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Doña Ana Community College’s Plans for Fall Education

              Photo Courtesy of Betsy Baquera, DACC Chemistry Lab From the Office of the President Doña Ana Community College’s Plans for Fall Education Face-to-face learning at DACC for Fall 2020 will be using NMDOH COVID-Safe Practices including gloves, face masks and social distancing. Doña Ana Community College will be…
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VPAA Starts at DACC

Doña Ana Community College (DACC) President Mónica Torres today announced Dr. Charles Abasa-Nyarko as the Vice President for Academic Affairs. He was one of five candidates who interviewed for the position following a national search. Abasa-Nyarko has 27 years of professional experience in higher education with 17 of them at the community college level. His…
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DACC Students Bring Home Silver and Bronze from Nationals

Doña Ana Community College (DACC) students placed 2nd and 3rd in the nation at the 55th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Robyn Banegas was second in the nation with a silver medal in Computer Programming and Rion Osborne earned a third place bronze medal in Technical Computer Applications Students participated in events held…
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Benoit is Teacher of the Year

Doña Ana Community College (DACC) faculty member Leilani Benoit was awarded as the 2019 Teacher of the Year, as named by the New Mexico Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE®). Benoit is a professor in Computer & Information Technology. The award was given at the New Mexico ACTE® conference held in Ruidoso June 12-14….
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Balizan Awarded Teacher of the Year

The New Mexico Society for Technology in Education (NMSTE) recently named Doña Ana Community College (DACC) Associate Professor and Apple Initiative Coordinator Sarah Balizan as the New Mexico Outstanding Teacher of the Year.   Balizan is a DACC Professor of Science and was previously awarded the Apple Distinguished Educator award in 2017. At the time…
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Fox & Wortman Join DACC Team

Doña Ana Community College (DACC) Interim-President Mónica Torres today announced Dr. Norman Fox will serve as the new Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (AVPAA) and Dr. Martin Wortman will be the new Dean of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Division. “We had great candidates for both positions,” said Torres. “I welcome Dr. Fox…
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Jara Excels in New Job

Veronica Jara started a new job this semester as an administrative assistant for Dean David Burleson in the Arts, Humanities and Social Science Division at Doña Ana Community College (DACC). Her first day of the new job, she was greeted by a standing ovation from her former co-workers of the DACC Facilities Support Department (FSD)….
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Butler Heads Up New Division

Dr. Monica Torres, Vice President of Academic Affairs, has appointed Joe Butler as the Dean of the recently created Science, Engineering and Mathematics Division (SEM) at Doña Ana Community College (DACC). Butler has more than 27 years of experience teaching mathematics at community colleges and universities in Texas including Baylor University, the University of North…
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Lopez Named Best in the State

DACC instructor Edward Lopez is the New Mexico Post-secondary Teacher of the Year, as named by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE®). Lopez began teaching at Dona Ana Community College (DACC) in 1988 and was hired as a full time instructor in 2008. He is an Associate Professor in the Heating, Ventilation, Air-conditioning,…
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Welding Retains Accredited Test Facility Designation

The DACC Welding program was informed of the successful completion of their third year on-site audit by the American Welding Society (AWS). The program was re-accredited as an AWS Accredited Test Facility (ATF).  By achieving a successful audit, the welding program can continue to offer certified testing for individuals hoping to achieve national credentialing in…
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