M. Early Childhood Education and Care Development offers Child Care Assistance to income-eligible students.
SFCC Library family study room now open
If you’re a student parent, we have good news for you! The SFCC Library has opened a new family study room for students who have children. The room has a space for children with toys, books, and special-sized furniture. The room will have three computer stations and room for students working on laptops.
It is open all hours the library is open. It will be available to current students when they have their children with them. Please note: This is not daycare, students must remain with their children. The library’s restroom adjacent to the study room has been updated and is family-friendly with a changing station.
SFCC 2022-2023 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 email@example.com). SFCC offers performance-based scholarships through Contract for a Better Tomorrow (CBT).
If you have questions or need assistance email the Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org from your SFCC student email account. Make sure to include your Student ID number in the email. Se habla Español.
Student Resource Center is here for you
Connect with Community Resources The Student Resource Center focuses on providing information to students about resources throughout the community and providing appropriate referrals to agencies. The resources focus on basic needs such as: housing and shelter, food, legal services, transportation, childcare services, utility payment assistance, and physical and mental health services. All services are free and confidential.
Conèctese con los Recursos de la Comunidad El Centro de Recursos para Estudiantes se enfoca en proporcionar información a los estudiantes sobre los recursos en toda la comunidad y proporcionar referencias apropiadas a las agencias. Los recursos se centran en necesidades básicas como: vivienda y refugio, alimentos, servicios legales, transporte, servicios de cuidado infantil, asistencia para el pago de servicios públicos y servicios de salud física y mental. Todos los servicios son gratuitos y confidenciales.
SFCC recognized the many accomplishments of Senior Counselor Janelle Johnson at a reception on May 10. Janelle Johnson served many students throughout the years in her role as counselor. She also served as the president of the Staff Senate and was one of the founding members of the campus BIT team. She has been an adjunct faculty member in social sciences and is a certified fitness instructor. Nationally, she is the past president of the American College Counseling Association.
Janelle said, “It has been a rewarding journey serving students for 23 years. To my wonderful colleagues and friends at SFCC. Thank you for celebrating with me.”
Genevieve Betts’ second poetry collection now available for preorder
Rancho Viejo HOA is renting an office space, room 124C, as of May 1. The signs have been updated to list their office space. If someone asks you how to find them, please direct them to the administrative office area. Thank you!
Pauline Sandoval, CMCA, AMS Community Association Manager Rancho Viejo North Community Association Inc.
The Rancho Viejo North HOA office is located at the Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richard’s Avenue Room #124 C (in the Administrative Offices area), Santa Fe, NM 87508 and the new telephone number is 505-428-1992.
Office hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Tel (505) 428-1992
VPN Access for Mac OS X 10.15 disabled on 5/16/23 – upgrade now!
Mac OS X versions 10.15 and older will no longer be able to connect to the SFCC GlobalProtect VPN beginning 5/16/23 at 9am. These versions are no longer provided security updates by Apple and are therefore a security risk. The SFCC Office of Information Technology suggests users upgrade to the latest Mac OS X version supported by their hardware.
May Computer Updates
Effective 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, Microsoft Operating System and Office updates will be deployed. You will have until 7 p.m. Thursday May 25 to install these updates at your convenience. After the deadline the updates will be installed automatically and force a restart of your machine.
It is critical to install Security/Windows updates to protect your systems from malicious attacks. Please install these patches as soon as you receive notification that you have updates to install. The updates may take some time to install so please plan accordingly. For iMac users no action necessary, updates will be installed automatically overnight every third Tuesday of each month.
If you need assistance, please contact the Service Desk at (505) 428-1222.
Policy Updates – Admission of Transfer Students & Admission Criteria
Last month,the Governing Board approved merging Policy 2-6 Admission of Transfer Students into Policy 2-20 Admission Criteria, among other edits. This aligns with the Board’s goal of making it easier for College community members to find what they are looking for while reducing the total number of policies. Policy 2-6 has been repealed and is no longer in effect. Please click on the link below to become familiar with the revised version of Policy 2-20. For more information, contact the Policy Owner, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Margaret Peters or the Policy Author, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos, Ed.D.
