2.27.2014

Determine Your Residency Status for Higher Ed

Determining residency status can be difficult for many college applicants, including immigrants and members of the military.  The Colorado Dept. of Higher Education now makes it easy to determine whether you should apply for resident or non-resident tuition.  Their handy Higher Education Residency Guide allows you to click through and determine your residency status based on your status as an immigrant, military personnel, or anyone else who may have questions about how long or when they need to reside in Colorado to qualify for in-state tuition.  You can also find a list of what evidence you can use to prove Colorado residency.  The guide also provides FAQs, statutes regarding tuition and residency, and a breakdown of residency requirements by two-year, four-year, public, private, and vocational institutions. 

2.25.2014

Colorado Resource Gateway: Ideas for Entrepreneurs

The Colorado Small Business Development Center Network has a new resource, Colorado Resource Gateway, for Colorado entrepreneurs.  According to the site,

The Colorado Resource Gateway connects Colorado business owners to relevant resources and business development organizations. The Business Resource Gateway filters resources based on Business Life Cycle stage, type of assistance sought, and geographic area.

Click on the homepage, and you can choose what stage of entrepreneurship you are currently in:
  • Idea (researching and developing an idea or invention)
  • Pre-Venture (actively pursuing starting a business)
  • Startup (organized company is not yet producing revenue)
  • Early Stage (less than $1M in revenue and less than 10 employees)
  • Second Stage ($1M to $9M in revenue and 10-99 employees)
  • Mature (More than $9M in revenue and more than 100 employees)
Based on where you are in the process, the site guides you toward the resources you need regarding all facets of starting and running a business, including finances and capital, licensing, business consulting and/or mentoring, technology transfer, networking, and more. 


2.24.2014

SB14-002: Safe2Tell Program

SB14-002, regarding the Safe2Tell program, is making its way through the Legislature.  Safe2Tell is a service which teens can use to anonymously report threats to themselves, their school, or someone they know.  Currently a 501c3 nonprofit, the Senate Bill will make the program part of the Colorado Attorney General's Office and provide approximately $277,000 in state funding.  For more on Safe2Tell, click here.

2.21.2014

Human Trafficking

One of the hot topics at the Legislature this year is human trafficking, and in fact, yesterday was Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Capitol.  According to the Senate Joint Resolution that was considered yesterday, human trafficking is the "fastest growing criminal industry in the world" and "approximately 27 million adults and children worldwide are trafficked across international borders and forced into labor and sexual exploitation."  It's an uncomfortable topic, but an important one in our society today.  The Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice has recently issued a new report, Human Trafficking and Slavery, which was prepared in response to last year's HB13-1195.  New legislation is also being considered this year; see HB14-1273, which has recently been introduced in the House and will be heard in the Judiciary Committee.

2.20.2014

Guaranteed Transfer of College Credits

One of the great things about higher education in Colorado is the "guaranteed transfer" program, by which the general education curriculum core classes that form the foundation of most bachelor's degrees can be transferred between institutions, including credits from community colleges.  This program can save you both time and money.  According to the Colorado Department of Higher Education,

To help you avoid taking unnecessary courses and earn your degree in as little time as possible, Colorado has developed a general education curriculum that forms the core of most bachelor’s degrees and is guaranteed to transfer between all public colleges and universities. Colorado has also developed guided degree pathways to eliminate the guesswork of which courses to take. You should always seek advising from the appropriate advisor at the college or university you plan to attend to ensure you are selecting the appropriate coursework for your degree and to ensure its transferability. Please consult thePDFDegree Completion and Transfer Guide for Students, Parents, Guidance Counselors and Advisors.

See the department's Guaranteed Transfer webpage for more information.  Also, our library has statistics on Colorado undergraduate transfers, which you can view here.

2.13.2014

Common Core State Standards

 
The Colorado Deptartment of Education (CDE) provides several helpful online resources for understanding Common Core.  CDE's Common Core Communications Toolkit includes several helpful resources including Frequently Asked Questions.  Also useful is CDE's Common Core Instructional Standards webpage.  For more information, be sure and visit the pages on Common Core State Standards as Part of the Colorado Academic Standards and Colorado Academic Standards:  History and Development.

