CNCC board members working toward smooth state transition |

CNCC board members working toward smooth state transition

Lee Harstad

Holding its second regular session meeting, the Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) Advisory Council met Monday evening in Craig to elect a new council chair and vice chair and to discuss improvements, ongoing projects and updates.

By a unanimous vote, Peggy Rector of Rangely was elected as the Advisory Council chair. She believes her experiences should help CNCC in all areas and is ready to begin her reign.

“I want to see the that the transition into the state system is as positive as it can be,” Rector said. “I also want to help Dr. (Robert) Anderson and the staff in areas like student enrollment, program improvements and programs that could help the communities.”

Barbara Pughe, who last week was elected chair of the Moffat County Affiliated Junior College District Board of Control, will hold another executive seat as the new CNCC Advisory Council vice chair.

One topic of discussion during the meeting included an update of the transition of CNCC into the Colorado Community College and Occupational Education System. According to CNCC President Robert Anderson, the transition is progressing as well as expected.

“In general all of us are still pleased with joining the state system,” Anderson said. “We are feeling a tremendous positive response from the state office.”

Anderson also commented how CNCC has received almost $600,000 from the state that it would have not received otherwise because of ineligibility.

CNCC-Craig Vice President Dean Hollenbeck shares the feelings of Anderson.

“We are constantly receiving telephone calls of opportunities that are available,” Hollenbeck said. “We opened up a lot more communication with the state and the collaboration with other colleges is something we can really lean on.”

Because of the added funds, architects have been selected to perform maintenance projects on CNCC campuses. This will soon be noticed by patrons of the CNCC-Craig campus as the funds will help repave the CNCC-Craig parking lot. According to Anderson, the project is “set and ready to go.” Project work will begin in the spring.

CNCC is also looking for qualified candidates to fill current open vacancies. These vacancies include a vice-president position, which has been narrowed down to two finalists and Anderson wants to have the position filled by Jan. 1, a registrar, by Jan. 10, a business technology instructor by the beginning of the spring semester, a human resource director and positions in the library and psychology departments.

The next CNCC Advisory Council meetings will be Feb. 14 in Rangely and June 12, with the location yet to be decided.


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