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SFCC partners with World Central Kitchen to provide meals

SFCC, World Central Kitchen and SFCC Foundation have partnered to feed students and their families, as well as local communities.

Read the full press release about this massive effort!

The partnership was developed by Robert Egger, a Cerrillos resident, who is serving as a food security adviser to Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber. He is a longtime friend and colleague of Chef Andrés, as well as a founding Board member of World Central Kitchen.

A big shout out to thank Chef Jerry Dakan, the Culinary Arts faculty and students who are producing the meals. Our Culinary Arts program students who had not been able to complete the hands-on components of their classes will earn credit hours toward their Culinary Arts certificates and associate degrees.

Kudos to all helping to make this happen – Dean Camilla Bustamante, Dean Jenny Landen, Campus Safety and Security and so many volunteers.

Doreen Gallegos created an awesome video for SFCC In this Together Facebook page with images by Chris Corrie.

To find out more about the pick up location or how to donate to SFCC Foundation to support this effort, visit

Photo: Culinary arts program lead and Chef Jerry Dakan (center) with Geronimo restaurant executive chef and part owner Sllin Cruz (right) and SFCC culinary arts alumnus Nathan Clements (left) volunteer in preparing packaged meals for the World Central Kitchen food distribution project. (Photo: Chris Corrie)

News and Announcements

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.

View larger photo here.

President's Update: April 28

President Rowley sent out a message on April 28 covering all aspects of SFCC’s current situation. She addressed accreditation, Continuing Education, Automotive Technologies Center progress, marketing strategies, the Governing Board meeting, enrollment and funding.
Read the whole update by clicking “Read More” below.


Continuing Education update

Continuing Education 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.

Library Events added! New way to RSVP

Readings in the Library this spring will be held on the Zoom video conferencing platform.

To RSVP for upcoming events, visit: to receive an invitation 30 minutes prior to the event.

To keep up-to-date on how to view these events, visit SFCC Library Facebook page. Please note: The SFCC Library Facebook page will post these talks after the events.

Upcoming Events:

April 27
12 to 1 p.m.
Emily Stern
Student Readings: Creative Non-fiction
May 6
2 to 4 p.m.
Charlie Shultz
Fellowship in Travelogue: Adventures in Israel
May 7
5 to 6 p.m.
Faculty and Staff Spring Reading


Charlie Shultz Fellowship in Travelogue: Adventures in Israel

Join SFCC’s Library for an armchair travelogue from 2 to 4 p.m. May 6.

Controlled Environment Agriculture Lead Faculty Charlie Shultz shares photos and experience from his fellowship from the Jewish National Fund, made available through SFCC Foundation Board Member Elise Arena. Learn about Israel’s resource management, sustainability, historic sites, and collaborative ways to address global challenges.

RSVP to receive a meeting invitation 30 minutes before the event.


KSFR Cline's Corner on SFCC/World Central Kitchen Partnership May 8

On Friday, May 8, at 4 p.m. on KSFR-FM 101.1,learn about Santa Fe Community College’s exciting partnership with World Central Kitchen to provide meals for students, their families and the community in an interview on May 8 at 4 p.m. Host Lynn Cline will have Robert Egger on her show Cline’s Corner.

Cerrillos resident Robert Egger is serving as a food security advisor to Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber. He has a long career leading charitable meal programs, is a longtime friend and colleague of Chef José Andrés and a founding Board member of World Central Kitchen.

Questions? Ask a Librarian!

SFCC Library launched a new chat feature. The staff is available to chat from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If no one is available, you can send an email and they will get in contact with you. The chat is monitored and replied to live by the SFCC library staff. With screen sharing, they can help you find what you’re looking for as if you were meeting in person.

Just go to the library home page, and click on the “Questions? Ask a Librarian!” bar on the bottom right.


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.


Inside SFCC 2020, Vol. 2

In this issue of Inside SFCC, we share the college’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Listen to Santa Fe Reporter podcast about SFCC and World Central Kitchen

Listen to Santa Fe Reporter’s Katherine Lewin’s recent podcast, “Season 3 Episode 8: 3,000 Meals A DaySanta Fe Community College partners with other distributors to bring meals to Northern New Mexico.” She visited the campus on April 30 to get a behind the scenes look into SFCC’s Culinary Arts kitchen as work continues with World Central Kitchen.

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.


Katie Besser Awards presentation/reading at 3 p.m. May 14

The SFCC Library will host the Katie Besser Awards presentation online from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 14.

