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Innovators in education: Tennessee – and CMC

This column first appeared in the Nov. 5, 2014 Glenwood Springs Post Independent. By Herb Feinzig

I was recently invited to attend the New York Times’ Schools for Tomorrow program, where some 250 individuals from the public and private sectors (including government) came together to discuss the future of American higher education. It was an opportunity to learn about the latest innovations and how we could apply those at Colorado Mountain College. I was exposed to new ideas, but I was also pleasantly surprised to learn that CMC has many of the same plans as some of the country’s most forward-thinking educators.

One of the most impressive speakers was Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, who spoke about a program his state has implemented called “the Tennessee Promise.” This program gives every high school senior who graduates two tuition-free years of attendance at either a community college or technical/trade school. The program also has community volunteers acting as mentors to students in those first two years. I also heard that students needing any remediation will take that remediation during their senior year in high school, rather than in college. This program has many similarities to programs already Read more

Less talk, more action

The Colorado Climate Summit moves past the conversation about climate change and toward solving the problem

The following article on the Colorado Climate Summit was published in the Boulder Weekly. CMC Rifle instructor Chris Ellis, who teaches in the college’s solar energy program, is featured at the end of the article. Ellis shares his thoughts on the importance of creating energy literacy in kids. By Caitlin Rockett.

Illustration for Colorafo Climate SummitRobert Castellino has worn a lot of hats over the last 20 years — he ran the ski-racing program at Eldora in the early ’80s, worked in telecommunications, founded his own greeting card company, supported adolescents as a youth minister and, as a lifelong photographer, has authored five photographic story and guide books about Boulder, Denver and Colorado at large.

Now he’s donned another hat — environmental activist.

“I’ve always had a passion for the environment and the books I’ve written in the past … have always had a component about the ecology of commerce and our place in relationship to nature in Colorado,” Castellino says. “Nature has always driven my experience in Colorado and everything I know click for full article

From CMCLeadville Student to Alaskan Heli-Skiing Tour Guide

“Every day I wake up and I do the thing I love.” CMC Leadville Outdoor Recreation Leadership student Brett Menter is pursuing his dream career as a snowboard guide with Majestic HeliSki guiding company in Alaska.

Find Your Spring Semester Class

Colorado Mountain College class search is now open

Class search is now available for spring semester classes.

Class search is now available for spring semester classes.

You can now search for your classes online. Classes are being finalized, so information and schedules some may change before spring semester begins.

Early Registration at CMC locations is open November 10-25 for current, degree-seeking students.

To register early you must have:

- a zero balance on your account
– a declared degree
– up-to-date immunizations on file with CMC
– an advising session with your advisor
– a signature from your advisor on your registration form

Online registration for all other students will begin December 1. Spring semester classes start January 12. See the academic calendar.

 

A celebration of 50 years of Colorado wilderness

Photographer John Fielder to present wilderness images at CMC Edwards

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of America’s Wilderness Act, renowned photographer John Fielder will present his favorite wilderness images at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, from 3-5 pm.

Fielder has been photographing the beauty of Colorado for 40 years. An avid environmentalist, he uses his photography to promote the protection of Colorado’s wild landscapes. Fielder’s conservation efforts earned him the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award in 1993 and the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s first Achievement Award in 2011.

The event is free and will take place in Room 118 ln the CMC Edwards campus.

John Fielder's photo "Notch Lake Sunrise #2, Mount Massive Wilderness, near Leadville" is one example of the photographer's stunning series of photographs capturing Colorado's  Wilderness Areas.YOu can see the photographer's images in person at CMC Edwards Tuesday night, Nov. 4. Photo: John Fielder

John Fielder’s photo “Notch Lake Sunrise #2, Mount Massive Wilderness, near Leadville” is one example of the photographer’s stunning series of photographs capturing Colorado’s wilderness areas. Fielder will present a slideshow of over 200 of his wilderness images in person Tuesday, Nov. 4. at CMC Edwards from 3-5 pm. Photo: John Fielder

 

EcoFlight: Putting it in perspective

Amber Parnow, a sustainability studies student at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, looks out the window of an EcoFlight plane as it flies over oil and gas development in Wyoming.

Amber Parnow, a sustainability studies student at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, looks out the window of an EcoFlight plane as it flies over oil and gas development in Wyoming.

EcoFlight is an Aspen-based nonprofit organization that advocates for the protection of wild lands and wildlife by flying people over landscapes located mostly in the American West, to gain a “big picture” perspective of these areas.

From Oct. 11 to 14, eight college students – each of whom wrote an essay that won them a spot on the trip – flew together with EcoFlight in three Cessnas from Colorado to Wyoming to Utah and back to Colorado. Among the students was Amber Parnow, a Colorado Mountain College sustainability studies student from Breckenridge. She is the third student from CMC in Breckenridge in as many years who has won a spot on the annual flight.

In this post-flight essay, Parnow writes about some of her impressions from the flight, and describes how the experience has affected her.

By Amber Parnow

When was the last time you spoke out for something you believed in? And I don’t mean asserted your opinion about how much snow we’ll be getting this year (a lot) or who’s going to the Super Bowl (the Broncos). I mean really stood up and made an honest effort to voice your opinion, or called on your government to Read more

Volunteer Fair in Edwards

Several organizations from the Vail Valley that are seeking volunteers will be at the Volunteer Fair at Colorado Mountain College today from 4 to 6 p.m. Come and learn how you can get involved in our community by volunteering for one of the awesome volunteer organizations in the valley.

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1000 Words: Happy Trails

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Earth Science Week Speaker Series at CMC Leadville

Curious to learn more about avalanches, the Yellowstone Caldera (more active than you think!), earthquakes, and the environmental impacts of mining? Catch a CMC Leadville Earth Science Speaker Series event, ongoing all week. For schedule, see poster below. Enjoy the learning!

Poster for CMC Leadville Earth Science Week Speaker Series events

Jimmy Westlake: Total lunar eclipse coming next week

This article first appeared in the Steamboat Pilot. By Jimmy Westlake

Steamboat Springs — You have to go back 11 years for the last time that two total lunar eclipses were visible from Colorado in the same calendar year. The second total eclipse of the moon this year happens during the wee morning hours of Oct. 8 when the full Harvest Moon once again slips into the shadow of the Earth.

Jimmy Westlake/courtesy  Last April’s total lunar eclipse was captured in this series of telescopic images, which were taken about an hour apart. A similar total eclipse of the moon will happen Oct. 8 before dawn, the second in a tetrad of total lunar eclipses visible from Colorado in 2014-15.

Last April’s total lunar eclipse was captured in this series of telescopic images, which were taken about an hour apart. A similar total eclipse of the moon will happen Oct. 8 before dawn, the second in a tetrad of total lunar eclipses visible from Colorado in 2014-15. Photo by Jimmy Westlake

The moon’s orbit around the Earth is tipped by about 5 degrees, relative to Earth’s orbit around the sun. This slight misalignment prevents an eclipse of the Moon from happening every time there’s a full moon. There are only two brief windows of time each year, six months apart, when the sun, moon and Earth align just right for an eclipse to occur. These are called our “eclipse seasons.”

The eclipse seasons for 2014 fall in April and October. We had a total eclipse of the moon on April 15, during the previous eclipse season, and here we are, six months later, about to have another one. Each year, the eclipse seasons happen about 18 days earlier. Read more