1000 Words: Got College?

Approximately 2,000 high school students attended the Colorado Western Slope College Fair on Oct. 5 in Aspen. Buses, sponsored by CMC, brought students to the fair from 79 rural and mountain communities; some students had to travel for hours and spend the night in Aspen High School’s gym in order to attend.

Representatives from CMC also sat on numerous panels, sharing valuable insights on financial aid, the ASSET bill, support available for first generation students and other options that can help expand access to college for all. Below, CMC President and CEO Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, with Aspen School District Superintendent John Maloy and Aspen HS Principal Kimberly Martin, shares the day’s key message.

CMC President and CEO Carrie Besnette Hauser at the recent college fair held in Aspen, Colorado

Free shuttle bus runs for CMC students

Colorado Mountain College students and employees can now save money and be greener by catching free rides between college locations in Glenwood Springs, Spring Valley and Carbondale.

RIDE CMC is a free shuttle service operating Monday through Thursday between three local CMC locations and the Thunder River Market on Highway 82 at the Spring Valley turnoff. A CMC student or employee ID is required to ride, or a photo ID plus a class schedule.

“If you have always wanted to take a class at Spring Valley but didn’t have access to a car, this is a great opportunity,” said Lisa Doak, campus dean for student affairs. “We’re glad to be able to provide this additional, free access to students from our communities. This semester an average of 25 students or employees have been using the shuttle every day.”

Stop locations (look for a “RIDE CMC” sign) are in front of the Calaway Academic Building at Spring Valley, on the west side of the Glenwood Center, in front of the Lappala Center in Carbondale and at the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority connection (south end of the parking lot) at Thunder River Market.

RIDE CMC is provided by the college thanks to contributions from the Student Government Association. Fees or charges may apply in future semesters for the shuttle service.

For information, call 947-8200 or go to coloradomtn.edu/ridecmc/.

Community invited to annual veterinary technology facility tour and open house

Colorado Mountain College's veterinary technician center, in summer.

Colorado Mountain College’s veterinary technician center, located at the college’s Spring Valley campus, in summer..

Colorado Mountain College’s Veterinary Technology Club invites the community to tour the program’s 220-acre center and teaching hospital at Spring Valley on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Refreshments and a silent auction will also be available.

The comprehensive tour is free and open to anyone who is interested in veterinary technology or to those individuals and families who just want to visit the facility. High school students who are interested in veterinary medicine are highly encouraged to come.

The center and teaching hospital house a variety of animals including horses, llamas, goats, birds, snakes and more. The tour coincides with Read more

Events to showcase local harvest

This article was published in the Steamboat Today. By Audrey Dwyer.

Colorado Mountain College students, from left, Brent Bessey, Maggie Tucci, Kelsie Buccino and Brett Somen Tuesday morning clean potatoes that recently were harvested at the Legacy Ranch. The potatoes will be part of the Yampatika Garden-to-Table dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Legacy Ranch. Tickets are $75 and include beer and wine.

Colorado Mountain College students, from left, Brent Bessey, Maggie Tucci, Kelsie Buccino and Brett Somen Tuesday morning clean potatoes that recently were harvested at the Legacy Ranch. The potatoes will be part of the Yampatika Garden-to-Table dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Legacy Ranch. Photo: John F. Russell.

— Planting a seed evokes feelings of anticipation, hopeful expectations and patience while waiting for the first sight of a sprout, Robyn Washburn said.

“That’s why you garden: for that magic that happens when you put a little tiny seed in the ground, and then you can get huge amounts of food just from that,” said Washburn, a student with the sustainability studies program at Colorado Mountain College.

With a bountiful harvest that came from the initial planting in May, Yampatika has partnered with CMC’s sustainability studies and culinary programs for the second annual Garden-to-Table event at Legacy Ranch at Yampatika’s Environmental click for full article

CMC Partnership Puts Solar Atop Another Library

This article appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Garfield County Libraries Page by Page publication.

CMC student Eric Black (left) works with Master Electrician Jordan Arnhold (center) and CMC instructor Chris Ellis (right) to install the final row of solar panels atop the Carbondale branch of Garfield County Libraries.

CMC student Eric Black (left) works with Master Electrician Jordan Arnhold (center) and CMC instructor Chris Ellis (right) to install the final row of solar panels atop the Carbondale branch of Garfield County Libraries.

In 2012, the Garfield County Libraries first partnered with Colorado Mountain College (CMC) to put a 10 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic system on the New Castle Branch Library. In 2013, CMC returned to put a 19.6 kW array on the Silt Branch Library. This summer CMC returned yet again to install the biggest solar array to date on the Carbondale Branch Library.

