Craig education briefs for Feb. 28, 2015: Craig Youth Job Fair offers job advice, opportunities

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— The Youth Career and Job Fair will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 12 at the Colorado Northwestern Community College Craig campus.

The event provides an opportunity for young people to inquire about careers, meet employers who are hiring, and talk with professionals in a career field or industry the youth are interested in learning more about.

With more than 100 young people in attendance last year, organizers are hoping to reach more young people in the community to attend this year.

More than 25 tables that will be available starting at 11:30 a.m. in the commons area.

For more information or to sign up to participate, contact Kelly Pierce at the Craig Workforce Center at 970-824-3246 or

Free or reduced price meals and school fees available to qualifying households

Households that qualify for free or reduced meals may also qualify for free or reduced book fees, class fees, sport and athletic fees and drivers education fees. Qualification for free or reduced sports and athletic fees must be identified before participation in any sport, and fees will not be waived after the sport or athletic program has begun.

Households whose circumstances change during the school year may apply at any time, however fees for programs will not be waived prior to the date of approval on the application form.

Contact Karma Willbanks in the Food Service Department at 970-824-2160 to request an application.

CNCC offers paleontology field works courses

The following is excerpted from a news release from CNCC:

CNCC will be offering paleontology field experiences beginning in the summer of 2015. Each field experience session will be two weeks long and can be taken for college credit. During this time, students will be staying on the CNCC Rangely campus and traveling daily to the dig site where they will work alongside professional paleontologists from around the country to excavate dinosaur remains.

“We are right in the middle of Dinosaur Country, and it’s mostly unexplored in our area,” said Molecular Paleontologist and CNCC science instructor, Liz Johnson. “We want to offer that exploration and discovery opportunity to our students and our local community members in an educational setting.”

The two fieldwork sessions are scheduled from June 8 to 19 and June 22 to July 3. Students will work excavating a dinosaur found by CNCC faculty Ellis Thompson-Ellis and her husband Josh Ellis.

“This is a really exciting opportunity for our students and our communities to experience and learn about the richness of our local lands,” Thompson-Ellis said. “It’s also an opportunity to be a part of a unique scientific expedition — no experience necessary!”

At the conclusion of the field experience, the fossils will be transported to the new federal fossil repository at the CNCC Craig Campus. There, they will be curated and prepared in the 2015-16 academic year by students enrolled in the paleontology lab techniques course as the second piece of CNCC’s unique paleontology experience.

Moffat County High School seeks receipts for fundraiser

Local residents can help with the issue of school funding as Moffat County High School raises money in the weeks to come.

MCHS is participating in the AmeriGas School Days Program, and people can bring in their receipts from propane to join in the effort. For every gallon of gas accounted for, the company will donate two cents to the school in question.

The tally adds up fast, and last May, AmeriGas awarded nearly $2,000 to MCHS.

Receipts can be turned in at the school to Stephanie Ahlstrom, athletics secretary.

For more information, call 970-824-7036 or 970-824-4221.

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 50th 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.

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