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See a preview of Automotive Technology Center

Wow!!! SFCC is excited to share some of the architectural renderings from Greer Stafford/SJCF ARCHITECTURE, Inc. of our soon-to-be constructed Automotive Technology Center.

In the upcoming months, expect to see construction beginning just south of the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center parking lot. Additional parking will be built across the loop drive not far from the TATC greenhouse. The ATC has been designed to achieve LEED Gold using many sustainable strategies and through the study of both energy and daylight modeling. The Automotive Technology Program plans to begin offering classes for the fall 2020 semester.

The 17,500 square foot center will house three labs for automotive study: a chassis/suspension lab, an electric lab and an engine/power train lab. The repair bays will feature four vehicle lifts and two alignment lifts. A flex lab will be available for a variety of college purposes. Included in the ADA compliant plans are a storage area for engines, a parts shop similar to what would be in a dealership, a gender neutral restroom and stunning entryway sponsored by Santa Fe Concorso, which will feature automotive photographs and memorabilia. A patio will also offer opportunities for special car shows or other events.

We want to thank Greer Stafford/SJCF ARCHITECTURE, Inc. for sharing these stunning images of their design. See more perspectives of the new ATC here.

Image above: Day Entry – street
Looking northeast at the building, this view would be how a vehicle would enter and experience the site moving towards the entry of new Automotive Technology Center (ATC).

News and Announcements

Indigeneous Peoples Day reading, 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 14 in the library

Everyone is welcome to attend the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Reading from 4-6 pm., Monday, Oct. 14 in the SFCC Library.

The event is brought to you by the SFCC Indigenous Peoples’ Club and the SFCC SOW (Spirit of Writing) Art & Justice Collective.

For more information or if you’d like to read, please email or

Bus service on Monday Indigenous People's Day, No 9 p.m. bus

We’ve gotten an update that Santa Fe Trails WILL be running its buses on Indigenous People’s Day to SFCC, but the 9 p.m. departure will not be running.

Here’s the messaging from Santa Fe Trails: INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT – On Monday October 14, Santa Fe Trails, Santa Fe Pick-up and Santa Fe Ride will operate on a Saturday Schedule. Exception: Route 22 to the Santa Fe Community College will operate on its Weekday Schedule on this day. Note: 9 p.m. departure from SFCC will not be running.

Free Flu Vaccine Clinic: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15 in Jemez Rooms

Free flu vaccines for ages two and up will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Jemez rooms. This event is sponsored by SFCC Department of Nursing and Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. This event is open to the public and is free.

For more information please contact | 505-428-1837

LANL and partners hiring event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15 at SF HEC

New Mexico Workforce Solutions is partnering with Los Alamos National Laboratory and its contractors for a collaborative hire event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road. More than 300 positions are available in a wide array of fields including engineering, welding, laboratory technicians, security, project management and more! Employers will review resumes and will conduct interviews with qualified applicants. Arrive prepared for success, leave with a new career!

To apply for job openings please visit

LANL HEC Hire Event 10-15-19


Candidate Forums at the HEC October 16 & 17

The League of Women Voters will be hosting two candidate forums this week at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center:

  • City Council
    Wednesday, October 16
    6-8 p.m.
  • School Board
    Thursday, October 17
    6-8 p.m.

Santa Fe Literary Review reading and reception at 5 p.m. Oct. 17

SFCC will host a free reading and reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 in SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery to launch the 2019 edition of the Santa Fe Literary Review, SFCC’s in-print annual magazine of arts and letters. The theme is “Raices: Down to the Roots.” Featuring work by local and international writers and artists alike, the SFLR honors the unique ideas, unconventional approaches, and diverse voices of our city, our state, our nation and our world.

Contributing writers will read their work. Contributing artists and authors will sign copies of the Santa Fe Literary Review. The reception will feature a gallery exhibition of featured art from the Santa Fe Literary Review. The reception begins at 5 p.m. and the reading begins at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and refreshments will be served. Venue is wheelchair accessible; American Sign Language interpreters will be provided.

