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Northwest Colorado SBDC to host statewide Professional Health & Wellness Symposium in Breckenridge

BRECKENRIDGE – The Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center is hosting the inaugural Professional Health & Wellness Symposium Aug. 13-14, 2014, at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge.

The event begins Aug. 13 with Colorado Health Links presenting a special Science of Worksite Wellness workshop from 8:30 to 11 a.m., for human resources professionals, wellness coaches and business owners. Participants will become “Healthy Business” certified. Attendees will learn how to develop successful work site wellness programs and become expert resources for wellness in the community.

Aug. 14 will be a day of creative workshops, discussions and hands-on-training featuring top speakers in the wellness industry. Attendees will learn how to maximize their participation in the wellness business through courses in setting up a business, accounting and tax tips, getting the word out and creating an Read more

Getting a head start on higher ed with concurrent enrollment

Patrick Gucwa held a 4.0 grade point average while simultaneously attending Glenwood Springs High School and Colorado Mountain College. He earned his associate degree (at left) weeks before receiving his high school diploma (at right). Photo courtesy Patrick Gucwa

Patrick Gucwa held a 4.0 grade point average while simultaneously attending Glenwood Springs High School and Colorado Mountain College. He earned his associate degree (at left) weeks before receiving his high school diploma (at right). Photo courtesy Patrick Gucwa

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ­– During this year’s springtime graduation season, Patrick Gucwa attended more than one commencement ceremony. The high school senior – one of his class’s seven valedictorians – received his diploma from Glenwood Springs High School.

But several weeks earlier, he’d already participated in another graduation: the commencement exercises at Colorado Mountain College in Spring Valley, where he collected his associate degree.

In some ways, Gucwa is quite unusual. The bilingual (Polish and English) student held a 4.0 GPA at both GSHS and CMC, was awarded six scholarships and is on track to earn his bachelor’s degree by the time he’s 19. Read more

Isaacson School students reach new heights at Aspen Ideas Festival

By Carrie Click

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Curtis Tucker covering the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Photo: Seth Andersen.

ASPEN – More than 20 Isaacson School for New Media students and faculty threw themselves headlong into the recent Aspen Ideas Festival, which brings top business leaders, journalists, intellectuals, politicians and world leaders to the Colorado mountains for 10 days of deep conversation, debate and interaction.

The opportunity for students to take part in the massive Aspen think-fest happened very quickly. Initially, the plan was for them to demonstrate to attendees Microsoft’s newly released Surface Pro 3 tablet, but soon these digital media students expanded their responsibilities.

“We had far more freedom than the original plan to stay based at kiosks,” said Robert Martin, director of Colorado Mountain College’s Isaacson School for New Media.

One minute, the students were shooting photographs of world leaders; the next, they were listening to a panel of experts discussing global dynamics while creating posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

“It was definitely overwhelming and chaotic,” said recent graduate and Isaacson School support team member Curtis Tucker. “We had mixed roles. Twenty of us were running around using the [Surface] tablets, then mobile-editing our photos. And we were always listening, always documenting.”

“Our circumstances were fluid and changing,” said Brian Tinker, associate professor and graphic design program director within the school. “These students came in completely cold, and were able to be highly adaptive. I saw students who are normally retiring and awkward interact and gain confidence. It was fantastic.”

Tucker said probably the most surprising part of the festival was the accessibility of the participants, some of whom come from high levels of authority and are well known.

Keynote speakers included former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, broadcaster Katie Couric, civil rights icon John Lewis, Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust, former Vice President Al Gore and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. There were 344 more, including Colorado Mountain College President Carrie Besnette Hauser, who participated in a panel about the future of education.

“Katie Couric was shoulder to shoulder [with everyone else],” Tucker said. “No one was on a pedestal. Walter Isaacson was wearing a T-shirt. Tony Blair was having lunch. There was no filter.”

The emphasis at the Isaacson School ­– which holds classes at Colorado Mountain College campuses in Aspen and Spring Valley-Glenwood Springs, as well as online ­– is on digital applications. But the goal is the same as it’s always been for mass communication.

