Governance and Funding
As a branch of New Mexico State University, the community college is governed by the Board of Regents of the university through an operating agreement between the university and the three school districts in Doña Ana County. The community college Advisory Board, comprised of representatives of the three school boards, approves the budget, initiates mill levy and bond issue elections, and advises the college on program needs. The Board of Regents sets tuition and
personnel policies, determines curricula and degrees, and handles all records, funds, receipts, and disbursements for the community college. Operating expenses for the community college are
paid from state-appropriated funds, a property tax within the three school districts in the county, federal vocational education funds, special grants, and tuition paid by students.
The central campus of Doña Ana Branch Community College is located on 15 acres adjacent to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. DABCC also operates a campus on the East Mesa of Las Cruces, as well as centers located in Anthony, Sunland Park, and White Sands. To make a community college education even more accessible, classes are also offered
at some of the local high schools.
Doña Ana Branch Community College provides educational opportunities to all who desire to prepare themselves for the world of work or for a college-level education. The community college endorses the open door admission concept and will admit—to the limit of its physical and financial resources—new, first time students who wish to attend and who have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Assessment and COMPASS Placement
When you apply to a technical/vocational education program at DABCC, you will be required to take the COMPASS assessment which covers basic academic skills, unless you have taken the ACT or SAT within the last year. Transfer students who have taken math or English courses at another institution are excluded from taking the COMPASS. COMPASS is not used to select students; rather, it ensures you will be placed in classes best suited to your preparation and ability.These may include credit ESL courses, if English is not your first language. Academic assessment and placement improves your chances for success in your college courses. If deficiencies in basic academic skills are indicated, an individualized educational plan will be developed to help you acquire these skills. You are encouraged to develop the required skills before you enroll in a
technical/vocational program. Following enrollment, continued support will be available to help you succeed. For more information call 527-7569.
Orientation and Advisement
After completing the COMPASS assessment, new students should sign up for a community college orientation which will give them information on advising and registration. The orientation will also provide students with information on the various services available to them at DABCC. After the orientation, students will meet with advisers who will assist them with course selection. Call 527-7710, 527-7683, 528-7062 or 527-7519 to reserve a space at a DABCC Orientation.
After being admitted, students may register on the Web (www.nmsu.edu/ONLINE). When using this method of registering, a confirmation of the student’s schedule will be generated. A copy of the registration document may also be obtained at the DABCC registration counter, room 115, or the NMSU Registrar’s Office. The Web registration system will not accept requests for the S/U grading option unless the course is offered exclusively on an S/U basis. To request S/U grading for other courses, see your adviser. You will need to use your nine-digit ID (Social Security number) and six-digit PIN (personal identification number) to access Web registration. Your PIN may be obtained over the Web at www.nmsu.edu/ ONLINE. If a student forgets his or her PIN or there is a problem with it, the student must go to a PIN reset station before obtaining a new PIN. The DABCC PIN reset stations are located at the DABCC registration counter, room 115 and the Library Media Center (Rm.260). Other PIN reset stations on the NMSU campus are at the Registrar's Office, Auxiliary Services, Information and Communications Technology, and the Personnel Office.
All holds must be cleared by the appropriate office before registering. Grade reports will not be mailed automatically to students. Grades can be accessed on the Web.
IMPORTANT: Non-degree status makes a student ineligible for financial aid, student employment,
veterans benefits, and participation in student government. Furthermore, courses taken while enrolled in non-degree status may not be used to meet NMSU admission requirements. Non- degree admission is designed to meet the needs of mature, part-time students who do not wish to pursue a degree at this community college. Transcripts from previous institutions (including high school) and/or results of college entrance exams may be required to assure readiness for university level courses.
Non-degree students are subject to the same regulations as regular students. They may not transfer more than 30 credits that were taken while in this status to any degree program. Students in nondegree status are not eligible for financial aid or student employment and may not participate in student government or intercollegiate activities. Admission requirements include a nondegree application and a nonrefundable $15 application fee.
How To Apply
You should follow these procedures when applying for admission to any program at the community college
Complete the application for admission found in the back of this catalog or in any class schedule.
Submit the application with a $15 nonrefundable application fee (do not mail cash) to:
Admissions Office, Doña Ana Branch Community
College, MSC-3DA, P.O. Box 30001,
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001.
Request official high school and college transcripts to be sent directly to the DABCC Admissions Office. Applicants possessing a high school equivalency must request to have official GED test scores sent to the same office. Transcript request forms may be obtained at the DABCC Admissions Office, room 116.
