Students invited to CMC’s Next Generation College Day on March 7

Colorado Mountain College in Leadville is hosting a free conference for regional middle and high school students and their families preparing for college and future careers. The Next Generation College Day on Saturday, March 7, will be held at the college’s Leadville campus and is open to students in grades 6-12 from Chaffee, Lake, Summit and Eagle counties. Participating students will receive a free T-shirt, and lunch is provided.

During the day, counselors and representatives from a variety of Colorado colleges and local organizations, including CMC alumnus William Mundo who now attends the University of Colorado – Denver School of Medicine, will provide information about high school and college success, college preparation, financial aid and scholarships, and more.

The event, showcasing not only CMC but also other Colorado colleges, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center at CMC in Leadville, 901 S. Highway 24. Spanish translation will be provided. Students can register for the conference through their school counselors or contact Jan Krueger at Colorado Mountain College at 719-486-4266, jkrueger@coloradomtn.edu.

Dillon Valley Elementary adds after-school language class for adults

This article was first published in the Summit Daily News.  By Alli Langley.

Colorado Mountain College instructor and coordinator Sharon Aguiar, center, helps Fadys Velasquez, left, of Dillon Valley, and Omero Garcia, right, of Summit Cove, with their English at Dillon Valley Elementary on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. The school added an after-school literacy class for parents and other interested adults in Summit County this semester. Colorado Mountain College instructors coordinate and teach the class, a school district employee provides childcare, and grants help subsidize student fees to $20 for about 15 classes.

Colorado Mountain College instructor and coordinator Sharon Aguiar, center, helps Fadys Velasquez, left, of Dillon Valley, and Omero Garcia, right, of Summit Cove, with their English at Dillon Valley Elementary on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. The school added an after-school literacy class for parents and other adults in Summit County this semester. Colorado Mountain College instructors coordinate and teach the class

Divided into small groups in the media center, about a dozen adults have been meeting weekly at Dillon Valley Elementary this semester to learn English.

Sharon Aguilar led two students in the intermediate-level group on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

Omero Garcia, 34, a father of two Dillon Valley Elementary students, and Fadys Velasquez, 36, a mother of one elementary student, asked each other questions with English vocabulary and practiced sentences with the words either and click for full article

Colorado Mountain College scholarship honors Eagle woman’s life

Friends of Mylissa Memorial Scholarship supports future teachers. By Carrie Click.

mylissa eckdahl in wheelchair

The late Mylissa Eckdahl, who taught developmental education at Colorado Mountain College, has inspired a new scholarship that will help to train teachers.

It has been nearly six years since Eagle resident Mylissa Eckdahl passed away as a result of respiratory failure, leaving two teenage daughters and a life filled with learning, teaching others, giving back and overcoming extreme challenges.

In January 2001, Eckdahl was working on a doctorate degree from Colorado State University and teaching developmental education at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. That’s when she was severely injured in a rollover car accident after hitting black ice near Wolcott. Living life as a quadriplegic, Eckdahl learned how to flourish in a new way, serving as an inspiration to many in Eagle County.

Out of Eckdahl’s strong belief that learning is a lifetime activity, a new scholarship has been established at Colorado Mountain College.

“Mylissa was first and foremost an educator,” said former colleague and Professor Jan Attoma, who teaches English as a second language at the college’s Edwards campus. “She had great passion for the success of her Read more

1000 Words: Snow

Winter returns.

Photo of snow and trees

Empty Bowls soon to be filled at Grand River’s Meals on Wheels event

CMC, Grand River Health form partnership for fundraising on March 11

empty bowls potter

On March 11, an “Empty Bowls” luncheon – where you can purchase a bowl (made by Colorado Mountain College-Rifle ceramics students) filled with soup (made by Colorado Mountain College-Rifle culinary arts students) – will raise funds for Grand River Meals on Wheels. The luncheon will be at the Grand River Café, at Grand River Health.

Two entities in the Rifle community are preparing to raise funds while providing students opportunities to use their artistic and culinary skills for a worthy cause.

Organizers are busy getting ready for the March for Meals “Empty Bowls” Lunch event on March 11 at the Grand River Café at Grand River Health. The fundraiser – which provides a handcrafted bowl to keep, soup to fill it, bread and beverages in exchange for a $20 donation – raises money for the Grand River Meals on Wheels program. It’s being coordinated by staff from Grand River Health, and faculty and students from Colorado Mountain College in Rifle (see breakout box).

The idea for the collaboration started with Michelle McCurdy, an Read more

Six men embark on nine-month canoe expedition from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean

Two Colorado Mountain College graduates take part in “Rediscover North America” expedition.

This article was printed in Steamboat Today. By Audrey Dwyer.

Photo of six men canoeing from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean, these six men embarked on their "Rediscovering North America" expedition Jan. 2. From left, are Winchell Delano, Adam Trigg, Luke Kimmes, John Keaveny, Jarrad Moore and Daniel Flynn

Canoeing from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean, these six men embarked on their “Rediscovering North America” expedition Jan. 2. From left, are Winchell Delano, Adam Trigg, Luke Kimmes, John Keaveny, Jarrad Moore and Daniel Flynn. Photo: Luke Kimmes.

— Encountering strong winds, snow and ice in the Midwest are only minor obstacles for six men taking part in a daring feat.

For nine months, Adam Trigg, Winchell Delano, Jarrad Moore, Daniel Flynn, John Keaveny and Luke Kimmes will canoe from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean. Paddling upstream, they will connect the Mississippi River, the Red River, Lake Winnipeg, Lake Athabasca, Great Slave Lake and the Hood River to reach their destination.

The “Rediscover North America” canoe expedition started on Jan. 2. And as of Monday, the six outdoor enthusiasts are on day 52 in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.

“People always ask us why, and I still can’t give you that answer,” said Kimmes during a telephone interview Sunday.

As one of the outdoor education instructors at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs, Kimmes approached Big Agnes about outfitting the six guys on their trip.

“When I first read Luke’s request, I immediately noticed which direction they were paddling — up,” Big Agnes marketing specialist Rob Peterson said. “That in itself caught my eye because Click for full article

 

 

Study Abroad in Uganda and Rwanda

Have you always wanted to trek with mountain gorillas? Are you (or is a young person you know) impassioned by humanitarian issues or intrigued by international sustainable development? CMC’s “Aid and Development in Uganda and Rwanda” Study Abroad offers an opportunity to explore the complexities of humanitarian aid and community development in Uganda and Rwanda this May while earning class credit. Participants also have an opportunity to raft the Nile and trek with gorillas.

An information session on the upcoming trip takes place at CMC in Steamboat Springs on Thursday, Feb 26, 6:30 PM, in the Allbright Auditorium. Can’t make the info session? Contact Leslie Gumbrecht at lgumbrecht@coloradomtn.edu for more information. Registration deadline for the program is March 13, with five pre-trip class sesssions beginning March 27.

Former CMC student Jasmine Marchman with children at an orphanage in Rwanda during a 2012 Study Abroad trip to Rwanda.

Former CMC student Jasmine Marchman with children at an orphanage in Rwanda during a 2012 Study Abroad trip to Rwanda.

Photojournalist, CMC instructor’s photo exhibit at Glenwood Springs Branch Library

"Pamela" by Colorado Mountain College instructor Klaus Kocher.

“Pamela” by Colorado Mountain College instructor Klaus Kocher.

Photographs by noted photojournalist Klaus Kocher are on exhibit at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library beginning Feb. 24. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 26 at the library.

Kocher, who is on the faculty of the Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College, teaches photo history, composition, wet darkroom and photojournalism. His photos reflect his international upbringing. Born in Santiago, Chile, to his Swiss father and Dominican mother, he has lived in the United States, Costa Rica, Honduras, Germany and Mexico.

The Glenwood Springs Branch Library is at 815 Cooper Ave. and is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call the library at 945-5958 or go to gcpld.org for more information.

1000 Words: College with a view

Instagram photo of Mt Sopris from Mushroom Rock.

Just try not to have fun at upcoming Swing Je T’aime concert

Colorado Mountain College presents lively ‘community music’ Feb. 20. By Carrie Click

Swing Je T'aime is coming to CMC in Rifle. Photo Kendra Gaines

Swing Je T’aime is coming to CMC in Rifle. Photo Kendra Gaines

By this time, winter may be getting you down, but an upcoming live concert at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle is sure to pick up the spirits of even the most ornery among us. Not only that – the concert is free and Grand River Health is sponsoring a complementary post-concert reception.

Swing Je T’aime will perform in the Clough Auditorium at CMC’s campus in Rifle from 7 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 20.

Swing Je T’aime is a Denver-based group that features a six-piece band and female vocalist. If you like the music of the great gypsy jazz guitarist Django Read more