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Education Briefs

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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Aspen Valley Medical Foundation (AVMF) is offering Aspen Valley Hospital employees and local individuals pursuing health careers a scholarship opportunity. The scholarship program provides assistance with tuition and other appropriate related expenses for undergraduate or graduate degree programs, conferences, workshops, seminars, and trainings. The next deadline to apply is Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, by 3 p.m. Applications are reviewed for consideration by the Education committee of AVMF. The 2011 deadlines are Jan. 25, April 19, July 5, and Nov. 29, all due by 3 p.m. Last year, the AVMF awarded $80,000 to healthcare professionals for educational opportunities.

Following are the scholarships offered: AVH Employees Education Scholarships: Applicants must be AVH employees and scholarships are offered four times a year for assistance in continuing education as it relates to employees’ professional duties.

Audrey Owings Memorial Scholarship for EMTs/Paramedics: Applications are open to Roaring Fork Valley residents pursuing certification or re-certification. Scholarships are offered four times a year.

Nursing Scholarships: Applications are open to Roaring Fork Valley residents currently enrolled in state-accredited schools of nursing or pre-nursing in associate, baccalaureate, or master’s degree programs. These scholarships are offered four times a year.

Pre-nursing students are students enrolled in college or university programs designed as preparation for entrance into a program leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree in nursing.

Dr. Rodney E. Kirk Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship is offered once a year (April deadline to apply annually) to Roaring Fork Valley residents pursuing health-related education.

Interested applicants should go to and download an application. If you have questions, call Cristina Gair at (970) 544-7375 or email

The Glenwood Springs Branch Library invites all teens age 13-18 to a Teen Book Club meeting Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 3:30 p.m. Join us for fun, snacks, and a great discussion with your friends. If you have questions please call 945-5958.

On the first Monday of every month a reading partnership between mothers and daughters (in fifth and sixth grade) will form. Come join us at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library in Carbondale on Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. for this mother/daughter book club. We will read titles which define who we are, explore topics pertinent to us, and encourage lively dialog between us all.

This month’s featured book is “Chinese Cinderella” by Adeline Yen Mah. New members are always welcome, and for more information or to RSVP call 963-2889.

The Garfield County Libraries are excited to announce the Food for Fines program will return during the month of February. Bring in non-perishable food items to any of the six branch libraries and receive credit on your library card account. For each item you donate you will receive a $1 credit toward overdue fines that are currently on your account (not lost materials or fees). All items donated will be given to the local LIFT-UP. Last February there were 2,894 items collected by the libraries.

This program is the perfect opportunity for you to take care of those pesky fines, while also helping out your local community. If you have questions please call 625-4270 or stop by your local branch library.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Gordon Cooper Branch Library will be hosting an afternoon of card making on Tuesday, Feb. 8, from 4 to 5 p.m. All ages are welcome, but children under 5 must be accompanied by a parent.

Space is limited to 25 people so please register at the front desk to reserve your spot. For more information please call 963-2889.

Colorado Mountain College will present a free community education workshop, Learning to Achieve, on Friday, Feb. 4, at the college’s Glenwood Center.

The training, led by Colorado Mountain College faculty, is for anyone who works with, educates or wants to learn more about people who have learning disabilities. Topics will include defining learning disabilities, diagnoses and testing, legal rights, computer and software tips, social services tips, and strategies for helping students learn.

Participants will receive a free toolkit of learning aides for students. The class will take place 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College’s Glenwood Center, 1402 Blake Ave. Registration is requested by Jan. 28. Contact organizer Christine Tinner at or 925-7740, ext. 2407.

Community and school experts will be on hand Wednesday night to offer all parents in the Garfield Re-2 School District an opportunity to attend “parent seminars”. A free chili dinner and free child care will be offered for parents attending the event at Coal Ridge High School.

Parents will be able to select from over 20 presentations dealing with topics such as Planning for and Financing College, Dealing with Sibling Rivalry, Computer and Cell Phone Safety, Teen Substance Use, Raising Healthy Children and Redirecting Power Struggles with your Child.

During dinner, several community and club representatives will be on hand to offer information to parents on additional opportunities for their children.

Dinner will start at 5:15 p.m., with child care registration during this time. The first session of presentations is from 6:15-7 p.m., the second sessions will begin at 7:15 p.m. For additional information, call Jeanie Humble at (970) 309-1593.

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