CE Director Nicholas Wernicki, Ph.D., has a chapter in soon-to-be-released book: “Warren Zevon and Philosophy”
Director of Continuing Education Nicholas “Nick” Wernicki, Ph.D, shared the exciting news that he will have a chapter in the book “Warren Zevon and Philosophy.” The book can be pre-ordered here. The book edited by John E. McKinnon is scheduled for release on July 18. According to Amazon, “Warren Zevon and Philosophy” is a collection of chapters on Zevon’s life and music, authored by philosophers who are also Zevon fans, providing new and exciting insights into Zevon’s thinking, his cynical lyrics, and the cruel ironies of his roller-coaster life and career.”
It sounds intriguing!
How do you spell the future with AI
See this video of the latest presentation from the SFCC Library – How do you spell the future with AI. This was the conversation from April 27.
Marcos Maez’s “Learning Matters” column focused on dual credit and career pathways
Marcos Maez’s column “Learning Matters” on May 1 in the Santa Fe New Mexican focused on dual credit and career pathways. Here is the content of the column:
What do you want to be when you grow up? What are you going to do after graduation?
The good news is that Dual Credit and Career Pathways help Santa Fe’s high school students begin to answer these questions.
Dual Credit and Career Pathways are two programs that have been developed to help high school students prepare for their future careers. Dual credit programs encourage a high school student from a charter or high school to enroll in a college course and receive simultaneous academic credit for the course from both the college and the high school.
Career pathways provide high school students with the opportunity to discover a variety of career options and gain the skills and knowledge related to those professions.
Dual Credit saves students time and money by providing the opportunity to get a jump start on the career that awaits them. For example, Santa Fe Community College waives college tuition and regular service fees, and the participating student’s high school purchases the textbooks, which in some cases can be more expensive than the cost of the course itself. Students take courses in their desired career field risk free.
To make sure college coursework is relevant and useful to the student, the program is designed to earn a student college credit in a degree or certificate. Depending on the high school, students can earn a credential in a career area such as film, which prepares them to work in a booming industry and/or transfers to regional colleges like the Institute of American Indian Arts. In some cases, they transfer nationally. Not long ago, one SFCC film dual credit student transferred to New York University.
High school students who enroll in dual credit tend to perform at a high level, graduate from high school at a higher rate than their peers and are more likely to earn a college degree within four years. By taking dual credit courses in a career pathway, students gain a clearer idea of what college-level classes will be like, which can help them prepare for the transition to college and career.
Career pathways increase students’ awareness and exposure to careers. They provide students with a better understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in desired professions. A benefit of career pathways is the hands-on experience in programs, such as welding or phlebotomy that the community college and other regional colleges provide.
By obtaining the skills and knowledge related to specific careers, students improve their chances of employment by having experience and understanding setting them apart from others. Career pathways also can play a major role in motivating students to set goals and remain focused on their education.
Dual Credit and Career Pathways programs ensure access to opportunities for our underserved students. Waiving the tuition and fees, for example, is a significant benefit for high school students and removes a key barrier for those who might not otherwise attend college. These programs also play a crucial role in assisting first-generation students with a better understanding of what college and careers are all about.
Students in these programs have access to support services, including free tutoring, career counseling, and academic advising. The support services are put in place to help students succeed at both an academic and professional level.
These incredible programs help the students of our community achieve their goals and reach their remarkable potential. Their future, and those of our communities, is bright.
Marcos Maez is the director of student engagement and recruitment at Santa Fe Community College and oversees the college’s Dual Credit program and serves as an officer or member of several boards, including College and Career Plaza, the Santa Fe Community College Foundation, the Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and The MASTERS Program Early College Charter High School.
Stephen Gomez, Ph.D., to serve on Board of the New Mexico Academy of Science
Congratulations to Stephen (Steve) Gomez, Ph.D, (Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Advanced Technologies and Sustainability), who will now serve on the Board of the New Mexico Academy of Science! This is a huge recognition of Steve Gomez and his contributions to science education and research. He is the only board member from a community college. The NMAS Board unanimously approved his membership on the board. We’re glad he’ll be bringing our college’s perspective to the board.
Opt-In to get Student Parent Success newsletter
Did you know that more than 1 in 5 college students nationally is a parent and that 42% of student parents are enrolled at community colleges? The Student Parent Success Program, a program of the SFCC Early Childhood Center of Excellence, distributes a monthly student parent newsletter, events, and resources to student parents. Please help us reach more student parents – staff and faculty, use this form to opt-in to our emails so that you receive information on events, resources, and opportunities that you can share with student parents: https://forms.office.com/r/fr3gyHqQBC And student parents, use the form on our webpage to opt-in to our emails directly: www.sfcc.edu/family-resources.
Workday Student is Coming!
Greetings from CHESS!
