New equipment purchases totaling $18,000 at the Trapper Health Club in Craig headline recent additions to Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) in Craig.
By November, Trapper Health Club, owned by CNCC-Craig, wants to have all the new equipment installed and ready to use. According to Trapper Health Club Director Ed Stehlin, the club has a new treadmill, elliptical walker, squat rack, dual action arm and deltoid machines and an overhead press machine for customers.
"(New equipment) will definitely keep the people here," Stehlin said. "It should generate more interest."
A major addition will be a rock-climbing wall, which will be built by a local contractor. Stehlin and Dean Hollenbeck, vice president of CNCC-Craig, believe all renovations will be complete within a month, including a finished climbing wall.
This is also the time of year when CNCC-Craig looks into shaping the spring schedule. Along with continuing the CISCO program, a four-semester program on the principles and practice of designing, building and maintaining computer networks capable of supporting national and global organizations, CNCC-Craig will offer a tax program.
According to Hollenbeck, the campus has continuously allowed students to take classes helpful in public affairs.
"These are the types of things we've always offered to meet community needs," Hollenbeck said.
Another subject of recent deliberation has been the idea of a CNCC-Craig expansion. According to Hollenbeck, expansion plans are still taking "baby steps."
The next step in the process will be to get a plan together and approve it through the Colorado Community College and Occupational Education System. According to Hollenbeck, the process is anything but quick and easy.
"We are looking down the road and are very hopeful about a new facility," Hollenbeck said. "But we just can't go and build it right away."