Step into the exciting realm of hospitality and tourism with our comprehensive program designed to ignite your passion for travel, service, and unforgettable experiences. Our Hospitality and Tourism Program at Dona Ana Community College is your gateway to a thriving industry that spans the globe.

🔸 Program Highlights:

  • Immerse yourself in the world of hospitality management, learning essential skills in guest services, event planning, and customer satisfaction.
  • Explore the nuances of the tourism industry, from destination marketing and sustainable travel to cultural sensitivity and global trends.
  • Gain hands-on experience through internships, site visits, and collaborative projects with industry partners.
  • Develop a deep understanding of effective communication, teamwork, and problem-solving in diverse hospitality environments.
  • Acquire proficiency in reservation systems, revenue management, and other technological tools used in the industry.
  • Master the art of creating memorable guest experiences, from luxury resorts to budget accommodations.

🔸 Who Should Enroll?

  • Enthusiastic individuals eager to embark on a fulfilling career in the hospitality and tourism industry.
  • Hospitality professionals seeking to upskill, diversify their expertise, or transition to management roles.
  • Travel aficionados with a desire to turn their passion into a rewarding profession.
  • Those interested in working in hotels, resorts, restaurants, event planning, travel agencies, and more.

Unlock a world of possibilities and set your course toward a dynamic and fulfilling career in hospitality and tourism. Enroll in our Hospitality and Tourism Program to gain the knowledge, skills, and experiences that will make you a sought-after professional in this thriving global industry. Start your journey today and be part of creating unforgettable memories for travelers around the world!

Mission Statement

The Hospitality Department at Dona Ana Community College in New Mexico is dedicated to providing students with a comprehensive and practical education in the fields of culinary and hospitality. We focus on equipping individuals with the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to thrive in these dynamic industries and contribute positively to their communities. Through innovative teaching methods and industry partnerships, we empower our students to excel as professionals and leaders, both regionally and beyond.

Vision Statement

The Hospitality Department at Dona Ana Community College envisions becoming a cornerstone of excellence in education, recognized for producing skilled professionals who drive innovation, creativity, and sustainable growth in the hospitality sectors. Our graduates will be known for their exceptional expertise, ethical values, and contributions to the development of both local communities and the broader industry landscape.

Faculty & Staff:

Dr. Laura De La Cruz, Professor/Department Chair
Phone: 575-528-7335
Office: DAEM 100G

Devin Taillon, Lab Technician
Phone: 575-528-7412
Office: DASR 220Q 

Phone: 575-527-7264
Office: DASR 220N


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Program Goals

Students will be able to:

  • Relate management responsibilities for the achievement of financial viability of the organization by applying the appropriate professional management/supervisory techniques to operational situations.
  • Practice appropriate communication skills in operational and human resource management.
  • Evaluate the quality of hospitality operations by applying quality control principles.
  • Discuss the importance of preventing food-borne illness in hospitality operations.
  • Describe the need for using effective human relations and supervisory skills to manage the workforce.
  • Using appropriate technology, demonstrate methods for making quality managerial decisions by using standardized processes and procedures.
  • Demonstrate the ability to forecast and budget business activity and relate it to actual business performance.
  • Demonstrate the use of marketing concepts in planning and operational processes.

Hospitality and Tourism - Food and Beverage

Savor the flavors of success in the dynamic hospitality and tourism industry with our specialized Food and Beverage Concentration within the Hospitality and Tourism Associate Degree program at DACC. Elevate your passion for culinary arts and service excellence as you immerse yourself in a world of culinary delights and guest satisfaction.

🔸 Program Highlights:

  • Master the art of food preparation, presentation, and culinary techniques in a hands-on learning environment.
  • Explore the intricacies of beverage management, from wine pairing and mixology to responsible alcohol service.
  • Gain a deep understanding of menu planning, costing, and sourcing sustainable ingredients to meet evolving consumer demands.
  • Develop expertise in customer service, ensuring memorable dining experiences that leave a lasting impression.
  • Learn the fundamentals of restaurant operations, including front-of-house management, sanitation, and safety protocols.
  • Engage in industry internships and externships that provide valuable real-world exposure and networking opportunities.

🔸 Who Should Enroll?

  • Culinary enthusiasts with a passion for the art of cooking and creating unforgettable dining experiences.
  • Individuals aspiring to become skilled chefs, restaurant managers, or food and beverage entrepreneurs.
  • Current hospitality professionals looking to specialize in the food and beverage sector.
  • Those seeking a well-rounded hospitality and tourism education with a culinary focus.

Indulge your culinary dreams and embark on a journey of culinary excellence within the Hospitality and Tourism Associate Degree program's Food and Beverage Concentration. Develop the skills and expertise to thrive in the vibrant world of dining and hospitality. Enroll today to begin your adventure toward a rewarding culinary career!


Hospitality and Tourism - Lodging and Tourism

Open the door to a world of hospitality possibilities with our specialized Lodging and Tourism Concentration within the Hospitality and Tourism Associate Degree program at DACC.  Immerse yourself in the captivating realm of accommodations and guest services, where exceptional stays and unforgettable experiences come to life.

🔸 Program Highlights:

  • Delve into the art of hotel management, learning the ins and outs of front desk operations, reservations, and guest relations.
  • Explore the nuances of hospitality marketing and sales, understanding how to attract travelers and enhance brand identity.
  • Gain expertise in revenue management strategies, ensuring optimal pricing and occupancy for lodging establishments.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of event planning and meeting management for various types of gatherings.
  • Learn about sustainable tourism practices, cultural sensitivity, and responsible tourism management.
  • Engage in internships and partnerships with local hotels, resorts, and event planning companies to gain practical experience.

🔸 Who Should Enroll?

  • Individuals with a passion for providing exceptional guest experiences and ensuring smooth lodging operations.
  • Aspiring hotel managers, front desk supervisors, and event planners eager to advance their careers.
  • Current hospitality professionals seeking to specialize in lodging management and expand their skill set.
  • Those interested in a hospitality education with a focus on accommodations and guest services.

Step into the world of hospitality excellence and make your mark in the Lodging and Tourism Concentration of our Hospitality and Tourism Associate Degree program. Equip yourself with the skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience to thrive in the diverse and dynamic hospitality industry. Enroll today and begin your journey toward a rewarding career in lodging and tourism!


So, have we caught your interest?

Don't wait too long! Next Semester begins January 16th