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Craig education briefs for Sept. 20, 2014: CNCC receives visit from the Colorado Community College System board

Lauren Blair

Seven members from the Colorado Community College System board visited both of Colorado Northwestern Community College's campuses Monday in Rangely and Craig. The annual visit included a tour of each campus highlighting new developments and featured programs at the college.

At the Craig campus, board members were encouraged to hear that enrollment numbers are up nearly 30 percent over the past year. Enrollment numbers are also up at CNCC's Rangely campus, albeit to a lesser extent.

"Craig is our star this time and we're really pleased about that," said CNCC President Russell George.

The tour highlighted a new simulation lab for the nursing program that was purchased using a recent grant of $100,000, allowing students hands-on experience as part of their training.

"We're stepping up the game," George said in reference to the modern, state-of-the-art equipment now in use on the Craig campus.

The tour also featured the geology lab, which houses a complete, museum-quality collection of rocks and fossils donated by the Museum of Northwest Colorado.

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"The geology department is extremely excited at the opportunity to have geological specimens that allow students to explore all of the different properties of each rock type," said CNCC Dean of Instruction Donna Theimer.

Finally, the tour concluded with the news that CNCC is working on developing new course offerings in paleontology, an effort led by science instructor Liz Johnson, who has a background in paleontology.

"The board members jumped on it and said, 'Wow, we really like this,'" George said. "We hope we get to do field work as part of it, that really will make this unique and special."

Colorado Northwestern Community College to host Foundation Dinner tonight

Colorado Northwestern Community College Foundation will host a fundraiser dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the college. The "Opening Doors" dinner and auction — part silent and part live auction — will feature donated items from local businesses, individuals and artists. Entertainment will be provided by local musician Anthony Premaine and food will be catered by Mountain Meats.

Funds raised by the event will be matched dollar for dollar and will help provide student scholarships. Tickets cost $30 per person or $100 for a table of four, and will be available for purchase at the door.

Colorado Children's Campaign to present on Kids Count report

A representative from the Colorado Children's Campaign will visit Moffat County to present the 2014 "Kids Count in Colorado!" report from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Clarion Inn. The event is co-sponsored by Connections 4 Kids and will include breakfast.

"'KIDS COUNT in Colorado!' is an annual publication of the Children's Campaign, providing state- and county-level data on child well-being factors including child health, education and economic status," said the Colorado Children's Campaign event invitation.

The data provided in the report is used by lawmakers, community leaders and child advocates to inform policy decisions and community discussions on issues impacting kids, according to the invitation.

All are welcome. RSVP to Betsy Overton at 970-824-1081 or boverton@moffatcounty.net by Monday morning.

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 imaginationlibrary.com or pick up a registration form from the Moffat County Library or from Connections 4 Kids in the Center of Craig.