Jun 17, 2024  
SFCC Catalog 2023-2024 
SFCC Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Resources and Services

Academic Advising

Academic advising is available to all students to help them establish and attain their educational goals, including planning the most appropriate course selections at a pace that will allow them to progress successfully. New first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to registration.

Students will be advised to take courses that help meet their specific educational goals.

Students who enter SFCC with credits from another institution should have all official transcripts sent to the Registrar’s Office, declare a major, and meet with an advisor. For information, contact Academic Advising at 505-428-1275 or advisor@sfcc.edu or visit Academic Advising.

New Student Orientation and Advising 

All first-time students are required to participate in New Student Orientation prior to the start of their first semester at SFCC. This interactive event gives students an opportunity to learn more about financial aid, campus resources, advising services, and expectations. In addition, students interact with other new students, current students, faculty​, and staff to make connections on campus prior to the first day of classes, so they start their semester prepared to be successful at SFCC. For information, contact the Welcome and Advising Center at 505-428-1270 or wac@sfcc.edu or visit the Welcome and Advising Center

Adult Education

SFCC’s Adult Education program serves the diverse Santa Fe community and its workforce by providing free, high-quality basic skills instruction to adults 16 years of age or older who are not enrolled in the K-12 school system so they can achieve their educational and career goals and strengthen their family and community involvement. Adult Education offers instruction and tutoring in Academic and Career Education, high school equivalency (GED/HiSET) preparation, English as a Second Language, career pathways, and transition to postsecondary education and training. Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe is the literacy tutoring component of Adult Education. New students participate in an orientation for intake and initial skills assessment. Each student pays a one-time registration fee of $25 each semester for ACE, ESL, and I-BEST classes. For information, contact Adult Education at 505-428-1356 or ae@sfcc.edu or visit Adult Education.

  • Academic and Career Education: In the ACE program, instruction is offered below the postsecondary level in reading, writing, and mathematics to help students complete their secondary level of education for college and career and to prepare for acquiring a high school equivalency credential through testing with either the GED or the HiSET exams. Social studies and science classes are also offered at more challenging levels, stressing critical reasoning and communication skills. Instruction is offered in English and in Spanish, on campus, in the community​, and online. For information, call 505-428-1433.
  • English as a Second Language: The ESL program offers classes in six levels of instruction from beginning to advanced classes to prepare students for increased participation and success in work, school​, and community contexts. Classes are offered online and in-person at the college in the mornings and the evenings. Evening in-person classes are offered at another location in the community. In addition, the program offers a variety of extra-curricular events outside the classroom, on campus​, and in the community for students to engage in authentic English practice. For information, call 505-428-1329 or 505-428-1444.
  • Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe: Adults with literacy skills below the sixth grade level are matched with Basic Literacy tutors who help them one-on-one with basic reading, writing​, and/or math. Those seeking to improve their English skills are tutored by ESL tutors in small groups for speaking, reading​, and writing in English. ESL Workplace tutors teach small groups of employees at hotels, restaurants​, and other workplaces. Adults who want to become United States citizens are tutored in U.S. history and government to master the information they need to pass their citizenship tests. For information, call 505-428-1353.
  • Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training: Adult Education students are able to participate in a nationally acclaimed Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) career pathway model, earning stackable and portable industry-recognized college credentials at the same time they continue to develop English language and academic skills for high school equivalency and independent college readiness. Career training and academic instruction are fully integrated and contextualized through a team-teaching model. Students not quite ready to enter the college-credit certificate level of their pathway can start at the more basic I-BEST Bridge level for one or more semesters. I-BEST offers certificates in Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair, Certified Nursing Assistant, Community Health Worker, and Early Childhood Development. For information, call 505-428-1437.

Career Services

Career Services provides guidance in career exploration, job search, and education and training through classroom presentations, seminars, job fairs​, and individual appointments. Services include career coaching, career assessments, access to a vast career information database, résumé building, cover letters, job postings, job searching techniques, mock interviews, networking, social media platforms, job referrals, matching education and training with career goals, internship opportunities, and connecting to other colleges and non-traditional education and training options.

All services are free to students and community members. For more information, contact Career Services at 505-428-1406 or career.services@sfcc.edu or visit Career Services.

