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3400 S. Espina St
Las Cruces, NM 88003
In 1965, Doņa Ana County was designated by the
New Mexico Department of Education as an appropriate site in southern
New Mexico for an area vocational-technical school. In 1971, the boards
of education of the Gadsden, Hatch, and Las Cruces school districts
requested that New Mexico State University establish a branch community
college located on its campus in Las Cruces to offer postsecondary
vocational technical education in Doņa Ana County. The NMSU Board of
Regents approved the request in 1972, and the voters in Doņa Ana County
approved an operational mill levy in May 1973. The institution became an
official entity on July 1, 1973.
It began offering vocational training programs on September 4, 1973, as the Doņa Ana County Occupational Education Branch of New Mexico State University.
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