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ENMU, Dona Ana Community College sign articulation agreement

Eastern New Mexico University now has an open door for students from a Las Cruces community college.

ENMU President Steven Gamble and Dona Ana Community College President Margie Huerta signed an articulation agreement Monday. Now, when students with associate degrees from DACC want to transfer to ENMU for a bachelor’s, the university will accept 90 credits of their work and guarantee acceptance for any students who completed a program at DACC with at least a C average.

DACC is a branch of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

“Dona Ana Community College is one of the best two-year institutions in the state, and we’re very happy to have an agreement with them that will allow their students to complete a bachelor’s at Eastern,” Gamble said after the signing.

The articulation agreement makes it possible for ENMU to get additional students who transfer from the Las Cruces school, he said.

Gamble expects his university’s bachelor’s of occupational education program, aimed at people teaching vocational classes in high school or college, and bachelor’s of applied arts and sciences program, for people who have an associate degree in vocational or technical areas, will be among the most popular for students from DACC. Both programs are 100 percent online, so students wouldn’t have to leave Las Cruces, he said.

Huerta said she was delighted to enter into the agreement with ENMU.

“First of all, Eastern New Mexico University is very student-centered, the way DACC is,” she said, naming reasons for pursuing the agreement.

Huerta said most Dona Ana Community College students have jobs and families and can’t move to Portales, the online programs work for them. The quality of education at ENMU is excellent, and Gamble is an exceptional leader, she also said.

Many DACC students are the first-generation college students and want to pursue a bachelor’s after finding their potential while working on an associate degree, Huerta said. She said the articulation agreement provides a great option for them.

The more education people have, Huerta said, the more likely they are to vote and become involved in and give back to their communities.

“We all win when students get more education,” she said.