Continuing Education

SFCC offers many personal enrichment and professional development classes to meet the interests of the area’s varied population. Classes are described in the Continuing Education schedule, published three times per year. The classes are held on the SFCC campus, online, and at locations throughout the city and county. Some of the popular topics include art, food and wine, home and garden, Southwest Adventures, languages, travel, and crafts. For information, contact Continuing Education at 505-428-1676 or visit Continuing Education.

Counseling Services

Counseling Services provides support to students coping with personal, educational​, and psychological wellness concerns. Licensed professionals on our staff are uniquely qualified to address the multitude of issues facing college students. In addition, timely and appropriate referral sources to outside agencies and providers are available as a vital resource for students. The counselors are available to meet with students on campus or using a Telehealth HIPAA compliant platform. Counseling Services provides support services for students in the following areas:

  • Assistance and support for personal and academic issues
  • Help in resolving conflicts with family, friends​, or co-workers
  • Addressing feelings of depression or anxiety
  • Learning stress management and problem-solving skills
  • Discussing concerns related to identity, gender, sexuality, and relationships
  • Referrals to community resources and mental-health providers
  • Support in obtaining education interests and goals.

Counseling offers ways to deal with personal issues and stressors impacting college success. It is a confidential, respectful process where students can feel safe discussing their concerns. Counselors offer one-on-one assistance and group support on a wide range of issues. Counseling Services staff are committed to meeting the needs of all individuals regardless of culture, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, religious​, or spiritual beliefs. To be eligible for counseling​, students must be enrolled in an SFCC credit course. For information, contact Counseling Services at 505-428-1682 or counselingservices@sfcc.edu or visit Counseling Services.

Customized and Contract Training

SFCC offers customized and contract training to meet the unique needs of local employers in business, industry, nonprofitand public-sector agencies and organizations. Customized courses and programs can be offered for either credit or noncredit on many topics, such as skills development, OSHA training, strategic planning, technical writing, and workplace Spanish. Courses can be delivered at the client’s location, at the college and, depending on the course, virtually. The college has state-of-the-art computer labs and conference facilities and hires faculty who are experts in their fields. Customized training offers a cost-effective way to increase productivity and effectiveness. Professional staff are available to meet and discuss training needs. For information, contact Contract Training at 505-428-1676 or workforce@sfcc.edu.

High School Equivalency Testing

The high school equivalency test is offered by appointment at the Testing Center. Registration for the test must be completed online at www.ged.com or through the Pearson VUE call center at 877-EXAM-GED (877-392-6433).

The minimum required age to take the high school equivalency in New Mexico is 16 years old. Test-takers under the age of 18 must submit a completed Underage Permission Form signed by a parent/guardian. Then, email it to the State HSE Administrator, Dr. Katya Backhaus, for signature: katya.backhaus@state.nm.us. Underage Permission Forms are available at the SFCC Testing Center and at online (click the GED Testing link).

All test-takers who pass the high school equivalency test in New Mexico must create an account at www.diplomasender.com to order a final transcript and New Mexico high school diploma. The first copy is free. Additional copies are available for a fee. For more information about taking the high school equivalency test at SFCC, contact the Testing Center at 505-428-1625 or visit the Testing Center.

Adult Education offers free high school equivalency preparation classes to those who want to prepare for the official test. For more information, contact Adult Education at 505-428-1356 or ae@sfcc.edu or visit Adult Education.

Kids Campus

Kids Campus is the college’s on-site school for children ages eight weeks through five years old that supports early childhood development in a positive and nurturing learning environment. Kids Campus is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and maintains a Five-Star license with the New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department. It is part of the Early Childhood Center of Excellence, which is dedicated to enhancing all aspects of early childhood in our community. Kids Campus serves the children of SFCC students, faculty, and staff, and of the community. Kids Campus is open year-round and offers full-time enrollment on a space-available basis. It is located on SFCC’s main campus at 6401 Richards Ave. For information, call 505-428-1354 or visit Kids Campus.


The SFCC Library is a welcoming environment for studying, reading, group discussion, computer use, and relaxing. The space includes three individual study rooms and a family study room for student parents and their children. 

The Library provides high-quality academic resources for student research and faculty teaching. The physical collection consists of 50,000 items including books, periodicals, DVDs, CDs, screenplays, and audio books. All items are listed in the Library’s online catalog.

The Library also provides access to a wealth of resources electronically. Databases include electronic books, scholarly journal articles in a wide range of academic disciplines, newspapers, dictionaries, popular magazines, and films. There are also databases for test preparation, high-resolution art images​, and streaming educational films.

