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OJC Press Release ID: 2955

Monday, October 28, 2019

Gov. Polis visits OJC’s Elementary Education Program at LJ Primary


Gov. Jared Polis visited La Junta Primary School on Oct. 22, 2019 to learn more about the Elementary Education program offered through a collaboration between University of Colorado Denver and Otero Junior College.

While at La Junta Primary School, Gov. Polis went to Marta Oquist’s kindergarten classroom where he met Shayla Brown, a third year student in the program, and several local children. Early childhood education is known to be one of Gov. Polis’ priorities as his own children are four and six. Preceding his role as governor, Polis served on the State Board of Education.

In 2016, OJC began a partnership with the University of Colorado Denver allowing students to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education after they have completed their associate degree at OJC. Students will then enroll with the University of Colorado Denver and take education courses, without leaving the OJC campus.

Upon successful completion of the program, a bachelor’s degree and Colorado teaching license will be awarded. Students enrolled in the program will be degree-seeking students and eligible for financial aid.

The Elementary Education program will offer classes beginning on Jan. 13, 2020. Registration for the Spring Semester is currently open.

For more information on the program, contact UC Denver residency coordinator Ellen Schreivogel, at (719) 384-6888 or Students may also contact OJC Students Services Center at 719-384-6800 to learn more about registering for classes.

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Gov. Polis visits with members of Otero Junior College about the Elementary Education program. Pictured are Rana Brown, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Shayla Brown, OJC student, Ellen Schreivogel, UC Denver Residency Coordinator, and Gov. Polis.