Special and Affiliated College Programs
Statewide Articulation Agreements
As a member of the Colorado Community College System, Otero Junior College can provide
our students who wish to pursue advanced degrees, transfer agreements with four-year
institutions. To review a full list of transfer agreements, go to:
Students may transfer 31 credits of completed general education course work (with
a grade of "C" or better in each course) to most public colleges in Colorado. Students
who complete an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree are guaranteed to
transfer 60 credit hours of courses required for those degrees to a four-year school,
once they have been accepted for admission. Students who follow this plan should be
able to finish a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree within another 60
Some degrees may exceed the typical 120 credit hours required to successfully graduate. Statewide articulation agreements for the following professional degree programs prescribe specific general education courses and degree requirements: Business; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Engineering; and Nursing.
Otero Junior College works closely with the following 4-year colleges and universities
• Adams State University www.adams.edu or www2.adams.edu/extended_studies/
Students can take their first two years of course work at Otero Junior College, then complete their final two years with ASC, either online or on the Adams State University campus in Alamosa.
• Colorado Christian University www.ccu.edu/community colleges
Colorado Christian University and the Community College System (CCCS) have worked together to create helpful transfer guides for students who wish to complete a bachelor's degree at CCU. The transfer guides show students which courses at their Colorado community college will transfer to a specific CCU degree program. Otero students who earn an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree are guaranteed admission to CCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies for up to 12 months after graduation with a degree or program certificate.
• Colorado State University-Pueblo www.colostate-pueblo.edu Students can take their first two years of course work at Otero Junior College in all of Otero’s recognized Programs of Study (see Degree Programs section of this catalog), then complete their final two years with CSU-Pueblo.
• Colorado State University-Fort Collins www.colostate.edu
Otero Junior College, in cooperation with Colorado State University - Fort Collins, has developed a two-year Associate of Science degree track with an emphasis in Agriculture in three different areas: Agriculture Business, Animal Science, and Soil and Crop Science. Upon successful completion, the degree, and all classes associated with the degree, will transfer seamlessly into the CSU-Fort Collins College of Agricultural Science where a student can earn a bachelor’s degree with an additional 60 hours of credit.
• University of Colorado at Colorado Springs www.uccs.edu
Otero is working closely with UCCS to develop several programs of study that will result in seamless transfer, including pre-engineering and nursing.
• Colorado Mesa University www.colostatemesa.edu
After Otero students complete the Law Enforcement Training Certificate program at Otero they have the option to continue their education and earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Law Enforcement at Otero.
A transfer agreement with Colorado Mesa University allows Otero students who have completed the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Law Enforcement to continue their career advancement by earning a Bachelor of Science degree at CMU in Public Administration/ Public Safety through an online distance education learning format.
• Fort Hays State University www.fhsu.edu
Otero Junior College and Fort Hays State University have developed a transfer and articulation agreement to facilitate the transition of students with academic credit or Associate Degrees from Otero to FHSU. This agreement is specific for students who wish to transfer into the Bachelor's of Science Information Systems Engineering program
• University of Colorado Denverwww.ucdenver.edu
Otero Junior College and the University of Colorado Denver, have developed an innovative partnership to offer a bachelor’s degree in elementary education that can be completed in its entirety at Otero. After successful completion of the four-year program, participants will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Human Development with elementary licensure from CU Denver.
Special Articulation Agreements in Agriculture
Otero Junior College has developed special articulation agreements in agriculture with the following 4-year colleges and universities
• New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental
The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University has signed a 2 + 2 agreement with Otero Junior College that allows students with an Associate of Science degree in Agriculture Business, Animal Science or Soil and Crop Science to transfer seamlessly and complete a Bachelor of Science degree.
• West Texas A & M University www.wtamu.edu
Otero Junior College, in cooperation with West Texas A & M University, has developed a two-year Associate of Science degree track in agriculture with areas of emphasis in Agriculture Business, Animal Science, and Soil and Crop Science. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements, students can transfer seamlessly to WTAMU to complete a Bachelor of Science degree.
• Oklahoma Panhandle State University www.opsu.edu
Otero in cooperation with Oklahoma Panhandle State University, has developed an articulation agreement for an Associate of Science degree in Agriculture Business, Animal Science and Soil and Crop Science to a Bachelor of Science degree as OPSU. The intent of the agreement will be seamless transfer in those emphasis areas.
• Northwestern Oklahoma State University www.nwosu.edu
Otero in cooperation with Northwestern Oklahoma State University, has developed an articulation agreement for an Associate of Science degree in Animal Science and Soil and Crop Science to a Bachelor of Science degree as NWOSU. The intent of the agreement will be seamless transfer in those emphasis areas.