CNCC considers study for campaign


Colorado Northwestern Community College is considering a feasibility study to gauge area businesses' support for possible projects at the college's Craig and Rangely campuses.

CNCC President John Boyd said he is working with a consulting firm to decide whether the college should commission such a study and what the college's needs are.

"What we look at is what it will take to reach our vision from where we're at," Boyd said. "It's a way of trying to reach our goals."

Boyd explained to the college's board of control Monday evening that he is working with the Salt Lake City-based Clements Group on the study.

"They've worked with over 50 percent of the community colleges in the country," he said.

Boyd became familiar with the company during his tenure at Horry-Georgetown Technical College in South Carolina. There, Clements Group helped the college raise $7.5 million for a new health science facility and about $2 million in program support money.

"Right now we're very much in a discussion phase of what our needs are," Boyd said of CNCC, where he's been president for one year. "The college is never short of needs."

If the college decides to proceed with the study, Boyd said Clements Group would interview about 75 companies in Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt counties then report to the college on the feasibility of a project campaign.

"And what types of projects people are willing to invest in," Boyd said.

Such a campaign would be the first of its kind for CNCC. Boyd said some possible projects could include program enhancements or endowments for scholarships and programs.

"We're working now at looking at possible projects," Boyd said. "Most of the projects are above and beyond what we're able to do now."

In other news:

The Moffat County Affiliated Junior College Board of Control also:

  • Signed a memorandum of understanding regarding a mineral lease agreement with Moffat County.
  • Discussed the College Opportunity Fund.
  • Discussed the April 2 joint meeting with the state board.

• Discussed the Foundation Dinner Dance, scheduled for 6 p.m. April 14 at the Weiss Activity Center at the Rangely campus.

  • Discussed the possible hire of a financial adviser. The discussion was tabled until the April meeting.
  • Heard a report from President John Boyd.
  • Heard a report from Craig campus Dean Gene Bilodeau.

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or

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