New Mexico Junior College

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NMJC College Catalog

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Mission
New Mexico Junior College, as a comprehensive community college, promotes success through learning.
Vision
New Mexico Junior College’s mission will be achieved by building a culture that values and promotes excellence, effectiveness, responsiveness, access, and community involvement. 

General Information

New Mexico Junior College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees and certificates and is certified as eligible for federal funds and programs.
 
Higher Learning Commission
230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
(800) 621-7440
 
The college also holds program-specific accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
 
Additionally, NMJC meets all guidelines and standards as set forth by the New Mexico Higher Education Department. New Mexico Junior College holds membership in these national or regional associations:
•  American Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers
•  American Association of Community Colleges
•  Association of Community College Trustees
•  Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
•  Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
•  League for Innovation in the Community College
•  Learning Resources Network (LERN)
•  National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
•  National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
•  National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
•  National Association of Campus Activities
•  National Intramural & Recreational Sports Association
•  National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
•  National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR)
•  National Junior College Athletic Association
•  New Mexico Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admission Officers
•  New Mexico Association of Independent Community Colleges
•  New Mexico State Department of Education, Vocational Technical, and Adult Education Unit
•  Rocky Mountain Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers
•  Western Junior College Athletic Conference

To the extent provided by applicable law, no person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity sponsored or conducted by New Mexico Junior College.
 
New Mexico Junior College shall not discriminate in its educational and employment policies and procedures with regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or inclusion in any group or class protected by state or federal law.  New Mexico Junior College is committed to compliance with Title IX, Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and all state statutes and regulations relating to removing barriers to equal employment and educational opportunity.

Mission
New Mexico Junior College, as a comprehensive community college, promotes success through learning.
 
Vision
New Mexico Junior College’s mission will be achieved by building a culture that values and promotes excellence, effectiveness, responsiveness, access, and community involvement.
 
Values
New Mexico Junior College is committed to the following values in support of its mission as we provide services to a diverse college community.  New Mexico Junior College defines college community as its students, employees, partners, and citizens of the area we serve.
 
Access
In keeping with this value, the college
•helps members of the college community overcome their barriers to success;
•provides convenient, affordable educational opportunities and services;
•provides support for students transitioning to college and on to other post secondary educational opportunities and to the workplace;
•offers education, training, and activities that meet the diverse interests and needs of the college community; and
•supports educational opportunities through technology.
 
Responsiveness
In keeping with this value, the college
•continually scans the environment locally, regionally, and nationally to identify opportunities that will meet the ever-changing needs and interests of a diverse and dynamic college community;
•enriches and increases partnerships to identify and meet the educational needs of the college community;
•remains flexible to respond creatively and appropriately to the changing world and to the educational, social, and cultural needs of the diverse college community;
•provides employees with opportunities for professional growth and development;
•ensures fiscal responsibility and public accountability;
•offers relevant programs and support services that meet the needs of a diverse college community; and
•contributes to the social, cultural, and economic development of the college community.
 
Effectiveness
In keeping with this value, the college will build its understanding and commitment of effectiveness by establishing and tracking student outcomes to evaluate and improve learning;
•promoting employees’ roles and responsibilities in fostering a climate of learning;
•promoting high academic standards through excellent instruction;
•engaging in sound planning, management, and systematic evaluation for the improvement of programs and services;
•ensuring adequate, fair, and equitable benefits, policies, and procedures;
•acquiring and allocating resources to support the mission and goals of the college;
•keeping the college community aware of college activities, needs, and performance;
•providing a supportive, caring, student-centered environment;
•fostering a work environment that encourages open communication, innovation, productivity, accountability, and personal commitment; and
•providing and using current technologies that support educational and training objectives.
 
