Nov 28, 2023  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About the College


San Juan College is in agreement with and dedicated to providing a place of work and learning that is free from discrimination and harassment on the basis of a person’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, genetic, veteran’s status, or on the basis of any other category protected under federal, state and local laws. It is against San Juan College policy to discriminate in any aspect of employment or education, which includes, but is not limited to the following: recruitment; employment and accommodation in the workplace; compensation; benefits and retirement benefits; transfers; layoffs and returns to work; institutionally sponsored education and training; tuition assistance; social and recreational programs; staff development and career advancement; admission and class registration; testing; grading; facility and equipment use; housing; academic accommodations; financial aid/scholarships; as well as any other terms and conditions of employment; or any other academic programs, terms and conditions.

Questions should be directed to the EEO officer at 505-566-3515. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the information in this publication will be made available in alternative formats upon request to Student Services. Call (505) 566-3271 for assistance.


The mission of San Juan College is to inspire and support lifelong learning to achieve personal and community goals by providing quality education, services and cultural enrichment.


San Juan College will be an innovative, dynamic learning college built on mutual respect, meaningful participation and a collective commitment to students, the community and the core values of a comprehensive community college.


San Juan College is committed to serving the needs of our students and the community through a process of continuous quality improvement. San Juan College upholds and affirms the following core iCARE values:

Innovation - we value…

  • Thinking creatively
  • Examining and improving procedures
  • Initiating strategic change
  • Sharing new ideas
  • Maximizing technology

Collaboration - we value…

  • Open communication
  • Collective wisdom
  • Inclusive decision-making
  • Relationship building
  • Partnering to create new opportunities

Accountability - we value…

  • Sound fiscal stewardship
  • Responsibility and commitment
  • Assessing and meeting community needs
  • Assessment that leads to improvement
  • Clarity of expectations
  • Evidence-based decision making

Respect - we value…

  • Student centered learning
  • Diverse people, perspectives, cultures and life circumstances
  • Environmental and economic sustainability and responsibility

Excellence - we value…

  • Meeting and exceeding expectations
  • Modeling and developing best practices
  • Continuous improvement
  • On-going professional development


San Juan College was founded in 1956 as the Farmington Branch of the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts. All classes were initially taught by part-time instructors during evening hours at Farmington High School. In 1958, the name was changed from Farmington Branch to San Juan Branch, NMSU.

During the 1966-67 year, the College received federal grants to construct a facility for a branch campus on 590 acres of land that the Farmington City Council returned to the Bureau of Land Management. Thus, with the first building constructed in 1967-68, San Juan Branch had a permanent site in the northern part of Farmington.

From the first phase of construction in 1967 to 1981, the College grew exponentially. As the community and local school districts invested more money and support in this university branch campus, the natural desire for more local control and autonomy arose. A successful county-wide election was held in 1981, approving of separation from NMSU and financial support for a newly created junior college district. On July 1, 1982, an independent and separate community college known officially as Junior College District of San Juan County, and informally as San Juan College, came into being.

The College supports a wide variety of instructional and support activities for academic transfer, career education, and noncredit learning activities. More importantly, however, as the College has grown, and there has been an incremental growth in student population. From its modest start in 1956 with 25 students, the College now has a credit enrollment of more than 15,000 students per year. Staff size has grown from a handful of part-time instructors to a total of nearly 980 men and women who operate the College, including approximately 160 full-time faculty and 200 part-time faculty.

Accreditation and Affiliation

In 2000, San Juan College became one of the first community colleges to take part in the Higher Learning Commission’s Academic Quality Improvement Project. AQIP uses quality processes and standards to assist the institution in maintaining its accredited status. Membership in this accrediting association makes possible the transfer of credits to other colleges and universities. Accreditation information can be viewed by the public upon request from the San Juan College Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Grants, or on the web at The college is also a member of the following organizations:

Accreditations and Certifications

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing  
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
Accreditation Review Committee Surgical Technology/ Surgical Assisting
American Veterinary Medical Association
Association of Small Business Development Centers
Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
College Reading and Learning Association
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care*
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
Commission on Dental Accreditation
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
International Association of Drilling Contractors
International Business Incubator Association
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation
National College Testing Association
New Mexico Public Education Department
U.S. Small Business Administration

*Probationary Status


American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers   
American Association of Community Colleges
American Association of Respiratory Care
American Dental Association
American Dental Education Association
American Dental Hygienists’ Association
American Library Association
American Occupational Therapy Association
American Physical Therapy Association
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
American Society for Clinical Pathology
Association of College & Research Libraries
Association of Community College Trustees
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Association of Institutional Researchers
College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
Community College Business Officers
CompTIA: Information Technology (IT) Industry and Association
Consortium of College Testing Centers
Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education
Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
CyberWatch West Consortium
International Fire Service Accreditation Congress
League for Innovation
Learning Resources Network
Mountain Plains Library Association
Mountain States Association of Community Colleges
National Association of College Auxiliary Services
National Association of College Stores
National Association of College and University Business Officers
National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers
National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements
National Cyber Watch Center
National League for Nursing
Navajo Teacher Education Consortium
New Mexico American Physical Therapy Association
New Mexico Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers
New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry
New Mexico Association of Institutional Researchers and Planners
New Mexico Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
New Mexico Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care
New Mexico Board of Nursing
New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence
New Mexico Collegiate Business Articulation Consortium
New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries
New Mexico Deans and Directors of Education
New Mexico Dental Association
New Mexico Independent Community Colleges
New Mexico Joint Organization of Education
New Mexico Library Association
New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium
New Mexico Trucking Association
Organization for Associate Degree Nursing
Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention
Rocky Mountain Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
Rocky Mountain Association of Institutional Researchers
Southwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Western Association of College and University Business Officers
Western Society of Periodontology


San Juan College Farmington Campus

4601 College Boulevard, 505-326-3311
San Juan College is one of the finest and most advanced community colleges in the state. The beautifully landscaped main campus is located on the north side of Farmington. The College’s facilities have grown significantly over the years, consisting of 16 main campus buildings and four off-campus facilities occupying more than 1,000,000 square feet and representing a value of more than $200 million dollars for buildings only.

