New Mexico Junior was the first independent junior college in New Mexico.  花了 ten years of hard work from dedicated volunteer to work with the state legislature to enact the 1963 Junior College Act, allowing independent community colleges. We are proud to be the first, and strive to continue to one of the best two-year colleges in the Southwest, with an excellent education and rewarding experiences for our students.

The timeline below is taken from the book "新墨西哥专科学校 - Since 1965" by Jim Harris (available in the 世界十大博彩公司网站 bookstore), and other resources. 当你读到的时候 it, and you know of additional events to add, please contact the office of marketing at or 575-492-2780.


1965 – 新墨西哥专科学校 is established through the 1963 Junior College Act, becoming the first independent junior college in New Mexico.  H. C. 帕奈尔被选中 作为学院的第一任校长.  创始董事会成员是法雷尔·卡斯特, 菲尼斯·海德尔,乔治·曼苏尔,罗伊·L. 麦克莱恩和芬恩·沃森.

November 20, 1966 – Inaugural open house and dedication ceremony


H.C. 帕奈尔新墨西哥专科学校 is now a reality, thanks to the untiring efforts of so many 是谁让这一切成为可能. 这个机构注定要发挥作用 a vital and most historic role in the educational history of New Mexico, especially this southeastern area… May youth for generations to come gather here to receive the 最好的教育机会. H.C. 总裁帕奈尔  


本亚历山大 reminded the audience at the college's opening, of the heroic and tireless effort of hundreds of volunteers who pursued the Junior College enabling legislation 以及世界十大博彩公司网站的成立.  然后他谈到了他对杰克州长的承诺 坎贝尔

Governor 坎贝尔, I want to assure you that this Junior College District is going to set the kind of example for the Junior College movement in the great State of New Mexico that will make you very proud to have been responsible for the Junior College enabling legislation for the State of New Mexico.    本亚历山大, Chairman, Junior College Steering Committee 




1968 - H. C. 帕奈尔 retires and Jodie Smith becomes the second president, serving 直到1977年.


1969 - 1970 - North Central Association gives 世界十大博彩公司网站 its first accreditation

May 1973 - Faculty names Elora Duda the first Outstanding Professor of the Year


May 1965 - New Mexico author Tony Hillerman visits campus

October 1976 - College district votes to continue four mill levy for six years

1977 - Mary Hagelstein Instructional Arts Center opens

1977 - 1978 - Nelson Tydings serves as interim president

1978 - Lea县 Cowboy Hall of Fame added to Caster Activity Center

1978 - 1987 - Robert Anderson serves as third president


1987 - 1988 - Ferrell Caster serves as interim president

1988 - 1997 - Charles Hayes serves as fourth president

1988 - Construction begins on Bob Moran Energy/Technology building

1990 - Construction begins on Thunderbird Baseball field

1991 - Dormitories built: Thunderbird Hall and Zia Hall

1995 - Golf driving range building constructed


1997 - Law Enforcement Academy begins in Moran Hall

1997 - 1998 - John Shepherd serves as interim president

1998 - 2016 - Steve McCleery serves as fifth president

2003 - Voters with the City of Jal elected to be taxed by and receive the benefits 成为大专学区的一员

2005 - 西区文物博物馆 and Lea县 Cowboy Hall of Fame constructed

2005 - 世界十大博彩公司网站 celebrates its 40th anniversary with the opening of the remodeled Ben 亚历山大学生学习中心

2008 - Training and Outreach facility building constructed


2011 - 世界十大博彩公司网站 hosts the National Cross Country Championships

April 18, 2015 - 世界十大博彩公司网站 celebrates its 50th anniversary with the dedication of the Ross 黑色的冠军田径场 

June 23, 2015 - Noalmark Broadcasting donates 100.9调频电台到世界十大博彩公司网站(原KPER), 现在KNMJ)

July 1, 2016 - Kelvin Sharp becomes the sixth president

January 2017 - Entertainment and Music Technology program opens in Moran Hall

November 19, 2018 - Texas Tech signs an MOU with 世界十大博彩公司网站 to help students transfer more easily, and provide scholarships to those students

January 2019 - New Allied Health Building  opens for nursing and other healthcare 培训. 2019年4月18日举行盛大开幕仪式.

May 2019 - 世界十大博彩公司网站 hosted the NJCAA National Outdoor Track and Field championships


新墨西哥专科学校 occupies 243 total acres, with approximately 500,000 square ft. 建筑空间. 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 西区文物博物馆 Complex & Lea县 牛仔名人堂和训练 & 服务设施.

新墨西哥专科学校 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. Th e men’s and women’s rodeo program is governed by NIRA. 通过优秀的项目, staff , and services, 新墨西哥专科学校 fills an important educational need for Lea县 and the surrounding area by actively promoting success through learning.