The Library’s catalog and electronic resources are available with an internet connection 24/7 online

The Library also provides a number of services available in person and virtually. Professional librarians are available for research assistance and class instruction and are eager to help. The Library, through its course reserves section, provides textbooks and other materials for some classes. 

Through the interlibrary loan service, the Library is able to borrow materials that you request from libraries around the country.  Additionally, there are agreements with other academic libraries in New Mexico for reciprocal borrowing privileges. For more details, ask about the Passport system.

The Library houses the archives of the college and a rare books room that has a special collection focusing on the Southwest. In addition, the Library hosts special events related to academic, cultural​, and current issues. For information, call 505-428-1352 or visit the SFCC Library.

Student Engagement and Recruitment

The Office of Student Engagement and Recruitment engages SFCC student by providing an environment of belonging where individuality, diversity​, and creativity are valued through student leadership programs. These include Student Activities, Student Ambassadors, Student Clubs, National Society of Leadership and Success, ENLACE, and the Student Government Association. For information, contact call 505-428-1665 or osd@sfcc.edu or visit Student Engagement.

Student Activities

Throughout the academic year various events and activities are offered to students to expand their knowledge, support personal growth, and improve the connection to other students and the college. For information, call 505-428-1582 or osd@sfcc.edu, visit Student Activities, or go to the Student Activities tab on my.sfcc.edu.

Peer to Peer/Ambassadors 

The Mission of the Santa Fe Community College Peer to Peer Mentor/Ambassador is to promote student retention and to foster student success in collaboration with other departments at SFCC. The Mentor/Ambassadors represents the college by portraying SFCC’s mission and core values. To give peer support by enhancing both personal and professional growth and to build academic skills, foster leadership development, enrich students socially and promote career exploration and preparation. For information, call 505-428-1582 or osd@sfcc.edu or visit Student Engagement.

Student Clubs

Getting involved on campus is one of the quickest ways for students to become part of the college community and create their own unique SFCC experience. Student clubs and organizations are primarily active in the fall and spring semesters. These student-run organizations are a great way to meet new people, have fun​, and develop leadership and management skills. Studies show that students who are involved at their college receive better grades, are more satisfied with their overall college experience, are more likely to stay in school, and are more marketable when job searching and/or applying to other schools. Student clubs must be registered in the Office of Student Engagement and Recruitment in order to use college facilities, be listed in college publications, use the college name in publicity, and receive funding (SFCC Policy 2-18 Registered Student Organizations).

Inquire at the Office of Student Engagement or participate in the Student Involvement Fair held at the beginning of each semester to find out if any of the current clubs are of interest or to learn how to start a club. For information, call 505-428-1582 or osd@sfcc.edu or visit Student Clubs and Organizations.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association is the official governance group that represents the SFCC student body. SGA members work to make a difference on campus by representing the student perspective to the administration and various governance councils. They also provide a forum for students to engage in conversations regarding campus issues. SGA encourages and advocates for student involvement on campus by sponsoring student events, programs, and leadership opportunities. Students enrolled in at least one credit-bearing course are automatically members of the SGA and are encouraged to attend SGA meetings. For information, contact Student Government at sga@sfcc.edu or visit Student Government Association.


ENLACE (Engaging Latino Communities for Education) is a statewide educational initiative designed to strengthen the educational pipeline and increase opportunities for Latinos to enter and complete college. ENLACE is funded by the State of New Mexico through the Higher Education Department. For information, contact ENLACE at 505-428-1714 or visit ENLACE.

National Society of Leadership and Success

The SFCC Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success provides leadership training, scholarships, team development, and community engagement. For information, call 505-428-1582 or visit Student Engagement.

Online Teaching and Learning

Online Teaching and Learning provides faculty, staff​, and administration with support and training for SFCC’s learning management system, higher education quality standards, and industry best practices for online learning. Online Teaching and Learning’s mission is to identify and support best practices in technology-based teaching and learning. Focused on fostering excellence in teaching, improvement in online learning, and faculty collaboration, Online Teaching and Learning serves our student community with high-quality courses and highly qualified educators who promote excellence in education in the effective use of technology. Online Teaching and Learning’s goals are to build community and strengthen online teaching and learning. For more information, contact Online Teaching and Learning at 505-428-1166 or otl@sfcc.edu or visit Online Teaching and Learning.

