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RBC | It is hard to believe but we will be halfway through our fall semester this month. We are already beginning to gear up for the spring semester and will be rolling out our spring schedule very soon. As we did this fall, Colorado Northwestern will be offering our students several options to take classes in the spring including face-to-face, blended, and online. By providing our students with these options, we allow them to make the choices that are right for them to continue their education.
Since our last report in September, CNCC has held its own in enrollment and are virtually flat compared to fall of last year. We are down a total of 2.8 FTE (full time equivalent). Considering we were anticipating up to a 20% decrease in FTE (over 60 full time equivalent), we are excited to announce we are only down 0.6% or two FTE. Applications are up compared to this time last year, and we will be working hard to stay flat or even increase enrollment in the spring semester.
Over the last few months, we all have been contemplating what is next in our lives. Businesses have suffered, gatherings have diminished, and our way of life has changed. But in all of this one thing stays constant. One thing doesn’t change. One thing is necessary. That one thing is education. As we look at everything throughout our state and throughout our county, we know that we will need our young, and not so young, people to get the education needed to continue the dynamic path of our great country. We need our students to be our future leaders. We need them to think of new ways to handle situations like what we are in now. We need them to think outside the box so that we all can enjoy the lives we have been given. The only way to do that is with an education. At CNCC we know that we will be the place to grow future leaders, future business owners, future medical staff, future law enforcement, future scientist, and future everything. We will prepare them for success following graduation so they can help shape our future.
We are proud of what we do at CNCC, and our dedicated staff, faculty and communities have shown over the last several months that nothing will stop us from providing the best education and opportunities for our students. I want to thank those who have given our students advice, provided them with a meal, encouraged them, and simply said “We are glad you are here.” Just the simplest things make the biggest difference.
By CNCC President Ron Granger | Special to the Herald Times