What makes this partnership so unique is the fact that it’s the CMC students and their instructor, Chris Ellis, who are doing the work. Ellis and his eight students in Read more

CMC’s Gianneschi co-authors two groundbreaking reports on education reform

Dr. Matt Gianneschi, chief operating officer and chief of staff at Colorado Mountain College, recently published two groundbreaking reports on the reform of remedial education. Shown here, during the September Town Hall tour of the CMC district, he’s discussing how the college might address this national issue by working even more closely with local school districts. Photo Brent Neumeier

Dr. Matt Gianneschi, chief operating officer and chief of staff at Colorado Mountain College, recently published two groundbreaking reports on the reform of remedial education. Shown here, during the September Town Hall tour of the CMC district, he’s discussing how the college might address this national issue by working even more closely with local school districts. Photo Brent Neumeier

Before Dr. Matt Gianneschi accepted his position in March as chief operating officer and chief of staff at Colorado Mountain College, he needed to finish writing several groundbreaking reports for the Education Commission of the States.

At the time Gianneschi, then vice president of policy and programs for the Denver-based ECS, a national nonprofit that tracks state policy trends and provides research and assistance to state policy leaders throughout the U.S., was in the midst of researching and writing two reports about remedial education policies. The reports address policies needed to inform the public about the number of students who arrive at colleges and universities not ready to enter college-level courses and monitoring their success once enrolled.

According to the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, in 2010 nearly 60 percent of graduating high school seniors entering community colleges were not academically ready for postsecondary coursework. In other words, accurately measuring students’ abilities and success in college is a very significant public Read more

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

Electric rally takes advantage of Western Slope charging stations

The Electric Vehicle Rally of the Rockies, an event created by electric car advocates to highlight the growing viability of electric cars as a regional transportation option, took place Friday, Oct. 3 and wrapped up at Colorado Mountain College in Carbondale. The event received coverage from CBS Denver, the Glenwood Post Independent, the Aspen Times and Vail Daily News. A reprint of the Post Independent article by Will Grandbois recapping the event is below.

CMC Instructional Chair Adrian Fielder charges up his Nissan Leaf at CMC in Carbondale. Fielder took part in Friday's Electric Vehicle Rally of the Rockies, an event created to highlight the growing viability of electric vehicles as a transportation option on Colorado's Western Slope. Photo: Kate Lapides.

CMC Instructional Chair Adrian Fielder charges up his Nissan Leaf at CMC in Carbondale. Fielder took part in Friday’s Electric Vehicle Rally of the Rockies, an event created to highlight the growing viability of electric vehicles as a transportation option on Colorado’s Western Slope. Photo: Kate Lapides.

As the line of seven electric vehicles passed through downtown Carbondale on Friday evening, the drivers did their best to make up for their nearly silent vehicles with horns and whoops, hoping to spread public awareness about the increasing viability of driving an electric car on the Western Slope.

Before converging for a party in Carbondale, the Electric Vehicle (EV) Rally of the Rockies toured prime fall colors from Grand Junction to Aspen to Vail.

The event, sponsored by Garfield Clean Energy, Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER), the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE), Colorado Mountain College, and the starting communities, comes as click for full article

Information sessions scheduled for nursing degree programs

Colorado Mountain College is holding information meetings about its bachelor’s and associate degrees in nursing, in time to register for the spring semester. The Bachelor of Science in nursing application deadline is Nov. 15, and classes begin Jan. 12. The associate degree application deadline is Feb. 1 for a fall 2015 start.

The Bachelor of Science in nursing for registered nurses, also known as the RN to BSN, currently has 29 students enrolled for the fall semester. To enroll in the program, students must already have earned their associate degree or diploma in nursing and hold an RN license in the state of Colorado, in addition to other requirements.

The program is based at Colorado Mountain College locations in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley and Breckenridge. However, since the program involves mostly online learning requiring only occasional visits to the college’s Read more

Steamboat Mountain Film Festival kicks off this weekend with TGR film showing

CMC professor Mike Martin is the producer of the Steamboat Mountain Film Festival, Steamboat’s annual showcase of local and national snowsport films. The event kicks off tonight with a showing of Teton Gravity Research’s film “Higher,” featuring Jeremy Jones, at The Sheraton Steamboat Resort. This article was published in the Steamboat Pilot.

ourtesy  Tuck Graham (skier) and Nik Baden (snowboarder) hike a cheese wedge in the gated community while shooting for their new film. Photo was taken by Josh Satterfield.

Tuck Graham (skier) and Nik Baden (snowboarder) hike a cheese wedge in the gated community while shooting for their new film. Photo was taken by Josh Satterfield.

Steamboat Springs — A day of boarding or skiing can come with moments of pure and absolute bliss.

For some, that moment is more than just another day on the mountain. It’s a time to create art.

“If you look at any day riding, it’s unique to be able to capture something on film that you will have forever,” said Mike Martin, a professor at Colorado Mountain College and producer of the Steamboat Mountain Film Festival. “I can think of a lot of experiences ciick for full article