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OJC Press Release ID: 3062

Friday, October 16, 2020

Registration for Spring Semester to Begin on Oct. 19


After much discussion and consideration, the OJC administration has decided to complete the Fall Semester remotely following Thanksgiving break. Although OJC has been able to manage COVID-19 with no positive tests on campus, the President’s Cabinet decided the best option would be to conclude most course work remotely. There are some programs, health professions and the Law Enforcement Academy, that will require face-to-face instruction following the break. However, in order to minimize community spread, realizing that many students would be traveling out of town, it made sense to complete the semester with the majority of students remote. The term will still end as originally scheduled on Dec. 9.

For those who did not attend Fall Semester at OJC, it is still very easy to begin classes in the spring and launch a degree or certificate path. OJC has courses that fit many needs for traditional and non-traditional students including day and evening courses as well as hybrid and online courses.

Registration for Spring Semester at Otero Junior College will begin on Oct. 19 and will continue through Jan. 8, 2021. Spring classes will begin the week of Jan. 11, 2021.

New students can call OJC Learning Commons to set up a meeting with an academic advisor, complete any placement testing, if needed, and get information about financial aid. Returning students are encouraged to schedule a meeting with their academic advisor before registering for Spring Semester.

According to Kelsey Barbee, financial aid director at OJC, “Around 80 percent of our students receive some type of financial assistance, so students should not let financial hardships prevent them from attending. Financial aid is still available for Spring Semester. I encourage new students to contact myself, or Amber Asbury in the Student Services office, so that we can help facilitate that process.”

“We are intending to give our students several choices for how they want to take classes in the spring,” said Dr. Calandra Lockhart, vice president of Academic and Student Affairs. “There are some courses that will be offered as hybrid face-to-face or hybrid-livestreaming classes for those who do not feel comfortable coming to campus daily during this pandemic. For those who want a total online experience, students may take OJC online classes or classes offered through the Colorado Community College’s CCCOnline. We are trying hard to accommodate the various needs and preferences of our student body by offering multiple options.”

Otero Junior College offers two transferable degrees with multiple concentrations and 32 certificates. The transferable degrees are the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees. OJC also offers an Associate of Applied Science degree, Associate of General Studies, and Career and Technical Education certificates that prepare students to enter the workforce with specific skills and certifications.

To accommodate registration, the OJC Learning Commons will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. These hours are subject to change so calling in advance is the best option. For questions or more information about Spring Semester registration, please contact Hailey Wold at 719-384-6946 or email her at

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Athletic Director, Chris Carrillo, helps a student-athlete register for courses last semester. Registration for OJC’s Spring Semester will open on Monday, Oct. 19.