General Information

Welcome to OJC

James T. Rizzuto, President

James T. Rizzuto, President

Welcome to Otero Junior College and your pursuit of higher education opportunities. We at Otero Junior College are proud of our ability and desire to meet our students’ needs. In large part, this is due to the faculty and staff who are dedicated to ensuring that all who attend Otero Junior College receive personalized attention in order to succeed, whether it be in career enhancement courses or courses that lead to a four year degree.

We hope you will enjoy our campus and the many opportunities that are available to help you achieve your goals. At OJC we are truly ‘Focused on Your Future’ and if there is anything I can do to assist you, please stop in to see me; my door is always open.

James T. Rizzuto President


Otero Junior College Campus

Founded in 1941, Otero Junior College is located on an attractive 40-acre campus on the southern edge of La Junta, Colorado. Within two years, students at OJC can earn degrees in Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science or Associate of General Studies. Agreements with all Colorado public 4-year colleges and universities enable a smooth academic transfer for students to apply their credits toward a 4-year degree. Students who wish to pursue career and technical education will find one-semester to two-year certificate programs available that will have them on the job upon completion. OJC students rank at the top academically for all Colorado community college students after they graduate and transfer to 4-year colleges or universities.

Supported by state tax dollars, tuition at OJC is affordable. Many students attending OJC qualify for financial assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, student loans and on-campus work-study jobs. OJC is a full-service campus with modern dorms, library, classrooms and state-of-the-art technology.

At OJC we strive to involve students in the campus and college experience. The college sponsors over a dozen student organizations including a nationally awarded Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and an International Relations organization that celebrates and promotes cultural diversity on the campus. The OJC Rattlers varsity athletic programs include Women’s Basketball, Golf, Rodeo, Soccer, Softball and Volleyball. Men’s varsity sports include Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Rodeo, Soccer and Wrestling.

Otero Junior College is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic Serving Institution.