Education Briefs: Summer meals program underway |

Education Briefs: Summer meals program underway

The USDA-funded Summer Food Service Program is running locally from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Boys & Girls Club of CraigBoys & Girls Club of Craig, with a snack from 3:30 to 4 p.m., with a snack from 3:30 to 4 p.m.

Boys & Girls Club of Craig, with a snack from 3:30 to 4 p.m.

Children may eat free, and there’s a $3.75 fee for adults. That applies to families who live in the area, as well as those who are passing through.

The lunches will be served at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig throughout the week through Aug. 19. Later in the summer, beginning July 11, meals will also be served at Sandrock Elementary School.

Vacation Bible School welcomes children this week

Vacation Bible School at Calvary Baptist ChurchCalvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave., will feature the theme “Submerged: Finding the Truth Below the Surface” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Children from 4 years old through sixth grade may participate., 1050 Yampa Ave., will feature the theme “Submerged: Finding the Truth Below the Surface” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Children from 4 years old through sixth grade may participate.

Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave., will feature the theme “Submerged: Finding the Truth Below the Surface” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Children from 4 years old through sixth grade may participate.

A pre-registration party is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Those interested may call 970-824-5222.

Remediation rates up slightly for 2014-15 academic year

The number of Colorado high school graduates needing remediation when entering college increased slightly in 2014-2015 from 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 toward 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 Timothy Flanagan, chief student success & academic affairs officer at the Colorado Department of Higher Education, 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

Nearly 30 percent of Colorado’s 11th- and 12th-graders participated in some type of dual enrollment program during the 2014-15 school year — an increase of 15 percent from 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 agreements with Colorado institutions of higher education. These concurrent enrollment agreements enable students to enroll in college courses tuition-free.

Moffat County Library’s story time, summer activities underway

The Moffat County Library has announced themes for Story Time throughout the summer. The summertime schedule includes a gathering at 10 a.m. each Thursday through Aug. 18. Attendees are asked to come 10 minutes early and remain with their children during this time. Story Time themes include the following.

• 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

• Aug. 4 — Games

• Aug. 11 — Dance

• Aug. 18 — Gymnastics

• Aug. 25 — Back to School

The library has also begun a youth club for children age 8 and older that meets from 3 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday in the Craig branch. Participants are invited to take part in arts and crafts, and some topics will include table football, paper planes, “getting to know you,” eating healthy and DIY Rollercoasters.

The Moffat County Library 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 spring 2017.

The business management certificate will be new at the college, and the accounting certificate will be upgraded with the internship and a computerized accounting class focusing on QuickBook, said Kathy Powell-Case, business program chair and 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 said. “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: 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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