History and Hopes


College and Career Plaza began as a pilot initiative that emerged through community conversations and the successes of the New Mexico Simon Scholars Program, a college preparation, transition and completion program that provides strategic support for students who demonstrate resilience in the face of economic and life challenges. In 2016, with the support of the high school administration, CCP opened a space in the Santa Fe High School library and began providing walk-in college and career preparation services, workshops, lunches, parent nights, career fairs during the day and evening.


CCP recently expanded to Capital High School and opened a second dedicated center in the library to provide visual resources, a safe and comfortable place to “be,” alongside 1:1 future transitions services to all 9-12th graders and their families during the day and evenings. In January of 2020, CCP became an independent non profit organization and is currently supported by the generosity of our community and the Santa Fe School District.



CCP now employs full time, bilingual guidance and mentoring staff who support hundreds of students and their families at Santa Fe High, Capital High, the Early College Opportunities School, and the Santa Fe Indian School. The CCP Board of Directors and Executive Director are engaging in community outreach and capacity building to integrate a sustainable organizational structure that will provide for expansion into additional high schools across the state while maintaining quality and relevant programming. Our work is guided by a three year strategic plan developed by staff and the Board of Directors.

College and Career Plaza 3-Year Strategic Priorities and Objectives

Priority 1

Structured Program

  • Retain Dedicated Staff
  • Develop Annual Curriculum
  • Enhance Campus Relations
Priority 2

Sustainable Funding

  • Develop Giving Programs
  • Increase Public Exposure
  • Secure District Support
Priority 3

Stable Operations

  • Align Mission
  • Operate Efficiently
  • Develop Board and Staff Skills
Priority 4

Program Expansion

  • Identify SFPS Sites & Expand
  • Develop Needs Assessment for SF
  • Identify Costs & Fundraise

Vision Of College And Career Plaza

College and Career Plaza, partnering with families and the community, ensures that every high school student in Santa Fe transitions with a plan for the future.


  • Career Coaching and Mentoring
  • Career Technical Education
  • Parent and Student 1:1 College Guidance
  • Financial Literacy
  • Undocumented Student Guidance
  • College Selection and Applications
  • Scholarship Applications
  • Financial Aid—FAFSA
  • ACT/SAT Support
  • Jobs and Internships
  • Career Panels and Events
  • College Visits