FARMINGTON, NM. The Scion Group has been engaged by San Juan College to explore the feasibility of the College’s first dedicated housing for students. Scion will conduct a market and demand analysis, followed by a recommended program and business plan, to examine the viability of on-campus housing for three constituents of students: traditional-age full-time, single-parent households and those enrolled in the College’s trade, technical and certificate programs.
Scion’s work will include the administration of an online student survey, student focus groups and interviews with campus administrators. Scion will also examine the off-campus rental market and housing options at San Juan’s peer institutions. Ultimately, Scion will focus on quantifying demand by student cohort and housing type in order to determine viability of a new student housing project.
Founded in 1956 as the Farmington Branch of the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts (now New Mexico State University), classes were taught to just 25 students by part-time instructors during evening hours at Farmington High School. The first facility for a branch campus was constructed in 1967-68; in 1982, the school separated from NMSU to become a separate community college. Today, San Juan College enrolls over 5,500 students per semester.