CNCC trips offer travelers a 1st-hand view of history, culture
At a glance ...
• Colorado Northwestern Community College will host two excursions during the 2012-13 school year.
• An adult learning trip to Tennessee and Alabama is scheduled for Nov. 28 through Dec. 3.
• The trip deposit costs $500.
• A spring break trip to London and Edinburgh, Scotland, is scheduled for March 8 through 17, 2013.
• The trip is open to anyone and requires a $600 deposit.
• Both deposits are due Aug. 1.
• For more information, contact Mary Morris at 824-1135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“As educators, we want our students to gain knowledge and appreciation for different cultures in the world. Visiting on-site allows students to learn with all their senses engaged.”
— Kathy Simpson, a biology instructor at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus, about a spring break trip to London and Edinburgh, Scotland, scheduled for March 2013
Colorado Northwestern Community College’s adult learning trips aren’t for the faint of heart.
“We get up early, we stay up late and if people are tired, they sleep on the bus,” Mary Morris said, laughing.
The CNCC director of community education and public information is helping organize an adult learning excursion to Tennessee and Alabama this winter that will give travelers a taste of the South.
The tentative itinerary includes a tour of Graceland, a visit to the Grand Ole Opry and a ticket to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
The trip, which is open to adults of any age, is scheduled to take place from Nov. 28 through Dec. 3. A $500 deposit is due Aug. 1, and the total trip cost has yet to be finalized.
Participants older than age 62 are eligible for scholarships to help cover the cost of the trip.
Past expeditions have taken participants to locales across the country from Hawaii to Vermont.
“It’s educationally based, and so we try to learn as much about the area and experience as much as we can,” Morris said.
And if a friend or family member wants to tag along?
“Every trip has included someone from another area that has joined us either in Denver or another location, and we work out those details,” she said.
Another excursion, open to students and community members alike, takes travelers to a more distant locale.
A spring break trip to London and Edinburgh, Scotland, is set for March 8 through 17, 2013.
The deposit, also due Aug. 1, is $600, and the entire trip is estimated to cost about $2,800, Morris said.
Participants can catch a glimpse of the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum, view a “world-class art collection” at the National Gallery and view Edinburgh Castle along the way, said Kathy Simpson, a biology instructor at the college’s Craig campus.
She and Mary Karen Solomon, Craig campus chair of the arts and science departments, collaborate to choose the destinations for the international trips.
She believes seeing a new country first-hand gives participants a richer experience.
“As educators, we want our students to gain knowledge and appreciation for different cultures in the world,” she said in an e-mail.“Visiting on-site allows students to learn with all their senses engaged.”
Even for travelers familiar with the history and culture of a country, “being there in person brings a new dimension in their understanding,” Simpson said.
For more information about either trip, contact Morris at 824-1135 or email@example.com.