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Doña Ana Community College expands nursing program to Sunland Park


Doña Ana Community College (DACC) will expand its nursing program to residents and students in southern Doña Ana County at the Sunland Park Center, 3365 McNutt Road in Sunland Park, DACC said in a news release.

The center recently received approval from the New Mexico Board of Nursing to expand the program, DACC said. Students enrolled in the nursing program at Sunland Park will be able to receive hybrid instruction, including online distance learning and in-person clinicals. 

Beginning in the fall of 2022, DACC will offer instruction for students as part of the DACC Nursing Career Ladder Program, which offers licensed practical nurse (LPN) certificates and registered nurse (RN) degrees.

“There is a great need for a nursing program in our south county area,” said DACC Nursing Program Director Cynthia Olivas. “Our Espina campus is nearly 40 miles away from those in the Sunland Park area and this allows us to meet the needs for so many more students.” 

DACC also recently received approval from the Texas Board of Nursing to allow students to complete clinical training in El Paso.

Visit dacc.nmsu.edu/nurs/. 

DACC to receive $200,000 in scholarships

DACC also announced that it will receive $100,000 in scholarships for the Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Foundation. With a match from the Jon Wynne scholarship endowment at the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, DACC will receive a total of $200,000 to be disbursed to community college students in increments in four years. 

Eligible students for the scholarships must be from Doña Ana County, particularly high-school graduates from the Gadsden Independent School District, DACC said in a news release. Students must also have a declared major in business, information systems, health and public services or technical studies. 

“This grant has shown to have a great impact on our students who receive the scholarship,” DACC President Mónica Torres said. “Between the years of 2013 and 2021, 80 percent of our Hunt Family Foundation scholarship students have had successful outcomes at DACC by either earning certificates or associate degrees or by continuing their education.” 

The Hunt Family Foundation is a nonprofit in the El Paso region that supports efforts that create economic prosperity and strengthen the competitiveness of the Borderplex region, while providing a better quality of life for its residents, DACC said.