Otero Junior College

Otero Junior College

Otero Junior College, popularly referred to as OJC, is located in La Junta, Colorado. Established in 1941, it is a public, community college. Otero Junior College offers associate's degrees and certificates in diverse areas of study. Students can opt for programs in history, political science, psychology, microcomputer operations, pre-law, massage therapy, and liberal arts.

The athletics teams of Otero Junior College are known as the Rattlers. The students participate in sports including baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, and golf. The athletics department of OJC is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The college also sponsors several on-campus clubs and organizations such as the Alpine Club, Science Club, International Relations Organization, Ecology Club, and Phi Theta Kappa.

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Otero Junior College
1802 Colorado Ave
La Junta , CO 81050
General Phone: (719) 384-6831

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Otero Junior College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts113liberal arts and sciences, general studies, liberal arts and humanities
Nursing and Emergency Medicine94EMT paramedic, registered nursing, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant
Agricultural Science and Management64agricultural operations, farm management, agricultural supply, agricultural technology
Mechanics and Repair50automobile mechanics
Security and Law Enforcement21criminal justice and police
Business and Management17business management, small business management
Beauty and Cosmetology17cosmetology
Family and Social Work13child development
Computer Science and Engineering7computer and info science
Office and Administration6office data entry
Therapy and Counseling2massage therapy

Number of programs and degrees for Otero Junior College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year22113
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years386
Associate's degree1456

Otero Junior College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Otero Junior College had a total enrollment of 1,558 students (1,236 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 57%
Black 3%
Hispanic 29%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 8%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 21%
18-19 27%
20-21 10%
22-24 8%
25-29 8%
30-34 7%
35-39 4%
40-49 8%
50-64 5%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)2%
New Mexico1%

Otero Junior College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 55 %
Part-Time 52 %

Otero Junior College Room and Board (2007)

Otero Junior College offers campus housing for 240 of its 1,236 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of La Junta, Colorado for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Colorado Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Otero Junior College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,628
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 5,388
Room and board $ 4,756
Books and supplies $ 1,749
Other expenses $ 4,374

Financial Aid:
Otero Junior College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 136200)

Otero Junior College Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1322

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankcalendar year0*4$50,712
All faculty totalcalendar year0*4$50,712

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankacademic year13$44,69718$42,441
All faculty totalacademic year13$44,69718$42,441

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Otero Junior College Athletics

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports12526

Otero Junior College Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Business Technology
Agricultural/Farm Supplies Retailing and Wholesaling
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management

Beauty And Cosmetology
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Small Business Administration/Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Family And Social Work
Child Development

Liberal Arts
General Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science

Therapy And Counseling
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage

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