Mary Karen Solomon: Let us help you with the overwhelming cost of education |

Mary Karen Solomon: Let us help you with the overwhelming cost of education

Mary Karen Solomon/For the Saturday Morning Press
Mary Karen Solomon
Noelle Leavitt Riley

Colorado Northwestern Community College recently completed its first open meeting with parents of Moffat County High School students on April 17. Our goal was to explain what services CNCC can offer for their children — and themselves!

Besides our vocational programs, which will give the student both a degree or certificate and a trade to practice — auto mechanics, cosmetology, massage — we have transfer associate’s of arts degrees in general studies, history, science and business. We also have associate’s of science degrees that transfer as the first two years of science, math or engineering degrees.

Too many people in our community are unaware that the classes students take here, because of the Guaranteed Gateway Transfer program, can be transferred for credit to any Colorado college. Most other colleges outside Colorado will accept the credits, as well.

So, attending CNCC not only puts off the empty nest syndrome, but reduces the cost of getting a degree.

If you have any questions about your family’s educational goals and plans, please feel free to visit us at CNCC, so that we may discuss how we can help you to achieve them. We are your branch of the Colorado state colleges, and we want to meet your needs.

International cinema

Please join us at 7 p.m. Friday in Room 175, near the eastern entrance, for our last international film of the year.

This month, “Paris, je t’aime” will be shown. “Paris je t’aime” is a collection of vignettes by celebrated directors from around the world, including the Coen Brothers, Gus Van Sant, Wes Craven, Alexander Payne and more, who each contribute a brief story set in a different neighborhood in Paris. The portrait of Paris that emerges is diverse, sometimes realistic, sometimes fantastic.

My personal favorite is the segment by Wes Craven, in which a young woman breaks up with her fiancé at Père Lachaise Cemetery, where the famous Parisians are buried. Luckily, others are as well, as the ghost of Oscar Wilde offers help and advice to the crushed fiancé.

I love that one.

However, Joel and Ethan Coen’s sequence runs a close second, featuring a drama at the Tuileries metro stop, when a visitor breaks the unwritten rule of never making eye contact at metro stops, and chaos results. And, the last sequence, when a visitor from Denver gives us a report on her holiday in hilariously bad French … well, you just have to come and pick your own favorites!

Art exhibitions April 22

Visit the College Academic Building, and see what our students have been creating. On Tuesday, there will be an exhibit of work from the photography class. Work from our ceramics and painting and drawing students also will be on display.

Registration is open and our summer and fall schedules are up!

If you go online to, you can register for summer or fall 2014 classes. Just select summer or fall, Craig campus, make your selections and come take some classes with us. It is a grand way to spend your time. We must be life-long learners to adapt to our changing times; you may as well have fun with it!

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