Continuing education a good resolution

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Many residents are turning ideas over in the minds about what to resolve to do in 2007.

Some may consider taking a course or learning a new skill. In Moffat County, Colorado Northwestern Community College has many opportunities. There are many online course options available as well.

CNCC, with campuses in Craig and Rangely, offers language, cosmetology and computer courses, to name a few. There are mine training and business courses, as well as standard math and science classes.

The college recently began power plant technology and oil and gas industry programs. It also expanded its aviation program to Yampa Valley Regional airport this year.

CNCC, which operates Trapper Fitness Center, also offers a variety of physical fitness classes to residents -- anything from weight training to Pilates to rock climbing.

For more information on CNCC's offerings, call 824-7071 or visit www.cncc.edu.

Many colleges and universities now specialize in online courses and degrees.

The Web site eLearners.com helps prospective students decide whether to pursue online education, how to get started and which school to select.

"Just like signing up for a gym membership, more people turn to online learning around the New Year as a means of improving their lives," eLearners.com CEO Andrew Gansler said.

The Web site offers the following tips when considering going back to school with online courses:

Have the support of family and friends,

Allow 10 to 12 hours per week for per three-credit course

Enhance your written communication skills,

Be confident in online learning, and

Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

For more information, visit eLearners.com.

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