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HED Secretary Stephanie Rodriguez visited Adult Education

In recognition of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, New Mexico Higher Education Secretary Stephanie Rodriguez visited SFCC’s campus on Sept. 23 and spoke with the leadership of the Office of Adult Education, President Becky Rowley and students.

“Adult education equips New Mexicans with the education and life skills they need for social mobility and economic prosperity, and supporting programs that open up more pathways to more education and career opportunities can create transformational change in families, communities, and across our state,” HED Secretary Stephanie Rodriguez said.

Adult education programs are best known for providing instruction and testing leading to a high school equivalency credential (HSE), which students can attain by taking either the GED® or HiSET® tests. Less well-known is that they also strengthen literacy, numeracy, and digital literacy skills, help students learn English as a second language and civics, prepare students to enter college and careers, and help parents and caregivers better support their children’s learning needs. In addition, Integrated Education and Training (IET) programs provide career training alongside other skills instruction in the areas of healthcare, construction, technical trades, and more.

“What got me back at first was, ‘how could I better myself?’,” said Jeremiah Delgado, a student in SFCC’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program, which enables students to attain their high school equivalency credential while pursuing career training certifications. “I have instructors that are not just respectful but also motivating. I also want to be a great example for my daughter. I want to be able to show her that no matter how challenging life gets, you keep going.” Delgado is completing a certificate in automotive technology and is a recipient of the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship.

A special thank you to AE Senior Director Letty Narranjo, ESL Program Manager Dafyd Rawlings, ESL Liaison/Instructor Jeff Hornstein, ESL Students -Level 4-5, Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe, Basic Literacy Coordinator for LVS Susan Rathjen, ESL Literacy Coordinator Amanda Rivera de Garcia, Volunteer Tutor & Student, Academic & Career Education (ACE) Program Manager Kristen Krell, ACE Coordinator Ana Carla Passos-Morgan, ACE Program Specialist/Instructor Ed Ashmead, ACE Students (HSE & I-BEST), all the other AE instructors and staff, as well as everyone who helped organize and assist in this successful visit!

Image: NM Secretary of Higher Education Stephanie Rodriguez seated near the front on the right side leans in to hear from students and instructors in SFCC’s Adult Education programs.

News and Announcements

Kids Campus openings

Kids Campus at SFCC has a few openings available for our FREE Early Program! All children must have reached their third (3rd) birthday before September 1, 2021.

Kids Campus free Early Pre-K hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays from 8:30-11:30 am.

We also offer a wraparound program, which includes one extra hour in the morning (7:30-8:30 a.m.) and one extra hour in the afternoon (2-3 p.m) for a monthly fee of $350. We do not offer after-care on Fridays.


If you are interested, please call us at 505-428-1354 or send us an email at:

ACEN Accreditation Site Visit Oct. 6

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) site visitors will meet with the public in an accreditation site visit for the Department of Nursing Education at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall #216.

This meeting will be held in person by two site visitors. One site visitor will attend through a virtual online platform. The public may attend this meeting in person or virtual online platform only. Written public comments may be submitted to Lucas Gonzales at at least 24 hours before the meeting. Public comments will be read out loud during the meeting (up to 3 minutes per comment).

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of any form of auxiliary aid, service or special assistance to attend or participate in the meeting, please contact Lucas Gonzales at at least 24 hours before the meeting. An agenda will be available on the SFCC website 72 hours prior to the meeting. Instructions for online attendance will be provided in the agenda.

STEM Pathways for Girls conference October 30 in-person at SFCC.

STEM Pathways for Girls conference
October 30 in-person at SFCC.
For girls in 5th-8th grade
Saturday, October 30, 2021

This fall’s conference will include 12 in-person workshops at SFCC plus online keynote speakers. Register at or call

$25 enrollment fee, waived upon request.


HSE/GED - Fall 2021 – New Student Orientation Oct. 14

High School Equivalency/GED – Fall 2021 – Session 2 begins Oct. 25. New Student Orientation and Registration Oct. 14

The second fall session of High School Equivalency/GED training will begin on October 25. The program offers students online-based instruction in the four areas required for HSE exams – math, reading and writing, social studies and science. Application is available at:

New Student Orientation the second fall session is October 14-21. New students, or students who have not attended the ACE program since the Summer of 2020, are required to attend all four days of new student orientation plus a 30-minute advising session, before
enrolling in classes.


