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OJC Press Release ID: 2689

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Open House Aug. 28 for Otero Junior College/CU Denver elementary education teaching degree program


Otero Junior College (OJC) and the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) have launched an innovative partnership to offer a bachelor’s degree in elementary education that can be completed in its entirety at OJC.

The partnership brings together a top public urban research university and a prestigious rural junior college to provide a four-year pathway to a teaching license that will prepare students with an education that is rooted in proven best practices and a strong commitment to working in rural communities. Multiple early field experiences and a full year of teaching experience in the final year are incorporated into the four-year program.

An Open House will be held at OJC on August 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. for those who would like to learn more about the program and enrollment details.

Not only will this partnership satisfy community and statewide interests, it will add highly competent newcomers to the teaching profession in rural Colorado, in accordance with Colorado House Bill 17-1003, signed by Colorado Governor Hickenlooper on May 21, 2017, to examine recruitment, preparation and retention of teachers and to prepare a strategic plan to address teacher shortages in school districts and public schools within the state

Ranked as a top education school by U.S. News & World Report, the School of Education & Human Development at CU Denver is known as a national leader for teacher residency programs. Likewise, for more than 75 years, OJC has been providing the citizens of the Lower Arkansas Valley with a high quality two-year academic education that has positioned students to transfer on to earn bachelor’s degrees with great success.

How it Works:
• Apply to Otero Junior College and choose the Associate of Arts degree
• Once you are accepted, talk with an OJC Academic Advisor about your interest in the Elementary Education Associate of Arts degree with designation and the four-year CU Denver/OJC path to a bachelor’s degree.
• Take 60 credits during the first two years and receive an associate’s degree from OJC. You’ll receive instruction from a group of OJC instructors who will be working closely with both schools.
• Apply for admission to University of Colorado Denver. The application fee to CU Denver will be waived.
• Continue your studies on site at OJC through a combination of CU Denver education courses (online and in-person), teaching internships, and student teaching experiences in Southern Colorado schools, for a total of 66 credits.
• Earn a BA in Education and Human Development with elementary licensure from University of Colorado Denver.
• Note: Students enrolled in the program will be degree-seeking students and eligible for financial aid.

To learn more about this affordable path to becoming an elementary education teacher, OJC and CU Denver invite the public, the media, and anyone interested in becoming an elementary education teacher, to attend an Open House at OJC on Monday, August 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Learning Commons, located in Wheeler Hall.

For more information about program enrollment, contact:

University of Colorado Denver: Chris Ricciardi, 303-315-6300,
Otero Junior College: Ellen Schreivogel, 719-469-1621,

Communications Contacts:
Sue Sameniego, OJC Director of Communications and Development | 719-384-6821 |
Emily Williams | CU Denver Assistant Director of Media Relations | 303.315.0009 |

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Learn more about the program at our Open House at OJC on August 28 from 5 to 7 p.m.