CNCC seeks input on 3-year plan


Colorado Northwestern Community College wants Northwest Colorado residents to have a say in the college's three-year strategic plan.

They'll have that chance by filling out a survey that will be available in area newspapers and online starting Thursday.

Questions will cover a variety of subjects including the current opportunities provided by CNCC and the school's financial situation.

Results will be analyzed in December and become part of the strategic plan the school is required to file with the state as part of the accreditation process CNCC undergoes every 10 years.

"We want to know what the community wants us to do and what we can do to best respond to the community's needs," CNCC Public Information Specialist Mary Shearer said. "It's really important for the community to step forward."

Shearer said because a majority of the Craig campus students are Moffat County residents, it's imperative that they be a part of the college's future planning.

"CNCC is the community," she said. "It's driven by the community and directly impacts so many members of our community."

Fall enrollment for the Craig campus is 156 full-time equivalency students -- equaling a head count of 802 students. That's 18 percent more than last fall's enrollment.

"I would wager almost all of them are Moffat County residents," Shearer said. "There's a tremendous local impact, not just educational but economic. We need to voice Moffat County's needs and desires because we are a big part of CNCC."

People can mail completed surveys to CNCC interim President Bob Rizzuto at 500 Kennedy Dr., Rangely, CO 81648 or they can drop them off at the Craig campus Bell Tower Building addressed to Rizzuto.

He also is soliciting verbal comments. Call him at (970) 675-3201 or e-mail

For the fall semester, 1,771 students are enrolled at CNCC across its entire service area, which includes Rangely, Craig, Meeker, Hayden and South Routt County. Included in the headcount are dual-credit taking high school juniors and seniors taking college classes for both high school and college credit.

Of those, 1,648 are Colorado students.

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