Visual Arts Gallery announces 4:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 6 art opening

SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery announces the School of Arts, Design and Media Arts Faculty and Staff Exhibition opening from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 6. Masks are required to attend the opening and/or to visit the exhibition, which continues through January 13, 2022.

Inset photo: Laura Rosenfeld, Drawing and Painting Faculty: “Ubiquitous,” oil on canvas 67” x 45″

Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel said, “This exhibition will showcase a good cross-section of the tremendous artwork produced by SFCC’s Arts, Design and Media Arts talented faculty and staff. It’s really a terrific selection of artwork ranging from incredible woodworking furniture pieces to digital art. This show will give people an opportunity to see the types of art taught at the college.”

Image left: Doug Jones, Program Head, Fine Woodworking: “Beyond Burnt” Console Table is 34″ H x 32″ L x 12″ D, Scorched alder and white oak, white-pigmented wax.

More than 35 artists will showcase some of the best examples from these School of Arts, Design and Media Arts programs: Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Film, Fine Arts, Fine Woodworking, Jewelry and Metal Arts, Media Arts, Photography, Printmaking and Book Arts and Sculpture.

SFCC has outstanding fine art, design, and media art studios. The faculty and staff are recognized artists both locally and on the national level.

The SFCC Visual Arts Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The public is welcome to visit but must wear a mask while on SFCC’s campus.

Of Note: For more information about the gallery, contact SFCC’s Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel at or 505-428-1501.

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct.15)

SFCC recognizes National Hispanic Heritage Month. Excellent national government resources and online events are available at
Also, read about the history of National Hispanic Heritage Month and find additional resources here.


SFCC Library presents online Haibun Workshop with Miriam Sagan on Oct. 5, pre-register now

SFCC Library presents a free online Haibun Workshop with Miriam Sagan from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5.

Haibun is the prose and haiku combination first developed in Japan. It can be considered the original hybrid form. Participants will learn about haibun and write pieces that include timed writing, diary entries, and flash memoir. We’ll practice with placement of haiku, contrast, and metaphorical thinking.
The workshop is for writers at all levels. Background material and resources will be sent to each participant before the workshop.

Miriam Sagan is a poet and author of more than 30 books. She founded and directed the Creative Writing program at Santa Fe Community College until her retirement.

Send registration requests to Miriam Sagan at Space is limited. Participants must register to receive Zoom link.

SFCC Harvest Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 7

SFCC “Fertilize the Garden. Nourish the Community.”

You’re invited
to SFCC’s Harvest Festival
at the Culinary Arts Garden
1 to 4 p.m.
October 7

Tours and demonstrations by Culinary Arts, Controlled Environment Agriculture, Fine Arts and more.
Please read important COVID 19 protocols and details at


September is Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, dedicated to raising awareness of suicide and advocating for the prevention of this public health crisis. Your SFCC Counselors are sharing national and local resources.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255
  • New Mexico Crisis and Access 1-855-466-7100
  • Depression Hotline 1-888-273-5174
  • Self-Harm Hotline 1-877-455-0628
  • Trans Lifeline 1-877-565-8860
  • TREVOR Crisis Hotline 1-866-488-7386

Please reach out to your SFCC Counseling Services at or by calling 505-428-1682 or 505-428-1839.

Policy Updates 2021-22 Policy Review Schedule

Policy Updates
2021-2022 Policy Review Schedule. The policies scheduled for shared governance review during the academic year 2021-2022 are posted on SFCC Connect: Campus Resources > Policy Review.
Revised Procedures. Please become familiar with the newly updated Procedures in the links below and address any questions to the Policy Owners listed.

College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

Interested in adobe construction? Check out October classes

Kurt Gardella reports that interest in the adobe construction program continues. He had an enthusiastic response for his class, which began last week. He notes two more classes in the adobe construction program will be offered in October. You can register now to save a place.

