NMJC College Catalog
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New Mexico Junior College is an independent two-year comprehensive community college having as a major part of its fundamental mission the provision of serving the needs and making accessible post-secondary education to the members of the community. In order to fulfill this mission, the College has an open-door policy for admission of students in credit courses and programs, who have graduated from an accredited high school, completed a General Education Development (GED) or High School Equivalency (HiSET) certificate, or who through age and experience qualify for admission. The College also has opportunities for high school juniors and seniors to take college classes.
In order to ensure that the student has every opportunity for success, incoming students are required to meet with an academic or faculty advisor, either in person, via telephone, or virtually, prior to enrolling in courses. During this meeting, the advisor will review assessment results, prior course grades, discuss future academic and career goals, assist in identifying a path to achieve those goals, select the appropriate NMJC degree plan, and enroll the student into the appropriate courses.
NMJC’s academic year is divided into three semesters that usually begin in August, January, and May. Within each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer), there may be several parts of term (short semesters). Please check the Academic Calendar on the NMJC website for registration and start dates. Students are urged to apply for admission at least one month before registration begins.
Prospective students are encouraged to visit the campus. Arrangements for visits that will include a full exploration of college life can be made by contacting the NMJC Helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (575) 492-2577. The Vice President for Student Services is responsible for administering the admissions policies and procedures of the College.
Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to all programs. Certain programs
may have restricted enrollments, additional enrollment processes, and/or early enrollment
dates. Applicants should consult with an Academic Counselor or Division Dean for details
concerning admission to these programs. In addition, individuals may be denied admission
to NMJC, denied enrollment in certain courses and/or programs, and participation in
NMJC sponsored activities if it is determined that such access is likely to pose a
serious threat to the safety of the applicant and / or members of the NMJC community.
Such determination will be made on a case-by-case basis and is subject to review by
the Vice President for Student Services and the Vice President for Instruction.
New Mexico Junior College
1 Thunderbird Circle
Hobbs, NM 88240
Student service offices, including advisors, registrar, and Vice President of Student
Services, are located in the Ben Alexander Student Learning Center.
If You Are a Graduate of an Accredited High School - An applicant who is a graduate of an accredited high school will be admitted upon the submission of the NMJC admissions application and presentation of a properly authenticated high school transcript. All transcripts must contain the date of graduation, have an administrative signature, and if applicable, translated into English.
- If You Are a Graduate of a Home School - An applicant who has successfully completed a nontraditional secondary educational program, including home school, will be admitted upon the submission of the NMJC admissions application and presentation of a properly authenticated transcript. Information regarding home school transcript requirements can be obtained at the NMJC Helpdesk.
- If You Have Earned a GED or HiSET Certificate - Applicants who have earned a high school equivalent ((HSE): GED®/HiSET®) certificate will be admitted upon presentation of a properly authenticated certificate of completion.
- If You Are at Least 16 Years Old and You Are Not a High School Graduate and Have Not Obtained a High School Equivalency Certificate - NMJC offers an Adult Basic Education (ABE) program. The NMJC Adult Education Program offers morning and evening classes, free of charge. Classes generally run from August to June each year. The program offers classes for High School equivalent (HSE):GED®/HiSET® as well as English as a Second Language (ESL). To enroll, all students must attend a registration and orientation. Classes are offered at variety of locations. The NMJC Adult Education Program Office is located in the Ben Alexander Building in room 205; (575) 492-2629. In addition, underage applicants may petition the NMJC Registrar for individual approval. Approval will be based on age, experience, and ability to benefit. (See information regarding Admission appeals at the end of this section.)
- If you are at least 18 years old and you are not a high school graduate and have not obtained a high school equivalent certificate - A person who is 18 years of age or older, who is not a high school graduate and has not earned a GED or HiSET certificate may enroll in select technical or vocational programs may audit courses for personal enrichment, or may enroll in transitional or ESL courses. In addition, applicants may petition the NMJC Registrar for individual approval. Approval will be based on age, experience, and ability to benefit. (See information regarding Admission appeals at the end of this section.)
