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Trinidad State Junior College
(Photo credit: Trinidad State Junior College)

By Clerissa Salazar

The first community college in Colorado and established in 1925, Trinidad State Junior College (TSJC) has been a monumental step toward higher education for many people throughout the years. Ninety-one years later, TSJC has a campus in both Trinidad and Alamosa. All of the traditional arts and sciences classes are held at TSJC along with cosmetology, welding, art, theatre and machining.

The college offers a guaranteed transfer program to any of the four-year colleges and universities in Colorado. In addition, the tuition rates are consistently at least 40 percent less than that of Colorado’s four-year colleges and universities. There is also an open admissions policy and TSJC offers credit for life experiences.

Of all the community colleges in Colorado, TSJC has the highest completion rate. In almost every program, the completion rate is at 80 percent or above. These numbers can be traced back to the small class sizes and the attention that TSJC gives to each individual student during their time in school. The average student-to-faculty ratio is 13-to-1 within a given semester.

The Latino graduation rate is the third highest in the school’s programs with an average of 42 percent of Latino students graduating every year. TSJC also has a tuition reciprocity agreement with the state of New Mexico, which means any student who resides in Northern New Mexico receives in-state tuition fees for their education. TSJC’s work with the Latino community has not gone unnoticed and they have been recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the United States Department of Education.

The Trinidad campus is home to nine sports teams, including baseball, cross-country, softball and soccer. The campus sits on 17 acres and is home to the Louden-Heinritze Archaeology Museum. The Alamosa campus is a commuter campus and has small class sizes, ideal for the area where it is located. TSJC tries to service the rural communities in Colorado.

TSJC is known for its nursing program and the students it pulls through that course. There is a rigorous process while enrolled in order to complete the program, but once it is completed the alumni can apply anywhere they would like to go. TSJC is also renown as one of the top three gunsmithing schools in the United States.

Trinidad State Junior College has been educating the community for 91 years, and they have the graduation rates to show their work. The college has put a lot of work into making the school affordable for those who want to attend. Sixty-four percent of undergraduates receive grants or scholarships to aid their journey. If you are interested in finding out more you can visit





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