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Gunsmithing School Admission Requirements

For Fall 2014 Enrollment

*Thank you for your interest in Trinidad State Junior College. The Fall semester application deadlines for Gunsmithing are closed. We will be posting the spring application process around late August.*

Acceptance into the Gunsmithing School is determined on a point system criterion. If there are more applicants than space available, the applicants with the highest scores will be admitted first. If a space becomes available due to a student declining admission, the applicant with the next highest score will be contacted. Unsuccesful applicants will be notified and can reapply the next semester. Students who have been accepted but decline admissions must reapply if they would like to attend at a later date.

Students seeking admission into the Gunsmithing School for Fall 2014 will complete the following requirements. All required documents should be mailed (unless otherwise noted) to the Career and Technical Education (CTE) advisor at:

CTE Advisor/Victor Gutierrez
Trinidad State Junior College
600 Prospect St.
Trinidad, CO 81082

If you have questions about the Gunsmithing admissions process, please contact Victor Gutierrez at (719) 846-5650 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Steps 1-3 - Deadline: January 31, 2014

1 - Apply for admission to Trinidad State Junior College
Apply online at www.trinidadstate.edu/students/admissions/apply

2 - Submit Driver’s License, official high school transcript, immunization records and Birth Certificate - Mail to CTE Advisor using the address above

3 - Submit ACT or Accuplacer test scores
Students can take the Accuplacer at Trinidad State Junior College or a local community college if permitted (check with college for accommodations and pricing). Please provide them with your Trinidad State Student ID number. Applicants will be rated in the following areas based on ACT or Accuplacer test scores:

ACT scores
  Reading <17 remediation and test required prior to admission; concurrent enrollment and success in REA 090 required
    ≥17 no Reading course required for admission
  Writing <18 remediation required prior to admission; concurrent enrollment and success in ENG 090 required
    ≥18 No English Course required for admission
  Math <19 remediation required prior to admission; concurrent enrollment and A or B in MAT 060 required
    ≥19 no Math course required for admission
Accuplacer scores
  Reading <70 remediation and test required prior to admission
    71-79 concurrent enrollment and success in CCR 093 or CCR 094 required
    >79 no Reading course required for admission
  Writing <70 remediation required prior to admission
    71-79 concurrent enrollment and success in CCR 093 or CCR 094 required
    >79 no English course required for admission
  Math
  Arithmetic <40 Assessment Prep & Skill Refresher
    40-84 remediation required, A or B in MAT 050 prior to admission
  Elementary Algebra <45 remediation required, A or B in MAT 050 prior to admission

Students who have met the testing requirements and have been accepted to Trinidad State Junior College will receive an application for admission to the Gunsmithing program. The application will be sent via e-mail. If you prefer to receive the application by mail, notify Victor Gutierrez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (719) 846-5650.

Steps 4-6 - Deadline: February 28, 2014

4. Submit application for admission into the Gunsmithing School

5. Submit a letter of application for Gunsmithing School
The letter should be a maximum of 1,000 words, double-spaced and typed in Times New Roman font, size 12. The letter should include the items listed in the Gunsmithing School application. Mail the letter along with your completed Gunsmithing School application to the CTE Advisor. Please check with CTE Advisor to make sure packet and letters were received.

6. Submit three letters of recommendation
The recommendation letters should be from employers, teachers, or other professionals who are not related to the applicant and have a personal knowledge of the applicant’s work ethic, and personal background. All recommendation letters must be mailed directly from the recommender to: CTE Advisor/Victor Gutierrez
Trinidad State Junior College
600 Prospect St.
Trinidad, CO 81082
Based on the review of the applications, letters of application and letters of recommendation, a select number of prospective students will be notified vie e-mail and letter by March 21, 2014 to schedule an interview.

Steps 7 - Deadline: April 4, 2014

7. Participate in an interview
Select students will be notified by March 21, 2014 if chosen for an interview. The interview will be conducted via SKYPE (video conference). The interview committee consists of two Gunsmithing faculty members and the CTE Advisor or the Dean of CTE. The interview process determines the students who will be admitted to the program.
Students accepted for admission to the Gunsmithing program will be notified by April 11, 2014.

Notes:

  • Random drug testing of Gunsmithing students may be required as permitted by college policy.
  • Colorado law forbids any person under the age of 18 to possess a handgun. Students must be 18 years or older before the Gunsmithing courses they are enrolled in begin.

Steps 8-10 (ACCEPTED STUDENTS ONLY) - Deadline: May 9, 2014

8. Complete a background check
Students must prove their eligibility to own and possess firearms, including all project guns, receivers, etc. required for courses in the Trinidad State Gunsmithing program. Only those students who are selected for admissions to Gunsmithing will be sent a link by email to complete a background check. The cost of the background check is $35. Please Note: Enrolled students with felony and/or misdemeanor charges found on a Colorado Bureau of Investigation check for a firearms transaction could be dismissed from the program and would be responsible for any tuition charges beyond the census date.

9. Submit a deposit of $250
Students accepted to the Gunsmithing School must submit a $250 deposit on tuition to claim a spot in the program. Please provide your Trinidad State Student ID number when making the payment. Call (719) 846-5547 to pay via credit card or send a check, payable to Trinidad State Junior College, to:
Business Office/Gunsmithing School – Ruth Blasi
Trinidad State Junior College
600 Prospect St.
Trinidad, CO 81082

10. Complete and submit the following forms:

  • Registration form
  • CTE Emergency form
  • Waiver of Liability form
  • FERPA form
  • Housing Reservation form
  • WICHE/WUE application

The forms will be sent in a packet, along with an acceptance letter, to admitted students. Registration for classes must be done by phone or in person through the CTE Advisor. Online registration is not permitted. The CTE Advisor will advise admitted students on other requirements to complete the enrollment process for the Gunsmithing program.

Important Contact information

1-800-621-TSJC (8752)

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisor
Victor Gutierrez
(719) 846-5650
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Financial Aid
Leslie Hollingsworth
(719) 846-5531

Bookstore
Sandra Rodman
(719) 846-5610

Student Success/Accuplacer
Tori Eckes
(719) 846-5473

Veteran Affairs
Wilma Atencio
(719) 846-5555

Business Office
Ruth Blasi
(719) 846-5547

Dean of Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Lynette Bates
(719) 846-5559

Mission Statement

Trinidad State’s mission is to enrich the lives of our diverse communities by providing quality educational experiences and promoting lifelong learning.

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