Student government strives to keep ‘community’ in college, students active in outreach
At any level, an educational institution needs to know how it can best meet the needs of its body of pupils, and that’s what the Colorado Northwestern Community CollegeColorado Northwestern Community College student government strives to do. student government strives to do.
Colorado Northwestern Community College student government strives to do.
CNCC’s Craig campus consists of a body of 10 students elected to represent the concerns of those enrolled, including four officers chosen in the spring and six senators in the fall.
Currently, Robert Meyers serves as president, Travis Walsh as vice-president, Remmington Kohpay secretary and Melissa Hill treasurer. Senators include Jared Carter-Coulter, Brett Lindgren, Abby Miles, Elishah Miles, Alexia Prisbrey and Laura Secules.
“It’s good to know my opinion matters and to be part of the decision-making,” Prisbrey said.
Beyond being a positive addition to a college and job résumé, student government serves to improve life around the campus and in the area of the community that surrounds CNCC.
Projects have included converting a garage space to a student lounge, maintaining a student food bank, overseeing funding for an upcoming overseas trip to Scotland and organizing events, such as a recent journey to the X Games in Aspen alongside students from the school’s Rangely campus.
“We’re trying to work together more, have more cross-campus communication,” said Jennifer Holloway, CNCC Craig’s director of student services. “We’re planning a retreat hopefully in March where both student governments come together and work on some team-building stuff and getting some more structure to the bylaws.”
Student government has also turned its attention to lending a hand in the sale of daffodils on behalf of Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’sNorthwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s hospice program, balancing support of other groups in the region with its work to improve the school for those who use it most. hospice program, balancing support of other groups in the region with its work to improve the school for those who use it most.
Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s hospice program, balancing support of other groups in the region with its work to improve the school for those who use it most.
A plan for construction of a new walking path on the property is something Abby Miles feels is a good example of meeting student needs.
“A lot of them walk or bike here, and a path through the field would make it a lot easier so they don’t have to go all the way around,” she said.
Hill has been part of the governing body for the past two semesters and said she would like to see expansion of certain academic programs, such as sciences and arts.
“A lot of the focus is on the cosmetology and the mechanics and not so much that stuff,” she said, adding that more opportunities to showcase student artworks are in progress.
Walsh said the drive providing more activities for the student body includes laying out the welcome mat for more people in the area to participate in CNCC’s dealings, including community dances they have helped organize.
“One of the biggest things we’ve been trying to do is community involvement, get our college more known, and that way we can get even more support,” he said.