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Doña Ana Community College

Doña Ana Community College (DACC) spurs economic growth in our region by creating a skilled workforce. At the same time, the college creates opportunities for individuals by preparing them for the jobs of the future.

In response to the changing needs of our community, DACC constantly updates its existing programs and adds new ones. A recent example is the addition of Aerospace Technology, which will enable students in our region to take advantage of opportunities opening up at Spaceport America and other facilities.

Even with all its growth, DACC has maintained the same supportive atmosphere centering on student success that existed when it opened back in 1973. Now, with headcount enrollment approaching 10,000 students, DACC reaches out with this same student-centered focus to county residents from five locations—two in Las Cruces and one each in Anthony, Sunland Park and White Sands Missile Range.

DACC offers more than three dozen career programs in fields related to business, health care, public service and technology. Community service learning components and cooperative education requirements give students the real-world experience they need to succeed once they complete their certificate or associate degree and join the workforce.

The associate degree and certificate programs fall into these major categories:

- General Studies (to prepare students for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program)
- Technical Studies
- Health and Public Services
- Education
- Protective Services

In addition to credit courses, DACC offers stimulating noncredit classes for persons of all ages through its Community Education Program. Subject matter is determined by consumer demand, which keeps it fresh, timely and interesting.

The Workforce Center, centrally located at 2345 E. Nevada, provides small-business start-up services through the Small Business Development Center, as well as specialized training classes tailored to meet the specific needs of any type of business or group through the Customized Training Program. The Truck Driving Academy also is located there.

Through the Adult Basic Education Program, those who otherwise might not have access to college can acquire the necessary background to pursue a higher education or to develop work-related skills.

The community college constantly strives to expand opportunities for residents and businesses within its service area. Relevant programs, one-on-one attention, ample support services, small class sizes and hands-on training using state-of-the-art equipment are among the many reasons people keep choosing DACC.

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New Mexico State University

Founded in 1888, New Mexico State University is the state’s land-grant institution, dedicated to teaching, research and extension service. By providing educational opportunities through our statewide presence, NMSU offers students a multitude of possibilities for learning and self-discovery. A true reflection of the region’s vibrant mix of ethnic and cultural communities, the school is an excellent place to live, learn and thrive.

- Groundbreaking research in biosciences, natural resources, aerospace, information sciences and U.S.-Mexico border development
- Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
- Rated among the nation’s top 30 universities for Hispanic and Native American students by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
- Designated a NASA Space Grant College
- Students from 50 states and 85 foreign countries
- The only university in New Mexico that offers an Honors College; aerospace, industrial and surveying engineering programs; and a PGA Golf Management program
- In a 10-year span, NMSU faculty claimed half of the New Mexico Professor of the Year honors awarded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education
- NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station have been cited as exceeding expectations in research and public service by the NM Commission on Higher Education
- NMSU ranks in the top 110 institutions in the country in terms of federal research expenditures

The total enrollment for the main campus and four branch campuses in the fall of 2008 was 31,318 with 17,200 students at the Las Cruces campus. The total faculty numbers 1,873, with more than 84 percent of the full-time faculty holding doctoral degrees. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:19. Programs offered include 81 bachelor’s degrees, 50 master’s degrees, 20 doctoral degrees and two specialists in education programs.

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