The Reel Awards showcases four homegrown Colorado films
Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat will host The Reel Awards tonight at the Allbright Family Auditorium, from 6:30-10 p.m. The event showcases films from Yampa Valley and national filmmakers and includes screenings of Way of Life from Bent and Broken, A Dreamy Place from Martin Clay, The Infamous from Phase Media and Bumming Colorado Ski Country from Kent Gunnufson.
A short discussion on backcountry safety follows the screenings. All proceeds benefit the Backcountry Club, which educates members on safe travel in the backcountry. Get pumped for the season, and get safe, all while supporting a great cause. General Admission: $10
Sara Pederson discovers a home and a passion in Leadville
Sara Pederson works full time as an outdoor educator with SOSOutreach while pursuing her Outdoor Recreation Leadership degree at CMC in Leadville. Pederson hopes to graduate with her degree this spring.
Sara Pederson landed at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville thanks to a random Google search. Now she’s found there’s no other place that’s ever felt so much like home.
“I Googled all the things I wanted to learn in college, and CMC came up first on the list,” said Pederson. “Choosing to come here was the best decision I ever made. The opportunities I’ve gotten; the people I’ve met; the beauty that’s around me every day.”
Pederson grew up in New Brighton, Minnesota. Her family also had a cabin in the small village of Luck, situated across the Wisconsin border in the forests of Polk County. They visited the cabin frequently, a fact that “meant that I basically grew up in the woods,“ said Pederson.
All that childhood time in Wisconsin’s hardwoods grew into a yearning for more outdoor adventure and skills. When Pederson landed at CMC in Leadville, she enrolled in the outdoor recreation leadership program in order to pursue that Read more
Proposed program would help meet local need for teachers
Lorena Trejo, a teacher at Graham Mesa Elementary in Rifle, earned an associate degree from CMC, then transferred to the University of Northern Colorado to earn her bachelor’s degree in education. A proposed new bachelor’s degree at Colorado Mountain College would allow students to complete an experience-intensive education locally.
Students hoping to pursue careers in elementary education may soon be able to earn a bachelor’s degree at one of two Colorado Mountain College locations – Glenwood Springs or Edwards.
The prospective Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies (BAIS), with an initial focus on elementary teacher preparation, is now being considered for approval by the college’s accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission.
This is the last in a long series of approvals CMC has sought for this and two additional new bachelor’s degrees. After undergoing internal approvals, the college recently received a green light for the BAIS from the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Department of Education. Also recently approved by the CDHE and going through the HLC approval process is a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a Bachelor of Applied Science.
“We’re just one step away from making it possible for local students to help fill the need for exceptional teachers in our local school districts,” said Dr. Barbara Johnson, director of teacher education at Read more
New position to help students toward college, career
Individuals involved in the new counselor program who attended a recent meeting are, from left to right, Grand Valley High School counselor Ryan Frink; Garfield Re-2 curriculum director Larry Brady; District 16 director of technology Nathan Humphrey; CMC CEPA and testing coordinator Jenny Boone; CMC-Rifle campus vice president Nancy Genova; Coal Ridge High School principal Rick Elertson; CMC administrative technician Katie Rust; Grand Valley High School principal Jory Sorenson; CMC interim vice president of student affairs Lin Stickler; Grand Valley High School counselor Chris Abbey; District 16 superintendent Ken Haptonstall; Rifle High School counselor Drew Hogan; and Grand Valley High School counselor Brenda Walck.
For many high school students and their parents, the path toward higher education is riddled with daunting hurdles. Financial aid paperwork, admission essays and scholarship applications loom almost as large as the cost of financing a college degree.
To help students find their way through the challenges and opportunities, Colorado Mountain College has hired Jenny Boone to join a team of counselors at Rifle, Coal Ridge and Grand Valley high schools. Since September, she has been working alongside high school counselors there to help engage students in planning their futures, even as early as their freshman year in high school.
“Through years of cooperative programs, we have learned that we must not only offer assistance for higher education, but we must also work with our high schools to create a college culture early on, providing information, guidance and support throughout high school to prepare students for Read more
Musical comedy revue scheduled at CMC’s Spring Valley campus theatre
In rehearsals for “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” are, left to right, Wendy Tennis and Paige Ulmer (in front) and Jarrod Majkut, Jimmy Coates and David Collier. CMC Theatre presents the off-Broadway surprise hit Dec. 5-14 at the college’s Spring Valley campus. Photo Scot Gerdes
Colorado Mountain College Theatre’s production of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” tackles some of life’s toughest questions: How do you find love? How do you keep it alive? And what the heck do you do with it after a certain age?
“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” played for 12 years in New York and remains one of the longest-running shows in Colorado theater history. For two weekends only the surprise-hit, musical comedy revue will take the stage at the New Space Theatre on the Spring Valley campus of Colorado Mountain College. Performances are Dec. 5-7 and 12-14 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.
The stellar show invites the audience to ride love’s roller coaster with a variety Read more
Free concert at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle Friday, Nov. 22
Katie Glassman and Snapshot – left to right Charlie Mertens, Greg Schochet, Glassman and Eric Moon – will bring their unique take on Western swing to Colorado Mountain College in Rifle in a free concert Friday, Nov. 22.
RIFLE – Katie Glassman fuses soulful fiddling with a sparkling voice to span a range of genres from Western swing to vintage jazz and bluegrass. She and her band, Snapshot, will perform at the Clough Auditorium on the CMC-Rifle campus on Friday, Nov. 22.
“I think of myself as being from a different era,” said Glassman of her mixed Americana musical style. “I’ve always loved music with a nostalgic edge.”
The Denver native began playing fiddle at the age of 9. Inspired by old-time Texas music, she learned by ear and honed her skills at late-night jam sessions and countless competitions across the country. Her most recent wins include the Walnut Valley old-time fiddle national championship in Winfield, Kan., and the Rocky Grass competition in Read more
Some course application, payment deadlines Dec. 13
CMC student Erin Bartels took part in Colorado Mountain College’s 2013 study abroad course in Cuzco, Peru. Here she is shown with students at her volunteer project
For those who see the world as their classroom, Colorado Mountain College offers college credit for study abroad courses in three countries for spring and summer 2014. Dive into intensive language classes in Spain, examine the culture of resistance in Guatemala or experience the cultural history of South Africa. Each study abroad opportunity translates into college credit, so you can invest in your future while exploring the world.
Registering now for spring
CMC’s Spring Semester in Spain, in historic Granada, begins Feb. 2, 2014, and continues through April 26. The semester of independent study includes 12 weeks of classes, 20 hours of Spanish instruction and five sessions devoted to Read more
CMC professional photography students share their skills
Colorado Mountain College photography students will be shooting family portraits for free during the school’s fifth annual participation in the Help-Portrait program, which will take place at the Basalt Middle School cafeteria on Nov. 22, from 5-8 p.m.
The professional photography program at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley is once again participating in the worldwide Help-Portrait movement. Students, alumni, faculty and staff will provide free portraits to area families on Friday, Nov. 22, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Basalt Middle School, 51 School Street in Basalt.
The event will transform the Basalt Middle School cafeteria into several fully equipped digital photography studios, including printers. Portraits will be printed and delivered that Read more
Work experience at college’s Culinary Institute helped to secure job
Aaron Cousineau, a 2012 graduate of the Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute in Edwards, is now working as a line cook at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Like many aspiring chefs, Aaron Cousineau grew up watching the Food Network and experimenting in the kitchen. He decided to pursue his culinary dreams in college after looking up to one well-known star on the Food Network: Bobby Flay, a TV personality, chef and restaurateur.
“He was one of my role models growing up,” Cousineau said.
Since graduating from Colorado Mountain College’s Culinary Institute in Edwards in 2012, Cousineau can say he’s not only met the famous chef a few times – but that he works as a line cook at Flay’s restaurant, the Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace in Read more
Workshop at Edwards campus could help you at work
Angelo Fernandez, the human resources director at Eagle River Water & Sanitation District, is a certified Crucial Conversations trainer. He will teach a two-hour sampler of the course at CMC’s Edwards campus Nov. 14.
If you’re someone who avoids conflict – to the point where your work and personal relationships are suffering – a two-hour workshop on Nov. 14 at Colorado Mountain College’s Edwards campus could propel you toward clear, effective communication.
The 3-5 p.m. workshop is a sampler of an in-depth, 16-hour training called Crucial Conversations. Through CMC, over the past two years more than 125 Eagle County employees have completed the full 16-hour Read more