Education briefs for Oct. 12, 2013: MCHS classes to build floats for homecoming

As part of Moffat County High School’s Homecoming Week festivities, the various grade levels will each be meeting starting Monday — there will be no class that day as part of Fall Break — to assemble floats for the Friday parade.

Meeting and building sessions will run from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 to 10:30 a.m. Friday. Students only will be allowed to be out of class Friday morning if they are at the building site.

Only students who participate in the building of class floats will be allowed to ride them during the parade.

Class: Building location, sponsor

• Freshmen: 340 School St., Samuelson’s

• Sophomores: Corner of Victory Way and Seventh Avenue, Cook Chevrolet

• Juniors: Peroulis Brothers Trucking, 1600 E. Highway 40, Mountain West Insurance

• Senior: 159 Clay Ave., Kruse Builders

University of Northern Colorado offers contest for Colorado businesses

Aspiring entrepreneurs interested in winning part of $50,000 in prize money in the fifth annual Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge at the University of Northern Colorado have less than one month left to prepare their entries.

Applications are due Nov. 8 and can be submitted at www.mcb-echallenge.com.

The competition is open to Colorado-based startup ventures or businesses that have begun business development, market research and product development but have not received payment for the sale of products or services.

The first-place winner will receive $25,000, the second-place award is $15,000 and the third-place prize is $10,000. In addition, winners will receive business incubator services from UNC BizHub, the new business incubator at the university.

Preliminary Challenge semifinalists will be notified by Nov. 22 and will present their business concept to a panel of experts Jan. 15 at UNC's Loveland Center at Centerra, located at 2915 Rocky Mountain Ave.

Five finalists then will be invited to present their business plan during the Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge on March 25, and winners will be announced during the Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards, a Northern Colorado Business Report event sponsored by the Monfort College of Business.

College In Colorado presents College Application Month for October

College In Colorado will host College Application Month during the month of October. The goal of College Application Month is to provide every graduating high school senior with the confidence and opportunity to apply to college, through resources available on www.collegeincolorado.org.

While the focus of College Application Month is particularly on first-generation students and students who may not otherwise apply to college, participating high schools are encouraged to create a schoolwide college-going culture, by including activities for freshmen, sophomores and juniors, and even seniors who already have applied to a college.

“Applying for college can be daunting for any student or parent who is not familiar with the process,” said Dawn Taylor Owens, executive director of College In Colorado. “We have broken down the application process, using the tools and resources available on collegeincolorado.org, so students can prepare throughout the entire month. Our goal is to ensure that students have the necessary skills and confidence to apply to at least one college by the end of October.”

To help prepare schools for the event, College In Colorado has provided students and educators with a calendar, timeline, checklist and more. As an incentive for students participating in College Application Month, College In Colorado will host a weekly $1,000 scholarship drawing for those who complete the activities each week as well as one $500 Ikea gift card each week for a student’s future dorm room. Educators also are encouraged to get involved in College Application Month for their own chance to win a $500 Ikea School Improvement Gift Card.

To learn more about College Application Month and for more information about the scholarships and giveaways, visit www.collegeincolorado.org and click on the College Application Month logo.

College In Colorado is a federally funded initiative under the state Department of Higher Education. College In Colorado helps students and parents plan, apply and pay for college. Services are free to any Colorado student seeking career training and education after high school. Students of any age are welcome to use the services available at www.collegeincolorado.org.

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