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Otero Junior College

Otero Junior College is an Associate's college with 1449 students located in La Junta, CO.

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Offers Associate Degrees, Open Admissions

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Founded in 1941, Otero Junior College is located on an attractive 40-acre campus on the southern edge of La Junta, Colorado. [Driving Directions to OJC Campus] Otero Junior College is proud of its reputation as one of the finest community colleges in the State of Colorado.

For close to 75 years our students have taken the education they received at OJC to build the foundation for a higher academic degree or have entered the workforce with applicable skills for entry-level employment. OJC is committed to focusing on the future of our students to help build our nation’s next generation of educated and workforce-ready citizens.

Mission Statement

To provide quality higher education that is accessible, transforms lives, expands employment opportunities, enriches our communities, promotes individual and global cultural diversity, and fosters economic development.

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Student Life

Student Life

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 1,449
Gender 43% Male / 57% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 47% Full Time / 53% Part Time
Geography 93% In State / 7% Out of State / % International
Socio-Economic Diversity 60% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 57%
Hispanic/Latino 30%
Ethnicity Unknown 8%
Black or African American 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. $100 housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll. No pets. You must provide immunization information to secure campus housing.

35% of students live on-campus.

  • Housing Offered
  • Men's Dorms
  • Women's Dorms

Activities

Student Publications: Rattler News

  • Art Club
  • Fitness
  • Student Government
  • Choir
  • Chess Club
  • Drama/Theater
  • Christian Fellowship Club
  • Community Service

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: learning center remedial instruction supplemental instruction study skills assistance tutoring TRiO Student Support Services
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries, student center dorms wired for high speed internet connections wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling
  • Facilities: Koshare Indian Museum Fitness Center
  • International Student Support Groups: Lunch and Learn International Relations Organization Table Talk 1 on 1
  • Special Needs Services
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): dual enrollment of high school students
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (38%), Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (24%), Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities, Other (22%), General Studies (6%), Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician (3%), Business Administration and Management (2%)

Majors Offered

Associates

An undifferentiated program that includes instruction in the general arts, general science, or unstructured studies.

Job Opportunities:

Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
All postsecondary teachers not listed separately.

Any single instructional program in liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities not listed above.

A program that is a structured combination of the arts, biological and physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities, emphasizing breadth of study. Includes instruction in independently designed, individualized, or regular programs.

Job Opportunities:

Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
All postsecondary teachers not listed separately.

Associates

A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

Job Opportunities:

Chief Executives
Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.
General and Operations Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.
Sales Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the actual distribution or movement of a product or service to the customer. Coordinate sales distribution by establishing sales territories, quotas, and goals and establish training programs for sales representatives. Analyze sales statistics gathered by staff to determine sales potential and inventory requirements and monitor the preferences of customers.
Administrative Services Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate one or more administrative services of an organization, such as records and information management, mail distribution, facilities planning and maintenance, custodial operations, and other office support services.
Industrial Production Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications.
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable government laws or regulations. Includes logistics managers.
Construction Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Includes managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing.
Social and Community Service Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.
Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Cost Estimators
Prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.
Management Analysts
Conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Includes program analysts and management consultants.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in business administration and management, such as accounting, finance, human resources, labor and industrial relations, marketing, and operations research. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Associates

A program that prepares individuals to teach students ranging in age from infancy through eight years (grade three), depending on the school system or state regulations. Includes preparation to teach all relevant subject matter.

Job Opportunities:

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
Instruct preschool-aged children in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth needed for primary school in preschool, day care center, or other child development facility. May be required to hold State certification.
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
Teach elemental natural and social science, personal hygiene, music, art, and literature to kindergarten students. Promote physical, mental, and social development. May be required to hold State certification.

Associates

A program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians, to provide medical office administrative services and perform clinical duties including patient intake and care, routine diagnostic and recording procedures, pre-examination and examination assistance, and the administration of medications and first aid. Includes instruction in basic anatomy and physiology; medical terminology; medical law and ethics; patient psychology and communications; medical office procedures; and clinical diagnostic, examination, testing, and treatment procedures.

Job Opportunities:

Medical Assistants
Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

Job Opportunities:

Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary
Demonstrate and teach patient care in classroom and clinical units to nursing students. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Registered Nurses
Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.

Associates

A program that prepares individuals to perform the duties of police and public security officers, including patrol and investigative activities, traffic control, crowd control and public relations, witness interviewing, evidence collection and management, basic crime prevention methods, weapon and equipment operation and maintenance, report preparation and other routine law enforcement responsibilities.

Job Opportunities:

Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in criminal justice, corrections, and law enforcement administration. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Bailiffs
Maintain order in courts of law.
Detectives and Criminal Investigators
Conduct investigations related to suspected violations of Federal, State, or local laws to prevent or solve crimes.
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
Maintain order and protect life and property by enforcing local, tribal, State, or Federal laws and ordinances. Perform a combination of the following duties: patrol a specific area; direct traffic; issue traffic summonses; investigate accidents; apprehend and arrest suspects, or serve legal processes of courts.
Private Detectives and Investigators
Gather, analyze, compile and report information regarding individuals or organizations to clients, or detect occurrences of unlawful acts or infractions of rules in private establishment.

Associates

A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain all types of automobiles. Includes instruction in brake systems, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, suspension and steering, automatic and manual transmissions and drive trains, and heating and air condition systems.

Job Opportunities:

Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment
Install, adjust, or maintain mobile electronics communication equipment, including sound, sonar, security, navigation, and surveillance systems on trains, watercraft, or other mobile equipment.
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles
Install, diagnose, or repair communications, sound, security, or navigation equipment in motor vehicles.
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles.

Administration & Faculty

President Jim Rizzuto
Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Full-time Faculty 35
Student : Faculty Ratio 19 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 34 : 65
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100

Admissions

Admissions
Email
  [email protected]

Selectivity

Selectivity Score: 22/100
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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $10,997 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $9,765
$30K-$48K $10,294
$48K-$75K $11,697
$75K-$110K $13,945
$110K+ $14,154

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $3,585, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $3,585 Same as On-Campus
Fees $275 Same as On-Campus
Housing $5,758 $8,712
Books $1,800 $1,800
Total (before financial aid) $11,418 $14,372

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $6,704 Same as On-Campus
Fees $275 Same as On-Campus
Housing $5,758 $8,712
Books $1,800 $1,800
Total (before financial aid) $14,537 $17,491

Students Receiving Aid

97% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 37% $4,658
Federal Scholarships/Grants 60% $4,706
Institutional Grants 73% $3,081
Other Federal Grants 2% $1,700
Pell Grants 60% $4,652
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 57% $505
Student Loans 37% $4,658

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.ojc.edu/futurestudents/financialaid/.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.ojc.edu/futurestudents/financialaid/default.aspx.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

11% of students graduated on time.

30% of students graduated in six years.

53% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Athletics

Athletics

Otero Junior College participates in the for college athletics.

Sport Contact
Soccer Michael Bielski (Get recruited )
Sport Coach
Softball Ben Garcia (Get recruited )
Soccer Donald Ribaudo (Get recruited )
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