Emily Stern will lead the presentation, which will include the announcement of the Richard C. Bradford scholarship. The event is presented by SFCC Liberal Arts and Media Arts.

The event celebrates students’ creative expression through writing, photography and media arts.

As for all library Zoom events, you need to RSVP to receive a meeting invitation 30 minutes before the event.

All student award finalists are considered for the Richard C. Bradford Scholarship. Named for the author of the 1968 classic “Red Sky at Morning,” the scholarship was initiated by author Michael McGarrity, arts advocate Charmay Allred and former Santa Fe city councilwoman Rebecca Wurzburger. The Katie Besser Writing Awards are directed by Emily Stern and sponsored by the SFCC Foundation.

Help nursing students make a difference by making masks

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!

James Wysong, Ed.D., selected as Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Arts and Design

The college has selected James Wysong, Ed.D, as the new Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts. The college’s previous dean, Bernadette Jacobs, Ph.D., retired in January. Wysong and other candidates participated in open forums on campus in February and early March. He will begin working at the college in July.

SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., said, “We’re delighted that Dr. James Wysong has accepted the position. He has a strong background in community college education both as a faculty member and an administrator. He is committed to student success. The college welcomes Dr. Wysong.”

Margaret Peters, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, said, “We look forward to working with Dr. Wysong, an accomplished administrative leader who is well-versed in multiple facets of academic operations including curriculum development and delivery, strategic planning and assessment, and the recruitment and professional development of a diverse and caring faculty and staff. He also brings experience in leading efforts to increase the recruitment, retention and completion of minority students, particularly Hispanics, at his current institution.”


Are you or someone you know struggling?

We’ve compiled a list of resources available outside of the college for those in need. Perhaps your spouse, child or neighbor has lost their job. Or maybe you know a student or neighbor, who doesn’t have money for food. There are a variety of resources for those struggling. Let’s help each other by sharing this information with others.

If you would like to recommend another community resource for us to add, please send info to


SFCC in the news

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

Albuquerque Journal North, 5/3/2020 “SFCC’s World Central Kitchen feeds the hungry”

Community College Daily, 4/30/20 “Food distro project provides meals, work experience”

Santa Fe New Mexican, 4/21/20 “Letter to the editor: Community College puts students first,” a great letter written by SGA president Ian Widrick Martinez.

Santa Fe New Mexican, 4/19/20, SFCC, “SFCC, Los Alamos lab join to offer machinist program”

Los Alamos Daily Post, 4/16/20 “SFCC and Los Alamos National Laboratory Announce Collaboration”

Mirage News, 4/17/20, “Los Alamos National Laboratory and Santa Fe Community College announce new program for machinists”

Santa Fe New Mexican, Pasatiempo 4/17/20, “Zoom to semester’s end with SFCC writers”

Student Spotlight

SFCC & World Central Kitchen provide food for students

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

SFCC student Nate Downey continues to deliver greens

SFCC student Nate Downey has been delivering produce from the SFCC Greenhouse during the closure.

He says that he has already enrolled 250 households where he will deliver greens through the end of the semester for his class project. He said, however, he is developing a waiting list if any of the households drop out of the project.

If you’d like to be added to the waiting list, please contact Nate Downey:

Photo: Nate Downey on a recent delivery in a Santa Fe neighborhood.

Schedule a remote appointment with your Advisor

Remote Academic Advising appointments are now available. Click here to schedule a remote appointment with your Academic Advisor.

Note: You must be logged in to MySFCC to schedule an appointment.


Testing Center Update: Placement exam options are available

Options for English and Math placement testing are available for current and prospective students during our current campus closure. Please contact for further information or to schedule your exam.

SFCC welding graduates are essential workers

A message from SFCC Lead Welding Instructor Jake Lovato:

Great news! even in these strange times. SFCC has two students now who are essential workers. Monique Lujan and Carlos Zamora will start jobs in construction with UA Local Union 412 Plumbers and Pipe Fitters. Both students will be working at INTEL in Rio Rancho.

Monique Lujan
Awarded AWS Student Chapter Member Award in March 2020, one of two for New Mexico in March 2020
Third place Skills USA at state, Welding Art.
Welding Certificate 3.9 GPA 2018
AAS Welding Technologies 3.9 GPA 2019

Carlos Zamora
Second Place Skills USA at State, Welding Fabrication
Welding Certificate 2017
AAS Welding Technologies 2018

Several SFCC students are featured in LANL scholars video!

