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CNCC gearing up for fall semester

Michelle Balleck

— Classes at Colorado Northwestern Community College begin Aug. 27, and the Craig campus has plenty to offer, a college official said.

From mathematics to racquetball, the college has a range of credit and non-credit classes available to residents.

“There are a number of classes we offer that community members don’t consider taking,” said Mary Shearer, director of CNCC Craig campus Community Education/Public Information.

Massage therapy and industrial electrician programs are new to the campus this fall, but physical education classes are typically some of the college’s most popular.

“Everyone’s taking getting in better health more seriously,” Shearer said. “I think they’ll be of even greater popularity as time goes on.”

Some offerings are line dancing, spinning, circuit training and bowling. If there’s enough interest – six students – the college also will a offer scuba diving course.

The Craig campus offers a few single-session courses, as well. Spa Country will offer a basic hot tub and pool maintenance class, and Tunies & Such will lead a landscaping basics class. Jeff Corriveau will present a Dutch oven cooking lesson, and the college is taking a group to see the Titanic exhibit in Denver.

In academic classes, Shearer said there’s a number of options for those who wish to hone their skills or learn a new one.

The college offers sign language, art, anthropology and archeology classes. There’s also computer-aided drafting, poetry and Excel, Word and Quick Books workshops.

Early childhood classes can help care providers or anyone who interacts with children, Shearer said.

“This would be a great class for parents or anyone who wants to be a parent,” she said. “Child care is always an area that needs enhanced.”

Classes to become an emergency medical technician are beneficial to the student and the community, Shearer said.

“They’re always looking for good community members to keep their program going,” she said.

Shearer thinks public speaking is a class that can benefit just about anyone.

“It’s so useful for everything from business to family to church,” she said. “It would be an excellent preparation for people who find themselves in the spotlight.”

Those older than 50 have plenty of opportunities at the college, as well, such as art and memoir writing.

“We are offering a lot of classes for people 50 or better to enjoy life, get in better shape and challenge them mentally,” Shearer said.

Plus, senior citizens get a good rate on tuition, Shearer said. It’s free.

Anyone who has lived in the state for a year and Moffat County for six months gets a 75-percent tuition break for credit bearing classes. Moffat County senior citizens pay no tuition or fees; they only pay for class materials.

For more information on CNCC’s offerings, call 824-1101. Or, for a complete schedule of the college’s classes, visit http://www.cncc.edu or pick up a schedule, coming soon, in a red box downtown, at Centennial Mall or at the college. The deadline to register for the fall semester is Aug. 29.

Also look for the college’s new greeting area. Shearer said the college currently is hiring a receptionist and remodeling the Bell Tower to accommodate the “user friendly” addition.


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