Craig briefs for Aug. 29

CNCC offers criminal justice courses

Colorado Northwestern Community College announced Monday that the school is offering criminal justice courses at its Craig campus and Meeker Service Center.

The courses are on the college's new poly-com system. The system entails an instructor teaching class using a live video feed from a different location, CNCC officials said.

"We are increasing the educational options throughout our service areas," CNCC President John Boyd said.

New programs available this fall include industrial electrician, civil engineering technology, horsemanship, horse management, energy and facility management, helicopter flight and massage therapy.

Moffat County eligible for federal assistance

Named as a contiguous county to one or more Utah counties in the federal Secretarial Disaster Determination, Moffat County is now eligible to receive disaster assistance.

The Disaster Determination is based on agricultural damages and losses caused by the combined effects of severe drought, insect infestation, killing frosts, hot and dry winds, below normal runoff, wildfires and flash floods that occurred beginning Jan. 1.

Family-sized farm operations are eligible to be considered for low-interest Farm Service Agency emergency loans if requirements are met.

Emergency loan applications will be received through April 21, 2008. Applications may be picked up at the Moffat County Farm Service Agency.

College's summer enrollment increases

For the first time in three years, Colorado Northwestern Community College notched a summer semester enrollment increase, school officials reported.

The college, which has registered declining enrollment in recent years, reported more students attended this year's summer semester than last year.

College President John Boyd said he thinks the enrollment boost will carry over into the fall semester.

"Over the past year, the college has put more emphasis on our marketing and recruitment campaigns and we believe that it is paying off," Boyd said. "The college serves a vital role in the higher education of our children and in workforce development and training for the communities we serve. We are taking this responsibility very seriously."

Enrollment projections support Boyd's belief that fall semester enrollment will increase over last fall.

'First Steps' business seminar scheduled

Yampa Valley SCORE, along with other local agencies, will offer a free business seminar, "the first steps to starting your own business," on Tuesday at the Center of Craig.

The seminar, which will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m., is open to the public.

SCORE is offering the seminar as a collaborative effort with Northwest Colorado Community College, Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership and Craig Chamber of Commerce.

Local entrepreneur and SCORE volunteer Scott Ford will conduct the seminar. For six years, Ford hosted the seminars in Steamboat Springs.

"I have a lot of people who now own successful businesses take their first steps to making their dream a reality by coming to this seminar," he said.

Pre-registration is not necessary. For more information, call Yampa Valley SCORE at 870-4549, or visit the organization's Web site, www.yampavalley.info/business3571334.

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