CNCC Corner: Wishing everyone a fantastic New Year

CNCC President Ron Granger | CNCC Photo

RBC | The end of the year is upon us. This has been the most unforgettable year that I, and many others, have ever lived through, but all of us have made it and are looking forward to 2021. CNCC was prepared for the pandemic and all the changes that it brought our way. We accomplished many goals this semester including having our enrollment down less than one percent, which was one of the best in the state of Colorado. However, we aren’t done yet.

Most of our students are finishing the semester remotely after the Thanksgiving holiday. This was a decision that we, as a group, made to keep our students, staff, faculty and communities safe. However, we will be back to person learning in January for our spring semester. We will be preparing for the return of our students over the next several weeks and are looking forward to having students in our residence halls and classrooms. We will also be preparing for athletic events returning to our campuses and believe we will be very competitive in our conference

For the last nine months, we have been in survival mode, as have all colleges and universities. Now we are beyond survival mode and are in expansion, innovation, and moving forward mode. That means we will be looking at new ways to deliver classes, grow enrollment, and provide more innovation in learning and teaching.

Although this last year has been very difficult, it has taught us several things about CNCC and ourselves. We are a very innovative group who will do everything we can to provide our students with the best possible education. We also learned that when we work together, we can accomplish anything. This was proven by the successful semester we had this fall. But most of all, it taught us that CNCC can be and will be a leader for our communities. We have worked with our local governments, our businesses, and our local schools during this very difficult time. With all of that said, we know we will do more when our spring semester begins.

I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a fantastic new year when January rolls around. I personally am looking forward to seeing students and community members back on our campuses. Thanks to all of you for your support of Colorado Northwestern Community College and thank you for being the communities you are.