The annual middle school event, Girls in the Middle (GIM) and Guys Reaching Incredible Potential (GRIP), encourages area students in grades 6 through 8 to continue studying math, science, engineering, technology and technical education. Students are introduced to careers through hands-on activities.
Over 220 girls and boys attend the conference from throughout southern Colorado and northern New Mexico.
Your support of registration fees covers breakfast, lunch, and a t-shirt for each student.
Students have shared that the conference gave them more ideas of what they want to do in the future.
The Foundation's annual Fun & Friendraiser is held each spring. The event features a reception, dinner, silent auction and Trinidad State Educational Foundation Hall of Fame induction, in addition to the guest speaker. The purpose of the event is to raise money for specific needs of Trinidad State Junior College.
The Fun & Friendraiser is open to the public. Individual tickets for the event are $50 per person and must be purchased in advance. Corporate sponsorship levels of $5000, $2500, or $1000 are also available. For ticket reservations or more information, contact the Trinidad State Educational Foundation at (719) 846-5520.
Proceeds from the annual event benefit a selected TSJC Program.
Attendance and participating
Science & Technology
The TSJC Robotics Team needs funding to continue their efforts to build, test, and perform the required actions at a robotics competition. Recently, the TSJC Robotics team took their rover to the Johnson Space Center's Mars Yard in May based on an invitation the TSJC Robotics Team received from NASA officials.
Student participation in robotic challenges
"Scholarships that I earned from TSJC played a very significant part in my educational pursuit. I owe a great deal of gratitude to the benefactors who unselfishly gave so that I could gain an education. TSJC proved to be the backdrop and foundation that put my education in motion." -- Melissa, TSJC Graduate
This new scholarship award provides a 3 credit hour scholarship to a student who lives in a Trinidad State service area county (Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Huerfano, Las Animas, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache). Student must carry at least 15 credit hours for a fall or spring semester or 6 credit hours for a summer semester. From Aguilar to Weston, from Center to San Luis, southern Colorado residents are taking advantage of Trinidad State's Learn Local Scholarship.
Jeremiah Stelljes, 32, stayed on track to graduate without accruing any college debt. "We're trying to do this as smart as possible," commented Stelljes. "It (Learn Local scholarship) basically allowed me to focus more on class work instead of focusing on 'How am I going to pay these bills.'"
Many students are at risk for discontinuing their educations due to unexpected financial pressures. TSJC students pursuing technical fields such as nursing, emergency medical technicians, gunsmithing, and automotive technician incur significant costs over and above tuition and books, such as medical equipment, specialized tools, medical examinations, police background checks, liability insurance, supplemental standardized testing, technology, uniforms, etc. Consider also that students traveling back and forth to campus can cause a financial strain.
Most unsettling at any college is the number of students who simply drop out to seek immediate employment due to minor financial problems. As student retention rates challenge colleges, student emergency funds appear to be a first-line defense for decreasing the number of drop-outs. TSJC's mission is committed to offering traditional and alternative approaches to education, providing quality educational experiences and promoting life-long learning. We believe that college has the power to change lives, and that no dream of college should be derailed by circumstances over which a student has little control, such as unemployment or a medical emergency.
This fund seeks to bring in monies to ensure that minor emergencies won't keep students from reaching their dreams-finishing their college education and finding a steady, fulfilling, well-paying job. Our aim is to provide financial assistance for all students who experience unplanned financial hardship so they can stay in school and finish their degree.
"Having the funds to help me pay for my books was such a blessing. I drive 100 miles each day to be able to come to school, so I didn't have extra money. This money made the difference for me so I didn't have to choose between school and work, now I can accomplish my dreams." -- Tiffany, TSJC Alamosa Campus Student
We have a long tradition of preparing the finest gunsmiths in the country. This program, which began in 1947, has now literally trained hundreds of gunsmiths, who are currently employed throughout the nation.
As America's Premier Gunsmithing Program, we want to ensure the stability and strength of our unique gunsmithing program by integrating discovery and hands-on training in new ways for a high-quality educational experience. An additional faculty member would encourage new levels of achievement to expand opportunities, enhance expertise, recognize excellence, and better serve our students. This fund can reshape the opportunities that we offer our students and the role we play in training students for the field of gunsmithing.
Colorado residents may be able to take advantage of the Enterprise Zone Contribution Project Tax credit to receive an additional tax credit of 25% of their cash contribution in addition to the standard federal tax deductions, where eligible.
"This new initiative called Friends of TSJC Gunsmithing grew out of a discussion with the gunsmithing program staff and the Foundation Office after my wife and I made a planned donation to support the program. We hope that the school means as much to you as it does to us and would be interested in participating in 'Friends'." - Steve Hanks, TSJC Alumnus
• One of only four NRA-affiliated Gunsmithing programs in the country, opened in 1947
• The first NRA Short Term Gunsmithing School, since 1977
• Home of the first NRA Certified Training Center, started in 2014
• 3 faculty members (Glen Morovits, Ryan Newport, Bill Sturtevant)
• 4 staff members (Keith Gipson, Chuck Grace, Donna Haddow, Dave Walker)
• 17 students accepted into the Gunsmithing program each semester
• 1,485 Gunsmithing alumni
• 680 active alumni members
• 170 annual summer NRA participants