Trinidad State Junior College Demographics Information
Trinidad State Junior College, the oldest community college in Colorado, was established in 1925. TSJC is one of 13 public community colleges established in Colorado and is governed by the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE). TSJC’s service area includes two campuses covering eight rural counties in Colorado which are characterized by low population density and small communities. The two campuses are geographically divided by the 14,000 foot Sangre de Cristo mountain range. While the service area covers approximately 14% of the land mass in Colorado, it has only about 1.5% of the state’s population.
Through a tuition reciprocity agreement with the state of New Mexico, TSJC also provides post-secondary education to residents of the northern New Mexico counties which border TSJC’s Colorado service area on the south. Tuition reciprocity agreements between Colorado and New Mexico allow students to attend TSJC at in-state tuition rates.
The campus of TSJC in Trinidad is located in south-central Colorado, fifteen miles north of the Colorado/New Mexico border. A merger with the San Luis Valley Area Vocational School in Alamosa in 1994 broadened the TSJC service area by six counties-Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache. This added 8,200 square miles and 47,000 people to the College’s service area bringing the population to about 72,000 people.
Data from the U.S. Census Bureau for 2004 establishes the contrast among the eight counties, showing population growth in five counties and population decrease in three counties. The population demographics are almost evenly split between Caucasian and persons of Hispanic or Latino origin. Overall the counties are 52.5% Caucasian and 43.4% of Hispanic or Latino origin. Because of the ethnic composition of its service area and its student body, TSJC is recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the United States Department of Education, Title III – Title V Application.
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