Campus Weekly

Congratulations to SFCC Graduates!

Congratulations to our SFCC graduates! The governing board thanked interim president Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D. for her dedication to SFCC’s students. Keynote speaker Judge Virginia Vigil spoke about the hard work of her family’s previous generations and spoke about how “pain had nourished her courage.” Student Speaker Manuel “Manny” Kavanaugh talked about how his experiences in 4-H helped him as he moved forward on his educational path. He kept an eye on his goal and was careful “to never let go of the rope.” Student speaker Linda Peña thanked her family and supervisors who supported her on her journey. She was pleased to have achieved her goal of graduating before her eldest child finished high school. Read more about the speakers and graduating class.
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News and Announcements

High School Equivalency (HSE) Graduation Ceremony, May 21

Cheer on the latest group of students who have successfully completed the GED/HiSET Examinations from May 2018 to May 2019 during a graduation ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 21 in the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center gymnasium.

The Keynote address will be delivered by New Mexico’s Lt. Governor Howie Morales.

For more information, contact SFCC’s Adult Education office, ext. 1356.

Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, June 20

This year’s Chaîne des Rôtisseurs dinner is from 5:30 to 9:30, Thursday, June 20 in the Jemez Rooms.

Enjoy a uniquely crafted gourmet celebration while you support education and inspiring Santa Fe’s culinary community. Proceeds benefit Cooking with Kids and Santa Fe Community College Foundation’s Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Culinary Arts Endowed Scholarship.

Tickets for are available for purchase now. For more information contact the SFCC Foundation, 505-428-1175 or visit the Facebook event.

Continuing Education and Contract Training Open House, May 21

Get all the details about CE’s summer offerings during an open house 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 21 in Room 131 and the main hallway.

Meet instructors, learn about classes and register for Continuing Education classes. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Continuing Education at 505-428-1676.

Respiratory Care named RRT Credentialing Success awardee for second time

For the second year in a row, the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care has awarded SFCC’s Respiratory Care Program the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award. The award is presented “as part of the CoARC’s continued efforts to value the RRT credential as a standard of professional achievement and as a measure of a program’s success in inspiring its graduates to achieve their highest educational and professional aspirations.”

The rigorous criteria are based on key accreditation metrics: have three or more years of outcomes data; hold accreditation without a progress report; document RRT credentialing success of 90% or above, and meet or exceed established thresholds for CRT credentialing success, retention, and on-time graduation rate.

Congratulations to the Respiratory Care Program!

Respiratory Care Receives Ventilator

SFCC’s respiratory program recently received the donation of a state-of-the-art ventilator from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center/Anchorum St. Vincent.

The Respiratory Care team is thrilled with the opportunity for training for students that this equipment will provide and thankful for the ongoing support of the program by Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.

Nurses' Pinning

Congratulations to Nursing Graduates of 2019!

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Best of Santa Fe - Vote Now!

SFCC has been nominated in Santa Fe Reporter’s Best of Santa Fe this year in multiple categories.

Best Fitness Class
Best Pilates Studio
Best Weightlifting
Best Yoga Studio

Voting is open now through May 31, visit Santa Fe Reporter and support SFCC.

Volunteer for Pancakes on the Plaza

SFCC is supporting this year’s Pancakes on the Plaza July 4. If you’re interested in volunteering, please visit the volunteer site for info and to sign up.

Student Spotlight

Scholarship Winner Named

SFCC’s emerging writers showcased their work during the Kate Besser Writing Awards celebration, earlier this month in the Learning Lab at Meow Wolf. Accolades, a booklet containing the student’s winning pieces is available free of charge online at

Creative Writing major Tintawi Kaigziabiher has been named the ninth annual winner of the SFCC Foundation’s Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship.

Photo: SFCC faculty member and director of the Kate Besser Writing Awards Emily Stern, Tintawi Kaigziabiher and Reverend Oriana Lee.


Students showcased their talents at Performing Arts Showcase

Performing arts students showcased their talents at a performance on May 12 at the college. Students from the SFCC chorus opened the show with three songs. Student Karen Conley provided accompaniment on flute for two songs.

