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CMC president Hauser hopes to reduce need for remediation

This article first appeared in the Post Independent. By Will Grandbois. 

CMC President Carrie Hauser is holding a series of town hall meetings with faculty and community members at campuses across the district this week. Photo: Will Grandbois / Post Independent.

CMC President Carrie Hauser is holding a series of town hall meetings with faculty and community members at campuses across the district this week. Photo: Will Grandbois / Post Independent.

Eliminating the need for remediation isn’t specifically covered in the goals outlined in CMC’s 2014-2018 “Reaching New Heights” strategic plan, but it has big implications for student and teacher success and the long-term economy of the area.

Projections indicate that nearly three-quarters of Colorado jobs will require a postsecondary education by 2020, but only one in four native high school graduates completes an associate or bachelor’s within six years. Right now, the state benefits from an influx of well-educated newcomers, but it’s not a sustainable long-term model.

“We’ve got to mine our own raw material to bridge the gap of all of those jobs that need to be filled with college educated students,” Hauser said in an interview last week with the Post Independent.

CMC is already doing a great deal to make a secondary education accessible to teens.

The school offers a score of associate programs and as many certificates, Read more

CMC Town Hall on Aspen Public Radio

Report highlights K-12 efforts

Aspen Public Radio reporter Elise Thatcher filed a report from the Colorado Mountain College Town Hall Meeting in Aspen on Tuesday. According to her story:

Colorado Mountain College is turning its focus to what kids are learning before they walk in the door. Right now more than half of incoming students are severely lacking in certain subjects, usually math and English. So now the community college… the largest such network in the state… is working on finding a way to improve what kids are learning in elementary, middle, and high school. It’s part of a larger effort to better serve mountain communities.

Listen to the full story here, or go to Aspen Public Radio.

Aspen Public Radio reporters

The Aspen Public Radio team records the CMC Town Hall meeting with community members at the Aspen Campus on Tuesday.

Reach Your Peak

Reach Your Peak is a partnership between Colorado Mountain College, Colorado Mesa University, Colorado Northwestern Community College, and Western Colorado Community College. Supported by the Northwest Council of El Pomar Foundation, the goal of the program is to create excitement about learning that motivates students toward further education.

Starting with summer camps for middle and high school students, Reach Your Peak continues through concurrent enrollment options for high school students and finally encourages students to pursue college and other postsecondary education. We captured the joy of learning at two Reach Your Peak CMC camps this summer. Enjoy the smiles.

Colorado Mountain College Sustainability Stories

This summer, Colorado Mountain College started a series of video portraits on students who are making a positive impact in our communities. Our first video features a sustainability studies student who is providing data on on a U.S. Forest Service habitat restoration project near Carbondale, Colorado, filling in a critical resource gap. Meet Jason Evitt, CMC sustainability studies student:

Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees meets in Leadville

[LEADVILLE] – Colorado Mountain College’s Board of Trustees held its September 2014 meeting Monday at the college’s campus in Leadville, one of CMC’s three residential campuses.

During the meeting the board unanimously voted to approve:

  • Articulation agreements with the Colorado Department of Higher Education, for two dozen associate degrees with specific discipline designations
  • Accepting the preliminary financial report for the first quarter of the current fiscal year
  • Amending the contract for President Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, changing the date of her first annual performance evaluation to coincide with the end of the college’s fiscal year June 30, 2015
  • Several new college policies in the area of human resources.

The new policies approved by the board included shifting paydays for hourly employees to every other Friday, supporting a drug-free workplace in accordance with recommendations from the state Office of the Attorney General, and phasing out compensatory time while still allowing overtime pay as appropriate.

Trustees approved a recent action from the Partnership for Education (a partnership between the Eagle County School District and Eagle County) to convey acreage in Edwards to Colorado Mountain College, land that has been held by the college in a lease. Trustees voted to approve the relocation of Colorado Mountain College’s instructional site in Salida to 349 E. 9th Street, in the Salida School District’s main administrative building.

In addition, trustees approved that the college president negotiate and execute a contract with Ellucian, which currently provides computer software operating systems to the college, allowing CMC to upgrade mission-critical student information systems at a cost of no more than $750,000 in the current fiscal year and no more than $1.5 million total over three years. Many of the software modules the college currently uses have not been updated in nearly 10 years.

“The software upgrades will provide usability from the student side,” said Dr. Matt Gianneschi, chief operating officer for the college. “They will allow us to modernize all our student-facing technology, including registration and payment. Improving our organizational effectiveness, empowering students to be successful and improving access are three of the goals in our new strategic plan.”

The trustees received a report regarding a partnership between the college and Freeport-McMoRan Inc., parent corporation of the Climax Molybdenum Co. and Henderson Mill, in which Colorado Mountain College is providing diagnostic electrician training for company employees in Leadville and Summit County. The training is delivered in a hybrid format and through use of the college’s mobile technology lab, which is based at the Rifle campus. The courses are funded by Freeport-McMoRan and will qualify employees to be eligible for the highest salary range locally.

The trustees also received preliminary information about some proposed initiatives at the campus in Summit County, including a greenhouse and solar panels.

