Located in the northwestern portion of New Mexico, SJC serves the population of San Juan County. After decades of growth, the county is facing economic headwinds, including macroeconomic declines in natural gas and oil prices, potential new environmental regulations, and the downsizing of power plants and coal mining.
Echoing service area demographics and economics, as well as a national trend in higher educational enrollment, SJC’s full-time equivalent enrollment has declined in recent years.
ARC’s analysis determined that the overall quantity of existing instructional space is sufficient to meet projected enrollment through 2025. Therefore, SJC will focus on capital improvements that renew existing buildings, infrastructure, and spaces to better support educational programs.
SJC identified a total capital need of approximately $26.7 million, including $17.2 million in improvements with funding sources identified and $9.5 million in projects for which to pursue funding.