ADOB 112, Adobe Wall Construction (CRN 20050) class begins October 18 and will be a blended (online and in-person) class. The class will meet on campus October 30, October 31, November 20 and November 21. Adobe contractor Ernest Aragon will lead the hands-on instruction.

ADOB 113, The Passive Solar Adobe Design class (CRN 20051) begins October 18 and is an online asynchronous class.

Questions about the Adobe Construction program? Contact Kurt Gardella.

Register to attend Santa Fe Literary Review online Oct. 21 reading

Please note: Kate McCahill, SFLR Faculty Advisor writes, “I’m writing to let you know that, after careful thought, we’ve decided to hold this year’s Annual Reading and Reception event remotely on Zoom. That means that anyone who contributed can participate, from wherever they are! To register, click here, and the login information will be emailed to you on the morning of the event. Feel free to share the link with family and friends! All are welcome at this wonderful annual event.”
Complimentary copies of the SANTA FE LITERARY REVIEW are available at the Santa Fe Public Library branches, El Dorado library, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road, and at the SFCC Library.

Read more about this year’s issue in this press release.

For more information about the publication or the event, contact Kate McCahill, SFLR Faculty Advisor and Editor-in-Chief by email at, or call 505-428-1903.


CHESS selects Workday to transform student experience, operations

From the August 26 press release: Many students face an uphill battle when considering or attending college. From figuring out registration, placement and advising to managing course scheduling, degree completion and transfer, colleges have not made it easy. The Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services, or CHESS, has a vision to transform the student experience and modernize operations. For the first time in our nation, five independent community colleges have voluntarily come together to launch an Enterprise Resource Planning platform (ERP) capitalizing on the power of shared resources and decision-making.

CHESS has selected Workday, Inc. to provide solutions that will help realize the group’s vision. Workday’s suite of applications, which includes financial management, human capital management, and student services, will assist CHESS colleges to quickly respond to change while critical business operations continue to run smoothly and securely. The enterprise technology solution is strategically designed so that students can use an intuitive system that restructures outdated administrative functions. Choosing Workday is a major step forward in making this innovative dream a reality. Implementation will begin this fall. CHESS is structured so that additional colleges from any U.S. location have the ability to join and take advantage of increased opportunities for students, shared resources, and improved administrative efficiencies


Exhibition of student work from New Mexico School for the Arts at SFCC August 18 through September 30

An exhibition of student work from the New Mexico School of Arts will be featured in SFCC’s Main entry lobby at the college starting August 18. Poetry and images were created in collaboration with the students and the Poet Laureate, Elizabeth Jacobson. Read more about the collaboration on the Axel Contemporary website: Everything Feels Recent When You’re Faraway. The exhibition will be up until the end of September.

Photo: Elizabeth Jacobson leads a summer workshop at Young Park. Courtesy of Axel Contemporary.

Register for fall Continuing Education classes now

The new continuing education catalog is now available online for viewing and download.

Read about some new classes here.

Browse the fun and interesting noncredit classes and then enroll online today.


Watch Convocation video for important messaging

Did you miss President Rowley’s welcome at Convocation?

President Rowley spoke to the importance of continued masking and discussed a potential vaccine mandate at SFCC.

Watch the video.

Updated Procedures for Policy 2-25 & Policy 7-1

Please become familiar with the newly updated Procedures for Policy 7-1 Information Technology Resources, Usage and Security and for Policy 2-25 Mandatory Advising. Please review the Procedures in the links below and address any questions to the Policy Owner listed.

All of the college’s Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more about college policies, please contact Laura Mulry, ext. 1776.

SFCC's Equity Statement

President Rowley’s shared SFCC’s Equity Statement with all in a June 12 email.


For the protection of our community...

When coming on campus:

  • Masks are required.
  • Practice social distancing
  • Avoid congregating in groups.
  • Avoid staying in public, indoor spaces for extended time periods.
  • Children are allowed on campus. Masks required.
  • Fully vaccinated? Please apply for the VAX PASS.
  • Departments, programs, and unique spaces may require special protocols or safety requirements.
  • Appointments are highly encouraged.

