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OJC Press Release ID: 2968

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Rocky Ford Seventh Grade Visits OJC


On Tuesday, Nov. 19, OJC hosted approximately 70 seventh grade students from Rocky Ford Junior/Senior High School.

Students had opportunities to learn about higher education and to tour the campus, including involvement in activities. They were able to visit locations such as Student Services, Learning Commons, Nursing Simulation Lab, the Medical Laboratory Technician Lab, the Emergency Services Ambulance Lab, Gym, Fitness Center, and the Cosmetology and Agriculture departments. They were also able to tour the Kiva and Koshare Indian Museum.

One of the main highlights was being able to include these students into the sendoff party for the OJC Volleyball team as they prepared to travel for the NJCAA Division I Volleyball Championship.

The young learners were able to eat a meal in the Rattler’s Den with current students and staff as an introduction to college life. Staff members discussed career paths and processes on selecting the right job for the student. This included conversation on identifying strengths and passions, as well as factoring in what types of jobs are needed. Maintaining grades and participating in extracurricular activities were also encouraged to help give students a better chance of receiving scholarships.

According to Tim Alvarez, OJC President, “Most colleges have similar amenities, and offer basic features. OJC offers high quality learning, residence halls, athletics, and affordable prices, but it is unique in the personal relationships students develop with staff and faculty. We like to get students to our campus as early as possible, to get them comfortable with the environment and give them the tools necessary to succeed.”

To schedule a campus tour or to find out more information please contact Tim Kelley at 719-384-6891 or email

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Rocky Ford seventh grade students listen to OJC President Dr. Timothy Alvarez presenting information about his journey from a community college in Nebraska to becoming a college president.