Letter to the Editor: Thanks to Chris Lopez for Rotary presentation

I would like to take this opportunity to commend Chris Lopez, Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Adams State University (ASU) for an excellent presentation to the Alamosa Rotary Club last March 11.

While speaking about the new programs at ASU, Mr. Lopez made it very clear how fortunate we are in the San Luis Valley to have two distinct institutions of higher education that are complementary to each other in serving the higher education needs of our students and communities in the Valley.

While ASU has implemented a new Ph.D. program in Counseling and emphasizes a number of graduate programs, Trinidad State (TSJC), as a comprehensive community college, offers the first two years of a bachelor’s degree by which students can then transfer to ASU. This makes it a win-win-for both institutions and ultimately a win for the students for significant cost-savings. In addition, TSJC offers career-tech programs in which students can complete certificates and associate degrees and go right into the work force, coupled with creating customized training for business and industry in the Valley.

There are very few rural areas in the United States that have the comprehensive higher educational opportunities we have in the San Luis Valley.

Thanks goes to Mr. Lopez for pointing out this unique treasure that is a source of pride for us all.


Dr. Kerry Hart, Interim President

Trinidad State Junior College