Make arrangements to take the COMPASS assessment by contacting the testing technician at 527-7569 for dates, times, and location. There is no cost for the assessment.
How GED Graduates Are Admitted
A student who has successfully completed the GED is eligible to apply for admission to DABCC. The student must request an official transcript of the GED scores and go through the regular admissions process.
How Home-School Students Are Admitted
Students enrolled in a home-school program may be accepted to Doña Ana Branch Community College if they meet the requirements for regular. In addition, the home-school educator must submit a transcript or document that lists the courses completed and grades earned by the student and also indicates the date the student completed or graduated from the home-school
How Transfer Students Are Admitted
If you are a transfer student with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and are eligible to return to the college or university last attended, follow the same procedures as outlined under “How To Apply.” Additionally, have official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities previously attended sent to DABCC. A student who conceals the fact that (s)he has attended another college or university and who has not had transcripts submitted by each institution previously attended—whether or not credit was earned—will be subject to immediate suspension. An academic credit evaluation will be mailed to you from NMSU Registrars office.
The University Transition Program
Students who have applied for admission to NMSU, but do not qualify for regular admission to the university, may enroll in the University Transition Program at DABCC. The course of study individualized for each student will give him or her a good foundation for university-level work.
Category 1: Students Who Lack Required Courses. NMSU applicants whose high school transcripts indicate that they do not have the minimum required units of high school academic courses will be enrolled in the University Transition Program. Those who complete these units in the summer session at DABCC may be admitted as New Mexico State University main-campus students in the fall semester. However, if they opt to take the courses needed for NMSU admission during the fall or spring semester at DABCC, they will not attain the status of a regular NMSU student until all deficiencies have been made up. The course of study can be individualized for each student in consultation with a DABCC adviser. Category-1 students are not eligible to take general education courses at the DABCC Central Campus.
Category 2: Students Who Need to Strengthen Academic Skills. NMSU applicants whose ACT composite score or high school grade average is below that required for NMSU admission will be enrolled in the Through the Area Vocational School (AVS) program, qualified high school juniors and seniors in Doña Ana County high schools can take college level, occupational-training courses that will count toward high school graduation and toward a certificate or associate degree at Doña Ana Branch Community College.* Participants in this program are free to choose from among most of the vocational-technical areas offered at DABCC. Any high school junior or senior in good standing is eligible to apply for the AVS program.
How Much Does it Cost?
There is no charge for tuition or textbooks during the regular fall and spring semester. Students pay for their own supplies, for protective apparel, and for tool sets where applicable. To earn a certificate or associate degree from DABCC, students will have to attend additional sessions following high school graduation and pay DABCC tuition and fees. Financial assistance may be available for these sessions.
How Are AVS Students Admitted?
Students should apply for AVS opportunities with a high school counselor. Applicants must have a
high school GPA of at least 2.0.
Students take the COMPASS assessment, offered free of charge at DABCC.
DABCC will make final selections based on counselor recommendations, COMPASS scores, and space available in the vocational-technical programs.
Applicants who are selected must have the written consent of their parents to participate in the
What Regulations Apply to AVS Students?
DABCC regulations apply to AVS students in the areas of attendance, discipline, and grades. To continue in the program, AVS students must successfully complete all their DABCC courses during any given semester, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. They also must successfully complete all courses required by their respective high schools in order to receive their high school diploma.
Where Are Classes Held?
Classes are offered at the following locations:
• Las Cruces: DABCC central campus, DABCC East Mesa Campus, Las Cruces High School, Mayfield
High School, Oñate High School • Hatch: Hatch Valley High School • Anthony: Gadsden Education Center • Sunland Park: Sunland Park Education Center
Area Vocational School
A head start in college for high school students (527-7539)
* Some DABCC courses taken through the AVS program may not be transferrable to other colleges and universities.
University Transition Program. Completion of 24 credits of coursework at DABCC with a grade-point average of 2.0 or higher is needed to change to the main campus. A course of study will be individualized for each student, including study skills courses, Developmental Studies courses, and/or general education courses. Category-2 students are eligible to take general education courses offered at any DABCC location.
How To Be Readmitted to DABCC
Former students of DABCC who have been out of school for a regular semester or longer are required to complete another application for admission. A student who has attended other institutions during an absence must have official transcripts forwarded directly to the DABCC Admissions Office by the registrar of each institution and must be eligible to return to the college or university last attended. Transcripts must be received prior to the date of registration. Admission status at the time of readmission will normally be determined by previous DABCC academic standing. However, academic performance at other institutions attended during the applicant’s absence from DABCC may be taken into consideration in determining the student’s academic admission status.