Excellence
In keeping with this value, the college will build its understanding and commitment of high standards & quality by
•committing to an environment of self evaluation and continuous improvement;
•setting benchmarks to develop an understanding of excellence;
•nurturing the development and practice of leadership;
•encouraging and rewarding initiative, innovation, outstanding performance, ethical decision making, and accountability;
•offering support services that are designed to foster success; and
•striving for an environment that does not accept mediocrity.
New Mexico Junior College enjoys the distinction of being the first junior college built in the state. Today, NMJC occupies 243 total acres, with approximately 500,000 square ft. of building space. The campus has a student population of approximately 3,000 students and 265 full-time employees, as well as a facility count of 35 buildings, including the student apartments, the Western Heritage Museum Complex & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, and the Training & Outreach Facility.
 
New Mexico Junior College offers Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degrees, along with certificates in the business and industry trades. In addition, the College offers nationally renowned NJCAA athletic programs in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, golf, women’s cross country, and women’s track. The men’s and women’s rodeo program is governed by NIRA.  Through its outstanding programs, staff, and services, New Mexico Junior College fills an important educational need for Lea County and the surrounding area by actively promoting success through learning.

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The main campus of New Mexico Junior College is composed of several building complexes that contain the primary services and departments of the College. Within these buildings are faculty offices, classrooms, laboratories, and other facilities.