For those who are new at our member colleges, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Kathy Ulibarri, and I am the CEO of the nonprofit Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services (CHESS).
SFCC is a participating member of CHESS, and we are excited to announce that we are about to begin the implementation process for the Workday Student Information System platform, or “Student,” with our other member Wave 1 colleges: Central New Mexico Community College, Clovis Community College, and Northern New Mexico College. The Workday Student project includes Academic Advising, Recruitment and Admissions, Curriculum Management, Financial Aid, Student Records, Faculty Assignments and Scheduling, and Student Financials.
The CHESS Board, consisting of the member college presidents, has developed the CHESS Student Information System Visioning Statement and Financial Aid Supplement that highlight our two priorities: 1) improving the student experience by increasing modernization, accessibility, and mobility resulting in higher student outcomes and performance metrics; and 2) improving administrative processes to increase productivity, efficiency, capacity, collaboration, and access to data and reporting.
This is a multi-year project, involving many dedicated and talented staff from across the institutions, and the work is already underway. This summer, we will wrap up our key Pre-Planning data collection work with the conclusion of the Operational and Academic Alignment Assessment (O3A) and Deployment Prep Navigator (DPN) and Campus Information Workbook (CIW). We will launch the Planning Phase when implementation teams will be onboarded, and the Project Plan will be developed and finalized based on the results of the Pre-Planning efforts. The Planning Phase is expected to last through September.
Policy Updates: College Branding; Political Activity, Solicitation, and Vending
At their March 29 meeting, the Governing Board approved the policies listed below. Please click on the links to become familiar with them. For more information Contact the Policy Owner Todd Lovato, Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations.
Kelly Trujillo nominated Cheryl Sensibaugh for the April WOW award.
“Cheryl has demonstrated an amazing dedication to serving regional youth through our Space and Earth Experiences (SEE) project. With her help, we have had over 1000 students (3rd to 12th graders) visit our Planetarium, Science on a Sphere Theater, and Controlled Environmental Agriculture facilities this semester. She has been the main contact point for coordinating such visits, helps to determine the curriculum we deliver, and completely redesigned our webpage to make these opportunities known to the broader community.”
Please be sure to nominate who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC. The submission form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, or by reaching out to Katie Cadena Priebe, Katherine.email@example.com.
CHESS Connection Newsletter – May 15
If you’re wondering what’s happening with the Workday implementation, check out the latest CHESS Connection!
This newsletter contains more information about the CHESS Acronyms, a new Tip Sheet on direct deposit, Adoption Survey results and more!
As per policy 5-10, everyone is required to take a Defensive Driving Class prior to operating SFCC vehicles.
The next Defensive Driving Class has been scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday May 18 in Health and Sciences room 487. Please arrive promptly or the class will end late. To receive full credit for the class, you must arrive promptly at 8:00a.m. and attend the full 4-5 hours.
Please provide the following information when you call or email to register for the class:
Full name of individual attending.
Individual’s New Mexico driver license number and a copy of the individuals driver’s license if not already on file
Fleet vehicles are a great cost-effective way for employees to travel for work related reasons without incurring any personal vehicle expense and having to wait for a reimbursement.
If you have any questions about the program or the classes, please call Jackie or Steve at the numbers listed above.
Travel Authorization & Expense Reports in Workday
Here are a few reminders regarding Travel in Workday:
Spend authorizations must be submitted and approved before any travel-related purchases are made.
After travel is completed, an expense report must be submitted with the following:
Note the spend authorization number.
Include all procurement card (P-Card) transactions.
If an expense needs to be reassigned to the traveler, please contact the Purchasing Office.
Once the expense report is complete (contains ALL expenses), check the box to close out the spend authorization. This is the only way to release any remaining travel funds from encumbrance back into the budget.
All spend authorizations in draft form should be cancelled if no longer needed.
Do not use the itemization functionality unless you need to split a transaction between multiple funding sources (ex. Cost centers / grants).
The following message was shared on Friday, February 3:
While the college has always supported our students, we now have another technological opportunity to provide an empowering, safe, and nondiscriminatory educational and work environment. Beginning on Monday February 6, students will be able update their preferred name in Self Service Banner (SSB9).
