OJC at a Glance

Welcome to Otero Junior College

We're Focused on Your Future!

Campus of Otero Junior College

Founded in 1941, Otero Junior College is located on an attractive 40-acre campus on the southern edge of La Junta, Colorado. [Driving Directions to OJC Campus]   Otero Junior College is proud of its reputation as one of the finest community colleges in the State of Colorado. 

For close to 75 years our students have taken the education they received at OJC to build the foundation for a higher academic degree or have entered the workforce with applicable skills  for entry-level employment. OJC is committed to focusing on the future of our students to help build our nation’s next generation of educated and workforce-ready citizens. 


Campus View

OJC History

In 1939, the residents of the La Junta School District Number 11 voted that bonds be used to partially finance a junior college building to be administered by the Board of Education. On September 15, 1941, "La Junta Junior College" opened its doors to the first class.  

OJC Tour Videos

Take a virtual tour of our campus.

Visit OJC

Come to visit OJC and become part of our community.

Student Center

The Student Center houses the OJC Bookstore, Cafeteria, Game Room, Banquet Room and conference rooms. Small and large groups can enjoy meeting and catering services, along with state-of-the-art audio visual technology. 


Otero Junior College has undergone North Central Association accreditation reviews in 1962, 1967, 1975, 1985 and 1997. Each time the result has been favorable and accreditation status was granted. 

Mission Statement

We, the faculty and staff of Otero Junior College, are committed to creating and continually improving accessible and effective learning environments for the lifelong educational needs of the diverse communities we serve. Read more about OJC Values, Strategic Initiatives and Purpose Statements here.

President's Welcome

Get to know our President, James T. Rizzuto here and watch his Campus Tour video as well.

Advisory Council

OJC's Advisory Council consists of community representatives from the service area of Bent, Otero and Crowley Counties. Meet all of our Advisory Council members and learn more about their background.