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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

GarCo Sewing Works stitches lives back together

This article was published in the Post Independent. By Amy Hadden Marsh.

Screen capture of Garfield Sewing Works websiteGarCo Sewing Works celebrates its second anniversary this month. Founded with the goal of lifting single mothers out of welfare by teaching skills and providing work, the organization has helped 11 women so far find meaningful employment.

The women, referred by Garfield County’s Department of Human Services or Colorado Mountain College’s work/study program, work as nurses’ aides, administrative assistants, and in early childhood education. “They are wage-earners and support their families,” crowed Beth Shaw, dean of Business and Industry at Colorado Mountain College and co-founder of GarCo Sewing Read more

Cambodian Relief Fund presentation at CMC Breckenridge Friday

This article was printed in the Summit Daily News. By Jessica Smith.

Engine 633 was donated to Prey Nup, Cambodia in 2005. The engine formerly was owned by Red, White & Blue Fire District.

Engine 633 was donated to Prey Nup, Cambodia in 2005. The engine formerly was owned by Red, White & Blue Fire District.

Summit County charitable fund supports Cambodian fire stations

Engine 633 leaks oil. However, the firefighters who use it aren’t complaining — they’re just grateful they have one. As a small fire station in Prey Nup, Cambodia, and the only fire response team for miles around, they have to make do with every piece of equipment they have.

A donation after retiring from service with the Red, White and Blue Fire District, the engine traveled to Cambodia eight years ago thanks to the Douglas Mendel Cambodian Relief Fund.

Since 2005, Summit resident Douglas Mendel has worked to raise money and gather donations to keep the engine running and to help out several other Cambodian fire stations. This Friday, April 4, he will give a presentation at the Colorado Mountain College campus in Breckenridge, showing photos and videos Read more

One Book, One Valley author event at CMC in Edwards tonight

Reprinted from an April 2, 2014 Vail Daily News staff report

Photo of author Greg Childs, by Ace Kvale.

Thursday at 6 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards, author Craig Childs will appear live for a book presentation, Q&A and a book signing. Photo: Ace Kvale.

EDWARDS — This year’s One Book, One Valley book selection, “Finders Keepers,” by Craig Childs, brings together this community through The Bookworm of Edwards and local libraries, local readers and book clubs.

Thursday at 6 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards, author Craig Childs will appear live for a book presentation, Q&A and a book signing. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of The Bookworm of Edwards.

“Finders Keepers” was selected as the 2014 One Book, One Valley title for its appeal across age and gender lines as well as for its high literary merit. The Read more

Battle Mountain’s ProStart team making another national title run

CMC Culinary Assistant Heather Weems helps guide high school culinary students to success

This article appeared in the Vail Daily. By Randy Wyrick.

Melissa Bosworth cuts up a pineapple to place into round, metal shapers that keep the pineapple upside down cake circular for plating.

Melissa Bosworth cuts up a pineapple to place into round, metal shapers that keep the pineapple upside down cake circular for plating. Photo: Anthony Thornton/Vail Daily.

EDWARDS – Melissa Bosworth is about 5 feet 5 inches tall, but she knows how it must feel to slam dunk to beat Duke at the buzzer.

Bosworth is part of Battle Mountain High School’s state champion ProStart culinary team, along with Lucas Kern, Slaten Forbes, Armin Sandoval and Jenn Rascon. Read more

Women snowcat groomers carve the slopes at Summit County ski resorts

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

Katy Crook on a snow grooming machine. Crook earned an associate degree in ski area operations at Colorado Mountian College.

Katy Crook earned an associate degree in ski area operations at Colorado Mountain College. Photo: Brent Neumeier.

The sun disappeared behind the mountains at Copper Mountain Resort Saturday, March 29, and Debbie Caves climbed into her snowcat.

She gripped the machine’s controls with both hands, feeling the way the cat’s arm met the walls of her halfpipe, checking her instruments and making tiny adjustments to scrape bits of snow in this place and that. Eddie Vedder sang through the speakers.

Caves, 44, has worked as a snowcat operator at Copper for almost 20 years. The expert pipe cutter also teaches part of the Ski Area Operations program at the Timberline campus of Colorado Mountain College in Leadville. Read more

Colorado Mountain College Named as One of Top 150 in the Country

Aspen Institute includes CMC in Recognition of Excellence contest
Aspen Institute Logo

Aspen Institute Logo

Washington, DC – Highlighting the critical importance of improving student success in America’s community colleges, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named Colorado Mountain College as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds.

The Prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and high Read more

Businesses lead valley toward sustainability

Kim Langmaid teaches sustainability studies at Colorado Mountain College. She’s also vice president and director of sustainability and stewardship programs at Walking Mountains Science Center. Langmaid’s column on the positive changes Vail Valley businesses are implementing to become more sustainable was published in the Vail Daily. 

The countdown to the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships has begun and four Vail Valley businesses have already crossed the finish line to become Actively Green 2015. The locals involved in these businesses may not race down the slopes as fast as Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn, but they’re innovators and game changers — leading the Vail Valley on our journey to become a sustainable Read more

CMC, RFTA, Aspen and Glenwood Springs to build electric vehicle charging stations

Colorado Mountain College, the cities of Aspen and Glenwood Springs, and the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) will all be installing new electric vehicle charging stations in the coming year.

CMC received a grant that will allow the college to install five more charging stations to its central administrative office as well is its locations in Breckenridge, Carbondale, Leadville, and Rifle. You can learn more about the new charging stations in a recent Aspen Time’s article. CMC instructional chair and sustainability studies professor Adrian Fielder gets some nice press at the end of the article for his solution to the charge station sharing issues:  Fielder and other users exchanges texts to update other users when they’re finished with the charger.

 

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