Governing Board Approves Policies

At its June meeting, the SFCC Governing Board approved updates to SFCC Policy 6-12 Surveillance Cameras. Please review the policy in the link below and address any questions to the Policy Owner/Author listed.
Policy 6-12 Surveillance Cameras
Nick Telles, Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer, ext. 1161

College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more about policies, please contact Laura Mulry, ext. 1776.

eTranscripts via Parchment now available!!

SFCC’s transcript request process is now entirely online – no more submitting paper or PDF forms! Current and former students can visit to be guided through the process.

There is a $5 charge for electronic transcripts, and requests will be processed quickly.


Student Spotlight

Student Weekly Connection Sept. 24

Read this week’s SFCC Student Weekly Connection for information on VaxAid, openings at Kids Campus, Student Ambassadors, scholarships, the resource of the week: Barrios Unidos Chimayo, and lots more!


Register now for classes that begin Oct. 18

Want to take a short 8-week class? Register now for classes that begin October 18.

1) Contact an advisor at Academic Advising at 505-428-1275 or

2) Registration is at Interested students are encouraged to contact SFCC’s Welcome and Advising Center at 505-428-1270.

Order your books now at SFCC Online bookstore

We are proud to announce that Santa Fe Community College’s online bookstore operated by Barnes & Noble is live and ready to serve you! Access it at


Check out SFCC's new online student orientation

Student Success has recently released a new online Student Orientation. Take it yourself, and share it with our students. Here’s a preview:

Learn how to become a successful student with SFCC’s online Student Orientation!

It includes:
• A welcome from our college leadership
• Information about student services
• How to access student resources
• Information on navigating the mySFCC student portal

In just 30 minutes, you’ll be ready to succeed at SFCC. Click here to get started:

SFCC 2021-2022 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 SFCC offers performance-based scholarships through Contract for a Better Tomorrow (CBT).

For more information and to apply go to:

If you have questions or assistance email the Financial Aid Office at from your SFCC student email account. Make sure to include your Student ID number in the email.
Se habla Español.

Openings for Student Employment at SFCC

Student work study is a financial aid need-based program that provides student funds earned through part-time employment currently paying at a rate of $12.32 per hour.

Eligible students can work up to 20 hours per week. In addition to helping you pay for your education, the work study program helps you gain work experience, develop your skills, and build a possible pathway to future employment opportunities.

To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Must complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA and any additional requested verification items
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 degree-related credit hours for fall.
  • Must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

If you are interested in student employment, you can email Susie Weaver at or for further information.

Great scholarship news for fall semester!

Great news!

The state is now funding the Lottery Scholarship at 100 percent!

For more information watch these videos from area broadcasters: KOB, KRQE and KOAT.

Also, some more great news about the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship and other resources. See these highlights from the June 4 Santa Fe New Mexican story.

“The lottery scholarship program wasn’t the only good news for college students. The New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship, which benefits students who are not eligible for the lottery scholarship, such as returning adult learners and students who attend college part time, received an increase of $11 million for next year.
And the state has received $104 million in federal funds through the American Rescue Plan Act for student relief grants, Rodriguez said.

Read the full story here.

Want more information about how to apply for scholarships? Visit

Need help paying for internet service? You might qualify for federal assistance - application available May 12

The latest COVID relief act includes an internet benefit for low-income and Native American households. You could qualify for $50 to $75 in monthly assistance.

Details about the benefit can be found at
On May 12, you can apply at


Student Resource Center connects students with community programs

The Student Resource Center helps students connect with various services, programs and agencies. We can help link up with several community resources including: Housing, Food, Utility Payment Assistance, Childcare, Physical Health and Legal Services. For more information and assistance, please contact Student Resource Coordinator Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo at 505-428-1194 or visit

El Centro de Recursos Estudiantiles ayuda a los estudiantes a conectarse con varios servicios programas y agencias. Podemos ayudar a conectarse con varios servicios comunitarios, que incluyen: Vivienda, Comida, Asistencia para Pagos de Servicios Públicos, Cuidado de Niños, Salud Física y Servicios Legales. Para obtener más información y asistencia, comuníquese con la Coordinadora de Recursos Estudiantiles Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo al 505-428-1194 o visite

Employee Announcements

August WOWs

We have 2 winners for WOW in the month of August!

Jose Humberto Nevarez was nominated by Naoyuki Nagashima because “Humberto is a generous guy who donated a lot of his vacation time to a co-worker in need. It is people like him who makes me believe in the goodness of people and the great workers here at SFCC.”

Samantha Barela was nominated by Sahaj Khalsa because “Sam has kept our paramedic program running and students successful through the pandemic. She has displayed flexibility, adapted to ever-changing requirements, continued to keep students engaged and involved
them in their own success. Her work resulted in 100% of the graduates of our program passing the national certification exam on their first attempt, a rate which exceeds the national average”

Facilities requests are streamlined with single sign-on

Facilities and Operations, and OIT are happy to announce the facilities and operation single sign-on solution for submitting work tickets. Users no longer need to keep a separate user name and password for the facilities ticketing system.

Once logged into MySFCC, you can now simply click on the facilities and operations ticketing system icon, and the system will take you directly to place a ticket.

For questions please call 505.428.1670 or email “

Equity email signature

In a recent email, President Rowley provided instructions for changing your email signature to use the new SFCC Equity logo (and link it to the page). Instructions are also available on SFCC Connect by clicking “SFCC Email Signature Instructions” in the “Featured Links” block on the home page.

Book gains national buzz & includes Emily Stern's writing

Creative Writing Faculty member Emily Stern is thrilled to be among the authors in the soon-to-be-released anthology, “Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis,” edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore and currently available for purchase at Arsenal Pulp Press for pre-order and a launch date of October 5 on Arsenal Pulp Press. Edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, exciting reviews are already coming out, including being named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 in:

sj Miller, Ph.D., joins Pulitzer team at Thrive

sj Miller, Ph.D., joins Pulitzer team as a Pulitzer Fellow for Thrive Community School.

The team will develop standards-aligned units that engage their students in The 1619 Project, and other journalism and historical sources, to strengthen connections to existing curricula, practice media literacy skills, and build empathy. Projects will be shared publicly through Pulitzer Center’s lesson library and virtual professional development programs. The Pulitzer Center’s K–12 education programs and resources cultivate a more curious, informed, empathetic, and engaged public by connecting teachers and students with underreported global news stories and the journalists who cover them.

Sahaj Khalsa gave national keynote and workshop emphasizing equity and inclusion

Sahaj Khalsa, the program director of the Emergency Services Medical Institute at SFCC, recently returned from Florida, where he attended and presented at the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) Symposium. Sahaj Khalsa is a Board member of NAEMSE and has long led efforts within that organization to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in EMS education programs. He was the primary author of a NAEMSE position paper advocating that more be done to increase equity and inclusion in EMS. He also helped author one of the first research manuscripts examining disparities in pain management in EMS care of prehospital patients.

At the conference, Sahaj facilitated a workshop, ‘The Cultural Humility Summit,’ to discuss equity and inclusion in EMS. Multiple national EMS leadership organizations participated in the workshop, as did the federal agency National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), that federal agency that oversees EMS in the U.S. He also delivered a keynote presentation, ‘Educating Culturally Competent EMS Providers,’ on how we can better educate culturally aware and engaged EMS providers. NHTSA asked NAEMSE to continue collaborating with other national stakeholder organizations in causing change in the profession. The SFCC EMSI looks forward to being at the forefront of these conversations and pushing for positive change in our profession.

Professional Development Funding Committee is accepting funding requests

The professional development funding committee is accepting applications for professional development funding.

If you are interested, please log into the committee team site on SFCCConnect Intranet, and click “Documents” on the left menu to access the application materials. All applications materials are on the intranet (SFCC Connect), so you must be logged in via VPN or on campus to access them.

Fill out the pdf application, and submit your requests directly to Luis Olivas, Jim Wysong, or

The committee meets the last Friday of every month, so please submit funding requests in a timely manner.

Policy Update: Revised Procedures for Policy 6-3

Policy Update: Revised Procedures for Policy 6-3
Please become familiar with the newly updated Procedures for Policy 6-3 Payroll and Salary Deductions. Please review the Procedures in the link below and address any questions to the Policy Owner listed.

