Established in 1925, Trinidad State Junior College was the first community college in Colorado. With campuses in Trinidad and Alamosa, Colorado, Trinidad State provides an affordable and accessible education to students in southern Colorado and beyond. In the beginning the college shared space and faculty with Trinidad High School, and by 1935 classes were moved to a newly remodeled Tillotson Academy building. Today, the 17-acre Trinidad Campus includes 15 buildings, plus two more in Alamosa and a handful of off-campus training sites.
Trinidad State offers unique academic programs in fields such as Aquaculture, Cosmetology, Welding, Nursing and Massage Therapy, as well as an Electrical Line Technician program and a guaranteed transfer program through a partnership with four-year colleges and universities in Colorado. In addition, Trinidad State is also home to one of the first and, by most accounts, the premier Gunsmithing School in the United States.