Learning Commons

Bring Your Future Into Focus

Student Resources

The Learning Commons at Otero Junior College provides students with access to a large space providing an umbrella of learning support services, utilizing the very latest in educational technology. Funded in part by U.S. Department of Education, Title III, Part F STEM Funds, the Otero Junior College Learning Commons is home to Wheeler Library, the Venom Pit Coffee Shop, TRiO Student Support Services, and the Academic Success Center.


Learning Commons

Some of the features of the Learning Commons include: access to databases, personnel to help with research and access to many assistive technology devices and computer options. A variety of seating options and study areas are available to meet each student’s learning styles. Much of the furniture is moveable, which allows students to reconfigure study areas to meet their needs.

General Tech Support

General tech support is available Monday through Friday from 8: 00 a.m.  to 5:00 p.m. in McBride Hall 140. Learning Commons tech support is available Monday through Thursdays 12:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. If the Technology Specialist is not available to assist you, please ask another member of the library staff for assistance. Our staff can help with network password resets and basic printing and tech issues, but we will refer you to the Computer Support Desk for advanced technical problems. You can reach the Computer Support Desk by phone at (719) 384-6970.

Wheeler Library

Wheeler Library provides a variety of services including research assistance and technical support. The library offers a large collection of print resources including reference, non-fiction, and fiction books, as well as a wide-range of newspapers, magazines and professional journals and DVDs. Reference titles and several full-text databases are available digitally through the library’s website, which is accessible either in-house or remotely.

The Internet, including the OJC computer network, is available through a wireless connection so that students can use their own devices. Learning Commons staff can assist students with course reserves, interlibrary loan, holds, finding and checking-out resources, database login issues, and equipment.

Desktop computers are available for student use, laptops are available for on-campus use, iPads can be checked out for three days, and graphing calculators can be checked out for an entire semester. Students also have access to video cameras, video editing software, and study rooms.

Library instruction and research support are available to orient students to library services including searching the online catalog, accessing research databases, basic Internet searching techniques, and website evaluation.

Venom Pit Coffee Shop

The Venom Pit Coffee Shop offers Starbucks beverages, smoothies, bottled and canned beverages, freshly baked muffins and cookies, and a variety of salads and sandwiches.

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center (ASC) is adjacent to Wheeler Library in the OJC Learning Commons. The ASC is staffed by members of our Professional Academic Support Services (P.A.S.S.) Team and our Student Engagement and Educational Development (S.E.E.D.) Team.

Our P.A.S.S. Team members are professional subject matter experts who provide Supplemental Instruction (SI) Sessions for a variety of courses (e.g. BIO 111, BIO 201/202, MAT 050). They also assist students with coursework in one-on-one and small group settings, and offer Academic Success Workshops and study skills training as needed. Our P.A.S.S. Team members for the 2018-2019 school year are as follows:

Shawn Japhet – Business, CIS, Economics, and Math
James Osborn – Science
Alexa Cihura - Writing

Our S.E.E.D Team is comprised of OJC students who have completed at least one semester of college and have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher. These individuals help other students become more physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually, and culturally engaged by serving as Course Navigators and Student Ambassadors. In their role as a Course Navigator, our S.E.E.D. Team members have a strong skill set in one or more subject areas (e.g. writing, math, history, psychology), and they help our students become more effective learners through individual and small group study sessions referred to as Peer-Led Undergraduate Study (P.L.U.S.) Sessions. As Student Ambassadors, our S.E.E.D. team members assist with campus tours, serve as representatives on student panels, and perform other duties at campus and community events.

The services provided through the Academic Success Center are free-of-charge for all OJC students. To get connected with a member of our P.A.S.S. Team or S.E.E.D. Team, you can:

• Text your name and S# to (719) 426-5291. Standard text message and data rates may apply.
• Stop by the Learning Commons and meet with Hailey Wold, Educational Resource Specialist, or the Director of the Learning Commons and Educational Resources.
• Email Hailey at Hailey.Wold@ojc.edu
• Call the Learning Commons at (719) 384-6882

TRiO Program

Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded TRiO Program under the U.S. Department of Education. The program is focused toward students who have one or more of the following factors: first-generation, low-income or disabled.

PaperCut Printing Services

Use the link above to log in to PaperCut and you will be taken to the Summary page displayed for your use. The summary page will display your current printing activities and information. Users are urged to monitor their transactions and print jobs to maintain an account balance. More information can be found in My OJC under the Student tab.


Students are welcome to enjoy all of the services offered in the Learning Commons including The Venom Pit Coffee Shop.

Learning Commons   Venom Pit Coffee Shop
OJC Learning Commons includes the Wheeler Library, TRiO, the Venom Pit, and the Academic Success Center.   The Venom Pit coffee shop features Starbucks Coffee and is managed by Sodexo Campus Services.



Contact Learning Commons

Learning Commons
Wheeler Library
1802 Colorado Avenue
La Junta, CO 81050
P: (719) 384-6882Hours:
SUN: Closed
M - TH: 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
F: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
SAT: Closed
E: WheelerLibrary@ojc.edu

Related Links:

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Printing Services:

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Learning Commons Events:

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