Education Briefs: Superintendent candidates to meet with public
A public meet-and-greet session with superintendent candidates for the Moffat County School District is slated for 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the board room of the administration building. Candidates for the position will be available to meet people Monday evening before their round of interviews on Tuesday.
The meet-and-greet period is part of a larger Moffat County Board of Education work session that runs from 2 to 7:30 p.m. It will include a roundtable discussion session between school board and administration members, along with a period devoted to interview training conducted by Mark DeVoti, assistant executive director of the Colorado Association of School Boards.
The training is targeted for people who are part of committees scheduled to interview the superintendent candidates on Tuesday.
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.
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.
Dual and concurrent enrollment are terms 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.
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.
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.
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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