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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

Glenwood Adventure Park Glenwood Canyon sign

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

Aspen Ideas Festival Hauser Dirks

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

Summer Technology Institute at Colorado Mountain College

Summer Tech Camps

CMC’s Summer Tech Camp is full for middle-schoolers but there’s room for high schoolers. CMC archive photo

Summer tech programs for middle-schoolers sold out; still space in new high school engineering class

What does wading through the Blue River while hunched over holding a waterproof camera have to do with computer technology? Plenty, if you’re Payton Weinman.

Weinman, 13, attended last year’s Summer Technology Institute at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge. The Summit Middle School student was one of 15 selected to learn about website development, digital photography, e-commerce shopping carts, Photoshop, video production and editing, and more – all while also getting outside and splashing around in the river, or taking part in Read more

TRIO programs celebrate five decades of student success

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 profile features grad Edgar Montes, the first person in his immediate family earn a college degree.

Roaring Fork Valley CMC students still benefit from War on Poverty education bill

[GLENWOOD SPRINGS] – 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 Read more

CMC awards Alpine Bank scholarship to west Garfield County students

This year’s Alpine Bank Latino/Hispanic Scholarship program is helping 11 students from Western Slope high schools attend Colorado Mountain College. Alpine Bank has been awarding scholarships to qualified students since the program began in 1996 and, to date, has financed more than 170 scholarships. ENews has been running a series of profiles on these hopeful, hardworking students. Today’s profile features two recipients from Garfield County.

Magdalena Hermosillo-Velez and Alex Jaquez-Caro with Alpine Bank

Magdalena Hermosillo-Velez from Rifle High School and Alex Jaquez-Caro from Coal Ridge High School are among the 11 students who received the 2014 Alpine Bank Latino/Hispanic Scholarship to attend CMC. With them are (left to right) Karrie Fletcher, vice president for Alpine Bank in Rifle; Hermosillo-Velez; Jaquez-Caro; and Angela Meraz, senior vice president and branch manager of Alpine Bank in New Castle. Photo Charles Engelbert

Two graduating seniors from west Garfield County were recently named as Alpine Bank Latino/Hispanic Scholars: Magdalena Hermosillo-Velez from Rifle High School and Alejandro “Alex” Jaquez-Caro from Coal Ridge High School.

To be considered for these specialized scholastic awards, students must be of Latino/Hispanic descent, classify as an in-district student, have at least a 2.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need, among other criteria. Each scholarship ­­– which equals $2,200 a year – helps to cover the cost of tuition, fees and books for two years.

Rifle grad wants to become self-sufficient, set good example

Magdalena Hermosillo-Velez

Magdalena Hermosillo-Velez received the 2014 Alpine Bank Latino/Hispanic Scholarship for Rifle High School. This year the scholarship covers two years of tuition, fees and books for 11 students to attend any Colorado Mountain College campus. Photo Charles Engelbert

Magdalena Hermosillo-Velez gave birth to her son, Ryan, during her junior year in high school. “When I was a new mom, I was really confused,” she said. She believed she would never amount to anything, and it was hard for her to think her life would change.

Fortunately, her family and high school advisor rallied around her. Her sister watched the baby while Hermosillo-Velez attended high school. Her mother encouraged her to continue her education, and Kathy Terry, the Rifle High School registrar, urged her to complete the scholarship applications that could help put a college degree within reach.

Earning an Alpine Bank Latino/Hispanic Scholarship was a “life-changer,” said Hermosillo-Velez. “Getting a scholarship made it possible for me to go to college, and to create a better future for me and my son.”

Hermosillo-Velez plans to pursue a degree in accounting and hopes to become a positive role model for her younger brother and her now 1-year-old son.

“I like the fact that CMC is close to home,” she said, “so I can be near family. It’s a quality education, and it offers what I need right here.”

Coal Ridge High School student has been working toward college since 8th grade

Alex Jaquez-Caro

Alex Jaquez-Caro received the 2014 Alpine Bank Latino/Hispanic Scholarship for Coal Ridge High School. This year the scholarship covers two years of tuition, fees and books for 11 students to attend any Colorado Mountain College campus. Photo Charles Engelbert

Starting in junior high, Alex Jaquez-Caro, now a recent Coal Ridge High School graduate, began signing up for every advanced math class he could take. “Even though I have not entered college yet, I have begun to prepare for college early,” he wrote in his scholarship application essay.

He also completed two Advanced Placement courses and several CMC concurrent enrollment classes during his high school years – all while volunteering at the library as a student assistant. Each week he helped teach a different subject to elementary-aged students and particularly enjoyed setting up and demonstrating science experiments.

“He is a strong problem solver and is able to handle detail work,” said his math instructor, Valerie Friedly, in her recommendation letter. “He has shown this ability with his physics projects, which he has shared with me on a few occasions. He has the same attention to detail in all his classes.”

Jaquez-Caro is particularly eager for his 10-year-old brother to follow in his footsteps to college. “I’d like for him to know it’s possible,” he said, “and to set a model for him to follow.”

He plans to study mechanical engineering and hopes to work in the petroleum industry. “I thought my skills in math could help make an impact there,” he said.

This year’s other scholarship recipients and their respective high schools are Katia Reyes-Castillo, Glenwood Springs High School; Elide Andrade, Roaring Fork High School; Andy Sandoval, Eagle Valley High School; Thelma Juarez, Battle Mountain High School; Pedro Gallegos, Red Canyon High School; Cinthia Valderrama, Summit High School; Celeste Portillo, Steamboat Springs High School; Joeli Villa Cedeno, Aspen High School; and Wilber Marquez, Basalt High School.