Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
OJC’s recent award of two STEM grants from the U.S. Dept. of Education has allow the college to develop additional STEM courses and to update technology and equipment on campus. The STEM grants have supported all STEM education on campus; however, they have specifically created two new academic programs: Agriculture Science and Biotechnology.
STEM Programs at OJC
Through a STEM grant from the Department of Education, Otero Junior College has been able to develop the following programs with state-of-the-art equipment and learning resources.
Biotechnology is a collection of technologies that uses living organisms (or parts of organisms) to make or modify products, improve plants or animals, or develop microorganisms for specific uses. Biotechnology is applied to medicine, agriculture and environmental management to solve problems or enhance products through cellular and molecular processes.
Three areas of emphasis:
Students who study Agricultural Biotechnology have the opportunity to work in careers that involve increasing crop yields, preserving and improving soils, controlling pests, weeds and harmful diseases, in addition to producing healthier foods.
Student who study Biomedical have the opportunity to work in careers that involve specialized laboratory work that could include the diagnosis, prevention and control of infections and communicable diseases. Biomedical careers can also be found with university laboratories and pharmaceutical manufacturers.
Student who study Forensics Biotech have the opportunity to work in careers that are associated with DNA fingerprinting for humans as well as to identify and monitor non-human organisms, such as endangered species, through DNA fingerprinting.
Training the Next Generation To Feed the Nation
Otero Junior College has developed a two-year Associate degree program with available emphases in Agriculture in three different areas: Agriculture Business, Animal Science, and Soil and Crop Science.
OJC has articulation agreements with the following universities, which allows seamless transfer of OJC Agriculture coursework into their respective Agriculture Bachelor of Science programs:
- Colorado State University—Fort Collins
- New Mexico State University
- Oklahoma Panhandle State University
- West Texas A & M University