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Something for everyone at CNCC’s Taste of Education

Lauren Blair

Colorado Northwest Community College chemistry instructor Liz Johnson shows how flammable dairy cream can be in the "Chemicals, Magic and Mayhem" class during the 2013 Taste of Education event. Johnson will be offering the same class again this year.

Regardless of educational background, age, job or family obligations, Colorado Northwestern Community College is reaching out to show community members that education is for everyone.

On Saturday, CNCC will host its second annual Taste of Education, inviting area residents of all stripes to sample its educational offerings.

The free event will consist of three 45-minute classes followed by lunch. Attendees will be eligible to win a variety of door prizes, and five scholarships of up to $500 each will be awarded to those interested in signing up for credit-bearing classes in the spring or summer.

"Who we really want is people who don't even realize that education is for them," CNCC Dean of Instruction Donna Theimer said. "And we really want everyone to come and find out what we have. The doors are open for everybody."

The CNCC Craig Campus serves all of Moffat County in addition to parts of Routt, Rio Blanco, and Grand counties. Concurrent enrollment students — high school kids earning college credit through CNCC — from both Kremmling and Oak Creek will be in attendance Saturday.

"It's a celebration of education," Theimer said. "So whether they decide to go to Colorado Mountain College (in Steamboat Springs) or CNCC, the idea is to open them up to the college experience."

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Course offerings will include plenty of subjects for the practical personality — such as diagnosing your "Check Engine" light with your smartphone or learning what questions to ask your doctor — and also for the curious — such as colorful chemistry experiments or how to prepare for the GED.

CNCC instructor of history, David Johnson, will offer his students a chance to connect history with astronomy. Participants will even have the chance to do solar observations through one of CNCC's telescopes, weather permitting.

"This year is going to be focused on the way history and science — in particular astronomy — has evolved over time and what that's done to people," Johnson said. "We'll study early astronomers and monuments like Stonehenge and Chaco Canyon and how those led people to think about the sky and about time and calendars."

Those seeking creative stimulus can brush up on digital photography or Photoshop skills, or build sculptures using basic ceramic and sculpture techniques.

Individuals interested in honing life skills such as stress management, positive habit formation or memory improvement will also have plenty to choose from.

"When you have adults that think about school and say, 'Oh, I'm not smart enough,' or 'It's been too many years since I've been to school,' or 'It's for the young,' it's a chance to overcome the fear and see what it really is," Theimer said.

With approximately 120 people in attendance its first year, Theimer and Johnson both have high hopes for the turnout Saturday.

"We just want to reach out and help anybody and everybody have a chance at school," Theimer said.

Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1794 or lblair@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education.

If you go

What: Taste of Education

When: Classes run from 9:15 a.m. to noon Saturday, followed by lunch

Where: CNCC Craig Campus, 2801 W. Ninth St.

Cost: Free and open to the public

Registration opens 8:30 a.m. Those who pre-register will receive two entries for door prize drawing.

For more information, call 970-824-1101.