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OJC Press Release ID: 3099

Friday, May 21, 2021

OJC President Names Students for 2021 Community College Scholars Recognition Award


Otero Junior College President Timothy Alvarez awarded two OJC students with certificates as part of the 2021 Community College Scholars Recognition program that acknowledges motivated, hard-working students who exhibit high integrity.

Honorees are:

•   Alison Bregar, Pueblo, Colorado, Soil & Crop Science

•   Cameron Frantz, Rocky Ford, Colorado, Animal Science

Alvarez said, “We are delighted to recognize Alison and Cameron for their commitment to excellence. They are exceedingly talented students. Further, I am grateful for West Texas A&M University and their willingness to recruit our best and brightest. This truly demonstrates the quality and rigor of the educational experience we provide for students. We want other institutions of higher education to want our students. We look forward to continuing to build on this mutually beneficial relationship.”

The 2021 Community College Scholars Recognition program, initiated by West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, honored 66 students representing 17 community colleges across southeast Colorado, southwest Kansas, eastern New Mexico, western Oklahoma, and the Texas Panhandle.

“These outstanding students were nominated because their instructors, advisors, and others at Otero Junior College believe their scholarly work and engagement at the college merited extra recognition,” said Dr. Walter V. Wendler, President of West Texas A&M University. “WT is proud to support the mission of community colleges across the region as well as the hard work of their students and faculty.”

OJC Ag Faculty member, Brooke Matthew, stated, “OJC Ag Program has had an articulation agreement with West Texas A&M University for nine years. This agreement allows students to obtain their associate degree at OJC and then transfer to WT to finish their bachelor degree. The agreement has proven to be extremely successful for OJC students. The Community College Scholars Recognition is another way to recognize our outstanding students.”

Otero is extremely grateful to Dr. Wendler and West Texas A&M University for their partnership in helping students further their education. OJC’s goal is to provide a quality education that is accessible, transferable and impactful and this collaboration helps meet these goals.

For questions about the Ag program at OJC or the transfer agreement, please contact Brooke Matthew at or 719-384-6964.

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Cameron Frantz of Rocky Ford and Alison Bregar of Pueblo were awarded certificates as part of the 2021 Community College Scholars Recognition program at West Texas A&M University. They were nominated by OJC President, Tim Alvarez because of their hard work and academic integrity.