Student Services Offered by DACC

First-Year Orientation

At First-Year Orientation events, students will attend information sessions, meet with an academic advisor, and register for classes. Students will also learn about college life and campus resources. For information, please contact the Admissions Office at (575) 527-7710 or via email at admissions@dacc.nmsu.edu.

Services for Students with Disabilities

The Student Accessibility Services (SAS) at DACC coordinates accommodations for qualified students under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA, 1990) and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This program may not be able to meet all needs and requests; however, a reasonable effort will be made to facilitate physical and programmatic access. To provide quality services, SAS procedures include self-identification of persons with disabilities and determination of their eligibility for services. Students with disabilities must request services and provide appropriate documentation from public schools, agencies, physicians, psychologists, and/or other qualified diagnosticians.

Qualified students may receive the following forms of free assistance/accommodations: sign-language interpreters, note-taking assistance, readers, enlarged print, E-text, audio text, computer/software adaptations, alternative assessments and evaluations, alternative keyboards, accessible furniture, priority registration, and referral and liaison for many of these services.

More information may be obtained from the SAS office on the Espina Campus, DASH 117 (575) 527-7548. Students also may contact the East Mesa SAS office, DASR 104A (575) 527-7548, or the student services specialists at the Gadsden Center (575) 882-6809 or the Sunland Park Center (575) 874-7787.

Tutoring Services

Tutoring Services provides assistance to support and encourage students in becoming successful, confident, and active learners. Free tutoring is available for DACC credit-enrolled students, and tutorial services are provided at the East Mesa Campus, Espina Campus, and Gadsden and Sunland Park centers. To obtain services or additional information, visit or call one of the centers:

  • Las Cruces East Mesa Campus, DAAR 201, phone (575) 528-7275
  • Las Cruces Espina Campus, DASH 116, phone (575) 527-7646
  • Gadsden Center, DAGC 104, phone (575) 882-6806
  • Sunland Park Center, DASP 107, phone (575) 874-7806

Library Services

The DACC Library provides two physical locations for students and members of the community. One is situated on the Las Cruces Espina Campus and the other one is on the Las Cruces East Mesa Campus. Visits to DACC satellites are also made; a schedule is posted at the start of each semester.

Library users enjoy an open atmosphere where they can access in-house and electronic materials, while being assisted by friendly staff. With its supportive learning environments and emphasis on Internet-based resources, the DACC Library provides research assistance, information literacy instruction, and other library services to DACC students at all of its campuses, as well as to distance learners.

The library website http://dacc.nmsu.edu/library/ is an information resource portal that provides seamless, integrated access to a wide variety of electronic databases and web-based resources. The portal also supports DACC’s academic programs at all its locations and is accessible off campus, as well.

The DACC Library shares an online library catalog with all NMSU campus libraries. There is express delivery service among the campuses, and students can pick up materials from their most convenient location. Interlibrary loan services are available to all students for materials not owned by DACC or NMSU libraries.

Other online resources include databases containing magazine and newspaper articles; electronic book collections that provide access to more than 30,000 e-books on a wide range of subjects; and tutorials covering APA citation style and other “how-to” research topics. While off campus, students can access many of these resources by logging into the Library’s EZProxy server using their NMSU Banner ID username and password.

The college ID serves as a library card for checking out books, which are loaned for three weeks, and audiovisual materials, which are loaned for one week. Extended loan periods are available to Crimson Scholars.

At the Espina Campus, the Library is located in the Learning Resources Building, DALR 260, and at the East Mesa Campus, the Library is located in the Academic Resources Building, DAAR 203. During the fall and spring semesters, both locations are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Both library locations are closed on Sundays. Call (575) 527-7555 at the Espina Campus or (575) 528-7260 at the East Mesa Campus for summer hours or for schedule updates. Holiday and interim hours will be posted.

Student Computer Access

DACC has more than 1,700 computers for student use. Most are located in classrooms, where they are integrated into the teaching process. Additionally, all DACC campuses and centers have open computer laboratories, affording access to student email, Internet, and Canvas, as well as other services provided through NMSU’s Information and Communication Technologies unit (see “Information and Communication Technologies,” under “Student Services on the NMSU Campus”). Students will find software for word processing, spreadsheets, drawing and image processing, presentations, and scientific computation, as well as other tools to assist them in having a successful college career.

Wireless network access is provided at all DACC campuses and centers.

During the fall and spring semesters, hours for open computer labs are as follows.

  • Espina (575) 527-7561 and East Mesa campuses (575) 528-7265: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.
  • Gadsden (575) 882-6802 and Sunland Park (575) 874-7783 centers: 8 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Friday, and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.
  • Chaparral Center (575) 824-2000: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday.
  • Hatch Center: (575) 267-5660: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday. Summer hours are usually reduced.

These schedules are subject to change. Current hours of operation for all campuses and centers are posted on the Web at dacc.nmsu.edu/computer-labs.

Books and Supplies

Students are responsible for buying their own textbooks, routine school supplies, and personal items. Two well-equipped bookstores managed by Barnes & Noble are located in DACL 170 on the Las Cruces Espina Campus and in DAAR 102 on the Las Cruces East Mesa Campus. They are arranged for self-service, with textbooks displayed by department, course number and section number. Textbooks for some courses may only be available at the specific campus where the course is being taught. The DACC Bookstores only carry textbooks for courses offered at DACC and do not carry textbooks for NMSU Main, Alamogordo, Carlsbad or Grants campus. With the exception of Grants campus, all branches of NMSU have their own campus bookstores which carry books for their specific campus or can be ordered from the bookstore website. In addition to textbooks, the bookstores sell calculators, educational supplies, and other types of merchandise.

For current bookstore hours or other information, call (575) 527-7692 for the Espina Campus Bookstore, (575) 528-7253 for the East Mesa Bookstore, or visit http://nmsu-lascruces.bncollege.com.

Center for Career and Student Success

The Center for Career and Student Success is the home of The JOB Squad and the new Help4Students program. The center’s mission is to assist students in reaching their full potential by connecting them to supports that allow them to overcome financial and personal barriers, stay in school, and find a career.

Services include career planning/exploration, assistance with job searches, including cover letter/résumé/interview preparation, and connection to social services (housing, childcare, income support, and healthcare), as well as crisis intervention and personal counseling services. These resources, which are available to both credit and noncredit students at no charge, are offered on the East Mesa Campus in DASR Room 104 and on the Espina Campus in DASH Room 109. They are also made available on a reduced schedule at DACC’s various satellites.

The center may be contacted by phone (575) 527-7538 or email (help4students@nmsu.edu). The center’s website is dacc.nmsu.edu/help4students.

Student Government/Student Activities

The Student Government Association of Doña Ana Community College is a dynamic and responsive student government that provides students and student organizations a foundation for enhanced learning and leadership development through educational and social activities, communication, and programs.

The Office of Student Activities is located on the East Mesa Campus in DASR 111. For more information, call (575) 527-7618 or visit http://dacc.nmsu.edu/sa/.

Campus Security

Security staff is available to all students, faculty, and staff at the various DACC locations. If you have a security issue, need an escort, or require a guard for safety purposes, do not hesitate to call (575) 527-7777 from any DACC campus or center.

The Security Office, located on the DACC Espina Campus in DATS 153E (575) 528-7029, is open Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. For more information, visit http://dacc.nmsu.edu/business-office/security/.