1.   Western Heritage Museum Complex & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame— In addition to offering world-class exhibits throughout the year that exemplify the diversity, beauty, and rich cultural traditions that have shaped the American Southwest, the Museum also serves as home to the
renowned Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame.
2.   Watson Hall—Watson Hall houses the Music programs at NMJC and features a performance space as well as classroom and lab spaces for
instruction of instrumental, vocal, and theory courses in music. This facility also houses the Cosmetology lab and classrooms.
3.   Mansur Hall— This facility serves as the primary residence for the Division of Arts, and Humanities. English, German, Spanish, Education, and Interpersonal and Speech Communications are taught in Mansur Hall. The building is also home to the NMJC Academic Success Center and
Tutoring Services, as well as the Office of the Dean of Arts, Humanities.
4.   John Shepherd Administrative BuildingThe Administrative Center houses the offices of the NMJC President, the Vice President for Finance,
and the Vice President for Instruction, as well as the Business Office, the Human Resources Office, the NMJC Foundation Office, Public Relations
and Marketing Department, and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
5. Ben Alexander Student Learning Center—The Ben Alexander Student Learning Center was designed to offer a convenient “one-stop shopping” experience for students by providing recruiting, registration, counseling, and financial aid services, as well as a bookstore, a testing center, classrooms, and labs. The second floor of the student center houses the TRIO Programs and Adult Basic Education. The office of the Vice President for Student Services, the Dean of Students, and the Student Life Office are also housed in the BAC. The previously existing area was remodeled to provide additional student space, including an Internet café, lounge area, game room, and outdoor seating. The Security Office, which houses campus security officers available for 24-hour response to campus situations, is also located here.
6. Pannell LibraryNMJC’s research collections, microforms, media materials, and active serials (periodicals, newspapers, indexes, and abstracts) are housed in this centrally located facility on campus. Other library resources include current university and college catalogs, career materials, telephone directories, annual corporation reports, indexes, pamphlets, an extensive business library, and access to First Search databases. Interlibrary loan service is also available. Services include reference and research assistance, library instruction, bibliographic instructions/information literacy, library tours, reserve reading, photocopying, and bibliography preparation.
7.   Heidel Hall—Heidel Hall houses most of the science and mathematics instructional classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices, as well as the
Office of the Dean of Business, Math and Sciences.
8.   Caster Activity Center—This structure houses recreational / athletic facilities for students and members of the general public. The CAC also
houses the Athletic Department offices. The Activity Center combines some of the finest equipment and conveniences with an active calendar of intercollegiate and other athletic events. Users may access basketball courts, racquetball courts, dry saunas, a fitness classroom, a fully equipped weight room, a cardio room, and an indoor golf driving range, as well as office, locker, and shower facilities. Just west of the CAC are outdoor tennis courts and an all-weather track facility.
9.   McLean Hall — This building complex houses facilities for the Allied Health programs, and the campus Computer Center.
10.  Central Mechanical—This building houses the central plant, which contains the main mechanical infrastructure for the entire campus.
11.  Mary Hagelstein Instructional Arts Center— This facility contains the Fine Arts classrooms as well as the Document Center.
12.  Don Whitaker Automotive Technology Center—Located in this building are NMJC’s state-of-the-art automotive and welding laboratories and classrooms.
13. Greenhouse—This area is utilized by grounds personnel to grow in-house plants for campus landscapes.
14. Harold Runnels Residence Hall — Harold Runnels Residence Hall provides comfortable, convenient dormitory living for NMJC students.
15. Glen & Rosemary Houston Thunderbird Hall — Glen & Rosemary Houston Thunderbird Hall provides comfortable, convenient dormitory
living for NMJC students.
16. John Watson Student Apartments— The John Watson Student Apartments provide furnished apartment living for NMJC students. A
student apartment includes a kitchen, living room, four bedrooms, and two full bathrooms. Each bedroom has Internet access and cable TV
connections. A local phone connection is provided in the kitchen area of each apartment. Also available 24/7 is a laundry facility located on the
second floor. The complete area comprising the dorms and apartments is known as Thunderbird Village.
17. Carroll Leavell Student Apartments— The Carroll Leavell Student Apartments provide furnished apartment living for NMJC students. A
student apartment includes a kitchen, living room, four bedrooms, and two full bathrooms. Each bedroom has Internet access and cable TV
connections. A local phone connection is provided in the kitchen area of each apartment. Also available 24/7 is a laundry facility located on the
second floor.
18. Warehouse / Maintenance (WM)—This building houses the maintenance department and houses the motor vehicles utilized for company travel.
19. Bob Moran Hall – This facility houses instructional classrooms and laboratories for a variety of disciplines such as business, computer science, and public safety. It also houses a variety of meeting areas and offices, including the office of the Dean of Public Safety and Industry.
20. Driving Range—Students enrolled in a golf class and / or the members of the NMJC Golf team have access to the on-campus driving range. (The
driving range is not open to the public).
21. Ray Birmingham Thunderbird Baseball Field—NMJC’s collegiate baseball field for practice and games was named for the legendary coach who, among other honors, led the T-Birds to a national championship in 2005. The facility has a seating capacity of 700.
22. Concession Stand for Baseball Field
23. Ross Black Field of Champions—This facility is primarily utilized by Cross Country / Track & Field teams but is open to the public year round.
24. Field House
25. Larry Hanna Training & Outreach Center—The Larry Hanna Training and Outreach Center is a full-service training and education conference
center uniquely designed to facilitate training seminars, continuing education programs, conferences, business meetings, sales meetings,
marketing presentations, and networking meetings. The Division of Training & Outreach includes the following departments which are housed in this facility: Workforce Training, Professional Development, Events, and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). This division
provides credit and non-credit courses for professional development and life-long learning. The facility also houses the Office of the Vice
President for Training and Outreach and the Dean of Training & Outreach.
26. Dan Berry Rodeo Arena — NMJC’s intercollegiate rodeo practice facilities are located here.
27. Don Bratton Building I—This is one of the training facilities included in the Don Bratton Energy Technology Center. The Don Bratton Energy
Technology Center is an innovative partnership with the oil and gas / alternative industries to meet the needs of both oil and gas producers and potential alternative energy workers in the Permian Basin. It houses both corporate and traditional classrooms and outdoor labs.
28. Don Bratton Building 2—This is one of the training facilities included in the Don Bratton Energy Technology Center.
29. Don Bratton Building 3—This is one of the training facilities included in the Don Bratton Energy Technology Center.
30. Don Bratton Building 4— This is one of the training facilities included in the Don Bratton Energy Technology Center.
31. C. M. Burk University Center—The C. M. Burk University Center, located on the 2nd floor of Pannell Library, provides space for NMJC’s four year university partners, which include Eastern New Mexico University, the University of New Mexico, and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. These partnerships were designed to provide educational opportunities and to enhance the transfer rates and completion rates of two-year students in their pursuit of advanced degrees. The University Center also houses the offices of Distance Learning whose staff works with students and faculty in a support role for online and ITV classes.
32. Transportation Safety Training Center—This building houses the Transportation Safety staff and registration services for CDL programs,
Defensive Driving, DWI, and Driver’s Education. It also contains the classrooms for CDL training.
33. Auction Warehouse
34. Baseball Field house (BF)—The newly constructed Baseball Field house has an enclosed practice area, locker rooms, referee’s locker rooms/shower area and will house the Baseball Hall of Fame.
35. Equine Building—This newly constructed Equine Building has an arena and classrooms.
36. Caster Annex
37. Tennis Courts
38. Sand Volleyball Area

