Education Briefs: CNCC to hold registration meeting for summer camps
Colorado Northwest Community College will be holding a registration meeting for summer camps from 3:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the CNCC Academic Building. Scheduled camps on the Craig campus include robotics, entrepreneurship, audio production, rafting and poetry. People can also register online at http://www.cncc.edu/youthprograms.
Shuttle to ease graduation parking
Moffat County High School will be offering shuttle buses from the Kmart parking lot to the high school starting at 9 a.m. on graduation day, May 28. The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m.
Library summer reading program to begin
The Moffat County Library Summer Reading Program, for children and adults, begins this week. Residents are encouraged to come by the library to sign up.
Report shows continued growth in Colorado’s dual enrollment programs
DENVER – Nearly 30 percent of Colorado’s 11th-graders and 12th-graders participated in some type of dual enrollment program during the 2014-15 school year – an increase of 15 percent over the previous year — according to the 2014-15 concurrent enrollment report released today by the Colorado Department of Higher Education and Colorado Department of Education.
The terms “dual” and “concurrent” enrollment are used interchangeably and refer to college courses students take while in high school. In 2009, Colorado passed concurrent enrollment legislation that provided a framework for school districts to enter into agreements with Colorado institutions of higher education. These concurrent enrollment agreements enable students to enroll in college courses tuition free.
Colorado infant and child-care costs rank high
From Kids Count in Colorado: The annual cost in 2014 of center-based infant care in Colorado was $13,154, according to Child Care Aware. That’s the fifth least affordable rate in the country relative to median income. For 4-year-olds, center-based in Colorado was the seventh-least affordable in the country at $9,882 per year.
CNCC to add business management certificate and internships next school year
Colorado Northwestern Community College is adding internship components to two certificate programs next school year. The business management and accounting certificates will each contain internship slots that start in the spring of 2017.
The business management certificate will be new at the college, and the accounting certificate will be “upgraded,” said Kathy Powell-Case, with the internship and with a “computerized accounting” class, which she said would focus on QuickBooks.
Powell-Case is the business program chair, and an instructor, at CNCC.
One of the factors leading to the addition of a business management certificate, Powell-Case said, was the effort to boost enrollment. The certificate is a shorter program than a degree, but Powell-Case said the courses could apply to a degree if a student decided to go on.
“We figured that if we could get somebody in to get all the basic skills, that they could become more hirable,” she added. “And if they like it enough, they might be tempted to go in for the (associate of arts) or (associate of applied science) in business.”
Powell-Case said the internships in both certificate programs would give students a chance “to learn what’s really going on in the working field” they’re exploring. She noted benefits to local businesses, as well.
“I’m hoping that some of the business people will see this as an opportunity to get some help, and to be able to train someone,” she said.
Colorado comes in 22nd in ‘overall child well-being’
Also from Kids Count: Colorado ranked 22nd in 2014 in overall child well-being, a designation that included evaluations for economic well-being, education, health and family and community. The top three states were Massachusetts, Vermont and Iowa.
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