- If You Are a Current High School Student - NMJC provides qualified high school-aged students a variety of opportunities to enroll
in college classes. Credits earned may be applied toward a NMJC certificate and /
or degree and most are transferable to other colleges. Students enrolled in any of
these programs are subject to all NMJC policies and regulations.
- Lea County High School Dual Credit—NMJC has agreements in place with Lea County high schools which provide juniors and seniors the opportunity to take college courses for which they will simultaneously earn both college and high school credit. NMJC provides a waiver of tuition and fees and the high school covers the cost of required textbooks. Students should contact their high school counselor for more information.
- Dual Credit Academy – The NMJC Dual Credit Academy (previously known as Early College) provides the opportunity for Lea County public high school juniors and seniors to earn a high school diploma and a college-level credential and/or degree simultaneously through courses taken on the NMJC campus. NMJC provides a waiver of tuition and fees and the high school covers the cost of required textbooks. Students must make application at their high school.
- ACT Academy – The NMJC ACT Academy provides Lea County public high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college-level Applied Sciences and Technology credits and/or credential through courses taken on the NMJC campus. NMJC provides a waiver of tuition and fees and the high school covers the cost of required textbooks. Students must make application at their high school.
- Concurrent Enrollment - Concurrent Enrollment provides high school and home school students between 16-18
years old the opportunity to enroll in NMJC and take college courses. Students looking
to receive high school credit for college courses should check with their school before
- An NMJC admissions application must be completed and clearly marked "concurrent enrollment" and the student and the parent or guardian must complete a concurrent form, available at the NMJC Help Desk.
- NMJC provides a waiver of tuition and fees for Lea county students who qualify for New Mexico in-state tuition status. Students are responsible for the cost of textbooks.
- Home-school students will need to show home-school registration with the New Mexico Public Education Department at https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/bureaus/options-parents-families/home-schools/ and provide to NMJC their state-issued student ID number. State ID numbers may be obtained by contacting Dyanne Salazar at email@example.com or (505) 476-8441.
- Students should contact the NMJC Helpdesk for additional information
- If You Are a Transfer Student - A college transfer student in good standing at his or her previous college will be accepted for admission at NMJC. Students on academic suspension at a previous institution are subject to the Academic Suspension requirements and appeals process described in the Academic Standing portion of this catalog. Students must present official transcripts of all previous college work as well as the high school transcript or high school equivalent certificate. Official transcripts should be sent directly to the NMJC Registrar's Office from the respective institutions and should be on file at the time of enrollment. (Information regarding transfer of credits can be found under the Transfer Credit heading later in this section.)
- If You Have Previously Attended NMJC and Are Seeking Re-Admission - Former students of NMJC, not on academic suspension, may enroll during any scheduled registration period without re-application, provided they have attended NMJC within the past year. Students who have not attended within the past year must file an application for re-admission. Students who have attended another college or university since leaving NMJC will be considered transfer students and must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended.
- If You Are a New International Student Requesting an I-20 from NMJC - International students are defined as "non-immigrant" visitors who come to the United
States temporarily to take classes. A non-immigrant is someone who intends to stay
in the US temporarily, does not have US citizenship or legal permanent resident status
(a "green card"), and applies for a visa to be allowed entry into the United States.
To comply with federal laws and immigration requirements, international students must
be degree-seeking students.
- Application and Documentation Submission Deadlines for International Students:
- Fall Semester (August): April 1 -Spring Semester (January): September 1
- International Student Application: Students seeking an F-1 Visa must begin the process by completing the International Student Application found on the NMJC website at: https://www.nmjc.edu/admission/apply_online/index.aspx
- Academic Records: New Mexico Junior College requires official copies of high school, secondary, and university transcripts. Notarized, faxed copies or photocopies of these documents may be submitted for application purposes, but certified documents must be provided prior to course registration. Certified documents must contain the original signature(s), stamp(s) or seal(s) of the issuing institution’s designated official.
