CNCC welcomes new college administrator

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Born in Eastern Utah, Les Marstella is looking forward to returning to his homeland as the new vice president for administrative and information technology services for Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) in Rangely.

"I am excited to be back in the mountains and close to my family," Marstella said.

Marstella comes to Rangely from Lamar Community College in Lamar, Colo., where he was vice president for administrative services for two years.

Administrators at CNCC believe Marstella's strong background in accounting, business management and computer science will provide a significant contribution to the college as a vice president.

His first order of business will be "to bring our campus up to system standards and to get to know the staff better," Marstella said.

Lamar Community College is also a part of the Colorado Community College and Occupational Education System (CCCOES).

CNCC, on July 1, 1999, became the 14th college in the state system. Not all system transitions have been completed, so Marstella will play a role in completing the already smooth transition.

Before taking the position at Lamar Community College, Marstella worked as the director of business services at Centralia College in Centralia, Wash. He also spent time in Centralia as an adjunct instructor of accounting and computer science. This position included developing new courses and assisting in curriculum development, as well as teaching training seminars for local businesses. He also taught as an adjunct instructor and was an accounting services at Lake Washington Technical College in Kirkland, Wash. Prior to that, he was the principal accountant and instructor of computer science at Yakima Valley Community College in Yakima, Wash.

Marstella is finishing his duties in Lamar and hopes to be in Rangely full-time by the end of the week. He is excited about living in Rangely, but not looking forward to the move.

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