International students should begin the application process at the Center for International Programs, located in room 238 of Garcia Annex on the NMSU main campus. Additional information may be found in the section titled, “Foreign Students,” in the New Mexico State University Undergraduate Catalog. Questions may be directed to 646-5483.
Tuition and Fees
A one-time $15 application fee and a completed application must be submitted to DABCC. The fee, which is not refundable, is required of students who have not previously enrolled at New Mexico State University or one of its branch campuses.
Tuition and Mandatory Fees
Tuition (including mandatory fees) at DABCC for academic year 2003-2004 are as follows: $40 per
credit for in-district residents (residents of Doña Ana County), $45 per credit for residents of New Mexico coming from out of district, and $105 per credit for nonresidents. Students taking between 13 and 18 credits are charged for only 12, provided that all credits are taken exclusively at either DABCC or NMSU. Then, beginning with the 19th hour, the per-credit charge is again imposed.
The NMSU tuition/mandatory-fee rates for academic year 2003-2004 are as follows $140.50 per credit for residents and $468.75 for nonresidents. (Nonresidents pay only $140.50 per credit if they take six or fewer credits.) Total tuition with mandatory fees is calculated by multiplying the number of credits by the appropriate per-credit rate. DABCC and NMSU tuition and mandatory fees are calculated independently of each other. For 2003-2004, the full-time tuition/mandatory-fee
costs at DABCC are $480 for in-district residents, $540 for in-state (but out-of-district) residents, and $1,260 for nonresidents. The full-time costs at NMSU are $1,686 for residents and $5,625 for nonresidents.
Resident, Nonresident Status
Resident or nonresident status shall be determined according to a uniform definition established for all New Mexico institutions by the Commission on Higher Education, State of New Mexico. The NMSU Registrar’s Office administers resident. Additional information is available at the NMSU Registrar’s Office. Members of the Armed Forces, their spouses and minor children, not otherwise entitled to claim residency, are eligible for tuition payment at the resident student rates upon presentation of certification from their commanding officer of assignment to active duty within New Mexico. Certification is required upon initial registration. All enrolled members of the Navajo Tribe who reside on the Navajo Reservation, as certified by the Navajo Department of Higher Education, will be assessed in-state, out-of-district tuition rates at all times.
Other Fees—Resident and Nonresident
International Student Admission Fee ................... $35
Graduation Fee: Associate Degree ....................... $20
Graduation Fee: Certificate Programs .................. $10
Payment of Charges
Payment of charges can be completed with the DABCC Cashiers Office (room 118) or the NMSU Business Office by paying in full, arranging a deferred payment plan, processing a Financial Aid Deferment, or third party payment agreement. Course reservations may be cancelled, if payment arrangements are not completed by the deadlines outlined in the current class schedule. Late registration fees will be assessed if payment is not made by the date(s) indicated. (See “Penalties,” further on in this section.) Payments can be made by mail, web, telephone, or in person at the Business Office. Cash, checks, money orders and limited types of credit cards are accepted. Students requesting a deferred payment plan arrangement must initially pay ten percent of tuition charges, with the balance due in four equal monthly installments within the semester. A carrying charge of $3.50 per month will be assessed monthly for students using the deferred payment plan. Any financial aid received must be paid towards balances owed. Additional penalty charges may be assessed for failure to make payments when due. The University reserves the right to deny a deferred payment plan to any student who has a poor credit rating or who has been negligent in making payments to the university for previous debts. The University reserves the right to cancel the registration of any student who fails to pay, when due, any indebtedness to the university. Academic credits, transcripts, and diplomas will be withheld until all financial
obligations are paid.
NOTE: Charges for short courses carrying credit are in addition to those for regular courses. (For additional information on short courses, see the “Academic Regulations” section.) Workshops, institutes, and noncredit courses are treated as completely separate sessions. Check the Community Education program announcements for the specific noncredit course fees
and registration instructions.
A late registration or late payment penalty of $25 for all students for the first day and $5 each additional day will be assessed if registration and payment or arrangements for payment have not been completed by the deadline as shown on the DABCC calendar. Failure to make payment arrangements at the time of registration will result in dis-enrollment and/or additional liability.
Dishonored Checks/Credit Cards
The University charges a penalty on all dishonored cash instruments. Personal checks will not be accepted from students who have had a previously dishonored check.
