Welcome to Trinidad State!

With a commitment to student success, Trinidad State Junior College offers a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1 and encourages students to take advantage of available resources to facilitate the learning process, like free tutoring. The two campuses serve a diverse population of nearly 2,000 students of all ages, background and ethnicities.

Trinidad State Junior College operates under an open admission policy, providing access to all who desire a higher education or seek to enhance their knowledge and skills.

For more information call: 719-846-5621

Disability Accommodations:
Students must self-identify to the Disability Services office and provide current documentation to receive accommodations. Please visit the Disability Services office on campus.

Meet the Recruiters!

David Hardman

Director of Student Life, Recruiting, Outreach and Conduct - Trinidad Campus

David Hardman was born in the greater Houston, Texas area in 1982. After graduating from Willowridge High School in 2002, David decide to go to college at Bethany College. He received Bachelor of Arts Degrees in: Art Studio with Concentration in Sculpture and Visual Art Administration with Concentration in Ceramics, and minor in Business in 2007 from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. While at Bethany College David was a member of Tau Pi chapter of “Order of Omega”, President of Greek Council, an Ambassadors for the Campus Experience (ACE), President of Alpha Kappa Omega Fraternity, Messiah Art Show “Best of Sculpture” winner, Messiah Art Show “Merit Award in Craft” winner, Bethany College Football Player, Bethany College Track & Field member, Dean’s List (Honor Roll), Outstanding New Student Award, SGA, Resident Assistant and Senior Resident Assistant.

Throughout David Hardman’s career, he has worked as a Director of Student Life, Recruiting, Outreach, and Conduct; Director of Student Life and Housing, Diversity Coordinator, an Admissions Representative, a Senior Resident Assistant, Assistant Manager, and College Ambassador. Today, David serves as the Director of Student Life, Recruiting, Outreach and Conduct at Trinidad State Junior College, where his duties include advising and working with Student Government Association, Enrollment Management, Student Activities, Orientation, Student Conduct, Budgeting, College Mascot, and Programing Events. He also has served on the Equity Committee, COSI Committee, EverFi (Haven Plus) Committee, STEM for Boys (GRIP) Committee and BIT Committee member.

While at K-State Polytechnic he served as the Multicultural Student Union advisor, a Co-Advisor for Student Ambassadors, the Judicial Board Advisor for Student Government Association, K-State Polytechnic Soccer Club Coach and KACRAO- CPC Committee member. Also in 2014 he was named the K-State Polytechnic’s Club Advisor of the year.

Now David lives in Trinidad, Colorado with his wife of 10 years and two boys. He has also served as an assistant minister at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church in Salina, KS for over ten years. In 2013 he also graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University with a Master in Business Administration.

Mike Sisneros

Outreach / Recruitment Specialist - Valley Campus

Hello! My name is Mike and I am Trinidad State's "Road Warrior"!

I am a self described "Social Butterfly" who loves engaging others. I love to travel, meet new people and build/foster new relationships.

I love my job! I am a person who is passionate about advocating for and presenting educational opportunities for prospective students at Trinidad State; Wherever I may meet them. Trust me. I GET AROUND. In the Fall season you can find me in a car somewhere visiting regional and local High Schools.

Fall 2020 I will be entering my 9th year as a Recruitment & Outreach Specialist. My time at Trinidad State has been very fulfilling and rewarding and has enabled me to grow. I am very grateful and proud to have been chosen as the 2018-2019 Colorado Council on High School/College Relations Recruiter of the Year for the State of Colorado's College & Universities. Additionally, in 2018-2019 I was voted by our Valley Campus Students as the Staff Person Of The Year. I am very thankful for the opportunities Trinidad State and our students has afforded me and my young family.

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I grew up on the family ranch in Las Mesitas, CO that was homesteaded in the late 1850s. I am a 6th generation resident of Southern Colorado's San Luis Valley. If one considers Northern New Mexico as well: My ancestors have been in this geographic region for at least, if not more than 10 generations.

I graduated from a local Valley HS and pursued my education locally. I earned a Bachelors Degree in English with an emphasis in Communication and a Minor in History with a particular interest in SW studies. I also have completed a Teachers Education program.

I am an outdoorsy kind of person who enjoys Camping with my young family. We also enjoy spending time at my family and at my Wife's family ranch. Additionally, we like to visit and spend time in Northern New Mexico.

I am excited and look forward to meeting you where ever you are and sharing with you ALL the great opportunities Trinidad State has to offer.

Courtney Vigil

Recruiter / Admissions Specialist - Trinidad Campus

Originally from Lakewood, Colorado, Courtney Vigil graduated from Bear Creek High School in 2014. She is a Trinidad State Alumni where she played softball two years under Coach Stephen Swazo. While at Trinidad State, she received her Associates of General Studies as well as her Associates of Arts. After her two years at Trinidad State, Vigil went on to continue her academic as well as her athletic career at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico. There she received her Bachelor’s degree in University Studies with an emphasis in Business, Health and Physical Education.

Janine Pachelli

Assistant Director of Admissions, Concurrent Enrollment - Trinidad Campus

I am a native of Trinidad, and a graduate of Trinidad State. I have recently moved back to the area to be with my family. I feel blessed to working with staff and students in all areas at Trinidad State Junior College. It can only get better from here! 

Bailee Jones

Testing, International and Enrollment Coordinator - Trinidad Campus

I am a Trinidad native, born and raised in this small historical town. I attended Trinidad State as a concurrent enrollment student and am very familiar with the campus, professors, and faculty members. I obtained my bachelors in Exercise Sports Science and Kinesiology at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP). During my time at UNCP, I was also a student athlete of the volleyball team. I am excited to be back at Trinidad State and GO TROJANS!

Mathilda Westerman

Student Services Specialist II - Valley Campus

I have been employed at Trinidad State for the past 26 years. I started out as a work-study in the admissions office when I attended the San Luis Valley Area Vocational School back in 1989. When I completed my certificate, I went to work for a local optometrist for about a year then and position came open in the admissions office and I was hired. I love what I do at Trinidad State and our students are what make my job so enjoyable!

I have been married to my awesome husband David for 28 years, we have two daughters, and three grandchildren.