- Students must submit evidence of graduation from an acceptable secondary school and must be eligible for admission to a recognized university in their home country.The official transcript must be an original document translated into English and must show each course completed and grade earned.
- Financial Documents: Proof of financial ability to remain at New Mexico Junior College must be submitted prior to issuance of an I-20. Complete and return the NMJC Certificate of Financial Responsibility with required supporting documentation. The applicant must provide proof of adequate financial support for at least one full year of study at NMJC (minimum of $15,000).
- Photocopy of student’s passport.
- Proof of English Proficiency: If you are from a country in which English is not the official language you must
provide proof of English language proficiency. Any of the following may be used as
proof of proficiency.
- Completion of four years of U.S. high school with a 2.0 GPA or better
- Completion of high school in English-speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand.
- ACT English score of 19 or better (test not required for admission)
- SAT Read/Write score of 500 or better (post-March 2016) (test not required for admission)
- 1 year of full-time study (minimum 24 credit hours) at a regionally-accredited US college or university with a 3.0 GPA or higher
- Completion of one semester of freshman English composition with a grade of "C" or higher at a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university.
- Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited US college or university or a recognized institution in English-Speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand.
- Official score on the International version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 500 (paper-based), or 173 (computerized), or 72 (Internet) with a minimum score of 18 on each section. (scores valid for 2 years
- Official score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) of 6.0 or higher. (scores valid for 2 years
- NMJC English Language Pathway Program of Study - International students with limited English language proficiency that do not meet the stated English proficiency standards may be eligible to enroll in the NMJC English Language Pathway. Applicants must have completed the equivalent of an American upper secondary school education and have the appropriate diplomas or satisfactory results on leaving examinations, as well as prior referenced proof of financial ability. Upon arrival, the student will be given a placement test to determine proper placement in the Pathway program. Students will remain in the Pathway until English proficiency is exhibited or up to two semesters. The Pathway student will be required to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester in a combination of transitional English and/or reading coursework, English as a Second Language coursework and credit bearing coursework. No online or distance education courses may count toward the student’s full course of study. Upon successful completion of the Pathway program, the student will be moved into the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree program of his or her choice. This information will be updated in SEVIS and an updated I-20 will be issued to the student.
- Application and Documentation Submission Deadlines for International Students:
If You Are an International Student Transferring from Another U.S. College - The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services must be notified when an international student transfers from one U.S. institution to another. Once a student is admitted, NMJC will provide a “transfer-in form” that will need to be completed by the previous U.S. institution and submitted to NMJC to release the active visa information for update. However, if a student is “out of status” with USCIS, that student should reinstate him/herself with USCIS prior to enrolling at NMJC.
Full Course Load: Holders of F-1 student visas must register for and complete at least 12 credit hours each semester, of which only three hours can be in an Internet course.
Tuition payment: Please be advised that payment of tuition, fees and on-campus housing is due at the time of registration.
Employment Restrictions: Students on F-1 visas do not normally have employment privileges. Government regulations require international students to certify that they have finances deemed sufficient by the College while pursuing their degree without employment. International students should not expect to support themselves through employment while attending NMJC.
CPT and OPT: Curricular and optional training opportunities are not available for international students at NMJC.
Check in: Students must check in with the International office upon arrival and at the beginning of each semester.
Travel: If you plan to leave the United States, you must bring your I-20 to the international office for endorsement before you leave. If this is not done before you leave the country, you will not be allowed to return to the United States.
Complete the application for admission online at www.nmjc.edu
High school students, who took dual credit classes at NMJC, must complete a “new” application after high school graduation before taking additional classes.
Returning students that have not been enrolled in over a year must complete a new application for admission.
