Five-part Educational Program
To fulfill its mission, UNM-Valencia offers five types of educational programs:
- Technical education programs are offered in: 3D printing, automotive technology, computer-aided drafting, digital media arts, emergency medical services, film technology, game design and simulation, information technology, medical assistant, nursing assistant, personal care attendant, and phlebotomy. Certificates and/or two year associate of applied science degrees are available in each of these career- based fields. While these are not designed as transfer programs, some or all credits earned through these programs may be eligible for transfer.
- Certificates and/or Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees are offered in the fields of business administration, criminology, early childhood multi-cultural education, education, general science, health education, integrative studies, liberal arts, mathematics, nursing, pre-engineering, and studio art. Credits in the general science program can be applied to bachelor degree programs in nursing, dental hygiene, radiography, nuclear medicine imaging, physical therapy, and physician’s assistant at UNM-Main. Most of the credits earned for these degrees can be transferred to UNM-Main or to most other four-year colleges and universities.
- Basic skills assistance is offered so that students who are not adequately prepared for admission for college level study can work to improve their skills and meet their educational goals. Developmental credit courses are offered in reading, writing, math, and study skills. Services for free basic skills instruction are provided by the Adult Education Program which houses a complete learning center. Tutorial services are available to all students on campus as well as services for students with special needs through the The Learning Commons.
- The Community Education Services Program is comprised of several unique programs providing learning opportunities for citizens of all ages. Programs include Dual Credit, American Heart Association CPR and First Aid training, workforce training, professional development, Cultural Enrichment, off-campus instruction and UNM-Valencia Facility Master Scheduling.
- The Small Business Development Center Program, established as a service to the county’s small businesses, provides individual counseling, training workshops, and seminars (developed in conjunction with the community education program and area economic development groups), a resource center with books and computer databases, and a referral service for professional support. This program also offers certification to businesses and individuals upon completion of entrepreneurship courses.
As a branch college of UNM-Main, UNM-Valencia is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
Operating Agreement and Funding
UNM-Valencia was established under the provisions of the Branch College Act, New Mexico Statutes 1978, implemented in an operating agreement between the UNM-Valencia Advisory Board and the Regents of The University of New Mexico. An elected body of five representatives, the Advisory Board approves UNM-Valencia’s annual budget and calls elections for local tax levies and capital outlay general obligation bonds on behalf of UNM-Valencia. UNM-Main retains administrative and academic control of UNM-Valencia. The CEO of UNM-Valencia reports to the provost/vice president for Academic Affairs at UNM-Main. Funding for UNM-Valencia Campus is derived from direct State appropriations, tax levies, special grants, and student tuition and fees.
Equal Educational Opportunity Policy
UNM-Valencia is committed to providing equal educational opportunity and forbids unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, sex, sexual preference, gender identity, ancestry, medical condition, or spousal affiliation. Equal educational opportunity includes: admission, recruitment, extracurricular programs and activities, facilities, access to course offerings, testing, financial assistance, and employment. In keeping with this policy of equal educational opportunity, UNM is committed to creating and maintaining an atmosphere free from all forms of harassment.