This article was first published in the Summit Daily News. By Alli Langley.
Colorado Mountain College instructor and coordinator Sharon Aguiar, center, helps Fadys Velasquez, left, of Dillon Valley, and Omero Garcia, right, of Summit Cove, with their English at Dillon Valley Elementary on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. The school added an after-school literacy class for parents and other adults in Summit County this semester. Colorado Mountain College instructors coordinate and teach the class
Divided into small groups in the media center, about a dozen adults have been meeting weekly at Dillon Valley Elementary this semester to learn English.
Sharon Aguilar led two students in the intermediate-level group on Wednesday, Feb. 18.
Omero Garcia, 34, a father of two Dillon Valley Elementary students, and Fadys Velasquez, 36, a mother of one elementary student, asked each other questions with English vocabulary and practiced sentences with the words either and click for full article
Have you always wanted to trek with mountain gorillas? Are you (or is a young person you know) impassioned by humanitarian issues or intrigued by international sustainable development? CMC’s “Aid and Development in Uganda and Rwanda” Study Abroad offers an opportunity to explore the complexities of humanitarian aid and community development in Uganda and Rwanda this May while earning class credit. Participants also have an opportunity to raft the Nile and trek with gorillas.
An information session on the upcoming trip takes place at CMC in Steamboat Springs on Thursday, Feb 26, 6:30 PM, in the Allbright Auditorium. Can’t make the info session? Contact Leslie Gumbrecht at email@example.com for more information. Registration deadline for the program is March 13, with five pre-trip class sesssions beginning March 27.
Former CMC student Jasmine Marchman with children at an orphanage in Rwanda during a 2012 Study Abroad trip to Rwanda.
Rainforests. Volcanos. Progressive sustainability. Beaches. Colorado Mountain College offers another opportunity to study abroad this summer, when Study Abroad Costa Rica kicks off May 30. Students can learn transfer-level Spanish and Environmental Science credits while immersing themselves in Spanish language classes and sustainability. Homestays with Costa Rican families add a powerful intercultural immersion.
Learn more about the upcoming Study Abroad Costa Rica at an information session scheduled for Tuesday, February 10, 5:30 to 6:30pm on the Edwards campus in Room 242. If you can’t make the event but want to learn more, contact Carol Koch at 970.569.2914 firstname.lastname@example.org or Tim Loes, 970.569.2944, email@example.com for more information. The deadline to apply is March 23, 2015.
[LEADVILLE, COLO.] – With the help of a K9 team from Colorado Forensic Canine, at approximately 11:40 a.m. on Friday Feb. 6, Lake County Search and Rescue located the body of Colton Wilson, a student from Colorado Mountain College’s Leadville campus. He was located in an area on or near the south end of campus, near the Mineral Belt Trail and Highway 24.
The Lake County Coroner is investigating the cause of death, but the Lake County Sheriff’s Office has stated there is no reason to believe there was any foul play. Wilson had been missing since the afternoon of Jan. 29, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office had been investigating this as a missing person’s case.
“The Colorado Mountain College community is greatly saddened at the loss of such a young and promising life,” said Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, president and CEO of Colorado Mountain College, who upon hearing the news today traveled to the college’s campus in Leadville to provide support. “Along with our board of trustees, we extend our sincere condolences to Colton’s family and friends, and are providing support services to our students and employees.” Read more
Photo of CMC Leadville student Colton Wilson.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the recent disappearance of Colton Wilson. Wilson is a student at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville and was last seen on January 29, 2015. The case is being investigated by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office as an isolated case of a missing person.
Colton is described as being a white male, 6’4”, 160lbs, with Brown Hair, and Brown Eyes. Colton has light facial hair. We encourage anyone with information on Colton’s whereabouts to contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at (719) 486-1249.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is posting updates on the investigation on the Lake County Sheriff’s Facebook page.
Please follow this page for the latest information regarding this case.
As a college community, our thoughts are with Colton and his family, and we are hoping he will be found soon, safe and sound.