Tuition Adjustments, Refunds and Forfeitures
Any student officially dropping or withdrawing from a course or courses during a semester or summer session may receive tuition and fee adjustments as outlined in the current class schedule. No tuition adjustments will be made on classes of less than five weeks’ duration. Non-attendance does not constitute official course drop or withdrawal. All charges due to the University must be paid before refunds will be permitted.
In cases of academic or disciplinary suspension, eligibility for tuition adjustments will depend on the conditions of the suspension and will be entirely at the option of the university. Should unforeseen circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the university result in curtailing classes, closing residence facilities, or otherwise withdrawing services that are a normal function of New Mexico State University, refunds of any nature will be at the discretion of the University administration. Residence hall rentals and dining hall charges may be refunded in accordance with schedules adopted by these departments.
Health and Activity Fees
DABCC students may, at their option, pay a health/activity fee that gives them access to the swimming pools, athletic events, dances, concerts, plays, intramurals, films, and services at the Health Center (see section titled, “Student Services on the NMSU Campus”). In 2003-2004, this fee ranged from $98 to $275, depending on the ratio of DABCC and NMSU credits a student carried.
Student Health Insurance
All students may purchase a health insurance policy to supplement the Student Health Center service, if they have already paid the health fee. Students may purchase dependent coverage under this commercial insurance company policy; however, dependents of students are not eligible to use the Student Health Center. This insurance must be purchased by the last date set for late registration at the DABCC Cashiers Office, room 118, or at the NMSU Business Office. Supplemental health insurance is available only to students who opt for the Student Health Center service.
Housing is available to community college students on the same basis as it is for other New Mexico State University students. Rates and other information maybe obtained by contacting the Housing and Dining Services located in the Educational Services Department at New Mexico State University (telephone,646-3202; mailing address, Housing and Dining Services, New Mexico State University, MSC-3BB, P.O. Box 30001, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-8001; Web address, http://www.nmsu.edu/~housing/).
A number of meal plans and a wide selection of eateries are available at New Mexico State University, located adjacent to the community college. More information can be found in the NMSU Catalog and on the Web at http://www.nmsu.edu/Campus_Life/auxserv/public_html/dining/. If you have specific questions, call 646-4801. The DABCC Snack Bar offers a variety of snacks;
Monday–Thursday, 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.; Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.; Saturday, 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
As an open-door institution, DABCC is committed to providing equal educational opportunity to students regardless of personal, economic, or social conditions. This commitment means helping students overcome financial barriers in getting the education they seek. Each year, DABCC provides aid to many students who would otherwise be unable to attend the college because of lack of funds. The college, through the NMSU Financial Aid Office, offers an extensive array of grants, scholarships, and loans. Grants are awarded on the basis of financial need only, while scholarships may be awarded on academic ability as well as financial need. Applicants desiring financial assistance should apply first for federal or state aid programs. Applications for state and federal aid are evaluated by the financial aid office on the basis of published policies and procedures. Applicants are encouraged to apply by March 1 each year in order to allow sufficient time for aid to be awarded for the fall semester. All students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue receiving aid.
Eligibility for most financial aid is based on an analysis of the parents’ and/or student’s ability to pay the cost of a school year. Ability to pay is determined through the application process. Most financial aid programs have the following eligibility requirements:
• Only those who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents are eligible to apply for
• Applicants must have a high school diploma or a GED, or must have passed an independently administered test approved by the U.S. Department of Education (Ability-to-Benefit).
• Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time (six hours) for federal aid programs and fulltime
(12 or more hours) for scholarships. Students enrolled less than half-time must visit with financial aid staff.
• Applicants must be in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory academic progress.
• Applicants who are required to register with Selective Service must indicate that they have done so.
• Applicants must verify that they do not owe a refund on a federal grant and that they are not in default on a federal student loan.
• Applicants must be enrolled in an eligible program and be seeking a certificate or a degree.
• Need must be clearly established for need-based financial assistance.
• No applicants will be denied financial assistance on the basis of age, color, disability, gender,
national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Some scholarships and other forms of financial aid have individual eligibility requirements in addition to the general requirements. These are noted in the 2003-2004 NMSU financial aid packet.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
Students receiving financial aid are expected to achieve a degree within a reasonable length of time. Eligibility for financial aid may be terminated after the following has been reached or attempted. Action by the student will be required for financial aid to be reconsidered. All undergraduate students seeking their first associate degree have a maximum of 80 credits to receive their degree.
Note: All credits are included in the limits, even if financial aid was not received while taking those credits. This would include all credits attempted at other schools. A student who has fewer than the maximum credits allowed when the term begins will be certified for aid for the term.
Semester Review—Minimum Expectations for Retaining Financial Aid.
Cumulative GPA-All undergraduate students receiving financial aid must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to remain in good standing. Credit Hours Progression-Credit hour progression will require a student to complete a minimum of 70% of all attempted hours with passing grades. Summer hours and transfer hours will also be included in this calculation. Only courses receiving grades of A, B, C, D, S and PR will count as completed courses. Courses with all other grades, including incomplete (I), RR, W, U, and F, will not count toward progress.
Retaining Eligibility for Financial Aid. All Students must continue to meet the requirements for eligibility that were necessary for them to receive an offer of assistance. This includes being admitted and completing courses in a degree program. Students cannot owe any refunds or be
in default on previously received financial aid. All other criteria as defined by the rules and regulations of the institution, New Mexico State University, and the federal government must be met.
DABCC uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Contact one of the staff members in the Financial Aid Office, room 116, to assist you in the completion of any one of these forms. Applications should be submitted by March 1 if you are applying for fall semester, or November 1 if you are applying for spring semester. These are priority application dates that will allow sufficient time for awarding aid prior to the semester in which you desire to enroll.
Sources of Financial Aid
Grants.The foundation for financial aid is the Federal Pell Grant, a federal grant available to undergraduate students with documented financial need. Pell Grants range from $400 to $4000, through these figures are subject to change each year. If a Pell Grant is insufficient to pay educational expenses, the student may be eligible to receive other types of aid, including a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant or Leveraging Education Assistance Partnership Program (LEAP) Grant. These grants are awarded to undergraduate students who show exceptional financial need. Typically, all three types of grants do not have to be repaid.
Loans. Available to undergraduate students with financial need, Federal Perkins Loans are long-term, low-interest loans that must be repaid to the university according to federal guidelines. Repayment begins six or nine months after graduation or after enrollment drops below six credits.
Subsidized and unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans are need-based, long-term loans available to undergraduate students. Students receiving a subsidized or unsubsidized Federal Stafford loan or a Perkins, must complete a debt-management session before NMSU will issue a check. In addition, students must complete an exit interview upon graduation or withdrawal from the university. Repayment of a Stafford loan begins six months after graduation or six months after enrollment drops below six credits. The interest rate is variable but will not exceed 8.25%. More information will be available at the time the loan is made.
Work-Study Programs. The Federal Work-Study Program provides employment opportunities for selected undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need. The New Mexico Work-Study Program also provides employment opportunities for students; however, only New Mexico residents are eligible to participate in the program. For more information on the U.S. Department of Education student aid programs, look on the Internet at www.ed.gov/proginfo/SFA/StudentGuide (for financial aid) or www.nmsu.edu/finaid. Awards. All financial aid awards are based on information provided by the student and parents, availability of funds, and eligibility requirements. Any award may be revised based on changes in enrollment, cost of attendance, family contribution, or failure to meet satisfactory academic progress. Withdrawals or reductions in enrollment may affect an award or any future awards. The regularly scheduled dates of disbursement of financial aid checks are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Financial aid and scholarships will not pay for courses in which an I or RR grade is received, or for audited courses or third time repeats.
General Scholarships. Application eligibility criteria and application instructions for the scholarships that follow can be obtained from the office of the
Coordinator of Financial Aid
Doña Ana Branch Community College
P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
• DABCC INSTITUTIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS. DABCC Institutional Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must be pursuing a certificate or associate degree at DABCC, have at least a 2.5 GPA, and be a New Mexico resident. Scholarships are awarded annually for fall and spring semesters only.
• NEW MEXICO LOTTERY SUCCESS SCHOLARSHIP. Now, every New Mexico high school graduate (and GED graduate) who plans to attend a public college or university in this state is eligible for a scholarship, courtesy of the New Mexico Lottery and its players, provided certain criteria are met.
Other Scholarships. Scholarships may also be available from individual DABCC departments, as well as local companies and agencies. Check with your program and the Financial Aid Office for further information.
Workforce Investment Act (WIA). These federally funded programs assist students pursuing careers in technical-vocational or associate degree programs. Sponsored students receive financial support for tuition and fees, textbooks, laboratory and classroom supplies, and, where required, tools and safety equipment. They may also receive a supportive service allowance to cover transportation, child care, and subsistence costs. Students must apply for WIA eligibility at the New Mexico Department of Labor, 226 South Alameda Blvd., Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005. For more information, call the community college at 527-7535.
Veterans Assistance. DABCC degree and certificate programs are approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs (state approving agency) for enrollment of persons eligible to receive education benefits. For further information concerning approved programs and the application process, eligible persons should contact the Student Services Office, room 116-B (527-7707).
Responsibility of Veteran Students. Students must be pursuing a degree or certificate in a specific program to be eligible to receive benefits. Admission procedures for veterans and other eligible persons are the same as those for other students. Students must provide a registration document to the veterans certifying official each semester for certification. Veterans must notify the community college V.A. office when any one of the following occurs:
1. Dropping or adding course(s)
2. Withdrawing from course(s)
3. Discontinuing regular class attendance
4. Change of address
5. Change in programs (academic majors)
V.A. educational benefits are payable for regular attendance in courses that are part of the veteran’s program (major) curriculum. V.A. educational benefits are not payable for
1. Classes not attended regularly
2. Repeat of a course for which a passing grade was received
3. Classes for which credit is received through successful completion of a proficiency test or grade
4. Classes taken on an audit basis
5. Classes which are dropped
6. Classes taken that are not part of the veteran’s program (major) curriculum
Student Services on the DABCC Campus
Career Choice Development
The Career Choice Development Dept. (DAMA 115-D, phone 527-7546) has realistic answers to your career selection questions. An adviser will assist you in making important choices for your future, and will help you get in touch with your personal values and goals. With the help of a computerized career-development system, you can obtain current statewide and national information, including
• Job descriptions
• Employment projections
• Average annual salaries
• Required educational training
• Apprenticeship programs
• On-the-job training opportunities
• Armed services occupations
• Schools offering two-year, four-year, and graduate education
• Technical and vocational school information
• Tuition costs (in and out of state)
• Financial aid possibilities
The services mentioned above are free.
Student Special Care Policy
To ensure the safety and well-being of our students, DABCC/NMSU may, on occasion, require that students receive a particular type of care or treatment (e.g., emergency medical attention, live-in attendants, or vaccinations) as a condition of continued enrollment or eligibility to reside in university-operated housing. When this care or treatment is required by the cognizant DABCC/NMSU administrator, the student will be obligated to assume any financial responsibility associated with the treatment. Furthermore, DABCC/NMSU may, on occasion, contact a student’s parents, legal guardian, or spouse in cases of extreme emergency, or where a possibility of imminent harm exists. This will occur only when, in the judgment of the appropriate official, the best interests of the student and the institution will be served. When practical, DABCC/NMSU will notify the student in writing of the institution’s intention to undertake the steps authorized by this policy. This decision may be appealed by the student to the DABCC campus student services officer (CSSO) within 24 hours of notification. The appeal should be in writing and should state clearly the reason why the student objects to the proposed action. The CSSO will review the facts in the case and convey the decision to all parties within 48 hours. The CSSO’s decision shall be final.
DABCC offers the following counseling services to students:
Career Counseling. Career testing and counseling are available to help you make a realistic and satisfying career choice. Through these processes, students gain information about themselves and their interests, aptitudes, and character traits.
Academic Counseling/College Survival Skills. Success in college requires special personal skills. DABCC offers seminars and workshops that assist you in learning how to cope with the demands of college. Seminar topics include stress management, communication skills, assertiveness training, returning to learning, sexual harassment prevention, and career decision making.
Personal Counseling. Personal and relationship problems can occasionally interfere with your studies. Counselors at DABCC are available for short-term counseling for students whose difficulties are school related and temporary in nature. Counselors can also provide students with a list of available counseling resources in the community. DABCC counselors are located in the Student Services area, DAMA 117. For more information, telephone 527-7548 (TTY: 527-7647).
One-on-one learning assistance is provided free of charge to students who are already enrolled in programs, as well as to those who want to upgrade their skills prior to entering a program. Subjects include math, English, reading, language, test-taking, study skills, and most of the program areas. Academic tutoring is available through the Student Success Center (527-7646). Tutorial services are also available at the East Mesa Campus, and the Gadsden and Sunland Park
Study Skills. Tutors can help you develop your skills in time management, listening, note taking, and test taking. Find out about your own learning styles and develop techniques that can help you become a more successful student.
Video Instruction. Self-study can be accommodated through video instruction. Many videos are available in study skills, personal development, life skills, careers and occupations, college admissions, and math instruction. Check the Library Media Center (phone 527-7555) for additional videos.
Students who need to upgrade their skills in reading, writing, math, language, test-taking, and study habits prior to enrolling may be referred by counselors to Adult Basic Education, located in the Quintana Learning Center, room 160, 527-7540. ABE can design individualized study plans to fit these students’ levels and needs.
Services for Students with Disabilities
DABCC is strongly committed to helping students with disabilities reach their individual goals. The Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) program will provide specialized support services to fulfill this commitment. We may not be able to meet all needs; however, we will make a reasonable effort to facilitate physical and programmatic access. To provide quality services, SSD procedures include self-identification of persons with disabilities and determination of their eligibility for services. Students with disabilities must request services and provide appropriate documentation from schools, agencies, physicians, psychologists, and other qualified diagnosticians. If challenged by a disability, students may receive the following forms of free assistance: interpreters, note taking assistance, readers, enlarged print, recordings for the blind and dyslexic, computer/software adaptations, alternative assessments and evaluations, telecommunications device (TTY), alternative keyboards, accessible furniture, specialized career information, and referral and liaison for many of these services. Equipment and accommodations are obtained with the assistance of agencies such as the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and the Commission for the Blind. More information may be obtained from the Services
for Students with Disabilities Office, DAMA 117 (voice 527-7548, TTY 527-7647).
Library Media Center
DABCC’s Library Media Center (LMC) resources are designed primarily to meet the curricular needs of the community college population by providing research and services in support of the college’s instructional programs. Through the LMCs web page, students have an organized approach to the Internet that expands access to materials and information far beyond the library walls and the NMSU system. In addition, LMC staff members provide reference assistance, help locate information and materials, and assist students in using the many new computer technologies.
The integration of telecommunications blend traditional library resources and services with new products that significantly improve access to information. A number of resources can be utilized via computer from dorm, home, or office. Electronic databases in particular, provide instant access to the full text of many articles, reports, and pamphlets on a variety of topics, such as health, legal resources or technical and business sources. While in the LMC or at home, students are able to print information, send it to themselves or others via E-mail or download to a disk. The new NetLibrary database is a virtual library providing access to over 17,000 electronic books on a wide range of subjects. The library has electronic subscriptions to newspapers such as USA Today, Wall Street Journal and local newspapers. The LMC web page is always linked to current events through the World Wide Web. The LMC shares an online library catalog with the NMSU and NMSU-Alamogordo libraries. There is express delivery service among the campuses, and students can pick up material from their most convenient location. Interlibrary loan services are available to all students for materials not owned by DABCC and NMSU libraries. Audiovisual rooms in the LMC provide viewing equipment for persons with disabilities to assist them in reviewing material shown in class or in preparing assignments. In addition, the LMC has computer workstations with word processor software and e-mail access for student and community use. The student college I.D. serves as a library card for checking out books, which are loaned for three weeks, and audiovisual materials, which are loaned for one week. Extended loan periods are available to Crimson Scholars. During the fall and spring semesters, the LMC on the central campus is open from 8 A.M. to 8 P.M. Monday through Thursday, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. on Friday, and 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. on Saturday. The LMC is closed on Sundays. Call 527-7555 for summer hours and additional information. Hours during holidays and interims will be posted.
Student Computer Access
Doña Ana Branch Community College has approximately 600 computers available for student use. Most are located in classrooms, where computers are integrated into the teaching process. Additionally, the central campus in Las Cruces and each of the satellite centers have open computer laboratories, affording access to student E-mail accounts, the Internet, and Web course tools (WebCT), as well as other services provided through NMSU’s Information and Communication
Technologies (see section titled, “Information and Communication Technologies,” under the heading, “Student Services on the NMSU Campus”). Students will find word processing, spreadsheet, drawing and image processing, presentation, scientific computation, and other tools to assist them in a successful college career. Access to other campus resources such as the library, bulletin boards, newsgroups, etc., are all readily available. Remote archives, databases, news, and all of the resources of the Web can be accessed. Student admissions, registration, and grades are provided on the Web for easy student use. Hours for the open laboratory on the central campus are as follows: Monday through Thursday, 8 A.M. to 10 P.M.; Friday, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.; Saturday, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 P.M. The Library Media Center on the central campus has 15 computers that it makes available to students.
Books and Supplies
The community college operates a well-equipped bookstore in DAMA 170 (located in the General Classroom Building). The bookstore sells course textbooks in addition to educational supplies, calculators, and other types of merchandise. The store is arranged for self-service, with textbooks displayed by course number. Students are responsible for buying their own textbooks, routine school supplies, and personal items. The bookstore is open from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. Monday through Friday. Extended hours will be announced during registration periods for fall and spring semesters.
