Best Instagram Accounts to Follow

By: Sara Noll

Are you tired of seeing the same things on your Instagram feed day in and day out? Same selfies, same dog, same outfit, same problems? Spice up your feed with something new that interests you!


From friendly fur balls to stylish house pets to unique zoo creatures, you will be sure to find something that catches your eye.


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Get creative and crafty by finding the perfect DIY project, recipe, or craft tutorial.


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Get up and get going with the tips and advice of knowledgable trainers who provide workouts, nutritional advice, and inspiration to improve your health and help you get moving.


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These flower-loving designers create beautiful arrangements to satisfy your floral fix.


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Follow the journey of those who get to work with food for a living or learn how to make a mouth-watering meal, step-by-step on your own.


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Have a good laugh with a relatable meme or a satisfyingly funny video that has you saying, “SAME.”


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Home Decor

Drool over the elegant taste of beautifully decorated homes.


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Find encouragement with the help of touching stories, motivational people, and inspirational quotes.


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Get inspired to be organized by the professional work of talented organizers.


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Find the beauty of nature through the lens of a camera.


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Stay on top of your favorite sports teams, athletes, highlights, and the big news from each week.


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Glancing at these pictures can make you feel like you are on the other side of the world. Discover jaw-dropping locations that will have you ready to jump on a plane.


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Instagram is filled with many opportunities and something for everyone. Find your fix by following someone that inspires you, makes you laugh, or takes you on a new adventure.

Spring Break 2019

By: Sara Noll

Nothing beats waking up to the sound of the turquoise waters crashing and the swaying of tropical trees in the humid breeze. A cold drink in your hand and grains of sand stuck in between your toes. The warm sun makes you forget about the Colorado snow. The perfect spring break destination feels a little something like this but might be way too good to be true. Not going to the Bahamas for spring break? Me either. Although we might not be able to escape the bipolar weather of Colorado, you can still look to make the most of your few but valuable days off. Where can you adventure to make this a successful spring break?

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the perfect place to spend the day interacting with animals who come from all over the world. Home to America’s only mountain zoo, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is tucked away in the mountainside and overlooks the south side of Colorado Springs. Take a ride on the Mountaineer Sky Ride to catch breathtaking panorama views of the city.

Estes Park

About 90 miles northeast of Denver, Estes Park sits in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Visit Estes Park to explore the Colorado Rockies and experience the beauty of nature. Whether you want to live it all in a day or stay as long as reality will let you, there is a plethora events, lodging, and activities to choose from.  Mostly known for its outdoor enjoyment, you can ride a bike, take a fly-fishing lesson, rent a jeep, play mini-golf, go wildlife watching, or even take a ride on a go-kart.

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods Park is a National Natural Landmark in Colorado Springs known for its magnificent views of red rock formations. With a background of Pikes Peak, it is one of Colorado’s most photographed views. Activities within the park include guided walks, many paths for hiking and biking, horseback riding, bird watching, and rock climbing. Find an activity you enjoy doing in Colorado’s natural beauties.

Glenwood Springs

Outside of the mountains, rivers, and natural beauties Colorado has to offer, Glenwood Springs is unique in its own way. Along with the hiking, fishing, climbing, rafting, and skiing, Glenwood Springs is known as the home of the hot springs. Located here is the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, the world’s largest hot spring pool, producing over 3.5 million gallons of water per day at 122 degrees. In addition, located along the Colorado River is 16 mineral hot spring pools called the Iron Mountain Hot Springs. The hot springs is the place to rejuvenate and soak in a great wellness experience.

After visiting the hot springs, experience another kind of water in this same geographical area.  On the edge of Glenwood Canyon cliffs is the crystal-clear turquoise lake and waterfalls known as Hanging Lake. The journey is a steep, mile long hike but leads to a very rewarding destination that is much different than many other things we see in Colorado which makes Glenwood Springs such a popular tourist destination.

Manitou Incline

If the Colorado weather is feeling nice, grab some friends and make a day out of a trip to the unique community of Manitou Spring. By choosing the Manitou Incline as a day destination, you will get fresh air and a good workout in. The incline is about a mile long but climbs 2,000 vertical feet. The time it takes to hike up the incline ranges from anywhere between 20 minutes and a little over an hour but will take a little longer coming back down. This is an activity that takes a couple hours. Be prepared with proper attire, plenty of water, and the motivation to make it up and down the incline.

