DACC Hosts State IT Competition

This Friday, Doña Ana Community College (DACC) students will compete in various contests that showcase their proficiency in computer and information technology as part of the annual New Mexico SkillsUSA competitions.

College and high school students from across New Mexico have been invited to gather at DACC to compete for state honors. The winner of each competition will earn the right to represent the state at the National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, KY this summer

“The New Mexico competition and conference is important for our students to develop their leadership skills and test their technical knowledge and competency,” said Saundra Castillo, Division Dean of Advanced Technologies. “This is the first time this competition has been held in southern New Mexico.”

The all-day throw down will take place at the East Mesa and Espina Campuses on Friday, March 15 with competitions in Cyber Security, Internetworking, Computer Programming, Information Technology Services and Technical Computer Applications.

The New Mexico SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the state. The philosophy of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs.

“We have outstanding facilities and laboratories that allow us to host this competition,” said Jon Juarez, Department Chair of Computer and Information Technologies. “With the addition of our new cybersecurity degree our students in that discipline can see how they measure up with other students in the state.”

The new cybersecurity degree at DACC will have its first graduates in Fall 2019. The recently approved degree was created in response to the specialized needs of technology in the work place. The degree was developed to allow students to earn a certificate in cybersecurity while completing their Associate of Science Degree. High paying jobs are available locally, regionally and nationally. Each year thousands of new jobs are created in information technology fields like cybersecurity.