Continuing our series on Colorado’s state institutions of higher education, today we turn the spotlight on Colorado Northwestern Community College. CNCC serves northwestern Colorado with two campuses, one in Craig and another in Rangely. The college network also includes two service centers, in Meeker and Oak Creek, along with an online program.
Founded in 1962, CNCC serves about 1,800 students. Many of the college’s degree programs provide hands-on learning in job areas such as cosmetology, dental hygiene, automotive & diesel technology, emergency medical services, and more. There are also some unique programs like Marine Science & Oceanography, and a Summer Dinosaur Digs paleontology program. They also offer programs in animal science, agriculture, mining, and other industries that are important to the regional economy. CNCC is also known for its aviation technology program. Utilizing the “wide-open airspace” around the Rangely Airport, CNCC’s flight school is ideal for teaching students how to fly in the mountains.
To learn more about the programs offered at CNCC, see their college catalog. Issues back to 2007 can be viewed online from our library; older issues are available in print. We also have the college’s annual budgets; financial statements and auditors’ reports; and other documents. For a look at the economic impact of CNCC, see their 2017 study, The Economic Value of Colorado Northwestern Community College.