“I think it will encourage more student participation in school activities, which will help the community see what our college does. Hopefully it will get more people to come to school here, encourage enrollment and also educate the students.”
— Jennifer Holloway, who runs the bookstore on Colorado Northwestern Community College's Craig campus, about the new CNCC student activity council
Colorado Northwestern Community College is working hard to fill its beautiful new campus with plenty of students.
Undertaking many initiatives, the school has formed a student activity council as one of its latest ways to get more students enrolled and involved.
“It’s something we wanted on campus for many years,” said Jennifer Holloway, who runs the bookstore on campus and is helping to get the council started.
Holloway said the council's first meeting last month had four students attend, but she knows there were several unable to make the meeting, with at least 18 students showing interest in getting involved.
“It’s going to be a student driven channel where they come to the meetings with ideas on what we can do for activities,” Holloway said. “Then they’ll vote on the activities we want to bring in.”
Holloway said funding for the group will come from a student activities fee students pay at the beginning of the year.
“We want to use the money to make activities more affordable for our students,” Holloway said. “Basically the idea is utilizing those fees we’ve collected to encourage student and community involvement.”
Some events Holloway said the council would like to see would be bringing in motivational speakers, joining city parks and recreation sports leagues for fun, renting the bowling alley, drama and talent shows, comedian tours, ski trips, hiking trips, and maybe even a cultural event or ballet in Denver.
“Our main focus is trying to bring something in the students will enjoy but also something the community can enjoy,” Holloway said.
CNCC student Jessie Gorley, is a part of student government and said she felt joining the council was a good thing to do, saying she was excited about potential activities coming to the Craig campus.
“I’m excited, Rangely is bringing in a guest speaker in January, we’re going to try to bring them to Craig also,” Gorley said.
But regardless of specific activities, Holloway hopes the group will help get students and community members involved, along with becoming a tool to recruit students to the school.
“I think it will encourage more student participation in school activities, which will help the community see what our college does,” Holloway said. “Hopefully it will get more people to come to school here, encourage enrollment and also educate the students.”
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