Monarch Mountain

If you are not completely over the Colorado cold yet, Monarch Mountain has extended their ski season until April 21st due to the abundant amount of snow this past year. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Monarch is also offering cat skiing and tubing.  Spring skiing is a unique experience that mixes snow and sun for a great day on the slopes.

Mt. Princeton

After hitting the slopes, treat yourself to a relaxing hot springs experience.  While not as large as Glenwood Springs, Mt Princeton offers a unique experience tucked neatly near the Chalk Cliffs.  This easy to find location is between Salida and Buena Vista in the small town of Nathrop, Colorado.  Mt Princeton includes amenities like a natural hot pool and spa but also the opportunity to relax in the river and enjoy the warm water while feeling the sunshine on your face. Stay the night at the Mount Princeton Resort and have access to the hot springs whenever you please.

Pepsi Center

In the heart of Denver is one of the city’s most popular event venues, the Pepsi Center. Make a trip to Denver and catch any variety of sporting events taking place:

Saturday, March 16 @ 7:00 p.m.

Denver Nuggets vs. Indiana Pacers


Sunday, March 17 @ 1:00 p.m.

Colorado Avalanche vs. New Jersey Devils


Saturday, March 23 @ 1:00 p.m.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Chicago Blackhawks


Saturday, March 23 @ 7:00 p.m.

Colorado Mammoth vs. Vancouver Stealth


Any of these popular Colorado destinations allow you to enjoy the beauty and resources found uniquely in our very own state for a spring break adventure.  All of these great spring break destinations have lodging, restaurants, and a variety of activities near-by. And if an adventure isn’t on your Spring Break “to do” list, add these ideas to your bucket list for a future experience. Take advantage of your precious time off and do as much as you can.  Enjoy!

Transition Your Resolutions Into Goals

By: Sara Noll

At the beginning of every year, many people around the world optimistically set a New Year’s resolution to better themselves in the new year. From eating healthier to saving money, or possibly learning a new skill, we want to accomplish something to make us feel the best we can. However, as February rounds the corner every year, we tend to lose sight of our once set mission. Before you know it, our “New Year’s resolutions” don’t even bother to cross our minds. According to Forbes, “Studies have shown that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them.” Did you make a resolution that has already been abandoned? Start this year off right by making monthly goals instead of yearly resolutions.

Why goals?

Goals and resolutions definitely go hand in hand, but what makes the difference? Goals are a specific way to achieve your ambitions. On the other hand, resolutions tend to be broader.

Turning resolutions into goals

Start by making it clear what you want to accomplish. Ask yourself, why is it important? How will you make it happen? The next step is to take your resolution and break it down. Take saving money as an example. What are you going to do to save money? Does that mean you will cut all of the wants out and only buy the needs? Is that eliminating your guilty pleasure? If you’re looking to save money at the grocery store, you’ll need to find the cheapest goods, cut down the quantity, only buy what you need, and only go a couple times a month. Get as specific as possible, by gathering all details and outlining the small steps you need to take to be able to reach your goal at its highest potential.

Stay in check

Instead of making a New Year’s resolution every January 1st, create goals to achieve every month. If you have a goal to achieve at the end of every month, you are more likely to stay in touch with your long-term goal. Start out with a low, achievable goal your first month. Each month increase your goal by small amounts, but enough to get you where you want to be. Celebrate your accomplishments but keep going. Evaluate the progress of your goal by measuring your results. It is important to follow up with yourself every once in a while, to keep yourself in check. If you are not where you want to be, back track to get on track.

Tips to sticking to your goals

Be consistent – If you only work on your goals on occasion or when you feel like it, you are not going to see results. Put everything you can into it as often as you can. It is important to work at steady pace to gradually see improvement.

Stick to what is in your comfort zone – Don’t let other people tell you what is right for you. When others set your goals or modify them for you, it can have a negative effect on your ability to achieve them. You know what you can and can’t do and don’t let anyone steer you clear of that.

Hold yourself accountable – A tip to holding yourself accountable is by telling a friend your goals and what you need to do to accomplish them. Set a deadline to report your progress. For many people, it is the matter of being held accountable to someone other than yourself.

Surround yourself with success – Find motivation in people who are working towards (or have accomplished) the same goal as you. Use their achievements as positive energy for you to work for.  Find quotes or other sources of inspiration that you can post or view often to continually keep you on track.

