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Enrollment opens for Western Slope Certified Public Manager program

Craig Press staff report

The Colorado Certified Public Manager Program, a nationally accredited professional development program for public sector and government managers, is coming to Vail and Glenwood Springs beginning in March. The "CPM in the Mountains" program is offered by the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs, in partnership with the Vail Centre and the Northwestern Colorado Council of Governments, or NWCCOG.

"It's critically important that public sector professionals in rural and western Colorado have access to quality management development and leadership training, along with the opportunity to earn the CPM designation and build stronger relationships among their peers," said CU Denver SPA Dean Paul Teske. "Our partnership with Vail Centre, NWCCOG and local government leaders has allowed us to create a customized program for the region."

The CPM curriculum is designed to help government sector professionals develop management and leadership skills. Participants gain knowledge and tools used by effective leaders to improve public management, service delivery and governance throughout Colorado, which is the program's ultimate goal.

A cohort of "CPM in the Mountains" participants will complete the program's six in-person courses and a final capstone project between March and July 2019. The two-day courses are offered Fridays and Saturdays and are taught by a blended corps of seasoned practitioners and CU Denver-affiliated faculty.

"CPM in the Mountains" is ideal for mid-level professionals working in local governments and special districts and for high-level leaders with deep experience in only one area of government who seek a broader view. The program also welcomes elected officials, state, federal, tribal and nonprofit professionals, and people who aspire to management careers in the public sector.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until the cohort is full, or March 15. 
Apply at bit.ly/cpmfullSpace is limited. For more information, contact Lisa VanRaemdonck, executive director, CU Denver SPA Institute at info.cpm@ucdenver.edu or 303-315-2228.

East Elementary seeking alumni, past staff, volunteers

Closing a school is sad, but East Elementary School Principal Sarah Hepworth and her team want a celebratory send-off, and they are looking for help in planning a Season Finale Party and Ceremony for the school.

"We are hoping to gather all alumni and staff that have worked since the time East opened in 1960 and close our school in style and with a special ceremony," Hepworth said.   

Volunteers interested in helping plan the event are invited to attend a planning meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at the school, 600 Texas Ave. For more information, call the school at 970-824-6042.

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Baby Book Bags available through library

The Friends of the Library gives babies a head start in literacy.

Those who have recently welcomed a new baby home are invited to visit the library to pick up a free Baby Book Bag.

Each bag contains a book and bookmark, as well as information, such as tips about reading to babies and what the library has to offer babies and parents. Baby Book Bags are provided courtesy of Friends of the Library, in conjunction with the Moffat County Libraries. One bag per baby.

For more information about any of these programs, call the library at 970-824-5116

Mental health first aid class open to public

One in four Americans has suffered from a mental health problem, more than are affected by heart disease, lung disease and cancer, combined. Learn how to help with training provided by Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership and Mental Health First Aid Colorado.

The certification qualifies participants as mental health first aid providers. Students will learn how to respond to someone with mental health challenges, including depression, suicidal ideation, substance abuse, eating disorders and panic attacks. Learn the signs, evidence-based actions to take and how to connect those in crisis to support systems that can help them recover.

The class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 7 in Room 175 in the CNCC Academic /Student Service building, 2801 W. Ninth St., Craig

Online registration is available at mhfacp.org/findclass/attend/250.

For more information email, Sarah Valentino at svalentino@ncchealthpartnership.org.   

Applications available for Youth Leadership Camp

Applications are now available for camp for Rotary Youth Leadership for current high school sophomores or juniors and Young Rotary Youth Leadership for current seventh-graders.

The Craig Rotary Club will sponsor four high-school students for RYLA and four seventh-grade students to YRYLA to camp this summer. RYLA camp is held at the YMCA in Estes Park and YRYLA is held at the Ponderosa Retreat and Conference Center in Larkspur.

Applications deadline is Friday, March 23.

For more information, contact Renee Campbell at rcampbell@craigdailypress.com or 970-875-1788.

Positive Solutions for Families class begins in March

Positive Solutions for Families is a free, six-week class that promotes social and emotional development and helps reduce challenging behavior. Free childcare is available during class. The next class, provided by Connections4Kids, begins in March. To learn more or register, call 970-824-1081 or email parented@connections4kids.org.