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College to hold class onsafety for energy companies

Registration is under way for an upcoming five-day class on safety for energy service companies, hosted by CMC’s Office of Workplace Training and Professional Development. Our Rifle Campus offers this twice each month – the next class starts Sept. 27. The class consists of three days of safety training, one day of CPR and first aid, and one day split between defensive driving and Department of Transportation logbook training. Carolyn Tucker, workforce training coordinator, says, “CMC is strengthening the workforce across its district; the demand for safety training and required certification is high.” Her office offers workforce training, business writing, team building, communication skills and customer service for many industries. To register, contact Tucker by calling 384-8517 by e-mail. Paralegal training, available for the first time this semester, is already successful, and classes will continue in the spring semester. CMC students from Aspen, Vail Eagle Valley, Rifle and Spring Valley are taking their first semester of paralegal courses through interactive video system classes. Rifle student services counselor Chris Lazo says, “This program is great because our students can take 25 out of 50 credits at the CMC rate and then finish the remaining requirements for a two-year degree through Arapahoe Community College in IVS courses shown at the Rifle Campus.” For more information, call 625-1871 and ask for Pam Arsenault or Chris Lazo, or click on for degree requirements.The longest-running CMC employee recently cleaned off her desk to retire. Shirley Bowen started in 1970 at CMC at what was then called the college’s East Campus in Leadville. She began as a secretary and was quickly promoted to field director for the eastern side of CMC’s college district. Next, she was made the director of CMC’s Carbondale operations, and in 1991, she was promoted to associate dean of Developmental Education and Special Programs. Bowen says, “Many of our students come to us not having thought of college, but wanting to get out of dead-end jobs. They are not really prepared for a college-level course. We start from wherever they are – whether the first step is to get a GED or go into the pre-college classes. Then, when they are ready, they take college-level classes for credit. To me, it takes an amazing institution to do that. This program is all about giving people a second chance.” Bowen received a statewide award as Developmental Educator of the Year during her tenure at CMC.Join the “I Love to Read” contest in celebration of September as Literacy Awareness Month! Participation is easy. Simply put into a few words “Why Reading is Important.” Everyone is welcome to participate, and prizes will be awarded for sincere essays from adults and children. Entry forms are available at Literacy Outreach at 945-5282. Entries are due Sept. 22. An awards ceremony will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 30 will be at CMC’s Glenwood Center. Winners will be invited to share their entries with the community.Renelle Lott writes a weekly CMC column for the Post Independent. If you have questions, please call the CMC Public Info Office, 947-8363.Renelle Lott writes a weekly CMC column for the Post Independent. If you have questions, please call the CMC Public Info Office, 947-8363.

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