Lay the foundation for a successful business career with our comprehensive Pre-Business Associates Degree program at Dona Ana Community College.  Whether you're a recent high school graduate exploring your interests or a working professional seeking to pivot into the business world, this program provides the essential knowledge and skills needed to excel in a range of business disciplines.

This is a 2+2 program with New Mexico State University and all required credits will transfer for the first 2 years of the Bachelor's degree program there.

🔸 Program Highlights:

  • Develop a solid understanding of core business concepts, including accounting, economics, marketing, management, and business ethics.
  • Cultivate critical thinking and problem-solving abilities essential for making informed business decisions.
  • Gain insights into the global business landscape, understanding the impact of international markets and diverse cultures.
  • Enhance communication and teamwork skills to effectively collaborate in professional settings.
  • Explore technological tools and trends shaping modern business practices, including digital marketing and data analysis.
  • Engage in practical projects and case studies that bridge theory with real-world application.

🔸 Why Choose Our Program?

  • Learn from dedicated faculty members with industry experience and a passion for student success.
  • Flexible class schedules to accommodate a variety of lifestyles, including full-time work or family commitments.
  • Access to resources like career counseling, internships, and networking events to help you explore business opportunities.
  • Small class sizes that foster a supportive learning environment and meaningful interactions.

🔸 Who Should Enroll?

  • Recent high school graduates interested in a business-related career or planning to transfer to a four-year institution.
  • Working professionals seeking to acquire foundational business knowledge and skills to advance their careers.
  • Individuals considering entrepreneurship or wanting a well-rounded business education.
  • Those interested in pursuing further studies in fields such as accounting, marketing, finance, or management.

Prepare to take your first step toward a versatile and rewarding business journey by enrolling in our Pre-Business Associates Degree program. Build a strong educational foundation that opens doors to various career paths and further academic pursuits. Embrace the opportunities, challenges, and possibilities of the business world. Enroll today and start shaping your business future!

Mission Statement

The Business Department at Dona Ana Community College in New Mexico is dedicated to providing students with a comprehensive and practical education in the field of business. We focus on equipping individuals with the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to thrive in this dynamic industry 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 vision of the Business Department at Dona Ana Community is to become a recognized hub of excellence in education, known for producing skilled professionals who contribute significantly to the growth of the local and global business industries. Our department aims to empower students with innovative knowledge, hands-on experience, and a strong sense of community engagement, creating a positive impact on the economy and society as a whole.


DACC's Associate in Applied Science degree programs in Pre-Business, Business, Administrative Office Technology, and Health Information Technology are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). All the certificates in those programs are also accredited, with the exception of the Business Fundamentals Certificate. The ACBSP emphasizes quality in teaching and student learning outcomes in business education through efforts that demonstrate adherence to business standards and performance results. The accreditation review process provides institutions with an opportunity to examine business programs and services on a continuous basis in order to foster excellence in teaching and student learning outcomes. Participation in the review process affirms the business unit's responsibility for the quality of business education and demonstrates a commitment to continuous quality improvement.


Faculty & Staff:

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

Erica Enriquez, Lab Technician
Phone: 575-528-7277
Office: DAEM 100J

Joaquin, Tadeo, Assistant Professor
Phone: 575-528-7041
Office: DAEM 100U

Tawny Aguirre, Assistant Professor
Phone: 575-528-7284
Office: DAEM 100H

James Cadena, Associate Professor
Phone: 575-527-7661
Office: DAEM 100K

Phone: 575-528-7353
Office: DAEM 100I

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Program Goals

Students will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of professionalism in the work environment and its relationship to organization structure and culture.
  • Demonstrate the importance of communication in achieving operational results in organizations.
  • Apply a critical thinking /problem-solving process for making a viable choice among a variety of options
  • Relate basic management theories to the supervisory/management of basic business functions.
  • Explain the interrelationship of resources in business operations and the importance of utilizing appropriate information technology to track resource allocation.
  • Demonstrate application of ethical standards in a socially responsible manner
  • Summarize the legal rights and responsibilities of businesses as they pertain to business functions.
  • Describe the role marketing plays in business success


Prepare for a rewarding journey in the world of business with our comprehensive Pre-Business Associates Degree program at DACC.  This program is tailor-made for aspiring business professionals who are eager to build a strong foundation of knowledge and skills before diving into specialized business disciplines.

Embark on a journey of business exploration and empowerment with our Pre-Business Associates Degree program. Build a strong educational foundation that will serve as the stepping stone to your future success in the ever-evolving business landscape. Enroll today and take the first step toward a promising business career!


So, have we caught your interest?

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