Fall 2014 registration

Don’t delay! Many fall 2014 credit courses at Colorado Mountain College begin Monday, August 25. Registration for credit CMC classes is required 24 hours prior to the start of class. Registration for late-starting credit and continuing education classes is on-going through the semester.

We’ve got over 2000 classes to choose from! Explore that long held artistic passion or finish that bachelor’s degree. Search, register and pay for classes here.

Word cloud of CMC courses

SiriusXM Radio host Pete Dominick catches up with CMC at the Aspen Ideas Festival

SiriusXM Radio host Pete Dominick always wanted to go to college in Colorado. He never got here as a student, but he did get a chance to interview Colorado Mountain College President Carrie Besnette Hauser, Isaacson School for New Media faculty member Corby Anderson and Isaacson School for New Media student Justin Patrick at the Aspen Ideas Festival earlier this summer. The three discussed the college’s envy-inducing mountain locations, affordability, and hands-on, innovative programs. Click the arrow on the brown bar below to catch the full interview.

Sirius XM Radio host interviews Isaacson School of New Media student Justin Patrick and Carrie Besnette Hauser at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Fest.

SiriusXM Radio host Pete Dominick, center left, interviews Isaacson School for New Media faculty Corby Anderson, left, student Justin Patrick, second from right, and Carrie Besnette Hauser, right, at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival.

Fall 2014 registration is open

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Registration for Colorado Mountain College Summer 2014 classes starts today!  Explore a new interest or take the first steps towards a new career. Summer semester begins May 12 and ends August 8; registration begins today. Search, register and pay for classes at – See more at:

Registration for Colorado Mountain College Summer 2014 classes starts today!  Explore a new interest or take the first steps towards a new career. Summer semester begins May 12 and ends August 8; registration begins today. Search, register and pay for classes at – See more at:

1000 Words


New social sciences faculty welcomed to CMC Steamboat Springs

CMC Steamboat Springs welcomes a new faculty member, Dr. Patrick W. Staib. Kathy Kiser Miller, Dean of Academic Affairs at CMC in Steamboat Springs, recently welcomed Dr. Staib in an email message to the college community. Her letter of welcome, along with Patrick’s self-introduction, is reprinted below:

New CMC Steamboat Springs faculty member Dr. Patrick W. Staib.

New CMC Steamboat Springs faculty member Dr. Patrick W. Staib.

“Dr. Staib earned his Doctorate and Master’s degrees at the University of New Mexico in Anthropology and Latin American Studies. Dissertation: Coffee and Countryside: Small Farmers and Sustainable Development in Las Segovias de Nicaragua.  He earned his BA in Spanish and Religion from Dickinson College.

Patrick most recently served as a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Northern Arizona.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience not only in anthropology, but other areas that Colorado Mountain College is embracing and expanding.  It is extremely fortunate for us and our students that he has expertise in farmer/rancher outreach programs, civic engagement, first-year learning and ethnic diversity initiatives.  Please extend a warm welcome to Patrick.  We are delighted he will be joining our Colorado Mountain College and Steamboat Campus family.”

From Patrick Staib:
“I am an applied anthropologist with interests in organic agriculture and sustainable development. I am a first generation American and grew up in suburban Philadelphia. My mother is from Nicaragua and my father from the Black Forest region of Germany.

My parents and relatives impressed the value of agrarian lifestyles early on my life. I spent summers in New Hampshire on my Uncle’s year-round organic farm and in the 1990s my parents opened the City Tavern restaurant in Old City Philadelphia. This historical recreation abides by historical authenticity in all aspects of its operation. I worked with my father who sought to source his products locally and support local Amish farmers.

My initial scholarly interest was in US-Latin American relations in the Post-Cold War era. I took interest in free trade accords instituted with the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994 and the effect on Latin American peasants (or campesinos) and their livelihoods. I worked on organic farms in the Rio Grande valley in preparation to work as an observer and evaluator for USAID-funded sustainable development projects that focused on organic crop production. Eventually, I spent two years in the Segovian highlands of Nicaragua living and working with a community of small-scale coffee farmers whose territory was the battleground of the 1980s Contra War. I worked on small family farms, I assisted in crop transport, I translated and marketed exportable product, and I assist in routine tasks. I researched these farmers’ receptivity and embrace of organic production schemes that were imposed on their local industry.

Most recently, I’ve worked in development projects to increase access and production of local produce, meats, dairy, and processed foods. I coordinated the formation of a small farmer-owned brokerage in Albuquerque, NM. We established year-round farm production with passive solar cold frame structures and instructed traditional communities in high value, specialty crop production. I also worked in Farmer and Rancher Outreach in the New Mexico Acequia Association. In this role I assisted farmers in obtaining subsidies and supports for infrastructural improvements in their production and irrigation operations.

In my personal life, I enjoy spending time with my wife Kelly, who is a bilingual elementary school teacher, and two sons Sebasian (4) an Diego (2). We are avid skiers. Our boys are just getting on the slopes. I also enjoy camping, biking, hiking, trail running and gardening. We are really thrilled to move to Steamboat and join the community at Colorado Mountain College! “