It’s not too late for you to set goals instead of resolutions.  Any day is a great day to get on track and achieve your personal goals.  Use these tips and the advice from Walt Disney, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”  Best of luck achieving your goals and making THIS a great year!





12 Things To Do Over Christmas Break

By: Sara Noll

  1. Bake Holiday Desserts

There is no better time to roll up your sleeves and make the kitchen a mess than over Christmas break. From ginger bread to chocolate fudge to bread pudding to your grandma’s sugar cookies, we cannot seem to get enough sugar over the holiday season. Now is the perfect time to test out a new recipe. Feeling bored or want to try something new? Try out these three favorite recipes.

Sugar Cookies


6 cups floursugar cookies

3 tsp. baking powder

2 cups butter

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. salt

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Mix dry ingredients and add a little at a time to butter mixture. Mix until flour is completely incorporated, and the dough comes together. Chill for 15 minutes. Roll out on parchment paper to desired thickness, cut into desired shapes, and peel away excess dough. Slip parchment paper onto baking sheet. Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until just beginning to turn brown around the edges. This recipe can make up to 5-dozen 3” cookies.


Powdered sugar

A little water or lemon juice


Mix together until you get the consistency that you want. Add food coloring to create colored icing. Pipe the edges of the cookies then go back to and fill in the cookies. Let set overnight.

Chocolate Toffee

2 cups sugarct

1/3 cup water

3 tbs. light corn syrup

12 oz. salted butter (3 sticks), cut into chunks

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 cup whole toasted almonds, toasted and chopped (optional)

Equipment: Silicone baking mat; candy thermometer

  1. Line a sided sheet pan with a silicone baking mat, or oil it well with vegetable oil (or use a heavyweight nonstick sheet pan).
  2. Pour the sugar into the center of a saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer. Pour the water around the edge of the pan and wait to allow the water to moisten the sugar. (You can draw a clean finger through the center of the pan to allow some water to seep in.) Add the corn syrup and bring to a boil. Add the butter and boil until the mixture reaches 300 degrees F.
  3. Turn off the heat and whisk in the cocoa; then stir in the nuts. Quickly pour the mixture onto the center of the prepared pan and let it spread out — it may not reach the sides of the pan. Set aside to cool at room temperature until hard. Using your hands (wear gloves to avoid fingerprints), pry the toffee out of the pan and break into large pieces. Store in an airtight container. The toffee will keep well for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.


Fleur de Sel Caramels

Vegetable oilcaramel

1 ½ cups sugar

1/4 cup light corn syrup

1 cup heavy cream

5 tbs. unsalted butter

1 tsp. fine fleur de sel, plus extra for sprinkling

1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

  1. Prep the pan.
  2. Line an 8-inch-square baking pan with parchment paper, allowing it to drape over 2 sides, then brush the paper lightly with oil.
  3. Boil the sugar.
  4. In a deep saucepan (6 inches wide and 4 1/2 inches deep), combine 1/4 cup water, the sugar and corn syrup and bring them to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil until the mixture is a warm golden brown. Don’t stir — just swirl the pan.
  5. Heat the cream.
  6. In the meantime, in a small pot, bring the cream, butter and 1 teaspoon of fleur de sel to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  7. Finish the caramel.
  8. When the sugar mixture is done, turn off the heat and slowly add the cream mixture to the sugar mixture. Be careful — it will bubble up violently. Stir in the vanilla with a wooden spoon and cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, until the mixture reaches 248 degrees F (firm ball) on a candy thermometer.
  9. Fill the pan.
  10. Very carefully (it’s hot!) pour the caramel into the prepared pan and refrigerate for a few hours, until firm.
  11. Cut the caramel.
  12. When the caramel is cold, pry the sheet from the pan onto a cutting board. Cut the square in half.
  13. Roll it up.
  14. Starting with a long side, roll the caramel up tightly into an 8-inch-long log.
  15. Cut into pieces.
  16. Sprinkle the log with fleur de sel, trim the ends and cut into 8 pieces. (Start by cutting the log in half, then continue cutting each piece in half until you have 8 equal pieces.) It’s easier to cut the caramels if you brush the knife with flavorless oil like corn oil.
  17. Wrap the candies.
  18. Cut parchment paper into 4-by-5-inch pieces and wrap each caramel individually, twisting the ends. Store in the refrigerator and serve the caramels chilled.


