The Special Services Program provides an important component in the comprehensive community college mission of ENMU-Roswell by providing specialized certificate programs in CNA/Home Health, Food Service, Office Skills, Child Care Attendant, Sanitation/Maintenance/Grounds-keeping, Auto Mechanics, Welding, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Tech, Veterinary Assistant, Stocking and Merchandising and Laboratory Animal Caretaker.  The programs are designed for students who have disabilities, but who, with occupational training, are able to obtain entry level positions in competitive employment. Class sizes are small and emphasis is on the completion of skills necessary for employment. Neither a high school diploma nor the University Skills Placement Test is required (unless the student is applying for financial aid, in which case both documents are required).

Admission into ENMU-Roswell does not ensure admission into the Special Services Occupational Training Program.

Entrance Requirements:

  • A vocational evaluation less than 2 years old.
  • Complete documentation and full disclosure of medical/developmental disabilities.
  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Ability to self-medicate and manage medical and psychological issues with no assistance.
  • Independently awaken to alarm/attend classes and attend practicums regularly and on time.
  • Maintain appropriate hygiene/laundry/dorm room.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills, (read and write), and appropriate behavior.
  • Meet minimum entrance requirements for the selected study discipline.. (Please contact office for details.)
  • Tetanus within 10 years. If going into Childcare, TdaP. If going into Veterinary Assistant, we recommend a current rabies vaccination.

Certificate of Occupational Training Courses:

  • Vocational classes and practicums
  • Job Skills/Basic Skills for Job Seekers
  • Independent Living I, II, III and labs.
  • Recognizing Conflict/Conflict Management
  • Physical Education (adapted)
  • CPR/First Aid

The College Experience

The Special Services eleven month Occupational Training Program leads the student to a Certificate of Occupational Training (COT). There are several career programs available (see course catalog). Vocational training emphasizes hands-on instruction, including 12-20 hours per week of on-campus classroom, lab, and off-campus practicum experiences. The technical skills taught in each career field prepares the student for entry level competitive employment in that discipline.

Occupational Training Areas:

  • Auto Mechanics
  • Certified Child Care Attendant
  • Food Services
  • CNA/Home Health
  • Office Skills
  • Refrigeration/Air Conditioning Tech
  • Sanitation/Maintenance/Grounds Keeping
  • Welding
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Special Topics: (Currently NOT eligible for financial aid)
  • Laboratory Animal Caretaker
  • Stocking and Merchandising

Dorm Life & Independent Living
Students are provided opportunities to build positive social skills and demonstrate appropriate social behaviors by living at Sierra Vista Village. Although supports are in place to assist students with the social challenges of living on-campus, all students are considered adults and are expected to adhere to university policy and standards of behavior. The student housing handbook gives guidelines on independent living and standards of behavior and consequences for noncompliance of these rules. Please review this hand book by visiting our website and becoming familiar with American Campus Communities guidelines. Our Department follows this handbook for dorm disciplinary rules and consequences for not following those rules. Our office hours are 7:30 – 5:30 Monday – Thursday and 8:00 – noon Friday.
Although our educational program is geared toward students with disabilities, all students must be able to live in the dorms and attend all classes and work sites with minimal assistance. Each student is expected to take responsibility for their educational and personal success or failure, and demonstrate maturity and behaviors appropriate for a college campus. Failure to show and maintain appropriate behaviors may result in the student being asked to leave our program and the university. We have a zero tolerance for any drug/alcohol use.
Support from the Special Services Department:

  • Academic and tutoring support is provided as needed.
  • Computer Labs are open for students to use
  • Limited health concerns are seen by our Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
  • Campus Security 24/7

Social Events

Dorm resident activities are held, such as movies, dances, B-B-Q's, and day trips. These are resident hall activities and may not be supervised by our department. Our department has Special Olympics and the snow skiing club.

Residence Hall

Students are expected to adhere to dormitory rules and regulations:

  • Curfew: 10:00 p.m. M-TR - 12:00 a.m. FR-SAT
  • Sign in/out log/Weekend check out
  • Weekly room inspections
  • No opposite sex visitation in rooms
  • No private transportation for the first semester unless granted an exception by the Director of Special Services.


Our career training allows students to learn marketable vocational skills, as well as practical life and independent living skills. We pride ourselves on the (avg.) 75% employment placement of graduates. Graduates leave our campus with verification of training (COT), certifications, valuable life experiences, and positive personal growth.

Verification of Training

  • COT from Eastern New Mexico – Roswell, an accredited university.
  • Checklist showing technical skills mastered in the chosen discipline.