2.11.2014

Colorado Climate Center - 2013 Flood Data

Colorado State University's Colorado Climate Center has compiled a special website devoted to last September's floods.  This website has extensive climatological data on the floods, including satellite imagery, a timeline, records and storm totals, accumulation graphs, streamflow runoff, and more.  The site also includes a section with numerous photographs from the affected areas.  They are also accepting your photo submissions.  The Colorado Climate Center also offers helpful resources on a variety of meteorological topics specific to Colorado, including snow, drought, climate trends, precipitation monitoring, and more.


2.10.2014

Dry Cleaners and the Environment

Yesterday's Denver Post ran lengthy front-page story on the environmental hazards of dry cleaning.  The story focuses on the carcinogenic chemical PCE, used in dry cleaning, which can contaminate soil and water.  The Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment has produced several publications with information on PCE and dry cleaning, most notably Pressing Concerns:  A Complete Guide to Environmental Compliance for Dry CleanersFor quick facts on dry cleaning and PCE, see the department's Fact Sheet.  Other resources include Dry Cleaner Remediation DocumentA Self Audit Checklist for Dry Cleaners; Pollution Prevention for Dry Cleaning; and Dry Cleaners: Environmental Regulations.

2.06.2014

Education Resources for Parents

The Colorado Dept. of Education has just released a new Resources for Parents webpage.  This helpful guide includes resources for parents of school-age children or who have children who are about to start school.  The information offered includes resources on standards and assessments; preparing for college; school accountability; school choice options; gifted and special education; family-school partnerships; home schooling and online learning; health, wellness, and nutrition; library services; and much more. 

2.04.2014

Ice Safety Tips

This week's snow and below-freezing weather can make the outdoors treacherous, whether for driving, walking, or during recreation.  The Colorado Division of Parks & Wildlife has published some handy ice safety tips, copied below.  (Click for their full press release.)
 

"Never go onto the ice alone. Having someone with you means your partner can call or send for help if you fall in.

Remember Reach-Throw-Go. If you are with someone who falls through the ice use this approach. If you can’t reach the person from shore, throw them a floatation device or rope. If you still can’t help the person quickly – go for help. Never attempt to walk out onto the ice to rescue your friend because you might also fall through the ice.

Avoid alcoholic beverages. Alcohol increases your chance for hypothermia, which is the loss of body temperature. It can also lower your inhibitions, increasing the likelihood that you might take risks you otherwise wouldn’t take.

Always wear a life jacket. Wear a lifejacket or personal flotation device (PFD) over winter clothing. Life jackets can provide excellent flotation and protection from hypothermia.

Assemble a personal safety kit. Always wear a safety kit on your body when going out onto the ice. Safety kits should include an ice pick, rope and a whistle to call for help.

Always keep your pets on a leash. Never allow your dog to run out onto the ice and never walk your dog near a frozen lake or pond without a leash. If your dog falls through the ice, do not attempt a rescue. Go for help. If the ice couldn’t support the weight of your animal, it can’t support you.

Even with the best planning and preparation, accidents can happen. If you do fall through the ice, remember the following:

Don’t panic. Try to remain calm to conserve as much energy as possible. Try to get your arms onto the ice and kick as hard as you can with your feet to help lift you onto the ice, and then roll to safety. If you can’t get out of the cold water by yourself, take the following appropriate actions to extend your survival time while waiting to be rescued.

Do not swim. Swimming will cause your body to lose heat much faster than if you stay as still as possible.

Act slowly and deliberately to conserve heat. Expect a progressive decrease in your strength and ability to move. Make the harder maneuvers at the beginning, while you can.

Keep your upper body above water. Keep your head and upper body as far out of the water as reasonably possible to conserve heat.

There’s lots of outdoor fun to enjoy in Colorado but please do so carefully. No one can guarantee you that the ice is safe. The decision to go onto the ice is personal and should be made only after taking all the precautions to reduce the risk."



If you're driving, another helpful resource on ice safety is Slick Tips from the Colorado Dept. of Transportation, which focuses on safety on icy roads. 

2.03.2014

Children's Dental Health

Did you know that February is National Children's Dental Health Month?  Oral and dental care is extremely important for young children as their mouths and teeth develop.  The Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment has answered all your questions through a number of informational publciations on the topic, available from our library, including

Search our web catalog for more publications on dental health, including information on adult dental health.


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