Trinidad State Junior College
Founded in 1925, Trinidad State Junior College is a two year college located in Trinidad, Colorado, United States, with a secondary satellite campus located in Alamosa, Colorado
Following its establishment in April, 1925, the college was first housed in Trinidad High School sharing its facilities and faculty. In the fall of 1935, classes were moved to the remodeled and since razed Tillotson Academy building on Prospect Street. The sunken area just east of the Berg Building shows where the foundation of the Tillotson Academy building was located. In its first years, the school offered regular first-year college courses leading to the Arts and Science Degree, and several teacher-training courses. In the fall of 1932, course offerings were increased to encompass two years of academic college level study. The Superintendent of Trinidad District One Schools served as the chief administrative officer for the junior college. In 1938, there was considerable anxiety over where the new junior college should be located. Little did anyone at that time anticipate the future growth and expansion of the college. Because of a lack of money for new buildings, new construction at alternative sights was abandoned and the Tillotson building was kept and property around it purchased. In 1939, Trinidad State Junior College earned its own autonomy, having its own governing board, the Junior College Committee and its first full time president, Dr. George Kabat. Berg Building under constructionGround was broken for the first permanent structure on the TSJC campus in the spring of 1940. It was constructed, with the assistance of WPA labor, of native sandstone, and housed classes, beginning in spring of 1941. This building was named the Berg Administration Building in honor of Mr. Albert Berg, who had served as a member of the junior college committee for many years. Ground was broken for the second building, a gymnasium, in the fall of 1940. Completed in 1942, it was named for George W. Scott, the first dean and athletic director of the college. These two buildings were constructed at a total cost of $160,000. Today, they are part of a campus that has expanded to include 15 more permanent structures on a 17-acre campus. Trinidad State Junior College has continued to grow and to progress through its 75 years, developing a student enrollment which has grown from 37 students in 1926, to its present enrollment of over about 1,800. The College continues to offer traditional quality programs of study in academic-transfer and vocational-technical areas, as well as providing opportunities for part-time day and evening students.
Trinidad State Junior College enriches the academic, technical, and cultural life of our diverse community. We are committed to offering traditional and alternative approaches to education, providing quality instruction, and promoting lifelong learning.
Franklin Clarke, former All-Pro player for the Dallas Cowboys Danny Jackson, former two-time Baseball National League All-Star Cody Jones, former football player for the Los Angeles Rams Larry Walton, former football player for the Detroit Lions Gary Weaver, former football player for the Green Bay Packers Spencer Haywood, former Olympian and professional basketball player with the Denver Rockets and the Seattle Supersonics Mark Grudzielanek, former professional baseball player All-Star with multiple teams including the Montreal Expos and the Los Angeles Dodgers