Of note: The new SFLR includes a story short story by award-winning and best-selling author Tommy Orange, recipient of the 2019 PEN/Hemingway Award for his debut novel, There, There. The edition also features an interview with the author.


SF HEC kicks off Bellevue partnership at 10 a.m. Oct. 17 in Campus Center

Santa Fe Higher Education Center announces the partnership with Bellevue University to provide new pathways to higher education for Northern New Mexicans. To celebrate the new partnership Bellevue University’s local Relationship Manager Mark Wood will host a grand opening and information session at 10 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Santa Fe Community College campus, 6401 Richards Avenue.

Students who attend the grand opening event can enter to win one of two $1,000 grants, which can be applied to a degree at Bellevue University. Free refreshments will be served.

Mark Wood works full-time in Santa Fe to support students. Contact him at and 505-474-5023.


OIT Maintenance Sunday, October 20

OIT Maintenance Alert

OIT will be performing system patching and maintenance on Sunday, October 20 starting at 7 a.m.

Technology systems will be affected by intermittent outages throughout the day.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the OIT Service Desk at (505) 428-1222.

Santa Fe HEC presents Free FAFSA Rodeo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26

Santa Fe Higher Education Center presents Free FAFSA Rodeo. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. at Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road (across from Santa Fe High).

The event is an opportunity for Santa Fe high schools to compete to see which school can increase their FAFSA completion numbers the most. The event is in partnership with New Mexico Education Assistance Foundation.

Free food and drinks provided by Dion’s Pizza and Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Students and parents can register for the event at

Students will complete the FSA ID, FAFSA, write a scholarship application and apply for two scholarships all in one stop. Call 505-428-1725 for information.

Front Entrance to FEC is reopened

The William C. Witter Fitness Education Center has been undergoing a stucco transformation. Work is almost complete. The front entrance is now open.

We think you’ll love the final results. Thanks to all the Santa Fe voters, who approved this project and others.

Algae Cultivation videos released

Explore SFCC’s Algae Cultivation program with new videos featuring students who were part of SFCC’s Algae Technology Education Consortium (ATEC) pilot program.

SFCC TATC YouTube Video Playlist
When you click on the link, YouTube will begin auto-playing the first video in the playlist. All playlist videos are listed in the upper right corner, where you can navigate to other videos in the list.

2019 Opportunity Santa Fe CWG Grantees Announced

SFCC-led Collaborative Working Group, Campus Connections, was awarded a $5,000 grant to continue its work.

The Campus Connections group proposes to introduce a College Placement Bootcamp hosted at SFCC and the Sante Fe HEC in the summer of 2020 in order to enable more SFPS students to place into college-level classes.


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please come by the main hallway Counseling Resource Table Monday October 14 through Thursday October 17.

Esperanza Shelter will be visiting 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, October 14. Someone will be available to talk about their programs and help you learn what you can do to prevent domestic violence. For more information please contact

Campus Cupboard has new hours

The Campus Cupboard is open from 2 to 4 p.m. every Monday-Thursday. The Campus Cupboard is located at the bottom of the stairs outside the cafeteria near the Veterans Resource Center.   Campus Cupboard is not open when campus is closed. Anyone with an SFCC ID or proof of registration in our Adult Education program may visit the Cupboard once a week.

If you need additional information, please e-mail Ed Worden ot call x1818. Please help get the word out!

Office of Student Development Halloween Extravaganza

The Office of Student Development presents
Halloween Extravaganza

  • 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
    Office Decorating Contest
  • 10:45 to 11:15 a.m.
    Kids Campus Parade (Campus Center)
  • 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
    Students and Staff Costume Contest (Campus Center)
  • 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    FREE Safe Trick or Treating Event

Smoke and Alcohol-free event. No weapons (real or fake) permitted. Masks permitted during office decorating contest and costume contest only.

