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Colorado Northwestern Community College board discusses options for Trapper Fitness building

Colorado Northwestern Community College Board of Control members listen to a report Monday night from Dean of Instruction for the Craig campus Donna Theimer, who shared that enrollment for the college's new paleontology field work courses is already a third full.

— At its regular monthly meeting Monday, the Colorado Northwestern Community College Board of Control did the following:

• Approved a motion to formally request proposals and bids for the replacement of the roof of the Trapper Fitness building, which is owned by the community college.

The roof has been leaking whenever snowfall occurs.

The board is considering whether to invest the money to make the necessary repairs to the building or to sell it. It will also seek an informal, approximate appraisal of the building as it considers how to proceed.

• Approved a motion to seek a bid for mold inspection in the Trapper Fitness roof. Though maintenance staff have found no direct evidence of mold, the board felt the health concern was significant enough to consider having it properly tested.

• Discussed the current policy of applying tuition reimbursement for Moffat County residents only to credit-bearing classes, which do not include developmental education classes. Some students must complete developmental education classes before enrolling in college-level courses, but must pay in full for these courses out of pocket.

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CNCC President Russell George noted that although tuition reimbursement money, which offsets tuition for Moffat County residents by 50 percent, is not available for these courses, private scholarship money is available. The CNCC Foundation is among those available to help meet students' financial needs, he said.

• Heard from George and Dean of Instruction for the Craig campus Donna Theimer about the recent announcement that CNCC's Craig campus has been deemed a Federal Fossil Repository for the BLM Colorado and that the college will launch a paleontology program.

George announced that the new superintendent at Dinosaur National Monument expressed interest in helping the college with the new program.

"All of this is just great," George said. "It's such a neat opportunity for us to do this Northwest-region-wide. I just think there's no end to it. "

The program will launch this summer with two field work courses. Theimer said the slots are already a third full from current CNCC students alone, and said there was no doubt they would be able to fill the courses.

The first pieces of "Walter," the dinosaur found near Rangely, have already been collected and brought to the new repository on the Craig campus.

• Heard from Craig campus Vice President Janell Oberlander, who has now been on the job one month. In her efforts to connect with the community, she has thus far met with Moffat County Commissioners, Moffat County School District Superintendent Brent Curtice, the Boys & Girls Club, attended economic development meetings, and will meet with The Memorial Hospital Chief of Marketing and Business Development Jennifer Riley this week.

Oberlander also announced that the CNCC student government association has received full permission to create a student center on the Craig campus.

• Heard from CNCC Vice President of Business and Administration Chris Bishop about a revision to the 2014-2015 budget made necessary due to a higher-than-expected number of Moffat County residents enrolled as students at the college.

Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1794 or lblair@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education.

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