Opened in the summer of 2015, the newest SJC building is the 65,000-square-foot School of Energy. The new facility brings together staff and students in the same location, while providing additional classrooms, office space, meeting rooms and six hands-on simulation labs.  The school offers accredited programs including Instrumentation and Controls, Industrial Plant Operations Process, Production Operations and Process Technology. The new facility also houses a state-of-the-art Well Control Simulator. In addition to providing students with associate degrees and certificates, the School of Energy has partnered with other colleges and universities to offer advanced degrees. 

San Juan College East

(505) 566-4151
San Juan College East is located at 315 South Ash Street in the Aztec Family Center. The East Campus offers registration and payment assistance for all credit and non-credit classes; free GED® preparation; credit courses; computer lab; Accuplacer testing; and a variety of popular non-credit classes. San Juan College East also offers Saturday classes. 

San Juan College West

(505) 566-3598
San Juan College West is located at 69 County Road 6500 in Kirtland. The campus offers a variety of services, including registration and payment assistance; free Adult Education (AE) and GED® preparation; credit courses; computer lab; Accuplacer testing; and a variety of credit and non-credit classes. The campus provides library services for both students and the community and computer access to the main campus library. 

San Juan College 30th Street Center

The 30th Street Center is located at 3539 E. 30th Street. The 30th Street location houses the Adult Education (AE)/GED®, English for Speakers of Other Languages, ENLACE Family Center, as well as New Mexico Highlands University-Farmington Center and University of New Mexico-San Juan Center.

San Juan College Hutton Street Center

(505) 566-4097
Located at 907 S. Hutton in Farmington, the Hutton Street Center houses the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Program, including both Class A & B, which is part of the School of Energy.

Additional Learning Opportunities

Center for Workforce Development

(505) 566-3501
Located in the Quality Center for Business, The Center for Workforce Development provides customized training and related services to individuals, business, industries and public sector agencies. The Center operates under the auspices of the School of Business, Information Technology and Workforce Development.

Child and Family Development Center

(505) 566-3383
The San Juan College Child and Family Development Center is a laboratory school and provides quality early education and child care services to children ages six weeks through five years of age of students and employees of San Juan College.

Community Learning Center

(505) 566-3214
The Community Learning Center provides educational, cultural, and recreational activities and services to students and community residents. Among these are non-credit courses, lectures, field trips, arts and crafts workshops, dance, exercise and outdoor learning.

Dual Credit

(505) 566-3216
High School Junior and Senior students who attend a public, private or home school may enroll in college courses on campus, at our centers, or in high school. Some courses require reading, math, or writing level pre-requisites. (See  Dual Credit  for more details.)

Encore: The Senior College

(505) 566-3121
Encore is a program that offers educational opportunities of an academic and experiencial nature to learners 50 years of age and older.

Enterprise Center

(505) 566-3699
Located in the Quality Center for Business, the Enterprise Center provides San Juan County with a business incubator that helps entrepreneurs learn the basics of running their business and nurtures the development of entrepreneurial companies


Health and Human Performance Center

(505) 566-3410
The Health and Human Performance Center provides the community with a comprehensive wellness program, which includes physical fitness, general health screenings, relaxation, self-exploration, development and skill growth, and the pursuit of special interests.

Honors Courses

(505) 566-3238
Honors courses provide students with the opportunity to learn and demonstrate their skills at an advanced level. (See  Honors  for details.)

Kids Kollege

(505) 566-3214
Kids Kollege is a summer enrichment program for children between the ages of four and 15.

Online Learning

(505) 566-3310
Merging telecommunications and information technologies allow students, faculty and the community to participate in learning anytime and anyplace through online courses.


(505) 566-3361
The San Juan College Planetarium is a 60-seat, multimedia facility that provides unique programs to students, elementary schools, scout troops, youth groups and community organizations in the Four Corners area. The Planetarium offers monthly programs and stargazes with telescopes.

Small Business Development Center

(505) 566-3528
Located in the Quality Center for Business, the Small Business Development Center provides business counseling, education, training, information resources and referrals to individuals who want to start or already own a small business in the Four Corners area.

San Juan College Foundation, Inc.

(505) 566-3200
San Juan College Foundation, Inc. was established in 1972 as a 501 (c)(3) corporation. Its purpose is to support San Juan College by encouraging, soliciting, receiving, and administering gifts and bequests of property and funds. The Foundation provides funds for scholarships for San Juan College students, instructional enhancement, and faculty development.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors is comprised of outstanding volunteers interested in supporting higher education. The Board has sound fiscal policies and procedures and publishes annual CPA audits.

This catalog is for information only and does not constitute a contract. The College reserves the right to change, modify, or alter without notice all fees, charges, tuition, expenses, and costs of any kind and further reserves the right to add or delete without notice any course or program offering, service, or information in this catalog.