College Application Month

September 17 through October 31 is College Application Month in Colorado, "a six-week boot camp to get students to identify career goals, research matching education programs and apply successfully regardless of their postsecondary path," according to College in Colorado.

As part of College Application Month, Colorado is sponsoring Colorado Free Application Day this October 30. That day, all of Colorado's public higher education institutions, as well as several private institutions, are allowing students to apply with no application fee. Click here for a message from the Governor about Colorado Free Application Day, and see the College in Colorado's Free Application Day website for more details, including a list of participating institutions.

Still need help deciding what college path you'd like to take? Visit College in Colorado's College Planning webpage for helpful tips, a handy College Admissions Tool, and a guide to programs and majors.


2018 Election Information

2018 Colorado Blue Book ballot information
Election season has arrived! Ballots will be mailed started this Monday, October 15. This year's ballot will be one of the longest ever. To help you decide on the many issues on the ballot, the State Publications Library has made the "Blue Book" available in a variety of formats to suit your needs. "Blue Books" are the state's official ballot issue guides, prepared each election year by the non-partisan Colorado Legislative Council. Searchable PDFs of the Blue Book are available online in both English and Spanish. In addition, the Colorado Talking Book Library has recorded the entire Blue Book in audio format for voters who are visually impaired.

To find out more about the election and to access your voter registration information, visit the Colorado Secretary of State's website. To see previous years' Blue Books, visit our library's Blue Book finding aid.


Time Machine Tuesday: Victory Gardens

Victory gardens were a part of life on the home front during World War II. While farmers were encouraged to increase production to help feed the hungry soldiers, those living in urban and suburban areas were also encouraged to help the war effort by growing as much of their own food as possible. Eleanor Roosevelt even planted a victory garden on the White House lawn.

Many people who planted victory gardens were not experienced gardeners, or had only had small gardens before the war. So here in Colorado the Colorado State College (now Colorado State University) published a number of resources to help gardeners and small-size farmers learn the basics of home food production. Many of their publications focused on avoiding problems, such as diseases, which if controlled could lead to higher yield. One such publication, issued by the college's Experiment Station, was Psyllid Control on Potatoes and Tomatoes in the Victory Garden. Other wartime Colorado State College publications included Increasing Home Vegetable Gardening and Starting Vegetable Plants.

The College's Colorado Farm Victory Program published a series of brochures which included such titles as Alfalfa in Colorado; Diseases of Cucumber and Melons and Their Control; Concrete Tile for Sub-Irrigated Gardens; and Irrigation for Maximum Production.  Farm Victory Program brochures also focused on home food storage to reduce waste. Some of these titles include Drying Fruits and Vegetables; Home Storage of Fruits and Vegetables; Preservation of Meat, Poultry and Fish by Freezing; Home Canning of Vegetables in a Pressure Cooker; Clean Milk and Cream: How to Produce Them; and even Pest Control on the Home Front. Search our library's online catalog for more Farm Victory Program brochures and other titles.


Minimum Wage in Colorado

Currently, Colorado's minimum wage is $10.20, or $7.18 for tipped employees. This was increased on January 1 of this year and will increase again on January 1, 2019 and January 1, 2020. This is due to Amendment 70, which was passed in the 2016 election and went into effect in the beginning of 2017. This constitutional amendment increases the minimum wage by $0.90 each year until it reaches $12.00 per hour in 2020. After that date, should no other amendments pass, the minimum wage will be adjusted for cost-of-living increases based on the Consumer Price Index.

For more information on Colorado's minimum wage, visit the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment website. Here you will find the most recent Colorado Minimum Wage Order; fact sheets; minimum wage posters for places of business; resources in Spanish; more on Amendment 70; and a chart of Colorado's minimum wage back to 1998. You can also view prior Minimum Wage Orders via our library; search our web catalog for these and additional resources.


Identifying Students with Learning Disabilities

One of the most frequently-accessed publications in our library is the Colorado Department of Education's Guidelines for Identifying Students with Specific Learning Disabilities. This publication helps teachers and parents understand the processes of identification and how they work with state and federal laws. The guidebook discusses an approach that "provides interventions as part of a problem-solving process at the earliest indication of need." Information on how special education and general education can collaborate is included in the guidelines. Referral and evaluation, response to intervention (RtI), and areas of specific disability -- such as oral, written, listening comprehension, reading, or mathematical -- are also discussed. This is an essential resource for Colorado educators, administrators, and anyone working with schoolchildren with disabilities. 


Time Machine Tuesday: Traffic Data

As more and more people move to Colorado, we all spend a lot more of our time sitting in traffic. Colorado's highways were constructed in the mid-twentieth century, when the population was much lower. So how does your daily commute compare with a half-century ago?

In 1971, the Colorado Division of Highways released Traffic Volumes on Urban Freeways in Colorado, a report containing graphs and charts with average weekday traffic volumes for Colorado's highways. You can compare these numbers to the current traffic volumes, which are available in the Colorado Department of Transportation's Online Transportation Information System (OTIS) database, for some pretty amazing results!


Colorado Colleges and Universities: Aims Community College

Aims Community College, in Weld County, is what the Colorado Department of Higher Education calls a "local district community college," meaning that while it is a state-funded community college, it is not part of the Colorado Community College System but is locally managed.

The idea for a college in Weld County was first studied in 1965, according to the Aims history website. The college officially began in 1967. 949 students were enrolled that first year, and classes were held in Greeley's old Lincoln Elementary School until a permanent site was purchased in 1969. Construction of the campus buildings continued over the next several years. A South Campus opened west of Fort Lupton in 1984, and a Loveland campus opened its doors in 1987. A Windsor campus was added in 2010. Aims also offers online courses.

7,966 students were enrolled in Aims in 2016/17, the majority being under the age of 22. Check the college's website for additional stats, including information on tuition, financial aid, degrees awarded, and more.

In our library you can find a number of publications about Aims Community College, such as their annual budgets, historic and current college catalogs, annual report, and an economic impact summary.

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