6-3 Payroll and Salary Deductions Procedures

Nick Telles , Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer, ext. 1161

All college Policies and Procedures are posted at
SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact
Laura J. Mulry , ext. 1776.

Have you seen these artworks on campus?

If you have any knowledge of the whereabouts of either these two pieces of artwork, please contact Linda Cassel at (505) 660-1857 or

Artist Ned Jacobs
Study/Nez Perce Warrior
Charcoal on paper
23 3/4 x 12 3/4 inches
31 1/4 x 20 1/4 x 1 inches (framed)

Artist Lew Tilley
Magic Jugglers
Oil on canvas
50 x 30 inches

How to enroll for the COVID 19 vaccine

Please review the state’s latest vaccine registration information to see how to enroll for the COVID-19 vaccine.

SFCC encourages you to enroll soon, so our state can more effectively distribute the vaccine and notify you when vaccine doses will be available in your area.

NOVID phone app: The City of Santa Fe has partnered with NOVID to slow the spread of the virus. Download the free app at Read more about the app in this Dec. 15 Santa Fe Reporter story, “Spread the Word, not COVID-19.”


Let's help slow the spread of the virus

Let’s keep everyone safe and remember:

SFCC COVID protocols require that everyone wear a mask at all times on campus.

• If you are feeling ill, you should not come into work, and avoid any type of social setting. The College wants you to feel better before you return to work.

If you are feeling ill: Get tested and isolate yourself from others as much as possible. We need to help mitigate the health risk to others.

Call 1-855-600-3453 for testing information and results.

• If you do contract COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately. Notify your supervisor and human resources. These cases need to reported, SFCC is here to support you.

Please do your part, to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy.

Do you need information on testing? Visit

Remember to wash your hands for a full 20 seconds!

Submit nominations for WOW awards

The Office of Human Resources reminds you to nominate who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC. The nomination form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, or by reaching out to Joanne Romero


Let Campus Weekly share your news

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Ready NM training boot camp leads to “New Collar” jobs

Fifteen New Mexicans are well on their way to careers in the high-demand field of 3D printing and smart manufacturing after completing a training program as part of the Ready NM workforce education project.

“These short-term and targeted trainings are key to providing New Mexicans with opportunities in occupations that provide a sustainable wage and strong career pathway,” said Department of Workforce Solutions Acting Secretary Ricky Serna. “We thank the state’s postsecondary leaders for responding to our call for these workforce development trainings which are essential to our economic recovery.”

“If New Mexicans are going to be ready for the careers of the 21st Century and if we want our economy to grow, accessible and affordable education and training programs are the key,” Higher Education Secretary Stephanie Rodriguez said. “Targeted collaborations between higher education institutions and key industries are integral to our state’s economic prosperity. I am thankful for the partnership with our fellow state agencies, Santa Fe Community College, New Collar Network, and all of those working to keep and grow New Mexico talent our state.”

The 3D printing bootcamp was offered via a partnership between Santa Fe Community College and New Collar Network, a nonprofit that is part of MIT’s Fab Lab network. It was funded by Ready NM, a partnership between the New Mexico Departments of Workforce Solutions and Higher Education, and New Mexico Workforce Connections.

The four-week hands-on program was offered free of cost and enabled students to learn in-demand skills and industry-recognized credentials in 3D printing and digital fabrication. Students earned eight micro-certifications leading to a 3D printing operator master badge and project portfolio, a credential recognized by the North American Digital Fabrication Alliance.

Students completing as part of the program’s first cohort presented their projects at the Higher Education Center in Santa Fe this week. Most students had little or no prior experience with 3D printing technologies.

Santa Fe business owner Dora Bostater enrolled in the class after the pandemic caused her scuba business to slow down.

“This course opens up the possibilities so much. The time and sacrifice was well worth it,” Bostater said. “I have talked to people at Los Alamos National Laboratory who have said that there are positions available, and I am so glad I have this opportunity available.”

Local employers Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Meow Wolf, Jabil, and Westwind report that more than 1,000 jobs are currently open and anticipated for the next few years for technicians with 3D printing skills.

Image: Santa Fe resident Dora Bostater presents a brochure holder she created during the four-week boot camp for 3D printing at Santa Fe Higher Educaction Center.
Read more at: