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School board work session, meeting scheduled for Thursday

A Moffat County Board of EducationMoffat County Board of Education work session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the board room of the Administration Building. Among the items on the agenda for discussion are “Strategic Planning Process” and “Superintendent/Board of Education Communication Expectations.” work session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the board room of the Administration Building. Among the items on the agenda for discussion are “Strategic Planning Process” and “Superintendent/Board of Education Communication Expectations.”

Moffat County Board of Education work session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the board room of the Administration Building. Among the items on the agenda for discussion are “Strategic Planning Process” and “Superintendent/Board of Education Communication Expectations.”

A special meeting is scheduled to follow at 8 p.m., with “Personnel Recommendations for June 2016” listed as a consent item.

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 for free, and there’s a small 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 throughout the week through August 19. Later in the summer, starting July 11, meals are also scheduled to be served at Sandrock Elementary School.

Moffat County Library continues summer story themes

The Moffat County Libraries’ Craig branch 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.

July 7- Winter in July

July 14- Play Ball

July 21- Ninja

July 28- Sportsmanship

August 4- Games

August 11- Dance

August 18- Gymnastics

August 25- Back to School

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

The 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 CollegeColorado 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. 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.

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 hireable,” 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.

Remediation rates up slightly for 2014-15 academic year

DENVER – The number of Colorado high school graduates needing remediation when entering college increased slightly in 2014-2015 over 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 towards 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 Chief Student Success & Academic Affairs Officer at the Colorado Department of Higher Education Timothy Flanagan, 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

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.

The terms “dual” and “concurrent” enrollment are 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.

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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