  1. Watch Christmas Specials

Christmas is here, and whether you love them or hate them, all of the Christmas specials are here too. The hours of celebrity hosted events, classic movie showings, and live parades will soon take over television.

All December long you can watch all of the classic movies on cable network, Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas. Check out to view the schedule and catch the times your favorite movies are playing.

Netflix is full of holiday classics with up to 50 different movies. A few of these movies being: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Santa Paws, Bad Santa, A Very Murray Christmas, White Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, The Christmas Chronicles, and many more. With this variety of movies, you will be sure to please everyone on demand.

Stop by the Thrillist Entertainment Article ( for a schedule of  more shows happening now until Christmas.


  1. Donate Your Time/Volunteer

A great way to spend your spare time is to help those in need. Especially during Christmas time, many families are looking for an extra helping hand. Here in our local community, Associated Charities is a great place to give your time or donate what you can. From Thanksgiving until Christmas, this organization is looking for volunteers to help out. We are fortunate enough to have a very giving community that has donated thousands of items that can help families in need over the holiday season. With so many goods coming in, extra help is greatly appreciated. You might be asked to stock shelves, put together baskets, restock on needed supplies, or anything else that needs to get done. Whatever you do, you are making a difference in our community!


  1. Play games

Gather your family or get a group of friends together for a game night. You can play for fun or make it competitive. Some tried and true family favorites are:  Rummikub, Clue, Monopoly and Uno.  Ask friends or family to bring their favorite game when coming to visit, it’s a great way to learn new games and have lots of fun!


  1. Go to a movie

December 2018 Movie Releases

Now Playing

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

Creed II

Bohemian Rhapsody

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Instant Family

Coming Soon

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Dec. 14th

Mortal Engines – Dec. 14th

Mary Poppins Returns – Dec. 19th

Aquaman – Dec.21st

Bumblebee – Dec. 21st



  1. Read a book or two

Grab a blanket, make a hot drink, and get lost in a good book. Check out Barnes & Noble’s “Top 100 Bestsellers of the Year” list to find a few books you might be interested in.


  1. Try a winter sport

One Day Lift Ticket $59 – $79 (depending on the date)

Open every day @ 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Take a break from the plains and head to the mountains for the day to shred the slopes. Skiing and snowboarding are great ways to enjoy the Colorado snow. Monarch Mountain is the closest ski slope to La Junta, with a trip a little over three hours from La Junta. Monarch is a smaller resort yet perfect for the day and to get away from the crowds. Visit the Monarch Mountain website to view the details.


  1. Go see a play

December 13, 14, & 15 @ 7:30 p.m.

Picketwire Presents – “Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical”

Nuncrackers takes place in real time in the basement of Mount Saint Helen’s convent. With all new songs, this show is filled with typical NUNSENSE humor. This Christmas show will make you laugh and maybe tug at your heartstrings. It’s the perfect way make your holiday season is merry and bright.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased ahead of time or the night of the performance.  Seating is reserved.


December 16 @ 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

First Presbyterian Church of La Junta Presents – “A Superhero Christmas Pageant”

Starring Mary, Joseph, and shepherds…plus Superman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, the Hulk, Batman, and Cat Woman.  This is a FREE event.


December 24 @ 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church Presents – “Dateline: Bethlehem, Reactions to Jesus’ Birth”

A roving reporter interviews characters (puppets) for their reactions to Jesus’ birth. He also interviews a learned panel. This is a delightful yet beautiful service with familiar Christmas hymns for all ages to celebrate this joyous evening.  This event is FREE.


  1. A Holiday Gift Affair

December 15 @ 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

On Saturday, December 15th, Inspiration Field will be hosting a gift shopping event where you can finish up your Christmas shopping. This event will be hosted by vendors with local and homemade gifts for the whole family! There will be raffles for great prizes including products from the vendors. It can’t hurt to stop on by, you never know what you might find as a last-minute gift or something for yourself!


  1. Kate’s Studio Dance Recital

December 15 @ 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

From teens to tots, watch local dancers of all ages perform jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, and acrobatics dance routines at Otero Junior College – Ed Stafford Theatre.  Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5.


  1. Christmas at the Plaza

December 22 @ 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Come out to the Santa Fe Plaza and enjoy a good time with family and friends around the town Christmas Tree. Bring your little ones for a chance to let Santa know their wishes.  Pictures with Santa will be available ($10), and refreshments will be provided for all.


