Community Education is the gateway to lifelong learning.  Through this program, those searching for education beyond what is available in more formal degree or certificate programs may find an avenue to continue their learning.

Community Education provides opportunities to:

  • explore one’s interests
  • learn and develop skills
  • increase effectiveness on the job
  • discover new hobbies
  • tone body and mind.

Open Access

Community Education is open to everyone, regardless of educational background. Courses and workshops offered are based on student interests and needs. Some courses are scheduled every semester, while others come and go depending on demand.  There are neither grades nor degrees. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) may be earned in skill-building and professional-development type courses. Certificates of participation are available for all classes.  Community Education is supported entirely by tuition fees; hence minimum enrollments are required in most classes. Classes vary in length from a few hours to eight or more weeks.

Multiple Choices

Community Education courses cover a wide range of subjects, broadly categorized as follows:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Business & Careers
  • Communications
  • Community Awareness
  • Computer Skills
  • Cooking & Entertaining
  • Health & Fitness
  • Hobbies & Leisure
  • Home & Garden
  • Humanities
  • Languages
  • Music & Dance
  • Personal Growth

Programs for Children

Kids College and Career Camps are held during the summer months of June and July.  Classes and activities are planned to reflect the regular programs offered by the various departments at the community college.

Academy for Learning in Retirement

The Academy for Learning in Retirement (ALR) is a program of educational opportunities of a scholarly nature for learners age 50 or older. It is sanctioned by NMSU and operated under the auspices of Community Education at DACC.

Community Involvement Welcome

Community Education welcomes suggestions and input. Potential students are encouraged to call or visit with inquiries, course ideas, and requests. Those with a specialty may consider becoming Community Education instructors and sharing their expertise with others.

Continuing Education Units

Continuing education units may be awarded for organized, noncredit, continuing education experiences. Continuing education units may not be used to fulfill degree requirements.