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NMJC Celebrates 50 Years with Open House Party

NMJC Celebrates 50 Years with Open House Party photo 9/26/2015 11:45:05 a.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

Lea County residents are invited to a celebration party for the 50th anniversary of New Mexico Junior College, Saturday, October 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon.  Live music, free food, booths, demonstrations, kids bounce house, climbing wall, bungee jump, tours of the campus, prizes, Pickleball, a Color Dash and more are all part of the fun that day.  All events take place on the campus of the college.

“We want to thank Lea County residents, businesses and friends for 50 Years of continued support and collaboration,” says Dr. Steve McCleery, President of NMJC.  “The legacy and success of NMJC are overwhelmingly due to the people of Hobbs, Lovington, Tatum, Eunice, Jal and Lea County.  Thank you!”

Among the activities for the celebration:

8:00 a.m.

  • Live music from local bands
  • Registration and packet pickup for a 5K Color Dash (the only event that requires a fee).  The Color Dash is a fun walk/run that will benefit the NMJC Foundation – helping students with scholarships, work-study programs, and NMJC program assistance.
  • Bounce House, Climbing Wall, Bungee Jump and Velcro Wall open
  • NMJC Bookstore opens with special $9.99 price on NMJC T-shirts

9:00 a.m.

  • Discover NMJC booths open.  Professors and various programs on campus will have activities highlighting their programs like physics, chemistry, math, automotive contest, cosmetology face-painting, and other demonstrations.
  • Zumba and aerobics demonstrations begin
  • Tours of the campus are available

9:30 a.m.

  • Color Blast fills the air to begin the Color Dash 5K

10:00 a.m.

  • Pickleball demonstrations and play begin.  The first 100 people who participate will receive a free t-shirt. Pickleball is one of the hottest sports in the country.  It combines badminton, tennis and ping-pong and is played on a shorter court than a tennis court.  The paddles are large and the ball is plastic and light.
  • Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame opens, and is free to the public for the day of celebration.
  • Free hotdogs and water available

11:00 a.m.

  • Check is presented to the NMJC Foundation from the Color Dash 5K

“All events are free to the public, except the Color Dash,” says Susan Fine, NMJC’s Director of Communication. “The community will have fun, enjoy tours of the campus, and learn about all the programs the college offers.”  More information is available at

New Mexico Junior College is a comprehensive community college providing success through learning.


About New Mexico Junior College

Known as “The JC”, New Mexico Junior College was the first junior college founded in New Mexico after the legislature in Santa Fe passed the 1963 Junior College Act.  Established in 1965, the college first opened its doors to students in the fall of 1966.  Since that time, the JC has become a leader in innovative educational programs, dual credit education for area high school students, industrial and professional workforce training, and a critical player in the economy of the region.  Situated on 219 acres, the college has over 637,000 gross square feet of building space with an enrollment of over 3,200 students.

Long a leader in dual credit education, well before the term was widely recognized, NMJC and area high schools have evolved a best practice model of dual credit and on campus career technical training courses that regularly results in high school seniors walking for their high school diploma and two-year degree in the same week.  As an early adopter of distance education technology, NMJC provides a wide range of educational opportunities to students throughout the region and nation.  Roughly one-third of NMJC student credit hours are produced in an online-learning environment.

In workforce training and professional development, The JC provided more workforce training in 2014 for area residents and businesses than any other community college in New Mexico, despite the fact that its rural area is significantly smaller than the large metropolitan areas of the state.

NMJC is a national leader in energy education and training.  Serving an area of the country known as the Permian Basin, The JC has developed one of the first comprehensive oil field training facilities in the nation.  In addition, the recent expansion of the nuclear industry in the region has driven development of a robust online training program for nuclear technicians.  With support from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Lockheed Martin, The JC has become the college-of-choice for technical training in the nuclear industry.

In 2014, students in the nursing program at NMJC were ranked in the top ten percent of all nursing students in the nation, based on their national testing scores.  The NMJC Law Enforcement Academy has been ranked one of the premiere academies in the state. Its instructors are in demand to help police departments throughout New Mexico with updated training for their forces.

In the last 23 years, the NMJC Foundation has awarded over $2 million in scholarships and work-study assistance to NMJC students.  Another $560,000 has funded program support for students and faculty.  The foundation manages over 75 different endowments, annual scholarships and program assistance funds totaling over $7 million.

New Mexico Junior College is one of the few community colleges in New Mexico with athletic programs.  In spring 2015, these student-athletes posted an overall GPA of 2.91, with over 80 student-athletes obtaining a 3.25 GPA or higher over the academic year, thus being named to the Western Junior College Conference Commissioners Honor Roll.  All six of the athletic programs earned post-season berths with Women’s Basketball, Track & Field, Golf and Rodeo earning berths to the National Championships for the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) and NIRA (National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association). The Women’s Basketball Coach Drew Sanders and Rodeo Coach Marty Eakin were named Coaches of the year for 2015 by their peers. 

NMJC is a full-service institution with student housing, athletics and an aggressive range of traditional, transfer educational offerings. The University Center houses four-year and graduate programs allowing students to move from Day One of their college experience through Bachelors and Masters level programs without leaving campus.

New Mexico Junior College is proud to collaborate in a new $61 million Health, Wellness and Learning Center, expected to open in fall 2017.  This unique partnership with the City of Hobbs, Lea County, Hobbs Municipal Schools, University of the Southwest and J.F Maddox Foundation will greatly enhance the region’s quality of life, fuel economic development and improve the health of area residents.

For more information: Susan Fine, Director of Communications, or 575-492-2781.

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