  1. Help set up luminaries on Christmas Eve

Every year on Christmas Eve, many join together to bring a special light to La Junta by placing thousands of brown bags around the City Park.  In the bags are sand and a single candle.  The candles are lit and a special glow surrounds the park through the luminaries.  With so many luminaries it takes many people to set them up and light them for the community to enjoy. lum













5 Tips for Staying Healthy

By: Sara Noll

With the weather turning colder and this semester about 2/3 over, it’s important to stay healthy and finish strong! We all know there is nothing worse than being sick over the holidays or while you are trying to wrap up the semester. So, here are five tips to help you stay healthy as we are nearing the end of the year.

  1. SLEEP!!!

We all think we can survive on five or six hours of sleep. Not true. College students should be getting at least seven to nine hours of sleep every night, which seems like a lot more than what most students get. Compared to the American population as a whole, college students receive the least amount of sleep. Lack of sleep leads to grumpy college students which makes it very difficult to focus and be successful in class. Not only does it lead to poor grades, it also causes students to be more likely to get sick. When we are tired, our immune system is not working as well as it can. Sleeping is very important when it comes to helping stay awake during class and having the ability to concentrate on what is being taught. The easiest way to stay healthy is to get an adequate amount of sleep each night.  The quickest way to recover if you are feeling run down is to try and get an extra couple hours of sleep each night to get back on the right track.


There are germs EVERYWHERE on campus. There are many people who help clean our learning areas and bathrooms, however sometimes it is not enough. There are many places that are our responsibility to clean.  We can help out in many ways to keep our campus clean. Our hands are the first way to fight germs. Wash your hands often with plenty of soap and carry your own hand sanitizer for times when it is not easy to wash. Use disinfectant wipes to clean your phone, your light switch in your room, and your door handles. Touching your face and mouth happens often and is a very easy way to spread germs. Try to avoid putting your hands on your face. Mostly, WASH YOUR HANDS every chance you get.  It will definitely keep you healthier.


Carry a water bottle and drink plenty of water all through the day (remember to wash your water bottle with hot soapy water as well).  According to Healthline, health authorities commonly recommend drinking at least 2 liters or half a gallon of water a day. Hydration is key to building a strong immune system.  Also, be sure to make healthy food choices that include fresh fruits and vegetables.  Taking a daily vitamin is another way to help boost your immune system.


School is stressful. From sitting in class to doing homework to studying and taking tests, school can be very overwhelming. It is important to make time in our schedule to relax and wind down.  After constantly being stressed out or overwhelmed, it can really wear you out and weigh you down which really hurts our overall health. Of course, NOT going to class, doing homework, studying and taking tests can also lead to stress.  Make sure to find a balance of school and fun.


If you haven’t taken a walk all the way around campus or gone to the Fitness Center, you should.  Regular exercise helps relieve your stress and helps you sleep better too.  You do not have to have a formal plan or a work-out to get exercise, just go outside and do something you like.  Take a friend and talk while you exercise.  You can even use this time to review for a test, memorize something, or practice a presentation for your next class.


If you follow these tips, you will have a higher likelihood of succeeding in your classes, finishing the semester strong, and heading into the holidays healthy!







Insider: Everything to Know About the TRiO Program

By: Sara Noll

In a recent interview with Todd Werner, Director of the TRiO program, he shared pertinent information about the TRiO program and its benefits to college students.

While TRiO has been at OJC for many years, it continues to be a progressive and forward-thinking support for many students. TRiO is the parent organization of eight different programs with the intent to provide equal opportunities for people of all backgrounds to access higher education. Some of these programs are specifically for math and science, some are computer applications toward high school students.

TRiO began when the first program, Upward Bound was established in 1964. The second outreach program, Talent Search was created in 1965 as part of the Higher Education Act. The following program known as Student Support Services was added and is also known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students. The fourth program was added to TRiO by authorizing Educational Opportunity Centers. The Education Amendments certified the Training Program for the fifth program. Amendments then added the sixth program, the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. The final programs the Department added were the Upward Bound Math/Science program to address the need for specific instruction in the fields of math and science. The TRiO programs have been expanded and improved over the years to provide more services to reach students who need assistance. The only TRiO program currently offered here at OJC is the Student Support Services.

