Governance and Funding

As a branch of New Mexico State University, the community college is governed by the Boards of Regents of the 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.