U.S. Department of Education has awarded the Colorado Department of Higher Education a $1.7 million College Access Challenge Grant. The grant will boost ongoing efforts to help students pay for college and provide financial planning and debt management tools for families with students in college, a news release from CollegeInvest reported.
CollegeInvest, a division of DHE and Colorado's not-for-profit higher education financing resource, will administer the grant and provide matching funds to bring the total available to almost $2.6 million during the next two years.
The grant will enable CollegeInvest and its sister agency, College In Colorado, to add programs that help students and families with need for financial aid and planning, especially older students and those in rural areas.
Along with other services, the grant will support a new outreach worker to serve the Western Slope, a full-time staff member to implement the financial literacy component of the program and a new staff member to reach out to families across the state through evening and weekend events. CollegeInvest and College In Colorado also will make educational and career planning tools available to colleges and workforce centers, create educational planning tools in English and Spanish and create a new student loan forgiveness program for school guidance counselors.
CollegeInvest is a not-for-profit division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. For more information, visit CollegeInvest.org, call 1-800-448-2424 or contact a local financial adviser.
KRAI/55 Holiday Drive starts at 6 a.m. today
The KRAI/55 Country Holiday Drive starts today at 6 a.m. in front of the west entrance of Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, and continues until 6 p.m. The drive continues from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. During the event, the radio station will collect food for the Interfaith Food Bank, new unwrapped toys for area children and gifts for local senior citizens. Residents also may donate money, which will be used to purchase items for children, seniors and needed items for Advocates - Crisis Support Services. For more information, call 824-6574.
The Wyman Museum will welcome the public to make ornaments from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday with the Wyman Crafters at the museum. The event also will include Christmas crafts with the children.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance to see if children have been naughty or nice and make known their last-minute Christmas wishes.
There also will be sleigh rides, food, music, cider and hot chocolate.
For more information, call 824-6346.
MCHS graduate, author in Craig on Saturday
Jeffery Stoddard is scheduled to read from his latest book, "Skid and The Too Tiny Tunnel" from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Downtown books, 543 Yampa Ave. The book tells the story of a little skid who discovers that he doesn't have to be mighty and big to be important.
"Skid" is illustrated with Stoddard's bold and bright color pictures. He also has created a coloring book about the machines in the stories.
Stoddard is a Moffat County High School graduate. He now lives and works in Colorado Springs but will be in Craig to celebrate the holidays with his hometown and the release of this newest book.
Call 824-5343 for more information.
High school PAC seeks members, officers
The Moffat County High School Parent Accountability Committee is seeking members and officers. The committee weighs in on high school administrative decisions and is designed to keep parents informed of upcoming events.
The group meets at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of every month at the Moffat County High School library, 900 Finley Lane. For more information, call 824-7036.