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Give the gift of learning

It seems that soon after the Halloween cobwebs are swept away, before the Thanksgiving turkey has been consumed, the full holiday season erupts before us. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s or any combination of these, you’re fully aware that the season of giving has begun.Before you start frantically making that list and checking it twice, though, think through the many ways you can give a gift that continues to give, for the lifetime of the receiver. You might be considering charitable donations, such as through this paper’s Holiday Fund, your church, a nonprofit organization or other avenues. These are truly worthwhile gifts to consider, reflective of the spirit of the season.This year, Colorado Mountain College is putting forth a gift option that continues to give for a lifetime – the gift of learning. By calling your local campus or going to coloradomtn.edu, you can find out more about the new Learning for Life gift certificates. You can provide that impetus to someone you love, for them to walk in to their local community college, talk with a career counselor or sign up for a class that just might change their life.Does Aunt Mary struggle with opening the attachments to the e-mails you send? Has your spouse told you they’d love to look into changing careers, if they only knew where to get the training? Would your employees benefit from taking a course in time management or Photoshop? Does that young adult in your household need a gentle nudge to go back to school and earn a degree? Does your best friend keep telling you they really should sign up for an exercise class?You can purchase a gift certificate for any amount, and the holder can take it to any CMC campus, from Aspen to Rifle, Steamboat to Buena Vista and many towns in between, and apply it toward any CMC class. The gift certificates are attractively designed, and come in a premium envelope that will look good under anyone’s tree. With a Learning for Life gift certificate in hand, your loved ones can step onto a learning path by taking credit classes toward earning an associate degree, or fun noncredit courses that enrich their lives, or workforce training that will better prepare them for the rapidly changing workplace. To learn more about what your local campus offers, and where those offerings might intersect with your loved ones’ learning goals and dreams, pick up a class schedule that will soon appear in your mailbox and at sites around town, or go to coloradomtn.edu. Then visit your nearest CMC campus to pick up gift certificates for everyone on your list. Go ahead – Learning for Life fits everyone. Debra Crawford is the director of public information at Colorado Mountain College.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Colo. CO


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