April Newsletter

April Newsletter

Spring semester is flying by, which means graduation is around the corner. Graduation is a time to spotlight our students’ hard work and success as they wrap up their time at the Santa Fe Community College and move on to the next chapter in their lives. It is also a time for us at the Santa Fe Community College Foundation to reflect on our donors’ power to help those students reach their goals. One of the biggest hurdles our students face is financial constraints, which often impedes their studies and higher education progress. As graduation draws near, we would like to share some inspiring student stories highlighting your donations’ impact. 

“This past month I lost my job and I am spending my savings on my regular monthly living expenses as well as  textbooks, software, uniforms, tools, and other necessities for my Culinary classes at SFCC. I am aggressively looking for a job. I have applied for many jobs and hope to be employed soon. In the meantime, my financial problems are making it difficult for me to pay my rent and cover transportation costs to go to SFCC for my ESL and culinary arts classes.”– A SFCC student’s ask for The Student Emergency Assistance Fund

The Compass Blog:

Helping Students Navigate the Path to Graduation 

Students starting their higher education journey at the Santa Fe Community College can propel their academic learning and set a new course for their professional and personal life. Community colleges have immense power to improve the lives of young people in their community. Last year, 260 students graduated from SFCC with an Associate Degree, and 400 with certificates. SFCC sets up students to succeed and the Foundation helps clear financial obstacles. 

Flexible Scheduling 

SFCC offers flexible scheduling options to accommodate students’ busy lives, offering classes during the day, evening, and on weekends, as well as online courses in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. This allows students to create a schedule that balances work, family, and school responsibilities.

SFCC offers small class sizes, which means that students can receive more individual attention from professors. This can benefit students who need more support or need more time to be ready for the bigger institution setting. 

Affordable Tuition 

SFCC offers affordable tuition—one of the lowest in the country for higher education. However, many of our students still need financial aid and scholarships to help pay for their education. The Foundation helps students through various scholarships and funds that help cover costs outside of tuition. Often tuition is the least burdensome for students. Rather, it’s all the surrounding costs, like books, housing, transportation, and food, that they struggle to pay. 

Transfer SFCC has transfer agreements with many four-year universities, including New Mexico State University, the University of New Mexico, and Highlands University, which can make the transition to a four-year university easier for students.

Please consider donating to the Foundation so we can continue to help students on their path to graduation.

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Ever grateful for your philanthropy,

Kelly A. Marquez, MBA
Executive Director