Community college offers technologically-advanced classes |

Community college offers technologically-advanced classes

Lee Harstad

Since joining the Colorado Community College and Occupational Education System (CCCOES) last summer, Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) has continued to reap benefits.

One of these benefits is the ability to offer several degree paths, certificate programs and core classes via distance learning formats.

According to CCCOES President Dorothy Horrell, the unprecedented growth in technology has fueled a record demand for skilled workers and the resulting shortage is now at crisis levels.

CNCC distancelearning classes are telecourses available with video and audio conferences presented live over the telephone and are meant to train students to fill this void.

These telecourses are designed for students who require a flexible learning format. Broadcasts are viewed and homework is done at home, allowing students to work independently.

Ken Langston is the Director of distance learning at CNCC. His department currently offers 15 courses which are transmitted live to both Rangely and Craig campuses and to centers in Meeker, Hayden and South Routt.

By the Fall of 2000, the connection with Mesa College in Grand Junction will complement the technologicallyadvanced courses.

Internet courses are also available through the college. Offering two-year degree and several certificate programs, Colorado Community College Online (CCCOnline) allows students to complete classes from any Internet-based computer. CNCC has also teamed up with Franklin University to furnish students with upper division courses and bachelor degree options via Internet connections.

A new satellite downlink is being installed at the CNCC Craig campus that will allow students to receive courses from Utah State University. This addition will expand CNCC’s access to Utah State’s programs. These courses are at the baccalaureate and graduate level of studies and are delivered by one-way video and twoway audio format.