- Proper advisement into programs and courses
- Possible testing exemptions
- Confirmation of pre-requisite course completion
- Financial aid eligibility
- Transfer of college coursework
- Evidence of high school or equivalent completion
- Students only auditing courses for personal enrichment.
- Students enrolled only in transitional or ESL courses.
- Dual Credit, ACT Academy, Concurrent, or Dual Credit Academy students.
- Students that have obtained an associate’s degree, or 60 hours of transferable college hours, are exempt from providing a high school transcript.
- A person who is 18 years of age or older, who is not a high school graduate and has not earned a GED or HiSET certificate, may enroll in certain technical or vocational programs.
- Only individuals who are financially independent may establish residency regardless of age. A student cannot be approved for residency who is financially dependent upon the parents or legal guardian who are non-residents of NM. Dependency will be based on the previous tax year for residency purposes. If you are under the age of 23 at the time of application for residency, a copy of your parents’ or guardians’ 1040 or 1040A U.S. income tax form for the previous tax year may be required. If you are shown to be a dependent on this tax form, you will not be considered financially independent. (See Minor section for more information), AND
- Sign a written declaration of intent to relinquish residency in any other state and establish residency in NM, AND
- Physically reside in the state for 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the term for which classification is requested. NOTE: A student must be at least 19 years old to complete the 12-month requirement. (See Minors section), AND
- Have evidence of any two of the following:
If you are financially dependent, a copy of the parents’ or guardians’ previous year income tax information showing you as a dependent and the parents’ address as New Mexico (See Financial Independence Requirement Section);
A New Mexico high school transcript issued in the past year confirming attendance at a NM public or private high school within the past 12 months;
A transcript from an online high school showing a New Mexico address confirming attendance within the last 12 months;
A New Mexico driver’s license or ID card with an original date of issue or a renewal date issued prior to the first day of the term or semester.
Proof of payment of New Mexico state income tax for the previous year;
Evidence of employment within the state of New Mexico;
New Mexico vehicle registration; Voter registration in New Mexico;
Proof of residential property ownership in New Mexico;
A rental agreement within New Mexico;
Utility bills showing the applicant name and a New Mexico address;
Other evidence that would reasonably support the individual’s intent to establish and maintain New Mexico residency.
- An individual married to a legal resident of New Mexico.
- Spouse and dependent children of a person who has moved to New Mexico and has obtained permanent full- time employment.
- Non-resident members of the U.S. armed forces, and their spouse and dependents stationed on active duty in New Mexico.
- Active service members of the U.S. armed forces who were legal residents of New Mexico prior to entering service may retain their New Mexico residency.
- Active participating members of the New Mexico National Guard and their spouse and dependents.
- Individuals, their spouses and dependents who move to New Mexico for retirement purposes.
- Members of an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo located wholly or partially in New Mexico, regardless of residence.
- Part-time students enrolled for six hours or less during a regular semester.
- During summer sessions, non-resident tuition may be waived according to the institution’s tuition policy.
- Any student receiving a state-funded athletic scholarship from a New Mexico public post-secondary institution.
A non-resident student who believes he / she has satisfied the residency requirements may obtain a “Petition for Resident Tuition Classification” and the checklist of required supporting documentation online at www.nmjc.edu or from the Registrar’s Office. All residency requirements must be met before the first day of the term in which the student petitions. A petition received after that date will not be considered.
- The completed petition and required supporting documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office. A student may be requested to supply additional information or to explain apparent inconsistencies before a final decision is reached. The student is notified of the decision and, if denied, may amend his / her petition with additional information and / or appeal to the Vice President for Student Services, who is the student’s last recourse. If the student satisfies the residency requirements for a future term, he / she may re-petition for residency for that term.
- Tuition is charged according to a student’s residency status (tuition classification)
and the number of hours enrolled. Refer to the Tuition & Fees Section under Finances
in this Catalog. Also, information is on our website.
- complete the NMJC admission application; provide an official transcript from the last school attended.
- submit a letter that outlines experience or circumstances that warrant individual approval.
