CMC Division Director Patti Christensen and her husband Bruce of the Glenwood Springs City Council have been called a “human services family,” by their friends. And it’s true. Patti will continue a life full of rich public service upon her retirement from Colorado Mountain College April 30.
She says, “I have seen lives change from education, so I have to stay connected somehow. I definitely am hoping to do adjunct teaching for CMC, to help in learning labs, the GED prep programs and with developmental education. … I will volunteer in there if they don’t hire me!”
Christensen started with CMC in 1987, working in the Women in Transition Program to help single parents go to college. In 1990, she moved to the Gateway Program, for 12 years helping move people from welfare to work. That program became a model program first in Colorado and then the nation. From there, Christensen was promoted to division director at the Roaring Fork Campus, where she is the head of three different departments, Developmental Education in English, Math and Science.
“We bring students up to where they need to be. I love working with developing students, and we have a nurturing approach to prepare them for college study in these fields.”
Co-workers and friends are invited to her retirement reception April 9 from 5-7 p.m. at Rivers Restaurant. Christensen will wrap up her employment and personal fulfillment as division director by attending graduation May 1 to see some of her CMC Gateway and Learning Lab students reach lofty goals!
CMC photography alumni will reflect not only on imagery but also memories at an upcoming reunion. All photography graduates are welcome to the event Saturday, April 17, at the Spring Valley location. At 3 p.m., alums will tour the campus, have dinner, review profiles from current students and see a presentation.
To attend, contact Joyce Usher at 947-8378.
Put on your bidding hat and raise your card high at the 4th annual Nursing Scholarship Benefit dinner! The scholarships benefit the community directly; our graduates are nurses in local hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes and as private in-home caregivers in the Roaring Fork Valley.
The event is Thursday, April 22, at 6 p.m. at Zocalito’s Latin Bistro in Carbondale. The live and silent auctions are open to the public; tickets are $75. To purchase a ticket, contact Joyce Usher at 947-8378.
A large student turnout last fall for a campus art show at CMC’s Spring Valley location precipitates a second show in the Recker Room Thursday, April 1, from 3-8 p.m. Student designs from art, photography or graphic arts classes will be displayed. Students will don black and whites and serve hors d’oeuvres from the cafeteria.
A Student Appreciation and Academic Excellence Banquet gives faculty and staff a chance to recognize students for academic achievement of a 3.0 grade point average or higher, and for outstanding citizenship of any kind. The event is from 3-5 p.m. in the Recker Room at CMC’s Spring Valley location, Thursday, April 8, and parents are invited.
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