If you haven’t seen this yet, check out this video that features LANL scholars. You’ll recognize quite a few of our SFCC students! Many of the recent LANL Foundation Career Pathways Scholars at SFCC were STEM Core, TRiO or both. We’re so proud of all of you! Thanks for sharing your stories. A special shout-out to SFCC student Wyetta Bradley, who worked to assist most applicants and nearly all of the winners!

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.


Access to Wifi

SFCC Wifi is available in the parking lots during daylight hours (, and Xfinity has opened Wi-Fi hotspots for free use.

Deadline for completed petitions to graduate extended to May 15

Ready to graduate this spring?
The deadline to get completed Petition to Graduate for Spring 2020 has been extended to May 15.
Petitions should be sent to

Students who are eligible to graduate and who fulfill their academic requirements by the end of Spring 2020 will graduate and will receive their diploma.

The best way to apply to graduate is by going into your student portal and apply online. Go to MySFCC; click on Forms and Documents; Under Registrar heading, click on Petition to Graduate. Complete the document and submit.

LANL Foundation Career Pathways Scholarship (Deadline extended to May 22)

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation is now accepting applications for its Spring 2020 Career Pathways Scholarship. The deadline has been extended to May 22.
Career Pathways scholarships provide $1,500 awards for two-year degrees, certifications and trades. Current high school seniors and anyone who has earned a high school diploma or GED/High School Equivalency (HSE) may apply for these funds. Those currently enrolled in a GED/High School Equivalency program and are near completion are eligible to apply through this application, as well.

Career Pathways scholarships are offered twice yearly. Funds are available for summer or fall enrollment. These scholarships may be renewed for a second year without the need to reapply, as long as certain criteria are met.

Applicants must be permanent residents of LANL Foundation’s northern New Mexico service area comprising Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe or Taos counties. Funding may be applied to any accredited post-secondary educational institution in- or out-of-state.

Applications are currently being accepted. Visit LANL Foundation Scholarships.

The deadline to submit Career Pathways applications is May 22.

If you have questions or need assistance, email


Employee Announcements

SFCC Welcomes Luis Olivas, Director of Human Resources

Please welcome Luis Olivas, our new Director of Human Resources. He is excited to help serve everyone here at SFCC and further the college’s mission of empowering students and strengthening the community.

This is Luis’ first role in higher education. Past experience has included tech startups, tribal casinos, large insurance brokerages, heavy manufacturing, and consulting. Originally from Albuquerque, Luis received a B.A. in Sociology and an MBA, both from UNM. His interests include hiking the length of the Rio Grande, promoting primary and secondary educational equity, and spending time outside.

Money at Work: TIAA retirement workshop

TIAA will be hosting two workshops on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, that will provide information on retirement plans. They will discuss the importance of planning early, maximizing your retirement plan contributions and how understand asset allocation principles affects the management of financial objectives. Given current circumstances, this is a great opportunity to receive expert advice.

Two online sessions will be offered, one at 9:00 a.m. and the other at 11:30 a.m. Please click on the link below if you would like to register.

Register for 9 a.m. workshop.

Register for 11:30 a.m. workshop.


Share your creativity in the Spring Faculty and Staff Reading!

Join faculty, staff, students, and community members for this annual celebration of SFCC writers.

Interested in reading your creative work aloud? Email to add your name to the list. Each reader has five minutes. All are welcome!

With special thanks to Valerie Nye, the SFCC Library, and the English Department.

RSVP to receive an email invitation 30 minutes before the event.

OIT cybersecurity tips and training

OIT sent out a message reminding employees how to keep their computer environments safe when working from home.

OIT should be offering cybersecurity training starting next week. The full message can be seen here.

You will also see an email reminding you to take cybersecurity training. KnowBe4 is the Cybersecurity Training System. You can log into to My.SFCC and click on the KnowBe4 Icon to access your assigned Cybersecurity Training.


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.

In Memoriam: Fred Tixier of Testing Center will be missed

Fred Tixier – You will be missed

The Testing Center is sad to announce the sudden passing of our Testing Tech, Fred Tixier. Fred passed away suddenly on March 16. A memorial service will take place when people can gather again to celebrate Fred’s life. Details of the service will be announced at that time.

Our sympathies to his colleagues and family.

We were unable to find a photo of Fred in our files, but we reached out to Daniel J. Chacón of the Santa Fe New Mexican. He graciously gave us permission to use the above photo that he took for the piece he did April 7, 2015: City proposal aims to jump-start a food truck boom