- provide Accuplacer and/or ACT/SAT scores.
schedule a meeting with the NMJC Registrar.
Credits earned at other postsecondary institutions may be transferred and applied toward program requirements in accordance with the following guidelines:
- an official transcript from each institution attended must be sent directly to the NMJC Records Office for evaluation;
- an evaluation must be requested;
- New Mexico Junior College offers an equivalent course or there is an equivalent course in the master NMJC Catalog;
- there is a course description available in the transfer institution’s official catalog;
- the course work at the transfer institution is considered college level (not transitional or high school level) credit;
- the transfer hours accepted can be applied to a certificate and / or an associate degree; and
- credit will not be given for upper division (junior and senior level) courses from another institution unless there is an articulation agreement in place.
Note: Courses that are accepted in transfer to New Mexico Junior College will be listed on the NMJC transcript with the letter grade and the number of hours accepted but the grade and hours will not be calculated into the grade point average or hours completed on the NMJC transcript.
If students have questions about the evaluation of transfer credit, they may contact the NMJC Registrar.
Students who have not yet selected either an academic focus or the institution where
they wish to graduate are advised to take courses during their freshman year outlined
in the Lower Division General Education Common Core. A Core Matrix of approved courses
guaranteed to transfer and meet general education requirements at any New Mexico college
or university can be found on the New Mexico Higher Education Department website at
www.hed.state.nm.us. Courses are listed by institution.
The course prefix and number that appear in parenthesis next to many of the institutions’ internal course prefixes and numbers is the New Mexico Common Course Number. It serves as a single reference point for courses taught throughout the state that share substantially equivalent content. Courses bearing this designation are part of a statewide equivalency table that cross references the institutional course and number with the universal “common course number,” creating an easy one-to-one match.
Students may find the New Mexico Common Course Number listed in crosswalks, degree outlines, transfer guides, and in course descriptions in college catalogs and websites. The common course number “connects” equivalent courses at multiple institutions ensuring students that the course will transfer to the receiving institution and meet degree requirements as if it were taken on that campus. The New Mexico Common Course Number has an alpha prefix that identifies readily to the subject area.
To facilitate the transfer of students and course credit among New Mexico’s colleges and universities, the state’s public institutions of higher education are required to accept in-state transfer courses taken within approved modules of lower-division course work and apply them toward degree requirements. Students should consult with an academic advisor about which specific courses fit these categories. Students preparing for careers in engineering, health sciences, or other profession-related fields are advised that some of this course work may not transfer toward general education requirements, but in most cases will apply toward elective requirements. Lower division transfer modules presently exist for: business, criminal justice, and early childhood education. Copies of these transfer modules may be obtained from the Counseling Office or from the New Mexico Higher Education Department website at www.hed.state.nm.us.
|For Associate degrees (excluding AAS degrees) – 31 hours||For Associate of Applied Science Degrees (AAS) – 15 credit hours|
|Fixed 22 - At least 22 credit hours of courses in the following six content areas:||Fixed 12 - At least 12 credit hours of courses from four of the following six content areas:|
|Communications (6 credits)||Communications|
|Mathematics (3 credits)||Mathematics|
|Science (4 credits)||Science|
|Social and Behavioral Science (3 credits)||Science|
|Humanities (3 credits)||Humanities|
|Creative and Fine Arts (3 credits)||Creative and Fine Arts|
|Flexible nine||Flexible three|
|The content areas listed above or other content areas that the institution deems appropriate.||The content areas listed above or other content areas that the institution deems appropriate.|
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Credit for Prior Learning
Law Enforcement / Corrections (Criminal Justice)
New Mexico Junior College recognizes that New Mexico police officers and corrections officers come to us with a firm grounding in their individual disciplines. We recognize and honor their prior learning by awarding college credit for a wide variety of learning experiences, both classroom and practical experience. In an effort to assist officers who want to further their educational experiences, NMJC is willing to award college credit for successful completion of both a certified law enforcement academy and / or corrections academy. Such credit will be treated as credit without a grade, will count toward graduation, and may be used in fulfilling specific curriculum requirements. Credit will be awarded upon completion of 15 credit hours at NMJC as follows:
- Any currently certified and commissioned police officer may receive up to 32 credits by providing proof (original certificate) of the successful completion of a certified law enforcement academy in New Mexico. Credits may count toward the AAS in Criminal Justice or an AA. Students will receive credit as follows:
LA 113 or CJ 113-Introduction to Criminal Justice—3 hrs.