One of the following categories must apply to you to qualify for TRiO Student Support Services:

  1. First Generation – Neither one of your parents have graduated with a bachelor’s degree. Both can have an associate degree and you are still considered first generation.
  2. Low Income – This is based on 150% of the federal poverty level. There is also a certain amount that is based on tax information.
  3. Documented Disability – Proof of some sort of disability.

               TRiO services are not available at all colleges. It is a competitive grant program which means the program can come and go. Every five years a new grant application must be written in order to renew the grant. Once it is sent in to the federal government, the US Department of Education scores the grant applications. Not all applicants are picked or selected. Schools that apply for the grant and do not get approved are welcome to reapply again in the next cycle. There are 13 schools in the state of Colorado that currently have the grant, a mix of junior colleges and four-year colleges such as: CU Boulder, CSU Fort Collins, CSU-Pueblo, Red Rocks Community College, Pikes Peak Community College, Pueblo Community College, Otero Junior College to name a few. Fall 2019 is OJC’s next grant cycle. Otero will rewrite the application and submit everything needed. If a high enough score is received, the grant will be renewed.

TRiO offers many services to support students and help them be successful.  Here’s a list of the offerings:

  • Career advising, course selection or academic advising;
  • Tutoring services;
  • Grant Aid – these are additional funds a student who has been in our program for a year can request to help pay for textbooks or other items related to going to college, like transportation. Last year nearly 10 students were helped transfer to a four-year school by receiving grant aid;
  • A listening ear for struggling students and referrals to other agencies or people if needed.

All of these services provided are shared with the intent that students will keep their grades up, by maintaining a GPA of a 2.0 or higher, and they will graduate with either a certificate or an associate degree. Ideally, TRiO really works with students and encourages transfer to a four-year school to earn a bachelor’s degree.

As Director of the TRiO program, Werner’s main role is to oversee the Student Support Services program and make sure the college is following the federal guidelines on how the program functions. Whether it be from the budget, to data collections, to student records, he makes sure TRiO is providing the services that will best help the students be successful.

While Werner is fairly new to the TRiO program, he has many years of experience in K-12 with students of all ages. This contributes to his job by helping provide a connection between high school and higher education. Werner states, “My favorite part about my job is I still get to work with students, but it is students of different ages. It’s been fun! I was asked this question about three weeks ago and one of the things that came to mind is we still get to talk to students about hope, opportunity, and their future. I get to do it at a different level than if I was working with a 14-year old freshman; it is much different.”

From personal experiences, Werner knows the importance of taking advantage of programs like TRiO. When going to school not too long ago, Werner was first generation/low income eligible and did not realize it until after he got this job. Werner claims, “I wish I would have realized that and been able to access the TRiO program Student Support Services of CSU. I think I would have been a more successful college student if I had those resources.”

TRiO is a very unique opportunity. The grant pays for all services so everything that is provided for the students is free. It is strongly encouraged for all first-generation students or any student that thinks they might qualify for the program to visit TRiO.  Check out TRiO and see if there is someway this program can help you out!

Upcoming: OJC’s Fall Discovery Day

By: Sara Noll

Are you interested in getting a $200 scholarship to pay for tuition at OJC?  If so, make sure to come to OJC’s Fall Discovery Day!  This event is coming soon — October 11th from 8:30 to 1:00 p.m.  Besides earning free money for college, this is a great opportunity for you and your parents to come to the OJC campus and learn how OJC might be a good fit for you. 

One of the best things about Discovery Day is that the tours are led by Student Ambassadors.  The Student Ambassadors are current students, so they really have the knowledge, the background, and the experience of what it’s like here at OJC.  They know the other students, the teachers, and even what’s it’s like to live on campus and eat in the cafeteria.  Because the tour groups are small, you can make friends with others who are thinking about coming to OJC.

During your tour of the OJC Campus, you will also meet and have a chance to talk with different teachers, students, and others who work on campus.  You can ask others what it’s like at OJC, what classes and degrees are offered, and get many opinions about the good things happening here.  If you want to live in student housing, you can see a room and tour residence housings, meet the director and the Residence Assistants, who help make sure students have fun while living at OJC.

Of course, the $200 you get won’t cover your expenses at OJC, so you will also learn about different ways to pay for college like scholarships, grants, and loans.  The Financial Aid office will help you know what you qualify for and how to apply for money to help pay for college. 

You won’t want to miss attending Discovery Day! It will be here before you know it, so make sure to register today! The website is or call Debbie Phillips at 384-6863.  You also get a free lunch!