Cooperative Education Cooperative Education (co-op) is a college program that provides real-world work experience in a career-related field. It is a partnership that includes employers, students, and DABCC faculty and staff working in a cooperative effort to make the students’ educational experience rewarding and meaningful. The program helps students gain hands-on experience through part-time, paid employment for which they receive academic credit. Through co-op, students also are afforded an opportunity to
• work with professionals in their chosen career field. While co-op students learn how to adapt to
different employment situations, they also learn to work with colleagues in a professional environment.
• apply knowledge and reinforce new skills learned in technical areas.
• improve job-search skills.
• explore possibilities for full-time employment after graduation. Co-op lets students form decisions about job compatibility and think about future employment opportunities.
For more information call 527-7525.
Career Placement Services
The ultimate goal of most students is gainful employment at the conclusion of their academic career. Through a variety of services, the Career Placement Office assists students in achieving this goal. Services are free of charge. Students are advised to contact the office early in their first semester at DABCC, in order that they might familiarize themselves with the services available and have adequate time to explore career options. Every effort is made to maintain up-to-date information concerning job projections, salaries, and company profiles. Students may receive help with résumé writing, interviewing skills, job-retention skills, and the creation of a job-search portfolio. The Career Placement Office posts job announcements, and screens and refers qualified candidates to local and regional employers. Besides assisting students in their search for a job after graduation, the Career Placement Office also facilitates part-time employment opportunities for students while they are completing their degrees. Additionally, the Career Placement Office
• establishes student/employer contacts and arranges cooperative experiences, workshops,
lectures, and career fairs.
• provides student access to computers for jobseeking on the Internet.
• arranges on- and off-campus interviews at employer request.
• maintains up-to-date literature and resource information on job trends, employer profiles, and
• conducts mock interviews.
• hosts an annual, community-wide career fair.
For more information, call 527-7536.
The Associated Students of DABCC is the student government entity for the community college. This ASNMSU–chartered organization provides student input to community college administrators, organizes and supports student activities, and assists the community with various charitable events. To find out more about student government, or when and where meetings are held, call 527-7618.
Student Services on the NMSU Campus
This section describes the services offered on the NMSU campus that are most commonly used by DABCC students. For a complete listing, consult the NMSU Undergraduate Catalog.
Students are encouraged to obtain an NMSU I.D. card for personal identification, privileges at NMSU and DABCC libraries, and student discounts in the community. The cards are issued at NMSU Auxiliary Services in Corbett Center for all students. NMSU students enrolled full-time have the university’s health/activity fee included in their tuition and are covered for all student activities. Students enrolled in 6 to 11 credit hours at NMSU and/or fulltime at DABCC may, with payment of the health/activity fee, receive a validation sticker granting additional privileges. (See section titled “Health and Activity Fees.”)
Student Support Services
Student Support Services is a program of encouragement and academic support to ensure that eligible students succeed at NMSU. To qualify, students must be first-generation college students (neither parent received a baccalaureate degree), low income, or have a learning or physical disability. Because Student Support Services is highly competitive with only 350 slots available for eligible students per semester, students should apply early in Garcia Annex, room 143 or call 505-646-1336.
Student Health Center
The university maintains a well-equipped health clinic on campus with hospitalization available in the community. All DABCC students enrolled in six or more credit hours have the option to purchase this service at the time of registration, or later at the Student Health Center. Part-time foreign students, regardless of classification, must pay the health fee for Student Health Center services. A supplemental health insurance policy is available to students through the university. More information may be obtained from the Student Health Center at 646-1512.
Information and Communication Technologies
Information and Communication Technologies supports and facilitates information technology at NMSU. Through the campus network, NMSU-Net, students have access to mainframe and Unix processors that support instruction for all NMSU colleges. In addition, computer clusters spread around campus provide PCs and Macintoshes loaded with typical personal computer software, as well as with course-specific software. Other computer capabilities and services are similar to those offered through DABCC.
Main Campus Activities
The Office of Student Organizations and Programs advises and assists in the coordination of activities and events sponsored by students or student organizations. Activity approvals and contracts for these events, as well as student organization chartering, are processed by this office. The Office of Student Organizations and Programs is located in the Corbett Center Student
Union, room 165 (646-3200).
There are three ethnic offices on the main campus of NMSU: American Indian Programs, Black Programs, and Chicano Programs. These offices, located in Garcia Annex, serve the needs of a diversified student population. Courses on the cultures and histories of these ethnic groups are offered each semester.
A full range of services for foreign students is offered through the Center for International Programs at NMSU. See the NMSU Undergraduate Catalog, or call 646-3199 for further information.
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