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OJC Press Release ID: 2508

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

OJC Ag Sciences open house a success

Otero Junior College recently played host to an event to introduce the next generation of agricultural students to the campus and community in an open-house forum, “Meet the Next Generation to Feed the Nation”.

Nearly 170 community members, staff, faculty, and students came to enjoy an evening filled with farm and ranch animals, enterprise projects, food and fun.

Alyssa Conklin, an Associate of Arts- Agriculture major from Agua Dulce, Calif. provided horses to the open house. “As a graduating sophomore it was exciting to see the community come out to support all of our hard work and truly take an interest in what we have been learning,” Conklin said. “My experience with the Otero Junior College Agricultural program was truly one of the best experiences of my life.”

The agricultural program was added to the OJC curriculum in the fall of 2012, and has grown to accommodate an increasing number of students working on transfer degrees or applied science agriculture degrees.  Many will further their education at a variety of Universities that hold articulation agreements throughout the country.
Brook Mathew, Instructor of Agriculture, was excited to see the event run smoothly and effectively.

“We got to see some great support from our community, as well as students and faculty from across campus.”  Mathew said.  “There was a lot of enthusiasm shown toward the animals, and it was a great way to get a hands-on demonstration of what we are doing in the Agriculture Department.  We look forward to the opportunity to continue growing our curriculum and enrolling more students into Agricultural classes.”

If you would like to learn more about the Agriculture opportunities at Otero Junior College, contact Mathew at     

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OJC students and community members had the opportunity to interact with farm and ranch animals during the “Meet the Next Generation to Feed the Nation” open house at OJC last Thursday.