Degree Within Reach

Colorado college students have long enjoyed a program where they can transfer their credits from community college to a 4-year institution to earn a Bachelor's degree.  Now, the Colorado Department of Higher Education has introduced a new program, called "Degree Within Reach," a program of "reverse transfer."  Their website explains:

Degree Within Reach is the state of Colorado’s way of describing “reverse transfer,” a new process allowing students who have transferred from a Colorado community college to a Colorado university to combine credits from both institutions and apply them towards an associate’s degree.

If you are a transfer student, this means you can complete the associate’s degree you started at your community college while still working toward your bachelor’s degree. You could be eligible even if you left a four-year institution before earning any degree.

For more information on how to get started in the program, click on the link to the program website above. For more information on transfer, visit the Colorado Community College System's transfer agreements website or search our library's web catalog for additional resources.


School Librarians

School librarians play an important role in students' education.  To find out how, check out the Colorado State Library's DVD and brochure, Your School's Team Deserves a Star PlayerThe DVD is available for checkout from our library.  For more in-depth information about the value of school librarians, see School Librarians Continue to Help Kids Achieve Standards, a publication of the Library Research Service.  Check out our web catalog for more resources, including non-governmental publications that can be found in our library's Professional Collection.


Online Vehicle Registration Renewal

Did you know that you can renew your vehicle registration online?  There's no longer any need to send a check through the mail, or stand in line at the DMV (although persons without internet access can still use these methods).  To renew your plates, simply go to the Colorado Department of Revenue's Online Vehicle Registration Renewal website and follow the prompts.  For more information on motor vehicle registration in the state of Colorado, see the Department of Revenue's Division of Motor Vehicles website.


Gaming and Gambling in Colorado

One of the ballot measures that voters will decide on this November is Amendment 68.  According to the State Ballot Information Booklet (or "Blue Book"),

Amendment 68 proposes to amend the Colorado Constitution to:
  • Permit casino gambling at horse racetracks in Arapahoe, Mesa, and Pueblo counties, limited to one racetrack in each county; and
  • distribute new casino tax revenue to K-12 public schools.

In 1992 voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing casino gambling in three cities -- Central City, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek.  (For a history of this initiative see the University Press of Colorado book Riches and Regrets:  Betting on Gambling in Two Colorado Mountain Towns, available for checkout from our library).  Proponents of Amendment 68 argue that it will provide consumers more choices and will benefit public schools with additional revenue.  Opponents argue that the three mountain communities will lose a vital part of their economy, and less money will go to the interests currently funded by casino revenues, including community colleges, historic preservation, and tourism promotion.  Refer to the Blue Book for a complete analysis of the pros and cons of Amendment 68. 

You can find out more about gaming and gambling in Colorado by visiting the Colorado Department of Revenue's Division of Gaming website.  Here you will find resources on licensing, laws and regulations, statistics, tribal casinos, problem gambling, tax filing for casinos, and more.  Also, be sure and check our library's web catalog for additional resources.


AIDS Awareness Month

October is AIDS awareness month.  Though often associated with the 1980s, AIDS is still very much a problem around the world.  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) keeps statistics on AIDS in Colorado.  Their website has many resources on the topic.  Here you can find data, reports and fact sheets, local and national trends, community involvement, provider resources, training, care, and funding resources.  A good resource for background and epidemiology data is CDPHE's annual HIV and AIDS in Colorado report, available from our library.