Education briefs for Aug. 2, 2014: Colorado Northwestern Community College features canine course

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Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus recently opened its Career Tech Center to the K-9 Nose Work mock dog training course by National Association of Canine Scent Work. The class utilizes basic scent-training techniques used in bomb, drug and search and rescue dogs, according to a press release from NACSW.

CNCC instructor and professional dog trainer Laura Tyler is pursuing certification with NACSW.

CNCC Sniffer Dog Teams are working toward their Odor Recognition Test to then move on to official trialing. Tyler coordinated a day-long mock trial and mock ORT in preparation for these students to successfully pass an ORT with their dogs prior to participating in K-9 Nose Work trials.

To compete in K-9 Nose Work, dogs need to transition from searching for food or toys (Intro to Nose Work) to searching for a target odor, composed of essential oils birch, anise or clove, in areas such as containers, exteriors, interiors and vehicles.

CNCC Sniffer Dogs will host the next K-9 Nose Work Snap-Shot class this fall, with specific instruction by NACSW certified instructors, Jill Kovacevich, CNWI, and Cathy Vito, CNWI, from Mountain Nose Work in Edwards. Attendance at this class is a prerequisite to attending the Intro to Nose Work class this fall-winter semester offered by Tyler. The Snap-Shot session is intended to provide a brief hands session for potential students and their dogs with NACSW certified instructors to better determine student interest and commitment in the CNCC instructor-led course.

Almost any dog can participate in this sport, as a fun activity at home or at a competition level. The mission of NACSW is to provide safe, fun and fair training and trial competition for all dogs.

Dates for future classes will be set soon. For more information, visit http://nacsw.net.

Host families needed for global exchange program

Visiting students, ages 15 to 18, from around the world, including Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand, are seeking host families in and around Craig for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic school year for the fall semester and full school year.

According to a press release from International Experience-USA, host families can consist of any type of familial structure and serve as mentors and a home base for their student. Visiting students participate as active members of the family and integrate into their host’s daily routines and traditions just like any other family member.

Hosting an international student allows people to explore a new culture and promote a sense of lifelong learning and adventure.

iE-USA, the sponsoring program, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting education and understanding through intercultural and academic exchange, certified by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel and strictly adheres to all U.S. Department of State Student Exchange Program regulations and guidelines.

Exchange student participants undergo an extensive application and orientation process in their home country prior to being accepted into iE-USA’s program. Each student is responsible for their own spending money and full health insurance coverage.


Host families may review prospective student profiles online at http://ie-usa.org. Families interested in hosting this year must apply by Aug. 15.

For more information, contact Colorado representative Katie Robinson at 512-538-8080 or at k.robinson@international-experience.net.

Summer reading program is underway

The Moffat County Libraries' summer reading program will run through Aug. 9. There are numerous prizes and drawings involved for participants in the free event.

Youth Club for ages 8 and older will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, with story times at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursdays in Craig. Weekly programs known as Boredom Busters also are available.

The program is available at the Craig, Maybell and Dinosaur branches, though not all features will be at each location.

For more information, call Craig at 970-824-5116, Maybell at 970-272-9919 or Dinosaur at 970-374-2700.

Boys & Girls Club offering summer fun for all ages

Boys & Girls Club of Craig is featuring multiple activities during the summer. The building is open for members every weekday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 15.

Regular daily events include outdoor excursions such as bike rides, rollerblading, tennis and swimming at Craig City Pool, as well as the array of things for kids to do already at the club.

Programs like 4-H arts and crafts and Torch Club for those wanting to volunteer in the community also are available.

Breakfast, lunch and snacks also are available and free of charge.

Those entering middle school grades in the fall also can participate in the free Thursday Thrills series from 6 to 8 p.m. each week, with events either at the club or locations like the pool or Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.

Membership costs $1 per hour in the summer in addition to the annual dues. The organization offers scholarships for families with financial difficulties.

For more information, call 970-826-0411 or visit http://bgcnwc.org.

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