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College seeks City Council support

Community college officials are ready to go forward with an energy technology program, but they have one critical hurdle before them: State approval.

They’re seeking support from local government to help get the state’s endorsement.

Colorado Northwest Community College officials will ask the Craig City Council tonight for a letter supporting the program.



The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers of Craig City Hall.

CNCC-Craig has gotten access to power-plant training equipment, targeted a curriculum and hired an instructor for the new program.



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

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

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

The college’s program also will include courses related to surface and underground mining.

In other business, the council will:

  • Consider a letter to support House Bill No. 1093, which would authorize an election to determine whether to extend the mill levy for Colorado Northwest Community Coll–ege.
  • Request to sole source backwash pond No. 1 cleaning at the water department.
  • Discuss the disinfection re—-quirements of the water plant upgrade.
  • Consider a septic hauler use agreement.

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