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OJC Press Release ID: 3020

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

OJC Update: April 7, 2020


As information and updates are received about COVID-19 processes and procedures, Otero Junior College is making changes to reflect these mandates. Campus leadership has been in constant contact with students, faculty and staff members. Dr. Timothy Alvarez, OJC president, sent out an email to all employees earlier this week addressing some of these updates. In his update to campus Alvarez stated, “Governor Polis’ Stay at Home Order has been extended to April 26. The federal government has asked us to continue to social distance and maintain hand washing through the end of April. Of course, the dates are subject to change and OJC will continue to do its best to keep up with changes on the federal, state and system office levels.”

It is currently week two of remote-access learning. The administration wants to thank the faculty for their willingness, in a short period of time, to continue to provide an exceptional learning experience for the students. One of the biggest priorities is helping students shift to remote learning. There will be several challenges associated with transitioning to this different style of learning. The student affairs staff have been very instrumental in helping these students and will continue to monitor their progress in order to learn how to best serve them.

OJC has been afforded the opportunity to continue with some of its CTE programs. The nursing program will continue with simulated clinical experiences. The Law Enforcement Academy has been approved by the attorney general to continue with strict social distancing measures. Student and staff health and safety is paramount and will be monitored at every step.

Enrollment for summer courses is continuing as planned. All summer term courses will be in remote-access learning formats with a tuition rate that is the same as in-person rates, not online rates. “This is a wonderful opportunity for students to get ahead or catch up on their program of study,” said Alvarez.

OJC asks that all employees, students and the community to take care of themselves, to use good judgement when out of your homes, to utilize social distancing, and follow recommended hygiene practices.

The OJC website is being updated as new information becomes available. Go to: for the most recent developments impacting OJC.

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Dr. Timothy Alvarez, OJC president, has provided the OJC campus community and with updates from the COVID-19 pandemic that are impacting the college.