The student’s legal name will be on your class roster and their preferred name, if applicable, will appear in parenthesis. For example, Gonzales, Bernadette (Charmaine). For legal purposes, the student’s legal name will still appear on all formal documents such as Financial Aid information, 1098-T’s and transcripts.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
The nurse pinning ceremony is a solemn ceremony, which includes the reading of the Florence Nightingale Pledge, lighting of the Lamp of Knowledge, as well as the pinning. The lamp lighting ceremony formally recognizes the students’ entry into the nursing profession as the lamp symbolizes the light that a nurse becomes to patients and as a symbol of hope and comfort to those suffering. The tradition commemorates the heroine of nursing Florence Nightingale, who was seen in the dark alleys with a lamp while caring for the injured soldiers of the Crimean War.
Congratulations to those who received their nursing pins on May 10 after much rigorous study and commitment throughout the pandemic! Also, thank you to SFCC’s dedicated faculty and staff who supported them on their journey.
SFCC partners with University of New Mexico to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing so students can obtain an associate and a bachelor’s degree in Nursing without leaving the community. Upon completion of a nursing degree at SFCC, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam, (NCLEX), to become a registered nurse.
SFCC’s Pinning Ceremony honored nursing graduates. Congratulations to these students who persevered and showed dedication these past few years.
Nurse GraduatesAssociate Degree in Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Audra Van Arsdale
Here are highlights from the program: Processional Song Good Old Days- Macklemore (Featuring Kesha) Welcome and Land Acknowledgement Statement Becky Rowley, PhD, Santa Fe Community College President Terri Tewart, MSN, RN, Dean of the School of Science, Health, Engineering and Math and the School of Fitness Education Introductions Lucas Gonzales, MSNEd, RN, CNE, Director of Nursing Education History of Pinning Lukas Archuleta, Served as SFCC Student Nurses Association President 2022 Student Speaker: Matthew Legits, Graduating BSN Student Keynote Speaker Nancy Bartlett MSN, RN, AACN
Bestowing of Pins Alexa Reyes and Alanna Whitney, BSN Students, Class of Fall 2023 Lamp of Knowledge & Florence Nightingale Pledge Marcy Aguilar, RN, MSN Clinical Instructor Closing Remarks Lucas Gonzales, MSNEd, RN, CNE Director of Nursing Education
SFCC Wastewater Treatment Plant closure & decommissioning work through May 2023
SFCC is in its final phase to permanently close our Wastewater treatment plant and transfer our waste to Ranchland Utility regional facility. This will benefit SFCC in several ways, including reuse of treated water for irrigation purposes used in the local community, no additional capitol funding resources needed to support 36+ old infrastructure that has extended beyond its useful life, and future opportunities to repurpose land in accordance with SFCC 2021 Master Plan.
There will be construction activities extending through May 2023. Please note there will be no impact to services during this project. For more information contact Andrea Mueller, Facilities & Operations Assistant Director & Campus Planning at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-930-9781.
Museum STEP Passes available at Library
With the STEP Pass, you and up to 5 people can use the card for free admission to:
By now you’ve probably heard of ChatGPT, the free AI platform that can “write” full-length, college-level essays on virtually any topic in seconds. From academic integrity to assessment, ChatGPT’s impact on higher education will be far-ranging. This session includes a demo of how ChatGPT works, implications for higher education and how other colleges and universities are responding. This session was led by SFCC librarians.
“The “northeast connector” involves construction of roadway and two roundabout intersections between Dinosaur Trail and Rabbit Road, giving drivers a direct route between them. Currently, drivers traveling west from Rabbit Road are required to drive through the Oshara Village subdivision to reach Dinosaur Trail or busy Richards Avenue.
“The “southeast connector” will serve as an alternate route from Rabbit Road to Avenida del Sur to reduce traffic congestion on Richards Avenue. This route also will provide secondary emergency access to the community college, according to the county.”
Watch video to learn more about tuition-free college
The recording of the public information session on tuition-free college provided by the New Mexico Higher Education Department on August 19 is now available. You can view it via the link below or at the main website at hed.state.nm.us. Thank you to the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation for hosting this session.
If you cannot visit during the current open hours listed or are not comfortable with in-person shopping, check out Bookings for more options. To access Bookings, log in to MySFCC, look under Schedule an Appointment, and click on the pink button labeled Campus Cupboard (Online). You can access the reservation and delivery option 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome to visit the Campus Cupboard weekly for free groceries and other household items that may be available. Personal hygiene (menstrual) products are available from Free Flow NM. Contact email@example.com or 505-428-1775 for more information.
01/25/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, City Council Actions Noted: Allocation of $900,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds to support an early child care work development program with Santa Fe Community College.