About Trinidad State

Established in 1925, Trinidad State Junior College was the first community college in Colorado. With campuses in Trinidad and Alamosa, Colorado, we provide an affordable and accessible education to students in southern Colorado and beyond. Trinidad State offers unique academic programs in fields such as Aquaculture, Cosmetology,  Nursing and Welding. We also have an Electrical Line Technician program as well as Art, Theatre and Machining in addition to traditional Arts and Sciences classes and a guaranteed transfer program through a partnership with four-year colleges and universities in Colorado. We are home to one of the first, and by most accounts, the premier Gunsmithing School in the United States.

Our tuition rates are consistently at least 40 percent less than Colorado’s four-year colleges and universities. We also have the highest completion rates of any community college in Colorado.

We offer the full college experience in a small town setting including dining and residence halls and we feature thirteen intercollegiate sports teams. Welcome to Trojan Territory! Our spacious 17-acre Trinidad Campus is also home to the Louden-Henritze Archaeology Museum.

Our second campus, in Alamosa, Colorado also offers a considerable selection of courses including Nursing, Welding, Auto and Diesel Mechanics and Law Enforcement Training. On either campus we can prepare a student for a continued education at a four-year school.

Trinidad State has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1962.

Mission Statement
Enriching our diverse communities through quality educational experiences and lifelong learning.

Vision Statement
Educate for the future.

Core Value
Students First

In a continuing effort to advance the mission of the College, Trinidad State engages in a comprehensive planning process. This process was managed by the Strategic Planning Committee who sought college-wide input throughout the endeavor. A Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, and Threat analysis was conducted early in the development which led to deeper insights about our institution. These insights, in turn, enabled the committee to prioritize the College’s path for the future. The result is Trinidad State Junior College’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan linked below.

In the process of developing the Strategic Plan, the committee felt that the collective visions for Trinidad State's future could be categorized into one of five distinct areas – Transforming Student Experiences, Engaging Faculty and Staff, Cultivating our Relationships, Enriching our Communities and Operating with Excellence. These five areas, designated as Strategic Priorities, encompass all facets of the College. These priorities were designed to be fluid in order to meet the ever-evolving needs of the communities the College serves. The priorities are all equally important and are designed to work in concert with one another. Care was taken to insure that the Strategic Priorities are both synchronized and integrated.

TSJC Cenetennial Goals

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HSI - Hispanic-Serving Institution

Trinidad State is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI)
HSI is defined in federal law (the Higher Education Opportunity Act, Title V, 2008) as an accredited, degree-granting, public or private nonprofit institution of higher education with 25% or more total undergraduate Hispanic full-time equivalent (FTE) student enrollment.