Trinidad State Junior College Fact Sheet


Founded in 1925

TRINIDAD STATE JUNIOR COLLEGE was established in 1925 and joined the Colorado Community College System in 1968. It is the oldest public two-year college in Colorado. The college has two campuses located in beautiful southern Colorado. The original campus is located in Trinidad, and the Valley Campus, is located in Alamosa. Trinidad State serves eight rural counties, (Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Huerfano, Las Animas, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache), approximately 14 percent of the land mass in Colorado. Students from all around the state and nation are attracted by the quality, diversity, choice and affordability of the college. Trinidad State offers programs in arts and sciences, and career and technical education, as well as small class sizes and individualized attention. TSJC competes in 11 sports in the National Junior College Athletic Association: Women’s Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Women’s Softball, Men’s Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Men’s and Women’s Soccer and Men’s and Women’s Track and Field. Trinidad State has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1962.

President: Dr. Carmen Simone

Prior to serving as President of TSJC, Dr. Carmen Simone served as provost and vice-president for Academic Affairs at Lewis- Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. While serving in this capacity, the college adopted a centralized advising model focused on student success. Prior to this position, she was vice president of Academic Affairs at Casper College in Wyoming where she managed a $30 million budget. While there, her leadership was vital to the college successfully achieving a ten-year re- accreditation and completing three major building projects. Before serving as VP, she taught chemistry at the college for one year, was chair of the Faculty Senate and was chair of the Physical Science Division. Further, during this time, she served as president of the National Council for Instructional Administrators. Dr. Simone holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Signature/Unique Programs:

TSJC has earned an excellent reputation for its science, technology, math and nursing programs. Hands-on programs include diesel mechanics, auto mechanics, and welding offered in both Trinidad and Alamosa.

LINE TECHNICIAN: In collaboration with industry partners, TSJC has developed a Line Technician program to provide training for workers in this in-demand field. The Line Technician Program takes only 16 weeks and operates out of facilities in Colorado Springs.

AQUACULTURE: On our Valley Campus, this unusual program gets a student ready to work as a fish farmer. Out of the classroom experience is offered in partnership with a local fish hatchery.

NURSING: Our nursing programs on both campuses are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

GUNSMITHING: Started in 1947, our Gunsmithing Program on the Trinidad Campus is viewed as the premier gunsmithing school in the United States.

NRA CERTIFIED TRAINING CENTER: In conjunction with the Gunsmithing Program we also operate the only NRA Certified Training Center in the nation, training the trainers in safety procedures needed to operate firearms of various types.


Trinidad Campus
600 Prospect Street Trinidad CO 81082 Trinidad State Junior College
Valley Campus
1011 Main Street Alamosa CO 81101 Trinidad State Junior College

Final Fall 2016 Headcount Enrollment: 1,654

Fall 2016 Instructors

  • Full-time Faculty: 42 – (24%)
  • Adjunct Instructors: 133 – (76%)

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