Learning Online

Through the bridge of technology, students with time and/or geographic constraints are empowered to take online classes. Faculty and students interact through a course management system designed to deliver an interactive, web-based classroom over the Internet. SFCC offers different modalities of online courses. Traditional online classes (Asynchronous) follow a schedule with specific due dates for course work, but the choice of when and where the students do their work is their decision. Online LIVE Classes (Synchronous) allow students to virtually join classes during a set schedule (days and times), meeting with fellow classmates and the instructor for an interactive experience. Blended classes are a mix of in-person and online, both held in traditional face-to-face classroom and online in Canvas. SFCC students have access to computer labs on campus and other resources through the Office of Information Technology. Students enrolled in online courses will need a stable internet access and a computer that meets recommended requirements, which can be found at Canvas Documents. To enroll in online classes, follow the usual registration process. Online courses are identified in the class schedule with an “ONLINE ASYNCHRONOUS, ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS, or BLENDED SYNCHRONOUS” designation under the “location” area of the listings. All students, including online learning students, must abide by college policies (SFCC Policies and Procedures).

Courses may be delivered through different modalities:

  • 100% web-based (Online Asynchronous) through Canvas, SFCC’s learning management system, for online courses with no face-to-face classroom instruction and no campus visits required.  
  • Web-blended (Online Synchronous and Online Blended) through Canvas with set virtual and/or on-campus meetings required.
  • Face-to-face courses includes access to instructor information, the course syllabus, and grades though Canvas. The choice to include additional content is made by each individual instructor.

For information, contact Online Teaching and Learning at 505-428-1166 or otl@sfcc.edu or visit Online Teaching and Learning.

Assessment Testing

Course assessment testing is required at SFCC for placement into the right math course based on the ALEKS PPL math assessment exam offered at the Testing Center.

Assessment exams are used to ensure that students enroll in courses that are appropriate to their current skill level and consistent with their education and career goals.

High school graduates (within the past 5 years) are recommended to meet with an advisor to review school transcripts/GPA for English course placement prior to registration. However, ACT or SAT scores that are less than three years old and previously completed college-level coursework may sometimes be used for placement or to satisfy prerequisites. Anyone with more than 5 years since high school graduation will need to take the ACCUPLACER Reading and Writing assessment exams. English sample questions for the ACCUPLACER English exam as study materials are available online on the Testing Center page or at www.accuplacer.org.

Schedule your ALEKS PPL math or Accuplacer English assessment exam, by booking your appointment at Bookings. For more information, contact the Testing Center at 505-428-1625 or visit the Testing Center.

Assessment exams are free to SFCC students at the Testing Center. A photo ID (such as an SFCC ID card or drivers license) is required. If taking the ALEKS PPL math assessment exam bring your MySFCC login Username and Password to take the exam. If you do not have your MySFCC account set up with your login information, please contact the Help Desk at 505-428-1222. Bring your SFCC student A number for the Accuplacer English assessment exams. The tests are untimed; both the math and English exams take about two hours each to complete. Your placement test score will be available at the end of each exam. The Testing Center will provide testing accommodations for students who have documented disabilities. Accommodations must be arranged in advance through Student Accessibility Services at 505-428-1711. 

Santa Fe Community Television

Through an agreement with the City of Santa Fe, SFCC operates a channel on the Comcast Cable System designated for community use: Santa Fe Community Television (SFCTV-16). Channel 16 features programming focused on public and educational issues. The college offers a number of credit and noncredit courses in video production and related areas in conjunction with SFCTV. Students and community volunteers are encouraged to assist with and produce programming. For information, contact SFCTV-16 at 505-428-1509 or 505-428-1132 or visit SFCTV-16.

Santa Fe Higher Education Center

The Santa Fe Higher Education Center, located at 1950 Siringo Road in midtown, provides access to a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in the heart of Santa Fe. Partners include SFCC and New Mexico Highlands University. Students who complete a certificate or an associate degree from SFCC are able to transfer to HEC partners to achieve their higher education goals. Upon admission, all students are welcome to attend classes through any of the partners; you do not have to have attended SFCC. Classes are offered in a traditional classroom setting, via instructional TV, and online. The LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), energy-efficient facility is conveniently located across from Santa Fe High School. The HEC also houses the Santa Fe Small Business Development Center. For information, contact the Higher Education Center at 505-428-1725 or visit the HEC.