LA 113P or CJ 113P-Introduction to Policing—3 hrs.
LA 123P or CJ 123P- Law Enforcement Patrol Procedures—3 hrs.
- LA 113B or CJ 113B-Substantive Criminal Law—3 hrs.
LA 213A or CJ 213A-Criminal Investigation—3 hrs.
LA 123F or CJ 123F-Traffic Law & Accident Investigation—3
LA 123D or CJ 123D-Technical Writing—3 hrs.
LA 114 Custody Control, Chemical Agents and Officer Safety—4
- Any currently New Mexico state corrections officer employed by a public or private
correctional facility may receive up to 9 credits by providing proof (original certificate)
of successful completion of a certified corrections academy in New Mexico. Students
will receive credit as follows:
- CA 113J or CJ 113J-Introduction to Corrections—3 hrs.
- CA 123J or CJ 123J-Corrections Officer Safety and Weapons Training—3 hrs.
CA 133J or CJ 133J-Communications and Interpersonal Skills for the Corrections Officer—3 hrs.
NMJC will also accept transfer of credits from any other regionally accredited institution. Credits may transfer but not necessarily apply to the student’s chosen course of study. Whether credits will count toward a degree is based on the decision of the College Vice President for Student Services and the Dean of Public Safety. Students will be required to have certified copies of transcripts sent to NMJC.
Students will be required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of course work at NMJC and meet all other requirements for graduation. Credit will be awarded upon completion of 15 credit hours at NMJC.
Students who have completed college-level courses in secondary schools and have taken the Advanced Placement (AP) examinations of the College Board with resulting composite scores of 3, 4, or 5 may petition for college credit and advanced placement. Listed below are the NMJC courses and the credit hours which will be given for AP scores obtained in the AP subject area indicated:
New Mexico Junior College recognizes that students learn by experience as well as in the formal class setting. Therefore, students who wish to establish NMJC credit for prior education, training, and / or experience may challenge a course by taking a comprehensive examination that is administered by the division responsible for the course. The grade on each institutional challenge exam is the grade that will appear on the NMJC transcript. In order to be eligible to attempt credit by institutional challenge, the following provisions must be met:
• The student must not have previously audited, enrolled in, or attempted credit by examination in the course(s).
• The student must enroll in the course before the institutional challenge exam can be taken.
• Courses successfully challenged may count toward program requirements, but not NMJC’s graduation residency requirement.
Students may earn up to 48 credits through Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests. Earned AP and CLEP credit will be treated as transfer credit without a grade, will count toward graduation, and may be used in fulfilling specific curriculum requirements. For more information, contact the NMJC Registrar’s Office.
|CLEP EXAM SUBJECT||MINIMUM SCORE||NMJC SCORE||CREDIT HOUR|
|College Composition Modular||50+writing||EN113||3|
|American Composition Modular||50||EN213C||3|
|History of the U.S. I||50||HI113||3|
|History of the U.S. II||50||HI123||3|
|Western Civilization I||50||HI213||3|
|Calculus w/ Elementary Functions||50||MA144||3|
|Intro. to Educational Psychology||50||ED/PS213F||4|
|Human Growth & Development||50||PS223A||3|
|Management, Principles of||50||BU213||3|
|Marketing, Principles of||50||BU223A||3|
|Business Law, Introductory||50||BS214||3|