Applicability
These policies apply to recruitment, admission, extracurricular and co-curricular activities, housing, facilities, access to course offerings, counseling and testing, financial assistance, employment, health and insurance services, and athletic programs for students. These policies also apply to the recruitment, hiring, training and promotion of NMJC employees (faculty, staff, and students) and to all other terms and conditions of employment. NMJC strives to establish procedures, which assure equal treatment and access to all programs, facilities and services.

NMJC policies regarding Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, discrimination, reasonable accommodations, sexual harassment, and other related subjects listed above can be viewed on the website under Consumer Information Disclosures:
 
Anti-Harassment
It is the policy of the institution to prevent and eliminate forms of unlawful harassment in employment and educational settings. NMJC prohibits harassment of employees and students on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, age, sex, sexual preference, gender identity, spousal affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, or other characteristics protected by applicable law. NMJC makes special efforts to eliminate both overt and subtle forms of sexual harassment.
 
Non-Discrimination
NMJC, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. NMJC is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnicity, color, national origin, age, spousal affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, medical condition, disability, religion, pregnancy, genetic information, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the Office of Human Resources.
 
Equal Education Opportunity
NMJC is committed to providing equal educational opportunity and forbids unlawful discrimination and/or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, age, sex, sexual preference, gender identity, spousal affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, or other characteristics protected by applicable law. Equal educational opportunity includes: admission, recruitment, academic endeavors, extracurricular programs and activities, housing, health and insurance services and athletics. In keeping with this policy of equal educational opportunity, NMJC is committed to creating and maintaining an atmosphere free from all forms of harassment.
 
Equal Employment Opportunity
NMJC policy, state, and federal law and regulations forbid unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, age, sex, sexual preference, gender identity, spousal affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, or other characteristics protected by applicable law in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting and all other terms and conditions of employment.
 
ADA Compliance and Reasonable Accommodation
NMJC is committed to the recognition and the proactive pursuit of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). NMJC makes reasonable accommodation to the religious observances and practices of a student, an employee or prospective employee, and to the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified student, employee, applicant or program user with a disability, unless such accommodations have the end result of fundamentally altering a program or service or placing an undue hardship on the operation of NMJC. Qualified students, employees or program users with disabilities should contact the Office of Human Resources or Student Disability Services for information regarding accommodations in the employment and/or academic setting. To comply with the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, NMJC provides the information in this publication in alternative formats. To request an alternate format, please contact Student Disability Services in the Ben Alexander Student Learning Center.
 
Reporting
If you believe you have been discriminated against and/or harassed on the basis of your race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, age, sex, sexual preference, gender identity, spousal affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, or other characteristics protected by applicable law, you should contact the Director of Human Resources.
 
Applicable NMJC Policies
NMJC policies regarding Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, discrimination, reasonable accommodation, sexual harassment, and other related subjects listed above can be viewed on the website under Consumer Information Disclosures:  http://www.nmjc.edu/administration/consumerinformationdisclosures.aspx
 
Directions for Correspondence
All departments of NMJC receive mail through a central post office. Address any correspondence to a specific department or individual as follows:
(Name of Individual and Department)
New Mexico Junior College
1 Thunderbird Circle
Hobbs, New Mexico 88240
 
For information or assistance contact AskNMJC at 575-392-2577 or AskNMJC@NMJC.edu
 
NMJC office hours are, in general, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.