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OJC Press Release ID: 2471

Monday, February 22, 2016

OJC to celebrate 75th anniversary with Homecoming in Sept.

Registration open now for Labor Day weekend event
In 1939, the residents of the La Junta School District Number 11 voted that bonds be used to partially finance a junior college building to be administered by the Board of Education. On September 15, 1941, "La Junta Junior College" opened its doors to the first class. The college was operated by the school district. By state statute, the college was classified as a continuation school.

In 1949 an election was held on a county-wide basis to consider the proposal that the college become an independent unit supported by the county rather than by the local school district. This proposal was approved by the voters and the college was renamed, "Otero County Junior College."

The elected board, the Junior College Committee, did not desire to assume control of the college then, and it continued to operate as a continuation school.

On January 1, 1956, the college governing board voted to take over the existing facilities from the La Junta School District, and the college changed its name to "Otero Junior College." The college became primarily a transfer institution emphasizing the first two years of a four-year degree program.

This fall, OJC will kick off the 75th anniversary celebration with a Homecoming Reunion September 3 & 4. Activities will include athletic events highlighting Rattler Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Softball and Baseball; a barbeque dinner; and an outdoor dance.  Tours of campus and smaller reunion events will be happening throughout the weekend as well.

The majority of events will have no charge.  Registration is available online to reserve your spot at the reunion; to pay for the barbeque dinner which will be $10 per person; and to order a commemorative t-shirt.  T-shirts will be white and will feature the Otero Junior College 75th Anniversary logo.

Registration can also be completed by contacting Sue Samaniego, director of communications and public relations, at 719-384-6821 or .  Samaniego is also happy to help organize mini-reunions during the even for specific groups upon request (e.g. dorm residents during a specific year, sports teams from a specific era, etc.)

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Otero Junior College will kick off a full academic year of celebration of its 75th anniversary on September 3 & 4, 2016. Register for the event at or by calling Sue Samaniego, Director of Communications and Public Relations at 719-384-6821. Admission is free to all activities except the barbecue dinner which is $10 per person. OJC 75th Anniversary T-shirts are also available for purchase on the event registration page.