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Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,800 students on two campuses and online. Our two campuses are located in Craig and Rangely and are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado.
History is so much more than names, dates and battles. History is the study of people, of who we are and how we came to be that way. When historians look across the vast reaches of time they are seeking not just a “big picture” perspective on political or economic events, but also an understanding of the real lives of people that were part of those larger events. Rather than draw from a standard history textbook, the study of history at CNCC draws heavily from primary sources, which are sources written directly at the time by those who lived through the events. These kinds of readings give students a direct and meaningful connection to those who lived from the ancient world to the early twenty-first century.CNCC offers an Associate of Arts degree with a focus on history as a solid foundation for students seeking to transfer to four-year universities. Our degree program includes two courses that survey American history as well as two survey courses in either European or world history. In addition, history students take at least one elective in specialized topics such as the Middle Ages, Latin American history, women in US history and so on. All these courses are part of the Guaranteed Transfer program in Colorado, so they transfer smoothly to colleges all across the state.

If you’re looking for your start or advancement in Business, Finance or Accounting, Colorado Northwestern has a full array of great ways to get you started. The business world is constantly changing, but one thing remains the same…people with a solid foundation in business and accounting will move to the front of the line and an associate degree is an affordable, time-saving way to your career off to a fast start. Here are programs that range from a guaranteed transfer degree to certifications that will put you to work right away.

Associate of Arts in Business

This program is designed for the student looking to pursue advanced degrees in business and accounting. Credits are guaranteed to transfer to all public colleges and universities in Colorado. The required courses  provide a great foundation for pursuing additional higher ed degrees.

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting

The Applied Science in Accounting Degree is designed for the student wanting to get to work right out of college. It provides a solid base in accounting and economics and is perfect for entry-level positions in most accounting firms and financial institutions. Students may also choose to earn an Occupational Certificate which requires fewer credits.  Visit the Accounting page for more information.

Associate of Applied Science in Business

This program emphasizes the business aspects within the Industry. The unique aspect of this degree is that courses are taken live and online through CNCC’s Virtual Classroom Technology. Students may also choose to earn an Occupational Certificate which requires fewer credits.  Visit the AAS Business page for more information.


What is a Student Ambassador? A Student Ambassador is a dependable, dynamic, and outgoing individual who serves as the face of CNCC for potential and new students. 3 Student Ambassadors serve on the Craig Campus and 7 serve on the Rangely Campus. Student Ambassadors work 40 hours each semester. Student Ambassadors work closely with the Recruiting and Admissions department along with the Student Life and Activities Department. The ambassadors assist in recruiting new students through campus tours and some outreach (mail, phone calls, and recruiting events). Additionally, the ambassador team serves as Orientation Leaders for our New Student Orientation as well as assist in designing and organizing the orientation experience that will focus on teaching incoming students “The Spartan Way”. Learn more about being a Student Ambassador,

Meet your Student Ambassadors

What is a Resident Assistant? A Resident Assistant (RA) is a student staff member of Colorado Northwestern who oversees a floor in 1 of our 3 residence halls. RA’s are responsible for building a community within their assigned residents, and enhance the overall experience of the students living on campus. These student staff members are the initial contact in the residence halls to help address any student concern or issues. Our goal is to have Resident Assistants make a happy, healthy, and a successful living space for our residence halls at CNCC. Learn more about being a Resident Assistant,

What is Student Government? The Student Government Association (SGA) is an organization that provides opportunities to grow student’s leadership skills, enhance the college student body’s life, and develop and understanding of democratic government. The SGA is composed of students elected by their peers to represent the voice, and the interests of the student body through a variety of activities, and by building relationships with the local and school community. Learn more about being an elected leader of Student Government, click here.

Students interested in being a part of Student Leadership can pick up application from the Campus Life office front desk in Weiss or download one here.

Nursing (AAS)

Welcome to Nursing at CNCC

At CNCC, we believe that nursing is both an art and science. Becoming a nurse demands an interest and aptitude for science, well developed critical thinking and technical skills, and the ability to provide human comfort and kindness. Our mission is to provide a high quality education that prepares graduates to become competent nursing professionals who deliver the full spectrum of nursing care to diverse populations in an ever-changing healthcare environment. One aspect that truly sets the CNCC Nursing Program apart is our commitment to customer service and student advising. In addition, the applicant pool from which we admit students is relatively low compared to other nursing programs. If you meet all the requirements for admission, chances are good you’ll be accepted right away. As a vital part of CNCC’s Craig Campus, the Nursing program offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council of State Board of Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN). CNCC also offers an affiliated Nurse Aide course. Following completion of the four credit classroom / lab and concurrent one credit clinical courses, students become eligible to take a Nurse Aide Certification Exam to become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA).

About the Agriculture Program Degrees at CNCC

CNCC sits in the heart of rural agriculture and western culture, and with the agriculture and equine program, we try and utilize aspects of this environment in the classroom. Here, you can choose to between 2 different agriculture related degrees, and 3 equine degrees. The agriculture degrees include: associate of science in agriculture business or an associate of science in animal science. Both of these degrees are fully transferable to Colorado State University, and have common transferability to land grant institutions where these degrees could transfer to the bachelor’s level. The equine degrees include: associate of science in equine science, associate of applied science in equine training and management, or associate of applied science in equine studies and management. The agriculture program also offers a certificate in agriculture science that covers general introductory level agriculture courses.

Explore what each of our degrees have to offer and how they can propel your future!

Exciting Agriculture Program Highlights

  • We have a low instructor to student ratio – we often have 5-10 students in majority of the classes. There are a few that may have a little more, but it is only 1 or 2 classes of all the program classes you would take.
  • Our instructors are the BEST! They put in countless hours of their time to work with students on their coursework. This could be at the barn, or in the classroom. They truly want to see everyone succeed, and a student’s success is really in their own hands. Our instructors will help turn their goals into reality.
  • You can bring your horse to college with you! Even if you do not use your personal horse in a class, you can still bring it and house it at the same facility as where we offer our equine classes.

Our instructors strive to have hands-on real world application brought into the classroom. This includes projects and assignments that come from real life examples and situations, to working with other programs at the college to create a well rounded product, or even as simple as having live animal projects that integrate coursework.

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