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Fifty years ago, the College of Artesia was founded and opened its doors to its charter class. A private liberal arts school, the college attracted students and faculty from across the United States and Canada.

One of several colleges established by local civic leaders with the support and encouragement of Parsons College in Iowa, the College of Artesia operated during the height of the Vietnam War. When funding ran out five years later, the school was forced to close its doors. It subsequently became Artesia Christian College (1975-85) and has been a Federal Law Enforcement Training Center since 1989.

In honor of this milestone anniversary, more than 100 former faculty members, students and spouses will return to Artesia. The reunion will take place Thursday, Oct. 13, through Saturday, Oct. 15, and will headquarter at the new Hampton Inn & Suites.

A tour of the original campus and a reception at the Artesia Historical Society – which houses College of Artesia memorabilia – are two highlights of the weekend’s events.

To those who attended or taught there, the College of Artesia was a unique and special experience. It seems fitting to return full circle back to Artesia.

For more information on the reunion, contact Bette McManus at 281-455-6082 or [email protected]