This article appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Garfield County Libraries Page by Page publication.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
— A day of boarding or skiing can come with moments of pure and absolute bliss.
Join author, lecturer, and expert in solar energy and forest preservation John Perlin for a free presentation on his newest book: “Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy.”
Perlin will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6 in the Calaway Room at the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St., Carbondale
The event will be hosted by CLEER, Solar Energy International, Colorado Mountain College, Sunsense Solar and SoL Energy.
John Perlin has written four books on solar energy and Read more
Oct. 3 road rally starts in Aspen, Vail, Grand Junction and Snowmass Village, converges in Carbondale
Eight electric vehicles will take a fall colors road rally on Friday, Oct. 3, leaving from Aspen, Vail, Grand Junction and Snowmass Village, traveling through communities equipped with vehicle charging stations, and ending with a party in Carbondale.
“The EV Rally of the Rockies will show that electric car travel and tourism is now possible in western Colorado, and a lot of fun,” said Matt Shmigelsky, an energy coach with CLEER: Clean Energy Economy for the Region and organizer of the rally.
Four launch events, plus a midpoint ribbon-cutting in Basalt, will celebrate the growing network of public electric vehicle charging stations. Everyone is invited Read more
Noted plein-air artist Dan Young, who attended the Colorado Institute of Art, is committed to capturing the landscape on canvas. He will be sharing his expertise in a special two-day painting workshop at Colorado Mountain College in in Rifle Oct. 3 and 4.
The first morning will include a short lecture, and the remainder of the class will be spent out in the field.
As both a teacher and an artist, Young emphasizes Read more