City backs college’s plan for technology program |

City backs college’s plan for technology program

Although it will be months before community college officials submit plans for a power-plant technology program to the state, they already have garnered strong local support.

The Craig City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to send a letter supporting Colorado Northwestern Com–munity College’s attempts to launch a power-plant technology program. The letter is going to the Colorado Community College and Occupational Education System.

“The college has played an important role in our community over the last several years,” Mayor Don Jones said.

Moffat County commissioners and the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Par–tnership also have endorsed the program, and the Craig Chamber of Commerce board will consider doing so at its March 8 meeting.

The college is working with Tri-State Generation and Transmission, part-owner of the Craig Station Power Plant, to offer the program.

Instructor Ed Winters is developing the curriculum for what would be a two-year, degreed program.

The plant’s work force is aging, and significant number of workers will retire in the next five to 10 years, spokesman Jim Van Someren has said.’

By partnering with the college, the plant is taking an active role in developing a replacement work force, he said.

If approved by the Colorado Community College and Occ–upational Education System, classes will begin in the fall.

Winters said he plans to eventually expand the program to include underground and surface mine training.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or

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