About CNCC

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 1,000 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two main campuses in Craig and Rangely are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado, with two service centers located in Meeker and Oak Creek.

Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Adventures

We serve a diverse student population, ranging from traditional college students right out of high school, to a diverse population of adults who are seeking to advance their careers, or perhaps pursue a second one. The programs we offer are as diverse as our students. We offer world-class Arts & Science Degree programs that feature guaranteed transfer to Colorado four-year institutions. We also offer a rich array of Career and Technical programs designed to give students the training they need to get to work now.

Gates of Ladores

The Gates of Lodore, a canyon on the Green River, in northwestern Colorado.

Perhaps one the the most attractive things about CNCC is that we are centered in one of the richest recreational and scenic areas in Colorado. It’s Colorado like you’ve never seen it before, with deep, high mountain canyons; impossibly wide vistas; wild, untamed rivers; and solitude that inspires.


Rangley CampusThe roots of Colorado Northwestern Community College go back to the late 50s when a local steering committee pursued higher education opportunities for residents in Jackson, Grand, Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. By January of 1959, the Rangely Board of Education voted to float a bond for the construction of a junior college.Four months later, Rangely residents voted resoundingly to pass the bond issue for $2.8 million by a vote of 298 to 9. According to one editorial, “The overwhelming approval startled those interested in forming a junior college in the five-county area of northwestern Colorado.”Early in 1960 Dr. William A. Medesy was named first Dean of Rangely College, and construction began in January of 1961. During construction, community members invested their weekends collecting rocks from the hills surrounding campus that now make up one of the distinguishing features of campus.On September 20, 1962 classes began in Rangely for 83 students. A dedication ceremony was held on Saturday, October 13th with U.S. Congressman Wayne N. Aspinall and Colorado Commissioner of Education, Dr. Byron A. Hansford, serving as guests of the ceremony. In his address Dr. Hansford stated, “Rangely pioneered in oil, and now it is pioneering in education.” Roe Saunders, president of the Mesa College Committee added, “It’s the biggest contribution from the fewest people I’ve ever seen in my life.”



Craig CampusIn 1985, CNCC extended its services to Craig, Colorado. A community of approximately 10,000, Craig is located 42 miles west of Steamboat Springs and 90 miles north of Rifle. Originally, CNCC Craig offered classes in open facilities throughout the community. In 1989 the Moffat County Affiliated Junior College district Board of Control purchased an office building referred to as the Bell Tower Building. Academic classes were held there while career technical programs were in other facilities in Craig. In 2010, CNCC broke ground on a new campus located on 100 acres on the north side of Craig. The new facility opened on August 8, 2011 with 78,000 square feet of space. The LEED certified campus is home to classrooms, laboratories, and a state-of-the-art virtual library.