Colorado Northwestern Community College's Craig campus will host Taste of Education from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The event will introduce those considering enrolling in college to what they can expect from the educational experience.

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Colorado Northwestern Community College's Craig campus will host Taste of Education from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The event will introduce those considering enrolling in college to what they can expect from the educational experience.

Craig college to offer introductory event

If you go…

Taste of Education

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday

Colorado Northwestern Community College, Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St.

— Taste of Education is an introductory event for those considering enrolling in college classes but are unsure of how to get started, what subjects they want to study or have other concerns. In addition to workshops, seminars and classes throughout the day, anyone attending also receives a free lunch, door prizes and information about scholarships and other financial aid. Those with small children can also receive referrals for babysitting. For more information, call 970-824-1101.

Once you experience a small part of something, you’re more likely to want more. That’s what the administration of Colorado Northwestern Community College would like to see happen with people considering entering its doors.

CNCC will host Taste of Education from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at its Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St. Taste of Education is an introductory event for those considering enrolling in college classes but are unsure of how to get started, what subjects they want to study or have other concerns.

Donna Theimer, Craig’s dean of instruction, said the idea is geared especially toward residents who have been out of school for a longer period of time than most entering college.

“I meet a lot of people who say, ‘I want to go to college, but I’m too old,’ or ‘I’ve been out of school for too long,’ or ‘I wasn’t the greatest student before,’” she said. “They’re scared of college is what they’re telling me, and they think it’s only for the very young.”

Taste of Education is designed to give an accurate impression of college, Theimer said, showing those who have never stepped foot on the Craig campus what actually goes on in its buildings.

Representatives of the school’s academic and vocational programs alike will be giving visual displays of the variety available at CNCC, with presentations regarding history, chemistry, massage therapy, mining, cosmetology and other parts of the college’s curriculum.

Theimer said she hopes to see 100 people or more turn out for the event, which will include plenty of free food provided by local restaurants and door prizes throughout the day.

“It’ll be a real party atmosphere,” she said. "Nothing too serious."

A handful of prospective students can expect to win CNCC scholarships for the spring 2014 semester, and even those who don’t can get advice on the financial side of college, and the ins and outs of transferring credits from the two-year school to other institutions, should students wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Additionally, Theimer hopes to educate attendees about how affordable CNCC’s classes are for eligible residents. Though there are certain fees everyone must pay and some programs have different rates, the $119.50 per credit hour of general tuition for in-state students with the statewide College Opportunity Fund is cut in half for those have lived in Colorado for at least one year and Moffat County for at least six months.

CNCC Vice President Gene Bilodeau said the pricing is a “tuition buy-down” provided by the school for area taxpayers who have already invested in the college’s facilities.

“It really is a good deal for students,” he said.

Bilodeau hopes for a strong community response Saturday.

“You never know how a first-year event will go, but this is the beginning of something we’d like to do every year,” he said.

Theimer also sees Taste of Education as something that could be a great beginning for the school, as well as students just starting out.

“It’s kind of like a door opening,” she said.

Andy Bockelman can be reached at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.

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