Founded in 1965, New Mexico Junior College, located just north of Hobbs in the southeastern corner of the state, enjoys the distinction of being the first junior college built after the 1963 Junior College Act was signed into law. Groundbreaking for the administration and science buildings, as well as two vocational-technical buildings, was held February 1966. In September, NMJC opened its doors to 728 students.
In the ensuing decades, New Mexico Junior College has expanded significantly, now occupying 243 total acres, with approximately 500,000 square ft. of building space. Currently, the campus has a student population of approximately 3,000 students and a facility count of 24 buildings, including the Western Heritage Museum & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, a new Training & Outreach Center, new student apartments, and a baseball field, track, driving range, tennis courts, greenhouse, and rodeo complex.
Dr. Steve McCleery, president since 1998, has led the college to numerous honors and distinctions. Various sports achievements include regional, conference, and national championships in the college’s NJCAA athletic programs of baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, golf, and men’s and women’s rodeo.
It is NMJC’s distinctive academic and career training opportunities, however, that provide the greatest success for the regional, national, and international students who currently attend the college in pursuit of associate degrees in arts, science, or applied science, or who seek certification in several of NMJC’s programs in the business and industry trades. And through NMJC’s prestigious Honors Program, students receive top-notch academic preparation while earning impressive transcript and resume credentials.
NMJC is comprised of five divisions offering a number of high-demand programs or courses. Arts & Humanities covers adult basic education, career center/job placement, college success prep classes, human and mass communications, learning assistance, tutoring, technical resources, coursework in English, German, Spanish, music, theatre, visual arts, transitional studies in the areas of reading and writing, introductory coursework in general education, elementary and secondary education, and certification in early childhood development.
Careers & Technology offers applied science degrees and certificates in Architectural/Drafting, Ford-ASSET, GM-ASEP, and Independent Automotive Technology, Barbering/Cosmetology, Business (w/ emphasis areas in Accounting, Bus. Information Systems, Executive Assistant/Office Manager/ Mgmt), Computer Information Systems (w/ emphasis areas in Programming & Database Support, Networking/ Computer Tech, and General CIS), Construction Technology (w/ emphasis in Carpentry, Electrical, Masonry, Plumbing, and Project Management), Legal Secretary, EMT, Nursing, and Welding.
Math & Sciences offers coursework in athletic training, biology, chemistry, geology, government, history, physical education, physics, psychology, math, and sociology, as well as courses in pre-engineering, and pre-medical/dental.
The Division of Public Safety, which focuses on community services and support, includes the corrections academy, criminal justice, paralegal studies, and the law enforcement academy.
The fifth division, Training & Outreach, consists of the New Mexico Small Business Development Center, continuing education, distance and video-based learning, professional development and customized workforce training, and transportation training opportunities that meet the broader community needs which cannot be met within the framework of NMJC’s more traditional academic offerings.
New Mexico Junior College fills an important educational need that actively provides and promotes success through learning.