Dan Minor has been the dean of occupational and academic programs at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus since January 2009.

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Dan Minor has been the dean of occupational and academic programs at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus since January 2009.

CNCC Craig dean looking toward the future

Dan Minor said he is a staunch proponent of education.

The dean of occupational and academic programs at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus, Minor recently completed a creative writing class and is trying to find time to attend other classes in the future.

That educational appreciation is something Minor is trying to instill in other students in Moffat County and beyond.

“We want to see students in pursuit of knowledge, not just in pursuit of the grade,” Minor said.

CNCC, he said, reaches out to students – traditional and non-traditional alike.

“Our primary students here at CNCC are more non-traditional,” said Minor, who has been the Craig campus dean since January 2009. “Evening classes and virtual classroom options allow working adults a more accessible education.”

Providing students with a caring, nurturing environment is something Minor said he and his staff value.

“Without losing focus (on a) non-traditional educational standpoint, we would like to extend our day classes to accommodate other students,” he said.

To assist this effort, the construction of new Craig campus project, which will include a residence hall and additional buildings for classrooms, is set to begin in the fall of 2011.

The new campus project will be invaluable to CNCC’s future, Minor said.

“This addition will allow us to accommodate our distant learning students and cut traveling costs,” he said.

Campus housing will also assist in attracting out-of-area students, a goal Minor identified early on in his position at CNCC.

A lifelong Colorado resident, Minor is relatively new to Craig, but said he feels the area is a great place to live, work and learn.

“The view from here,” he said, pointing out of his office window to the mountainous terrain, “is amazing.”

CNCC also provides Moffat County High School students an opportunity to get their foot in the collegiate-level door. Minor has incorporated a concurrent credit program, which allows high school students to earn college credits while completing their high school diploma.

“This allows students to get ahead, and in this society, that is something that is extremely beneficial,” Minor said.

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