CNCC adds to programs

Expect positive changes to Colorado Northwestern Community College to be finished by the fall semester, first-year college president John Boyd said.

"We feel, with these modifications, we're moving forward," Boyd said.

CNCC has campuses in Craig and Rangely.

Next semester, the college will begin offering a 2-year course for students planning to work in the petroleum and power plant industries, programs that Boyd pledged to initiate when he began work at CNCC in March.

"The industry has told us there is a need, a demand," Boyd said. "What we'll be doing is training them so (employers) know that if they hire someone from our program, they'll have a basic understanding of the industry."

Boyd maintains that the new programs will draw national interest, which should boost sagging enrollment numbers.

"They're very good, very unique programs," he said. "We're hoping at least a dozen students enroll in each."

Also helping enrollment will be a decrease in out-of-state tuition.

The college recently authorized reducing tuition from $276 per credit hour to $160.55 per credit hour. In-state tuition will remain $74.55.

Reducing out-of-state tuition should also help draw students from Utah and Wyoming, Boyd said.

CNCC has also made changes to its business program.

In the past, the business program has had two part-time instructors, one for each campus. This fall, the college will employ two full-time business teachers.

The college is adding new programs, but administrators have also eliminated one.

Because of a lack of interest, the paralegal program will be discontinued at the end of the semester.

Boyd, who hopes to bring four to six new courses to the college during his tenure, said college administrators will continuously look at curriculum and make adjustments where necessary.

"We're constantly looking at and re-evaluating our programs," Boyd said. "We're looking forward to these changes. They should really strengthen the school."

Summer classes at CNCC begin May 30, and the last day to register is June 2.

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