A Pilgrimage to New Worlds at the SFCC Planetarium, Nov. 21

A Pilgrimage to New Worlds, 6 to 7 p.m. in SFCC’s Planetarium

Join us on a journey of discovery as we venture out into the Universe to explore distant new worlds, known as Exoplanets!

Find the SFCC Planetarium on Facebook @GetStarryEyedSFCCNM

Reserve tickets here

2019 SFCC Arts and Crafts Fair: Call for Vendors

This year’s SFCC Arts and Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendor space is still available. For more information, contact Fran Nawrocki, or call 428-1675.

SFCC in the news and podcast

The college has been recently mentioned or featured in the following:

Unhidden Figures NM has the nation’s widest gender gap in STEM bachelor’s degrees, but girls and women here are narrowing

SFCC was featured prominently in the Santa Fe Reporter’s story. SFCC’s Planetarium Director and Astronomy Professor Amanda Truitt and SFCC students Erica Diaz and Uliani Chinana (engineering students in SFCC’s STEM Core program) were featured. Thanks to all of our faculty and staff working to narrow the gender gap in STEM!

Also, check out reporter Katherine Lewin’s podcast REPORTED about this topic. You’ll hear from Amanda Truitt as well as our students in STEM Core.

Santa Fe Reporter image by Anson Stevens-Bollen, an SFCC Media Arts graduate!

Student Spotlight

Spots available for Trade Mart Field Trip to Garment District New York City

Trip Dates: October 29 – November 1
Cost: Tuition for ARTS 1996, airfare and incidentals.

Students will tour various factories such as Vogue Too Pleating, Schmalberg Custom Flowers, Shima Seiki knitting machine company and Hecht’s Sewing Machine Co. They will also visit Top Notch pattern service. In Brooklyn we tour Martin Greenfield Custom Tailor. We are currently working on booking a visit with Donna Karan’s Urban Zen studio as well as Dara Lamb, Women’s tailor. The weekend will be a visit to the Vogue Costume Institute, Fashion at the Met and FIT museum.

If you have questions or would like to sign up, please contact Ezra Estes or call 505-428-1358.

Northern New Mexico College Visit 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday,, October 14

A representative from Northern New Mexico College will be on campus providing information on admissions, academic programs, scholarships, financial aid and more to prospective students.

The NNMC representative will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Transfer Station outside the Welcome and Advising Center.

Northern New Mexico will also be visiting October 29, as well as November 4, 12, and 20. All visits will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Transfer Station.

For more information, contact advisor Megan Woods,, 505-428-1770.

STEM Core Club Location Change: Thursdays 1:30 to 2 p.m. in 204i

The STEM Core Club has moved to the I-room!

The STEM Core Club was formed this semester in order to provide a forum for students to engage with STEM, collaborate on projects, and connect to the broader community.

The club meets 1:30 p.m. Thursdays in room 204i (The I-room). For more information, contact

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars - Apply by October 16

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars gives community college STEM students an authentic NASA experience and encourages them to finish a 2-year degree or transfer to a 4-year university to pursue a NASA-related field or career. (source: NCAS website)


  • U.S. citizenship
  • High school graduate or equivalent and at least 18 years of age
  • Registered at a U.S. community college during the semester of the onsite workshop
  • Concurrent enrollment or completion of 9+ hours of STEM coursework
  • Able to commit to a 5 week online session
  • Internet access

Apply at

For more information contact: | 505-428-1818

LANL Foundation Career Pathways Scholarship (Deadline Nov. 17)

LANLFoundation is accepting applications for
2019 Career Pathways Scholarships

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. These scholarships may be renewed for a second year and a total of $3,000 without the need to reapply, as long as certain criteria are met.

Career Pathways scholarships are offered twice yearly. November 17 is the deadline for the fall awards. Recipients will be announced in December, with funds available in January, 2020. Applications for the spring cycle will be accepted beginning in March.

Detailed criteria and online applications are available at

Also, are you a student or know a student who needs assistance filling out the application? Wyetta Bradley, who is serving as a LANL Foundation student ambassador is available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday on an appointment basis. Sign up in the TRiO office (in room LL313) or email Wyetta.

