Longtime CNCC board member Wymore won’t go far


Lois Wymore has seen it all.

When you ask her what aspects of Colorado Northwestern Community College she attended, she starts listing and doesn’t stop. Honestly, she admits, she doesn’t remember all the committees and groups she was on. If it exists or has ever existed at the CNCC in Craig, Wymore said she was probably a part of it at some point.

For decades, Wymore has made an impact and worked to improve campus life in Craig with various acts of community service. This will end in an official capacity next January, when his term on the board of directors of the junior college affiliated with Moffat County ends.

Taking a sip of decaffeinated coffee, Wymore said CNCC couldn’t get rid of her that easily.

“I’m excited,” she said. “Because sometimes what’s new is good, you know?” It’s time for someone else to put in their few years, to be careful (and) to follow the money, but as a citizen – and because it’s been my lifelong passion – I just can’t leave now.

The days of his service on the Craig campus began in the early 1980s. A petition was circulating in the community to generate interest in establishing a board of directors on the Craig campus. A board for the college and a factory tax meant free tuition for the community. Wymore agreed, believing that free classes in the community were necessary, and the rest is history.

“There was a vote, and someone asked if I would have a petition in my neighborhood, so I walked,” Wymore said. “I said ‘We have to do this. It’s cool. This means that anyone can take courses. It was my first experience, and it turned out brilliantly.

Since then, CNCC has received three property tax mills in the community. Over time, Wymore also wanted to take advantage of the free classes. She was a student representative at the founding of the college and completed at least three years of classes with the offer of free classes.

“I have been invited to participate in this case of displaced housewives,” she said. “And if I was basically going to consult once a month, they would pay for my books, and I was like, ‘Oh, you mean if I go (talk) with people once a month, I’ll get books. free? Now I can do it. For me it was just a fun experience.

After three years of classes, a seat on the college’s board of directors opened. After a campaign season, Wymore said she won just 12 votes, most of which she credits to Dinosaur Town, where she was the only candidate to campaign.

“From the first class I took, I always thought I was a positive spokesperson for CNCC,” said Wymore.

She doesn’t hesitate to express her opinions on anything. There’s no need to water down, Wymore said, and she doesn’t want to leave anyone with questions about certain decisions or their feelings.

Wymore remains skeptical of new leaders, especially administrators who tend to bring a more traditional view of academia to what Wymore says is a non-traditional campus. Over the past three decades, she has seen administrators come and go, and not all of them left school better than they found her, she said. She notes a particularly dark period, when 149 people left the CNCC in just four years. His goal is to make sure this never happens again.

“It was just administrative nonsense. It should never have happened, ”said Wymore. “We have lost so much intellectual talent. We have lost people who had years of history. With my release from the set, I’m probably one of the last to really know the story. There are others who have stuck in there.

For Wymore, education is everything. She believes that a community college should represent the population it serves and that taxpayers should have a say in what programs should be offered there. Vocational technical education – such as automotive skills, electrician work and related health care – is at the center of his concerns. This is why she remains on the sidelines.

“We’ll see what happens, but I’m optimistic,” Wymore said. “I would hate to see it go away, but I’m going to watch them for a year anyway.” If they don’t move forward – because we have to stop turning down – then should we, as a county, be spending millions? If our opinion doesn’t matter, if what we want here doesn’t matter, then maybe we shouldn’t be supporting it as taxpayers. So that’s the reason I stay involved – just because I’m not above killing the mill.


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