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Colorado Mountain College courses now available online

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Internet has changed the way people communicate, do business and learn. It provides another avenue for people anywhere, at any time, to log on and learn a specified skill at their own convenience.A new partnership between Colorado Mountain College and Cengage Learning provides not only CMC students but people anywhere in the world the opportunity to take the no-credit online courses for only $89 a pop.It’s a revolutionary way for CMC to expand its teaching throughout the valley and beyond, according to Suzanne Hyman, CMC’s workforce training coordinator.”It’s another step in the way education is going,” Hyman said. “And online learning is here to stay.”Hyman listed three main ways education is approached currently: face-to-face instruction, online courses, or blended learning where the courses are a mixture of classroom and online instruction. The face of education is changing, but, Hyman says, online learning is the wave of the future, especially for CMC. “It allows us to reach a different market of students,” she said. “There are so many people that don’t take classes because they can’t make the time frame or don’t have time to commute to the physical campus.”The Ed2go program through CMC focuses on businesses wishing to provide high-quality training for their employees in an easy, convenient way. Each course lasts six weeks and is completely done online with usually two assignments per week, including comprehensive lessons, quizzes and assignments. Instructors monitor the class daily and are available for feedback for students through e-mail or chat rooms.”The difficulty with online classes is that if there is no teacher monitoring the class, a lot of people never get it done because there is no one there to keep you to it,” Hyman said. “With the instructor monitoring the classes on a daily basis it helps keep people on track.”The courses offered through CMC range from business and administration, computer skills, photography, writing and publishing, grant writing and nonprofit management, and personal development, just to name a few. Overall there are more than 300 courses available.A new section of a course begins each month and it only takes one person signed up for any one subject and the class is guaranteed. Hyman has already seen good intent from businesses interested in employee education. It’s a good way for businesses to provide specified skill training for employees conveniently.”The minute a supervisor identifies a need for specific training, they can go to the list and see if it’s available and have their employees sign up for the course,” Hyman said. “It’s the immediacy of the availability and the convenience that is attractive to businesses.”And she’s hoping it will attract individuals as well.”They may already have a degree but they just want to have more knowledge in a specific area,” Hyman said. “I think it’s great for the resort communities, too. Someone may only be here for a month and see the opportunity to take a class. They can start it here and when they return home they can still finish it and receive a certificate.”With either individuals or businesses utilizing the courses offered, Hyman has high hopes for the program and its future with CMC.”It’s another resource and another learning style for individuals that CMC is providing its community,” Hyman said. “Some need the face-to-face learning environment, others will thrive with the online environment. It’s yet another way for CMC to provide that learning option.”Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO


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