Craig education briefs for Dec. 5, 2015: CNCC wins scholarship money from state program |

Craig education briefs for Dec. 5, 2015: CNCC wins scholarship money from state program

— The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative approved $1.3 million in scholarships to be distributed to public universities and colleges throughout the state, and to be matched in full by local partners such as county governments, institutions of higher education or workforce organizations.

The Colorado Northwestern Community College Foundation was awarded $11,210 on behalf of Moffat County and $7,709 on behalf of Rio Blanco County. The college was also awarded $4,632 through the Colorado Community College System Foundation.

“The State established the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative a year ago with the goal of establishing a statewide network of student support and scholarship programs,” according to a press release.

The initiative seeks to build local scholarship programs through local partnerships with counties, institutions of higher education and workforce development organizations.

This is the first of four proposal review periods during the 2015-16 fiscal year. The funds will be awarded once match agreements have been drafted with partners, and the majority of the funds will be available to students over the next two to four years.

CNCC film series showcases musicals

Colorado Northwestern Community College’s monthly film series continues this semester with a focus on musicals.

This month’s screening will be “The King and I” and will show at 7 p.m. Friday in room 155. Movies are shown the second Friday of every month.

The series is hosted by David Johnson and Mary Karen Solomon and is free and open to the public.

Moffat County Library Winter Reading Program under way

The Moffat County Library Winter Reading Program is under way and this year’s theme is “Slide Into a Good Book.”

Kids are encouraged to spend time with their nose in a book this winter with incentives and prize drawing for the pages they read. The youth program is for kids up to fifth-grade, the teen program is for sixth through twelfth-graders and an adult program for ages 18 and up offers a monthly prize drawing, one entry for each book read.

For more information or to sign up, visit the library.

CNCC offers new adult education courses

Colorado Northwestern Community College will be offering two new courses in basic computer skills and job skills next semester.

The classes will run two days per week in the evenings, and the schedule will be determined based on the needs of students.

Computer skills will cover basic email, keyboarding techniques and internet use, and the job skills course will cover resume writing, interview skills and how to dress for success.

For more information or to register, contact Melissa Dowd at 970-824-1152 or

Imagination Library offers free books to young children

Connections 4 Kids in partnership with Moffat County Youth United Way offers free books to young children through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Any child from birth through their fifth birthday in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties is eligible to sign up.

Each child who joins the program will receive a free book in the mail each month, specially selected for their age and gender. The program is designed to encourage parents to read with their children. Doing so at an early age not only helps kids develop a love for reading, but also helps prepare them for success in school.

To sign up, either visit http://www.imaginationlibrary.comor pick up a registration form from the Moffat County Library or from Connections for Kids in the Center of Craig.

#BetterMeYV campaign encourages healthy teens

BetterMeYV is a social media campaign encouraging local middle and high school students to share photos of themselves and their friends being active, healthy and setting a positive example in our communities. Students post their photos to Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #bettermeyv.

The project is a joint effort of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. For more information about BetterMeYV, go to or call Grand Futures at 970-824-5752.

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