Luna Community College is a two-year public school located in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Luna Community College (LCC) was founded in 1970 as Luna Area Vocational Technical School. LCC is the only community college in northeastern New Mexico. The college’s name comes from Maximiliano Luna, who was Speaker of the House of Representatives for the Territory of New Mexico in 1899.
LCC is located in the lower slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range and overlooks the city of Las Vegas, New Mexico. LCC has satellite centers in the northeasterner New Mexico towns of Mora, Springer and Santa Rosa. These satellites, in addition to the main campus, serve participants of the Springer Municipal Schools, Maxwell Municipal Schools, and Santa Rosa Consolidated Schools, which are within Colfax and Guadalupe counties. LCC also has a presence in Pecos and Wagon Mound schools.
Luna Community College offers certificates of completion and associate’s degrees. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend.
Luna Community College has 1,866 students (all undergraduates) and 129 faculty members, giving the university a 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 26 teach full-time and 103 teach part-time. About 33 percent of undergraduate students study full-time and 67 percent study part-time.
The student body contains 55 percent female students and 45 percent male students. About 78 percent of all students are Hispanic with the remaining students being white (18%), Asian (2%), black (2%), and American Indian (2%). About 57 percent of students are ages 24 and younger, with 43 percent of students being ages 25 and older. About 99 percent of students are from New Mexico and one percent are from out-of-state.
The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 50 percent and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 30 percent. The overall graduation rate is 22 percent and the overall transfer-out rate is 28 percent. The overall graduation rate by gender is 25 percent for males and 19 percent for females.
Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, placement services for completers, and on-campus daycare. Distance education is available in certain courses.
Activities and clubs on-campus include: Culinary Arts Club, LCC Car Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Skills-USA Automotive, Skills-USA Building Technologies, Skills- USA Cosmetology, the Student Dental Association, and Student Government.
Tuition costs $886 per year for in-district students, $1,198 per year for in-state students, and $2,230 per year for out-of-state students. Books and other supplies are estimated to cost $856 per year. Tuition payment plans are offered. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, students must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 78% of those attending Luna Community College receive financial aid.
Off-campus living is estimated to cost $6,410 per year with $3,488 in additional living expenses.
Luna Community College has an open admissions policy. Students must first apply for regular admission, and submit an official high school transcript indicating a graduation date from an accredited secondary school; OR submit an official transcript of General Education Development (GED) test results. Once a student has been accepted for admission to LCC, (s)he must go to an advisement session with an ACCESS Center Educational Advisor/Counselor. Students must also submit a copy of their ACT scores to the ACCESS Center.
Luna Community College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:Associate's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:802
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