The Roaring Fork Cultural Council’s 2014 speaker series kicks off at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 10, with Dr. Carrie Hauser, president of Colorado Mountain College.
Hauser became the ninth to serve as CMC president in December of last year, and previously served as the senior fellow for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and vice president of the Daniels Fund.
The talk, which takes place at the Thunder River Theatre in downtown Carbondale, will address education in general as well as CMC in particular.
“The world has changed,” she said in a recent press release. “What students need to know and be able to do is different in a global, knowledge-based economy, regardless of where they are from or plan to live. So, as a state and college, we must rethink how we serve and train students.”
Hauser is working on solutions to the challenges that face higher education in the state and region. One example is the so-called “Colorado Paradox”: While the state lures many well-educated people with its lifestyle and natural beauty, most Colorado graduates don’t go on to earn a college degree. That has to change, Hauser says.
“It is our obligation and economic necessity to ensure the doors of opportunity and high-quality education, training and lifelong learning are open to all. CMC offers students a choice — really the choice — to live, work, take classes, earn degrees, receive training and contribute to the economies of our mountain communities.”
Tickets are available for $20 at thunderrivertheatre.com. Call 963-8200 for more information.
“I know a bunch of people in the valley that have to use SNAP or LIFT-UP. Even if they have jobs, they’re just not getting all the hours that they need to pay their rent and buy food.”