TRIO programs celebrate five decades of student success

Three historic educational bills passed by the Johnson administration, which created what are now known as the TRIO programs, are still opening doors for students locally and nationwide. Colorado Mountain College is helping students via TRIO programs at five of its campus locations. Our public information staff recently explored how these programs are changing the lives of students in each of these communities; eNews will be running their stories and additional stories from regional media this week. Stay tuned to get inspired! The article below highlights CMC’s TRIO program in Steamboat Springs.

This article was published in the Steamboat Today. By Ben Ingersoll.

Steamboat Springs — The students who walk into the Colorado Mountain College’s Student Success office are, more often than not, looking for help and direction.

TRiO Program Director Laurie Marano has seen them all, from single mothers in their 20s toting two kids to the 50-year-old return student fighting an uphill battle in an aggressively competitive workforce.

Their stories and appearances may vary, but one thing remains a near-constant for every student interested in the TRiO program to help them on their Read more

Life-changing professors at Colorado Mountain College

CMC student Shannon Fatjo will be graduating From Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs in May with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. Two faculty members at the college had an especially important impact on her educational journey. Shannon wrote about those professors in a Letter to the Editor in the Steamboat Today last week; her letter is reprinted below. 

Dear editor,

As I near the end of my academic career here in Steamboat at Colorado Mountain College, I can’t help but reflect on the experiences I have had, the diversity of the campus within students and staff, the knowledge I have gained and the growth I have experienced.

I have spent the better part of the past six years off and on attending a variety of courses through CMC both online/IVS and on campus. I successfully earned an AAS in 2011, mainly through online/IVS courses, and will be concluding my endeavors this May (May 3 to be exact!) with earning my BSBA. I must say, I have felt the most growth academically, personally and professionally within the past two years, mainly in part due to two professors I have had the privilege and Read more

Summer 2014 CMC registration starts today

Registration for Colorado Mountain College Summer 2014 classes starts today!  Explore a new interest or take the first steps towards a new career. Summer semester begins May 12 and ends August 8; registration begins today. Search, register and pay for classes at http://coloradomtn.edu/classes/.

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Glenwood Springs event engineered to entice kids into science

CMC in Glenwood Springs hosts CU Boulder Science Discovery workshop for young Western Slope students.

This article appeared in the Glenwood Post Independent. By Will Grandbois.

Christopher Mullen / Post Independent Eric Carpenter explains the muscle wire station at the 21st Century Materials lab at the CU Science Discovery program. The event, known as "Engineering is Everywhere," took place at Colorado Mountain College Blake Avenue campus on April 16.

Christopher Mullen / Post Independent Eric Carpenter explains the muscle wire station at the 21st Century Materials lab at the CU Science Discovery program. The event, known as “Engineering is Everywhere,” took place at Colorado Mountain College Blake Avenue campus on April 16.

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up!” Eric Carpenter proclaimed with the aplomb of a stage magician. Carpenter was one of three members of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Science Discovery program presenting hands-on engineering to Western Slope students.

The all day event, titled “Engineering is Everywhere,” drew teachers and fourth- through eighth-graders from Glenwood, Carbondale, Basalt, Parachute, and as far away as Rangely. Mountain BOCES arranged to bring the workshop to Colorado Mountain College’s Glenwood Springs campus. Rose Ley, director of Read more

Wolf Pack Reunion 2014

On March 16, 2014, two hundred alumni from CMC Steamboat Springs returned to campus to remember and celebrate the lives of two classmates, Shawn Pace and Corey Eardley. The group had been tightly knit while they were CMC students, bonded together by the immediate sense of community they felt in Steamboat Springs and their passion for skiing and snowboarding on the mountain. They often rode and skied on the hill together in a large gang they named The Wolf Pack.

Originally envisioned as a small gathering, the reunion grew in numbers immediately once word spread about the potential event. They group created a scholarship in memory of their fallen classmates – The Wolfpack Scholarship Fund – and returned to campus to reconnect, remember their friend, and take some turns together on the mountain once again. CMC sustainability studies student and adjunct faculty Ben Saheb documented this special reunion for the Wolf Pack Alums.

The path to self-sufficiency

This CMC Corner column by Sonny Conley ran in the Glenwood Post Independent.

Sonny CorleyMy path after high school didn’t take me immediately to college. At the time, I wasn’t in a position to invest in a college education without knowing what I wanted to do. I wanted to first see the world and backpack through Europe — and that’s what I did, visiting 17 different countries along the way, putting a college education on hold for the time being.

Years later, however, I found myself in a situation where I knew I had to do better for my kids. In 1997, as a young, single mother of two with no child support, I was struggling to make ends meet. That’s when a friend told me about a program that could help.

The Gateway Program, a partnership between Colorado Mountain College and the Garfield County Department of Human Services (DHS), gave me Read more

One for the books: Colorado Mountain College student balances skiing, class

This article appeared in the Steamboat Today. By Joel Reichenberger.

Colorado Mountain College student Brett Somen cuts through the trees at Steamboat Ski Area on Sunday, the resort's closing day. Somen skied 119 days at Steamboat and 149 overall, every day but one during the season. He also didn't miss a class and maintained a 3.5 GPA while working on a sustainability bachelor's degree.

Colorado Mountain College student Brett Somen cuts through the trees at Steamboat Ski Area on Sunday, the resort’s closing day. Somen skied 119 days at Steamboat and 149 overall, every day but one during the season. He also didn’t miss a class and maintained a 3.5 GPA while working on a sustainability bachelor’s degree. Photo: Joel Reichenberger.

Steamboat Springs — Brett Somen can’t make it across Gondola Square without seeing five people he knows, and that’s before he even makes it into the gondola building, where the lift operators know him and often greet him by name, as well.

That’s one of the perks of skiing every day, a task Somen, 22, didn’t set out to accomplish this year, and one he, in fact, didn’t accomplish.

He missed a day, one day, after a St. Patrick’s Day celebration that went on a little too long — at least, that’s how it looked in the light of the following Read more

Colorado Mountain College welcomes new vice president

Taylor brings deep, broad experience to CMC in Leadville, Buena Vista

James Y. Taylor

James Y. Taylor will soon be joining Colorado Mountain College as campus vice president in Leadville and Buena Vista.

A new campus vice president will soon head up Colorado Mountain College in Leadville and Buena Vista, a leader whose experience encompasses administrative leadership and teaching environmental and earth sciences at the college level in the West and Midwest, but also much more.

“James Taylor has spent years studying biology and wilderness in Yellowstone National Park,” said Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, president of Colorado Mountain College. “This, plus his experience in K-12 and higher education, certification as an emergency medical technician and personal experience in numerous technical rescues are just a few of the extraordinary qualities he brings that will enhance his ability to lead our college’s residential campus in Leadville and commuter location in Buena Vista.” The two locations allow the college to serve residents of Lake and Chaffee counties, as well as diverse residents from throughout Colorado and the U.S.

“I am excited to join Colorado Mountain College, to unify, build and expand so that as a campus, college and community we can work together to reach new heights,” Taylor said.

Taylor is currently the vice president of campus education and the executive Read more

“CMC Recommends” is looking for your submission!

The CMC Libraries are looking for a few good recommendations! If you are a CMC student, staff, faculty, tell us your favorite book or film – one that is ideal for long summer days. It’s easy to add your two cents, just use the online submission form here. The recommendations will be distributed to the collegewide community during the last week of April in the newsletter CMC Recommends.

CMC Library staff is especially looking for recommendations for books that “are funny, relaxing, reflective, gripping, suspenseful, romantic or tragic,” according to CMC Library Director Sarah Smith. Film recommendations are also welcome. You can also email your submissions to Smith at sismith@coloradomtn.edu. The deadline to submit is April 17th.

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Lindsey Thomson earns collegewide recognition

Edwards adjunct Faculty of Year named awardee for all CMC campuses

Lindsey Thomson celebrates with class

Lindsey Thomson (center), Colorado Mountain College’s adjunct Faculty of the Year for both the campus in Edwards and the college as a whole, celebrates with her students and a few surprise guests after the award announcement made by college president Dr. Carrie Hauser during Thomson’s class recently. Photo Kristin Anderson.

On a recent Wednesday night, Colorado Mountain College President Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, along with several faculty and staff, burst into adjunct instructor Lindsey Thomson’s classroom in Edwards to surprise her with an announcement: She has been honored as adjunct Faculty of the Year for all of the college’s 11 locations in north-central Colorado.Thomson, who teaches English as a second language and GED classes, was stunned, but her students and colleagues Read more

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