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Otero at a Glance

Welcome to Otero College

We're Focused on Your Future!

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

For close to 80 years our students have taken the education they received at Otero to build the foundation for a higher academic degree or have entered the workforce with applicable skills  for entry-level employment. Otero is committed to focusing on the future of our students to help build our nation’s next generation of educated and workforce-ready citizens. 

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Otero 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.  

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Visit Otero College

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Mission Statement & Strategic Plan

To provide quality higher education that is accessible, transforms lives, expands employment opportunities, enriches our communities, promotes individual and global cultural diversity, and fosters economic development.

President's Welcome

Get to know our President, Dr. Timothy Alvarez. And Welcome to Otero!

Advisory Council

Otero'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.

Otero Junior College is a Hispanic Serving Institution

Otero Accreditation

Otero College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Otero Assessment

Otero College assessment includes an assessment of institutional effectiveness and an assessment of student learning.