Colorado Northwestern Community College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an independent accrediting agency responsible for accrediting post-secondary, degree granting institutions in the North Central region. This accreditation ensures you will receive a superior education by guaranteeing CNCC is meeting or exceeding national education standards.

CNCC had an assurance review in 2017 and met all criteria for accreditation without reservation.

Contact The Commission:

Website: Higher Learning Commission
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
Telephone: 800.621.7440/312.263.0456
Fax: 312.263.7462
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If you are taking any Colorado Northwestern Community College courses, and you have a complaint about your experience with Colorado Northwestern Community College, you may complete the complaint process.  



Program Specific Accreditations

Aviation Program:
Aviation programs are certified and supervised by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Dental Hygiene:
The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.

Nursing Program:
Nursing is fully approved by the Colorado Board of Nursing and accredited by the The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program:
The National Park Service Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (S.L.E.T.P.) is certified through the National Park Service.

Colorado Northwestern Community College is an equal opportunity educational institution and will not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, creed, religion, disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, or marital status in its activities, programs or employment practices. For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact Kim Bense, (970) 675-3335 or the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1961 Stout Street, Denver, Colorado 80294, (970) 844-2991. All brochure and web information is subject to change without notice.

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 1,800 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two campuses are located in Craig and Rangely and are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado.