Business Beat: Education service Colorado Student Care relocates |

Business Beat: Education service Colorado Student Care relocates

The Northwest Colorado nonprofit organization Colorado Student Care has consolidated its Craig and Steamboat Springs learning centers into a single location at Steamboat’s Colorado Mountain College campus.

Colorado Student Care was founded in Craig in 2009 by George Avgares, who worked at a similar program in Nevada for many years, as a service for high school students looking for guidance in pursuing the next level of their education.

After working with more than 30 families in Craig, Avgares opened a second office at CMC in September 2010 for students in Steamboat and Hayden.

The CMC facilities allow the program’s staff to attend to a wide variety of student needs, from tutoring to job shadowing and mentoring.

Additionally, the staff prepares students for what they can expect out of the ACT and SAT tests and advises them in what to look for when applying to colleges.

Avgares said he plans to host some free college prep workshops, though the date has not yet been determined.

“It’s still a wonderful resource for high school students in Craig, and we hope they will join us in Steamboat,” he said.

For more information on Colorado Student Care’s courses and rates, call 870-1733 or visit

McDonald’s drive-thru extends weekend hours

When late-night cravings settle in or you’ve just gotten off work after normal business hours, it can be difficult to find something quick and inexpensive for eats.

Even toward the end of the week, this can be an ordeal if you’re out late enough.

But, one Craig restaurant is taking advantage of the potential for additional weekend business.

The drive-thru window for McDonald’s, 1080 W. Victory Way, has shifted to 24-hour days on Fridays and Saturdays.

The restaurant began offering the extended business hours at the beginning of June.

Owner Chris Nichols said the late-night customer turnout has been strong since the change.

“We really anticipate it being good while the weather is still nice,” he said. “We’ll be doing it through the summer and into the fall, and then evaluate it after that. We’ve just been rotating the staff a lot to make sure nobody has to work the graveyard shift too much.”

Nichols said he didn’t foresee a permanent change in the eatery’s hours.

“A lot of McDonald’s in the country are 24/7,” he said. “I don’t think we’d be doing that, especially in the winter. Not a lot of people want to go through the drive-thru when it’s 20 below.”

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