Get free help, advice Feb. 8 at site near you. By Carrie Click
For the second straight year, Colorado Mountain College is hosting College Goal Sunday, a national event that takes place one Sunday afternoon in February for any prospective college students and their parents to ask questions and get free help with financial aid paperwork. Nontraditional and independent students are encouraged to attend as well, and assistance is for applying to any college or university – not just Colorado Mountain College.
This year, the event runs from 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 8 at six Colorado Mountain College locations:
• Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, 107 Denison Placer Road
• Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs, 1275 Crawford Ave.
• Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, Computer Lab, 1402 Blake Ave.
• Colorado Mountain College in Rifle, 3695 Airport Road
• Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, 901 South Highway 24
• Colorado Mountain College in Edwards, 150 Miller Ranch Road.
“Many students are intimidated and confused by the financial aid process,” said Janelle Cook, a financial aid specialist at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle. “At College Goal Sunday, professionals are present to answer questions. And Read more
Yesenia Arreola, one of seven to be inducted into the CMC Alumni Hall of Fame.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – During Winter Carnival weekend, the public is invited to Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs to honor the seven individuals being inducted into the CMC Alumni Hall of Fame. The event is free of charge.
The following honorees will be acknowledged at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 7, at Colorado Mountain College’s Steamboat Springs campus:
• Brian Allen – Colorado Alpine College alumnus (1969)
• Yesenia Arreola – Spring Valley alumna (2007)
• George Bagwell – retired faculty, honorary member
• David Delaplane – co-founder, honorary member
• Amy Jackson – Breckenridge alumna (1999)
• George Jardine – Spring Valley alumnus (1974)
• Janice Kauvar – Spring Valley alumna (1976).
The event will begin in the Allbright Family Auditorium, in the academic and student center. After the ceremony, warm beverages and light refreshments will be served in the Neas Family Student/Community Dining Center while attendees enjoy the prime viewing area from the third floor during Winter Carnival’s Night Extravaganza, which features fireworks and the famed Lighted Man on Howelson Hill.
The campus is at 1275 Crawford Ave., Steamboat Springs. To RSVP, please contact Crystal Schiller at 970-947-8361 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information contact Kathy Rudasics at 870-4423 or email@example.com, or go to cmcfoundation.org.
This op-ed was published in the Glenwood Post Independent.
Dr. Carrie Hauser at Beaver Creek, CO.
Recently, a national conversation has intensified about how an educated workforce is perhaps the most critical component of the “post-Great Recession” economy. This attention and refocusing among policymakers and business leaders is driven by an alarming fact: By 2020, nearly 75 percent of all jobs in Colorado will require formal education beyond high school. Colorado is a very well-educated state (many move here with their degrees), but we are nowhere near those numbers.
To get more students into and through college — prepared for the jobs of the future — the president recently proposed a plan to lower their costs to attend community college — to zero. In Tennessee, lottery proceeds support a similar initiative. In other states and cities, private funders underwrite the costs. Here in Colorado, our governor has introduced the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative. These are noteworthy efforts, but colleges themselves must also be accountable to create the conditions that result in affordable, accessible, high-quality education.
When Coloradans think about college, the conversation often turns to affordability, specifically tuition and fees. This is one of the most critical concerns to our taxpayers, and is an Read more
This article appeared in the Glenwood Post Independent. By Jessica Cabe.
Robert Spano conducts the Aspen Festival Orchestra in Beethoven’s Ninth in the Benedict Music Tent. Courtesy of the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Glenwood Springs has been named the No. 1 small city in the nation in the first-ever “Arts Vibrancy Index” compiled by Southern Methodist University’s National Center for Arts Research.
“Glenwood Springs” — which in this study represents all of Garfield and Pitkin counties — topped such locations as Santa Fe and Jackson, Wyoming. Overall, western Colorado fared well, with Edwards and Breckenridge rounding out the top five.
The index analyzes the largest database of arts research ever assembled and uses that data to draw conclusions about the state of the arts in America. Read more
Yesterday morning at Sunlight Ski Resort, Glenwood Springs.