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Novak passes presidential baton for ACCT Professional Board Staff Network

 Pat Chlouber, CMC’s elected trustee from Lake County, let, and Deb Novak, executive assistant to Colorado Mountain College’s president October’s Association of Community College Trustees Annual Congress marked the ending of an era for Debbie Novak, executive assistant to Colorado Mountain College’s president and staff secretary to the CMC Board of Trustees.

For the past year Novak has been the president of the Professional Board Staff Network of ACCT, and at the annual congress she passed the presidential baton to Mechell Downy of Seminole State College. Novak has spent the past nine years on the executive committee of the Professional Board Staff Network (PBSN).

During this year’s congress she facilitated a three-hour work session for the PBSN. Also taking part in the session was Pat Chlouber, CMC’s elected trustee from Lake County, as seen at left in this photo. (Novak is on the right.)

“It has been a great honor to serve as president of the PBSN this past year,” Novak said. “This is a group of wonderful professionals always willing and Read more

Partnership for Education reaches successful end – and beginning

Students can go from pre-K through college along one-mile stretch in Eagle County

By Carrie Click

Colorado Mountain College in Edwards was completed in 2004, but as enrollment quickly increased, college administrators realized that community needs would require a larger facility. Work began in summer 2010 on more than 33,000 square feet of additional space. The expansion was completed in 2011.

Colorado Mountain College in Edwards was completed in 2004, but as enrollment quickly increased, college administrators realized that community needs would require a larger facility. Work began in summer 2010 on more than 33,000 square feet of additional space. The expansion was completed in 2011.

The Partnership for Education was supposed to take 50 years to achieve its goal of constructing a college campus and integrating it into the Edwards community – yet it took just a dozen. So at an Eagle County School District board meeting on Oct. 8, with Colorado Mountain College’s Edwards campus constructed and fully operational, the partnership that enabled the campus to be built was dissolved.

The conclusion of the collaboration among Colorado Mountain College, Eagle County, the Eagle County Schools, and the Edwards and Berry Creek Metropolitan Districts offered an opportunity to look back on what was accomplished and to look forward to the future.

“This isn’t the dissolution of a partnership,” said Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, president and CEO of Colorado Mountain College. “It’s the beginning of a new chapter of collaboration to serve the needs of Eagle County and beyond.” Read more

College hires new general counsel

Richard Gonzales has been hired as the first in-house general counsel for Colorado Mountain College.

Richard Gonzales has been hired as the first in-house general counsel for Colorado Mountain College.

Pueblo native and Denver-based attorney Richard Gonzales has been hired as the new in-house general counsel for Colorado Mountain College.

“We are pleased to offer this position to such an extraordinary, well-qualified candidate and Coloradoan,” said Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, president and CEO of Colorado Mountain College. “Not only was Richard Gonzales the first university counsel at the University of Denver, his depth and breadth of experience in nonprofit, general business, real estate finance, litigation and contract law will serve the college well. In addition, throughout his distinguished career he has also been a stellar community leader and role model.”

“My career passion is to work for the public interest,” said Gonzales, “and by joining Colorado Mountain College I will be able to do exactly that on a full-time basis. Over the years, my private legal practice and volunteer work have evolved so that I have been working almost exclusively for clients that serve the public. I am excited about working for Read more

Free shuttle bus runs for CMC students

Colorado Mountain College students and employees can now save money and be greener by catching free rides between college locations in Glenwood Springs, Spring Valley and Carbondale.

RIDE CMC is a free shuttle service operating Monday through Thursday between three local CMC locations and the Thunder River Market on Highway 82 at the Spring Valley turnoff. A CMC student or employee ID is required to ride, or a photo ID plus a class schedule.

“If you have always wanted to take a class at Spring Valley but didn’t have access to a car, this is a great opportunity,” said Lisa Doak, campus dean for student affairs. “We’re glad to be able to provide this additional, free access to students from our communities. This semester an average of 25 students or employees have been using the shuttle every day.”

Stop locations (look for a “RIDE CMC” sign) are in front of the Calaway Academic Building at Spring Valley, on the west side of the Glenwood Center, in front of the Lappala Center in Carbondale and at the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority connection (south end of the parking lot) at Thunder River Market.

RIDE CMC is provided by the college thanks to contributions from the Student Government Association. Fees or charges may apply in future semesters for the shuttle service.

For information, call 947-8200 or go to coloradomtn.edu/ridecmc/.

Community invited to annual veterinary technology facility tour and open house

Colorado Mountain College's veterinary technician center, in summer.

Colorado Mountain College’s veterinary technician center, located at the college’s Spring Valley campus, in summer..

Colorado Mountain College’s Veterinary Technology Club invites the community to tour the program’s 220-acre center and teaching hospital at Spring Valley on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Refreshments and a silent auction will also be available.

The comprehensive tour is free and open to anyone who is interested in veterinary technology or to those individuals and families who just want to visit the facility. High school students who are interested in veterinary medicine are highly encouraged to come.

The center and teaching hospital house a variety of animals including horses, llamas, goats, birds, snakes and more. The tour coincides with Read more

CMC’s Gianneschi co-authors two groundbreaking reports on education reform

Dr. Matt Gianneschi, chief operating officer and chief of staff at Colorado Mountain College, recently published two groundbreaking reports on the reform of remedial education. Shown here, during the September Town Hall tour of the CMC district, he’s discussing how the college might address this national issue by working even more closely with local school districts. Photo Brent Neumeier

Dr. Matt Gianneschi, chief operating officer and chief of staff at Colorado Mountain College, recently published two groundbreaking reports on the reform of remedial education. Shown here, during the September Town Hall tour of the CMC district, he’s discussing how the college might address this national issue by working even more closely with local school districts. Photo Brent Neumeier

Before Dr. Matt Gianneschi accepted his position in March as chief operating officer and chief of staff at Colorado Mountain College, he needed to finish writing several groundbreaking reports for the Education Commission of the States.

At the time Gianneschi, then vice president of policy and programs for the Denver-based ECS, a national nonprofit that tracks state policy trends and provides research and assistance to state policy leaders throughout the U.S., was in the midst of researching and writing two reports about remedial education policies. The reports address policies needed to inform the public about the number of students who arrive at colleges and universities not ready to enter college-level courses and monitoring their success once enrolled.

According to the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, in 2010 nearly 60 percent of graduating high school seniors entering community colleges were not academically ready for postsecondary coursework. In other words, accurately measuring students’ abilities and success in college is a very significant public Read more

Information sessions scheduled for nursing degree programs

Colorado Mountain College is holding information meetings about its bachelor’s and associate degrees in nursing, in time to register for the spring semester. The Bachelor of Science in nursing application deadline is Nov. 15, and classes begin Jan. 12. The associate degree application deadline is Feb. 1 for a fall 2015 start.

The Bachelor of Science in nursing for registered nurses, also known as the RN to BSN, currently has 29 students enrolled for the fall semester. To enroll in the program, students must already have earned their associate degree or diploma in nursing and hold an RN license in the state of Colorado, in addition to other requirements.

The program is based at Colorado Mountain College locations in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley and Breckenridge. However, since the program involves mostly online learning requiring only occasional visits to the college’s Read more

Let it Shine: An evening with John Perlin

John Perlin

Author John Perlin will give a free talk on his newest book: “Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy” at the Third Street Center in Carbondale on October 6.

Join author, lecturer, and expert in solar energy and forest preservation John Perlin for a free presentation on his newest book: “Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy.”

Perlin will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6 in the Calaway Room at the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St., Carbondale

The event will be hosted by CLEER, Solar Energy International, Colorado Mountain College, Sunsense Solar and SoL Energy.

John Perlin has written four books on solar energy and Read more

EV Rally of the Rockies shows off electric car muscle

Oct. 3 road rally starts in Aspen, Vail, Grand Junction and Snowmass Village, converges in Carbondale

Electric Vehicle Rally logo

The Electric Vehicle Rally of the Rockies is set for Friday, October 3, 2014.

Eight electric vehicles will take a fall colors road rally on Friday, Oct. 3, leaving from Aspen, Vail, Grand Junction and Snowmass Village, traveling through communities equipped with vehicle charging stations, and ending with a party in Carbondale.

“The EV Rally of the Rockies will show that electric car travel and tourism is now possible in western Colorado, and a lot of fun,” said Matt Shmigelsky, an energy coach with CLEER: Clean Energy Economy for the Region and organizer of the rally.

Four launch events, plus a midpoint ribbon-cutting in Basalt, will celebrate the growing network of public electric vehicle charging stations. Everyone is invited Read more

Dan Young teaches two-day plein-air workshop in Rifle

Dan Young's "Cottonwood Glory"

Plein-air – “open air” in French – artist Dan Young will teach a two-day workshop at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle Oct. 3 and 4. Shown here is Young’s “Cottonwood Glory.”

Noted plein-air artist Dan Young, who attended the Colorado Institute of Art, is committed to capturing the landscape on canvas. He will be sharing his expertise in a special two-day painting workshop at Colorado Mountain College in in Rifle Oct. 3 and 4.

The first morning will include a short lecture, and the remainder of the class will be spent out in the field.

As both a teacher and an artist, Young emphasizes Read more