Education Briefs: Public hearing for school district budget set for Thursday
A public hearing focusing on the Moffat County School District budget is slated for 4 p.m. on Thursday in the Board Room of the Administration Building.
Remediation rates up slightly for 2014-15 academic year
DENVER – The number of Colorado high school graduates needing remediation when entering college increased slightly in 2014-2015 over the previous year, from 34.2 percent to 35.4 percent, according to this year’s remediation report. That amounts to 7,472 students needing remediation.
Remedial courses are basic skills courses designed for students who lack the academic competencies necessary to succeed in a college-level curriculum. Remedial education, remediation, not college ready and developmental education are used interchangeably throughout the report.
Historically, the state has seen a downward trend in the number of students needing remediation. Despite a small increase in the percent of students requiring remediation in 2014-15, there have been pockets of positive and incremental movement in the right direction towards all college students being ready and successful, with the ultimate hope of earning a credential.
“The goal here is to increase the number of residents in Colorado with a high-quality, postsecondary credential,” said Chief Student Success & Academic Affairs Officer at the Colorado Department of Higher Education Timothy Flanagan, in a written statement. “The good news is that of the students needing remediation, more than 62 percent complete their remedial course.”
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 refers 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.
Moffat County Library announces summer story themes
The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries continues its themes for Story Time throughout the summer. The summertime schedule includes a gathering at 10 a.m. each Thursday from June 2 to August 18. Attendees are asked to come 10 minutes early and remain with their children during this time.
June 9- Summer Sports
June 16- Father’s Day
June 23- Fuel Your Body
June 30- America the Beautiful
July 7- Winter in July
July 14- Play Ball
July 21- Ninja
July 28- Sportsmanship
August 4- Games
August 11- Dance
August 18- Gymnastics
August 25- Back to School
The Craig branch has also announced a youth club for ages 8 and up that meets from 3 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday, beginning on June 1 at the Moffat County Library. Participants are invited to do arts and crafts, and some topics will include table football, paper planes, “getting to know you,” eating healthy and DIY Rollercoasters.
The Moffat County Libraries’ Summer Reading Program has also begun for children and adults, and people are welcome to come to the library to sign up.
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 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.
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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