Craig briefs for Aug. 24

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— The Craig Association of REALTORS chapter of the Colorado Association of REALTORS Housing Opportunity Foundation recently completed its second grant cycle for 2007, awarding $5,500 total to two nonprofit housing organizations.

Grant recipients were Horizons Specialized Services and Crisis-Advocates Support Services.

Both groups offer unique and needed services to Craig and Moffat County, said Vicki Burns, local REALTORS chapter chairwoman and a member of the state REALTORS board of directors.

"This is what CARHOF was created for," Burns said, "to make a difference in people's lives."

College to offer new fall programs

Two new programs will debut this fall at Colorado Northwestern Community College: massage therapy and industrial electrician.

The industrial electrician program is a two-year degree program which trains students in the fundamentals of industrial electricity maintenance, specifically for the mining and power generation industry. Program graduates will be employable, CNCC officials said, in surface and underground coal mining, nahcolite mining, power generation, oil and gas drilling and production, oil shale mining and private electrical contractors.

Massage therapy, which will be offered on Friday nights and Saturdays, is a two-semester program the leads to an occupational certificate. The program provides skills and training for students to begin as an entry level health care practitioner.

Other course highlights for the fall include computing and technology essentials, a program designed to provide general knowledge that computer users need to know to use modems, computers and the Internet.

And, for the first time, the CNCC intro to sports medicine program will be offered evenings to allow high school students participating in extracurricular activities and day workers to take the course.

College officials also report that business classes are filling up and human anatomy and physiology, a pre-requisite for dental hygiene and nursing, is full. Students who need the course can take the online Colorado Community College System course through CNCC.

Also, due to increased enrollments, additional class sections have been ordered for public speaking and survey of algebra classes.

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