Margi Coxwell’s students class students presented piano performances. Fred Graham’s voice students also peformed a variety of solo performances.

Dance was also well-represented. Flamenco instructor Minako Shibata-Valle “Mina Fajardo”‘s students offered several numbers accompanied by the well-known flamenco guitarist Chuscales. Students from Bryanna Pacheco’s modern dance class performed two dances. Belly dance instructor Deborah Newberg led her class in a performance. A rousing production by Tina Anderson’s hip-hop dance class closed out the evening.
Photo: Spring 2019 Flamenco class
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ESL Summer Classes, Orientations May 22 and 29

SFCC will offer an intensive 4-week English as a Second Language session June 3 to June 27 to any adult who wants to learn English. New students must attend an orientation session prior to registration.

All of the orientation and registration sessions take place in the Adult Education Office.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 22
5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 22
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 29
5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 29


HSE/GED Prep Classes Orientation for Summer Session, May 28-31

The registration period for SFCC HSE/GED preparation classes is open through May 31. Classes begin June 3 in Spanish and English. For more information, call 505-428-1356 or go to

New students are required to attend the four-day orientation May 28-31. The four-day orientation is offered in the mornings from 9 a.m. to noon or in the evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. In orientation, students will have the opportunity to meet with an advisor, create an individualized learning plan, and register for classes. A $25 fee covers classes and class materials and is due on the last day of orientation.


Lifeguard Certification Class - sign up now!

Enroll in the American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class to be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday, May 29 through June 1 now. Register with CRN # 10258 at

Prequalifications: must be at least 15 years of age and pass the ARC swim test.

For more information, call 505-428-1608.

LANL Foundation Career Pathways Scholarship Deadline is May 31

Previously known as the Regional College / Returning Student (RCRS) Scholarship, Career Pathways will continue to provide $1500 awards for two-year degrees, certifications and trades but now no longer requires applicants to have a gap in formal education. The scholarship is renewable for up to two years and a total of $3,000 with no need to reapply—as long as recipients remain in good academic standing and are making progress towards completion.

As with all LANL Foundation scholarships, students must be a resident of the Northern New Mexico seven-county area that includes Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe or Taos. Funding may be applied to any accredited post-secondary educational institution, in or out of state.

Applications are currently being accepted online. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2019.

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

Don’t Leave $$$ on the Table!

SFCC can help you pay for college with scholarships. One simple application puts you in consideration for all SFCC endowed Foundation and Institutional scholarships. Apply online today. Application deadline is May 24.

Funding is limited: lock in your scholarship now for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Scholarships are awarded based upon availability of funds. Financial need and a minimum GPA are required for some scholarships. Students are required to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Scholarships are available for international and non-U.S. citizen students. International students should complete the 2019-2020 Dreamers Financial Aid Application available online and from the Financial Aid Office.

Learn more online, by emailing Financial Aid or calling 505-428-1268. Se habla Español.

SFCC Unveils New Ceremonial Mace at Graduation

A college’s ceremonial mace symbolizes a high official or authority and is usually presented at commencement, during processions and at other important occasions. Although founded more than 35 years ago, until recently, SFCC did not have a mace. Thanks to Interim President Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D., who initiated the project, we now have a beautiful mace that represents the transformational power of education.

Douglas Jones, Program Head of the Fine Woodworking Program, designed and built SFCC’s mace. He worked in consultation with Dr. Cervantes, Dr. Bernadette Jacobs, Dean of the School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts, and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Margaret Peters and incorporated symbolism that reflects the college and its community.

SFCC’s mace is constructed from local woods. Loosely based on the college’s logo, the piñon pine ball is protected and supported by four bentwood elements atop an elm staff. The pine orb, transformed by turning tool and flame, has a complex, swirling grain within its hardened, unified sphere. The ridges that form the handle of the staff relate to the college’s six academic schools. Fine Woodworking adjunct faculty member Laura Yeats ‘turned’ the amazing pine orb for the staff and the base and provided the Siberian Elm lumber, which came from a salvaged street tree in downtown Santa Fe.

Together with family and friends, these elements provide the environment that enriches and transforms our students and prepares them for future challenges.