Santa Fe Small Business Development Center

The Santa Fe Small Business Development Center is a member of the New Mexico Small Business Development Center Network. This statewide network of business experts includes 20 centers, affiliate programs, the International Business Accelerator, and the Procurement and Technical Assistance Program. Partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the New Mexico State Legislature, 17 host colleges, and the private sector equips SBDCs to ensure that New Mexico entrepreneurs have the resources and support they need to make sound business decisions.

The SBDC offers training, advising, research, and technical support to business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Training involves courses, workshops, and seminars; advising provides free one-on-one, confidential business advice and access to partner organizations; and research includes a library of reference materials and access to industry reports and resources at no charge. SBDC offers self-paced learning programs in a wide range of business-related topics. All services are open to the public. The SBDC is located in the Santa Fe Higher Education Center at 1950 Siringo Road. For information, call 505-428-1343 or visit NMSBDC.

Student Accessibility Services 

SFCC follows the guidelines outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act and provides for reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with documented disabilities. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact Student Accessibility Services to make an appointment to discuss educational goals and to create a plan for success. Accessibility Services will respond to each student’s accommodation request based on a dialogue with the student and review of the disability documentation.

After students have completed the advising and planning process and are registered with Accessibility Services, they are responsible for allowing sufficient lead time for requested accommodations. Refer to the following chart when making a request. Staff makes every effort to provide requested services as quickly as possible.

Accommodation Minimum Time Needed
Text in Alternative Format Two to three weeks
Note-taker One to two weeks
Signed Language Interpreter Two weeks
Classroom accommodations One to two weeks
Tape recorder for classes One week
Extended test time One week

For information, contact Student Accessibility Services at 505-428-1711 or accessibilityservices@sfcc.edu or visit Student Accessibility Services.

Testing Center

The Testing Center serves the assessment needs of SFCC students and the larger community with a variety of computer and paper-based exams. The center offers the college’s make-up exams for students unable to take the test with their class. It also offers high school equivalency exams (GED and HiSET), test proctoring for students taking courses at other institutions, professional certification and licensure exams offered to our community members, and services to students seeking to earn credit for college-level learning gained outside the traditional college classroom. For information, contact the Testing Center at 505-428-1625 or visit Testing Center.

TRIO/Student Support Services

TRIO/Student Support Services is a federally funded grant program designed to support up to 160 eligible SFCC students. The program serves income-eligible, first-generation students and students with disabilities. Eligible students who are committed to their college education and willing to participate are offered enhanced services designed to help them meet their education goals. Services include academic support (tutoring, writing assistance, test taking, study skills), academic and transfer advising, assistance applying for scholarships, workshops related to student success, and cultural/historical trips. The TRIO Program also provides a social and study space and a computer lab. For more information, contact the TRIO/SSS Office at 505-428-1364 or trio@sfcc.edu or visit TRIO

Tutoring Center

Tutoring is a very important resource for students who wish to be successful in their courses. Free tutoring is available by appointment or on a drop-in basis for most English, math and science courses when classes are in session. Peer and paraprofessional tutors work with students individually and in small groups. Students are allowed a maximum of two hours a week of appointment tutoring per course but may drop in for tutoring any time (based on availability of tutors). For information, contact the Tutoring Center at 505-428-1260 or visit Tutoring Center.

Veterans Benefits

SFCC has an award-winning Veterans Resource Center, ready to make using your earned VA education benefits a smooth process. Qualified students who are eligible to receive veterans educational benefits should contact the School Certifying Offical (SCO) as early in the enrollment process as possible. Students must declare a major in a degree or certificate program that has been approved by the State Approving Agency; eligible students will be certified only for classes that are required in the degree program and have presented a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the SCO. Students receiving VA educational benefits may also qualify for other forms of financial aid. Veterans Resource Center staff are ready to help you apply for new benefits or reactivate previously used benefits. To set up a one-on- one appointment with the School Certifying Official or to learn more about your benefits, contact the Veterans Resource Center at 505-428-1305 or visit www.va.gov or Veterans Resource Center.

Welcome and Advising Center

The Welcome and Advising Center offers a friendly and helpful environment to complete the admission process, registration, and exploratory, undecided, and international advising services. Welcome and Advising staff members strive to accommodate the diverse needs of students, community, faculty, and staff as they pursue their education and career goals. For more information, contact the the Welcome and Advising Center at 505-428-1270 or wac@sfcc.edu or visit the Welcome and Advising Center.