“What doesn’t change is the importance of learning to communicate,” Martin said of the associate degrees, occupational certificates and noncredit and credit courses the school offers students and mid-career professionals in digital marketing design, media production, journalism and photography. “Number one, it’s about storytelling.”

Thanks to a donation from the Isaacson School’s namesake, Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson, student Justin Patrick received a full scholarship to attend this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival. Students will also have free access to world-class events at the Aspen Institute year-round, including the McCloskey Speaker Series, the Hurst Lecture Series and the Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit Series. The program will take place over the next three years to build a formal connection between Isaacson School students and the Aspen Institute.

Annual business forum slated to happen July 22

CMC president Carrie Besnette Hauser to speak at Vail Valley Business Forum event

First printed in the Vail Daily News.

VAIL — The Vail Valley Partnership will host the eighth annual Vail Valley Business Forum July 22 at the Four Seasons Resort Vail from 8:30 to 11 a.m. This year’s theme is “Regional Challenges, Local Solutions.” Attendees will gain access to the latest ideas and information in the areas of regional economic development, workforce, healthcare and transportation. The Vail Valley Business Forum is the Partnership’s largest educational event.

Following a TED-like format, four keynote speakers will first present on their areas of expertise, followed by question and answer sessions with local industry leaders. The format will provide attendees with a high-level regional understanding of a variety of topics, with a locally focused perspective on solutions. Tickets are $15 for Partnership members and $30 for everyone else.

Keynote speakers and local panelists include:

• Workforce: Carrie Besnette Hauser, president of Colorado Mountain College. Local leaders moderating the Q&A will feature Johannes Faessler and Read more

A college program for workforce training

CMC in Rifle offers instruction for staying safe on the job

Robin Haney, energy industry training coordinator at Colorado Mountain College

Robin Haney is the energy industry training coordinator at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle. Photo Ed Kosmicki

College is not just a place where newly graduated high school seniors go to earn an academic degree. Sometimes, college can offer educational opportunities to working men and women who can immediately apply that knowledge at the job site. And perhaps nowhere is that better illustrated than at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle.

Robin Haney is the energy industry training director at the college’s campus in Rifle, the westernmost of CMC’s 11 locations. The courses she oversees through the college are designed for those already employed in the energy industry, but are also applicable to workers in many other fields. These are courses that are meant to help companies comply with safety standards in order to keep their Read more

CMC to offer Bachelor of Science in nursing this fall

Information sessions July 15-Aug. 7 at CMC in Breckenridge, Glenwood Springs, Edwards

As of Aug. 25 – the first day of Colorado Mountain College’s fall semester – the college will offer bachelor’s degrees in nursing, for registered nurses.

The new Bachelor of Science in nursing degree, also known as the RN to BSN, will be based at Colorado Mountain College locations in Spring Valley-Glenwood Springs and Breckenridge. However, since the program involves mostly online learning requiring only occasional visits to the college’s campuses, working nurses throughout the CMC service area and beyond may enroll.

RN to BSN functions somewhat differently than a standard four-year bachelor’s degree, as students must have already attained a level of nursing proficiency. Currently, CMC offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science in nursing, which qualifies students to become licensed registered nurses. To enroll in the college’s new bachelor’s program, students must already have earned their associate degree in nursing and hold an RN license in the state of Colorado, in addition Read more

TRIO programs celebrate five decades of student success

Edwards CMC students still benefit from War on Poverty education bill

Earlier this spring, Enews ran a short series of articles profiling students who have benefited from TRIO’s Upward Bound and Student Support Services programs at different Colorado Mountain College locations. This final profile features twins Cindy and Gemma Mendoza and Nereyda Blanco, three students who took part in TRIO programs at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards.

Earlier this spring, Enews ran a short series of articles profiling students who have benefited from TRIO’s Upward Bound and Student Support Services programs at different Colorado Mountain College locations. Our final profile features grad Edgar Montes, the first person in his immediate family earn a college degree. – See more at: http://enews.coloradomtn.edu/?s=TRIO#sthash.ShgyHumv.dpuf
Earlier this spring, Enews ran a short series of articles profiling students who have benefited from TRIO’s Upward Bound and Student Support Services programs at different Colorado Mountain College locations. Our final profile features grad Edgar Montes, the first person in his immediate family earn a college degree. – See more at: http://enews.coloradomtn.edu/?s=TRIO#sthash.ShgyHumv.dpuf
Cindy and Gemma Mendoza

The Mendoza twins from Edwards, Cindy (left) and Gemma (right), celebrated after their graduation from Battle Mountain High School in 2011. Both students, who plan to graduate from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2015, credit the Upward Bound program for helping them to reach their educational dreams.

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson announced his War on Poverty, at least one front has demonstrated clear victories in improving economic success. And that front is higher education.

According to a Pew Research Center study released in February, college-educated workers are less likely to be unemployed and can expect to earn significantly more each year than their peers with high school diplomas alone. As this income gap grows, more than doubling since the passage of Johnson’s anti-poverty bill, higher education has become a critical weapon in the fight for economic opportunity.

Fortunately, 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. At five of its campuses, Colorado Mountain College is helping students via either TRIO’s Student Support Services or Upward Bound programs.

Thanks to an Upward Bound grant, Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Edwards has been empowering disadvantaged high school students to finish school and succeed in college since 2007. And through Student Support Services grants, starting in 2010, the campus has been able to extend the dream Read more

CMC partners with Glenwood Adventure Park to create info panels

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Garry Zabel, professor emeritus of geology at Colorado Mountain College stands by one of the educational signs he helped to create for Glenwood Adventure Park. The newly installed panels are a joint project of the college and the park owners, Steve and Jeannie Beckley. Photo Beth Zukowski

The view from the deck at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has always been spectacular. Now, guests can learn about the geology of the area while they admire its natural wonders.

A series of geologic panels, commissioned by Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park owners Steve and Jeannie Beckley, were installed at the park’s Lookout Grille deck at the top of the Iron Mountain Tramway earlier this month. Produced in collaboration with Colorado Mountain College, the panels invite viewers to take a closer look at the unique geological features that give the Roaring Fork Valley Read more

Future of education debated at Ideas Festival

Community colleges key to respond to changing demographics, workforce demand

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At left, CMC President Carrie Besnette Hauser discusses at a July 1 education panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival how colleges can meet changing demographics and workforce needs as fellow panelist Nicholas Dirks, chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, listens. Photo Seth Andersen

[ASPEN] – Despite dire stories that a college degree is becoming too expensive, a panel of experts in higher education at the Aspen Ideas Festival on July 1 agreed that postsecondary degrees and certificates will be essential to prepare the workforce of the future, even as higher education must adapt to rapidly changing needs of both students and employers.

“The likelihood of being unemployed is four times higher for a high school graduate than someone with a degree,” said Tony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. And although in recent years annual wages have fallen $4-5,000 for the average college graduate, they have dropped even more Read more

Curry retires from Colorado Mountain College

Dr. Peggy Curry was one of the speakers at the 2013 commencement exercises for Colorado Mountain College’s Edwards Campus. Curry is retiring from the college after 12 years as campus vice president. Photo Pettit Photography

Dr. Peggy Curry was one of the speakers at the 2013 commencement exercises for Colorado Mountain College’s Edwards Campus. Curry is retiring from the college after 12 years as campus vice president. Photo Pettit Photography

[EDWARDS, Colo.] – Dr. Peggy Curry, campus vice president at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards, is retiring after 12 years at the helm of the college’s Eagle County campus.

“We are most grateful for Peggy’s passion in leading the campus through a period of substantial growth,” said Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, president of the college. “She has been deeply committed to the mission of the college, to student success and to the Vail Valley community.”

Curry said a personal highlight of her years with the college was a recent, historic Partnership for Education meeting in which the members voted unanimously to move forward with deeding the remainder of the Berry Creek parcel to the college and to dissolve the partnership. “This was done in a loving way in recognition of the results achieved through this extraordinary partnership among Eagle Read more