CNCC Boasts exciting new changes for coming year |

CNCC Boasts exciting new changes for coming year

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— Changes have CNCC-Craig campus ready for the upcoming year.

Recent changes have the Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC)-Craig prepared for classes to begin.

“We are very excited about the upcoming year,” Dr. Dean Hollenbeck, vice-president of the Craig campus said. “We have an excellent and enthusiastic staff and we want to provide to the community.”

The changes on the campus have really helped CNCC-Craig. A major change happened July 1 when CNCC-Craig joined the State Board of Community Colleges and Occupational Education Systems as the 14th college in the state. The Colorado Commission on Higher Education confirmed Wednesday the Colorado Community College and Occupational Education System remains the largest and fastest growing higher education system in the state. Along with governing the 14 colleges, the system oversees local district community colleges, area vocational schools and career and technical education programs in more than 150 secondary school districts. Full-time enrollment in the system’s colleges for the 1998-99 fiscal year was 37,069. In total, the system has programming for 236,102 students across Colorado.

Being a part of the largest education system in Colorado definitely has its benefits.

“We have a revamped computer system that connects us to all community colleges in the state,” said Hollenbeck. This allows CNCC to offer classes via e-mail and the Internet. The Colorado Community College Online Consortium (CCC Online) is composed of the 14 colleges and allows students to earn fully accredited associate of applied science degrees and certifications in various disciplines. With CCC Online you can also take individual courses which apply to a degree at CNCC-Craig. The college offers a number of classes through this service in areas from accounting to philosophy.

Another new area at CNCC-Craig is the CISCO program. CISCO is a networking operating systems company and classes in this field are now being offered. This is a four-semester program and students completing the program have a promising future. “There are a lot of jobs in this field; more than we could ever place,” said Hollenbeck. The salary isn’t too bad either; $40,000 for starters.

A Board of Control Meeting to be held today at 7 p.m. in the Bell Tower Building to discuss details of the CISCO program. This meeting will also discuss possible sites for a new CNCC campus.

Distance learning has also allowed CNCC-Craig and its students to connect to Utah State. The college now offers classes via PictureTel (a satellite feed originating at any CNCC-Craikg site that airs live and has two-way audio and video capabilities). These classes, which range from finance to special education, are available beginning Aug. 30.

CNCC-Craig classes begin today.