Goal Academy opens new Craig location
CRAIG — Gladiators have moved into downtown Craig.
Gladiators are the mascot of GOAL Academy High School, a Colorado public high school that offers students a flexible learning environment through a mix of online courses and face-to-face interaction at learning sites.
The Northwest Colorado site has moved from Centennial Mall to the top floor of the historic First National Bank/Allen building, on the northwest corner of Yampa Avenue and West Victory Way.
Assistant Principal Wendy Haut invited the community to tour the new facility during a ribbon cutting, held by GOAL and the Craig Chamber of Commerce ambassadors Thursday, Aug. 23.
“After serving Craig and Moffat County for the past seven years, we are excited to announce we have moved to a new and improved site located downtown to better serve students, families, and the community,” she said during a dedication of the new location.
GOAL Academy High School offers free public high school, a credit recovery program, college credit opportunities, and workforce certificate opportunities. Students are provided with laptop computers and internet access during their enrollment and may use service sites for a safe place to study, extra tutoring, and to connect with peers.
“My goal is to enroll 55 students in Craig, and I think the new site will help us hit our goal. It’s a good, safe space for people to come in and learn,” Haut said.
Access to the new location is by a set of steep stairs, as the building lacks an elevator, but this should not be a deterrent to students who might have disabilities, as school staff are willing to accommodate them.
“If we have a student that is a handicap and can’t make it to the site, then we will meet them in a public place where they are physically able to meet. We never want a student to feel like they can’t attend due to a physical disability,” said Emily Ramsey, student recruitment and retention specialist.
Despite the climb, people of all ages and abilities attended the dedication and ribbon cutting.
“As a staff, we thought it went really well. It was the size of turnout I had expected. It was nice to mix and mingle,” Ramsey said.
The site is now offering services to students and was dedicated “as a beacon of hope, social justice, and education to the city of Craig and the surrounding area,” Haut said.
Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.
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