Students who are completing an Associate’s degree and will be enrolling in a 4-year degree program starting Fall 2020, the LANL Foundation also offers 4-year scholarships and SFCC students would be eligible to apply as undergraduates. The deadline is January 21, 2020 for next Fall.


Half price SFCC student bus passes at the Bookstore available now

Great news! Half price bus tickets are now available at the Bookstore!

Made possible with funds from Santa Fe Community College Foundation.

Read more about the bus schedules.

Employee Announcements

Faculty & Staff In-Service Day 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in FEC

We are pleased to announce the details of our Faculty and Staff In-Service Day scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 in the Fitness Education Center. This day will be dedicated to receiving your feedback for our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan. Below is additional information about what to expect that day.

Unlike past Professional Development days there will be no breakout sessions in the afternoon. Instead, there will be a full day of activities and discussion, with some participation from students. This event will be facilitated by Dr. Michael Burke, a retired college president/professor/planner who now resides in Santa Fe.

If you require vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free food options, please contact Lucia Lucero at so that we can get an accurate count.

For more information refer to the recent president’s email or see the detailed schedule.


Nominations due Oct. 18 for Fall 2019 Commencement Student Speaker

In preparation for the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 7 the Registrar’s office is seeking nominations for a student speaker. To nominate a student, please download and fill out a Fall 19 SFCC Student Commencement Speaker Nomination Form (1) and return to Associate Vice President for Student Success Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos by Friday, Oct. 18.

The criteria for prospective speakers are:

  • Graduating, eligible to walk in the December 2019 Graduation Ceremony
  • Petition to Graduate on file in the Office of the Registrar
  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • Significant contributions to the SFCC community
  • Outstanding record of achievement in academics and/or leadership and service
  • Permission from student to be nominated

If you have any questions please contact Kathleen Sena.

Photo: Linda Peña, one of last year’s student speakers at Spring Commencement.

Open Enrollment through November 15

Open Enrollment will be conducted October 1 to November 15, 2019 and allows regular employees working at least 30 hours per week the opportunity to add medical, dental and vision and/or add eligible dependents to insurance coverage. Changes that are made to coverages during the open switch enrollment time period will go into effect January 1, 2020.

Adjunct and temporary employees working the equivalent of at least 30 hours per week can make changes to medical coverage only.

Collaborative Annual Employee Review (CAER)

Time to set your SMART goals for the remainder of FY19-20. For more details refer to the Sept. 27 email from Nick Telles.

The purpose of the CAER is to promote employee growth and development; to review our contribution to the teams and the college community that we serve; to contribute to SFCC’s continuous quality improvement efforts; and to promote communication.

The CAER form evaluation process is required for all permanent SFCC staff and recommended but not required for SFCC temporary staff.

Please note new times for running and walking groups starting in Oct.

The college offers employees a meet-up for a Walking and Running Group. Please note the new times that begin in October. (The light and temperatures are changing!)

• Walking Group will switch on 10/4 to Fridays 12-1 PM
• Running Group will switch 10/15 to Tuesdays 12-1 PM

Both groups meet in front of the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center.

For questions in regards to the trail running, please contact Herman Garcia and questions in regards to the Walking Group should go to Ute Jannsen-Kerr.

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SFCC Energy Efficiency/Energy Conservation Roundtable

SFCC President Becky Rowley participated in an Energy Efficiency/Energy Conservation Roundtable Discussion, co-hosted by Senator Udall and Mayor Webber. The discussion focused on the intersection of energy efficiency, energy conservation, climate change and green jobs.

Watch the video on the SFCC YouTube Channel.

From Senator Tom Udall’s Twitter Feed:

Today we held a great event with @mayorwebber and former US Sen. Jeff Bingaman to discuss energy efficiency & conservation— we must come together to build a clean energy economy that works for our people & our environment. That’s how we’ll create the jobs of the future for NM.

Photo by Todd Lovato. For larger image, click here.