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Colorado Mountain College offers courses in Grand County after 10-year hiatus

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

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After a 10-year absence, Colorado Mountain College (CMC) has returned to Grand County to offer adult education classes.

CMC is offering two classes this winter, “English as Second Language” and “General Education Degree.”

“This is a great opportunity for Grand County residents, and the classes are free of charge,” said Gina Ricketts, CMC coordinator in Grand County.

The English as Second Language (ESL) class is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Granby Elementary School. Although the classes began three weeks ago, new students are encouraged to join at any time.

The 12-week ESL session ends April 29 and a second 12-week session will commence after a short break.

The first section of the ESL class is being taught by Ricketts, who is a former instructor at Southern Oregon University. Cecelia Peterson, who is a native Spanish speaker, is the other instructor for the class.

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The second class offered by CMC is General Educational Development (GED), which is for those individuals who have not earned a high school diploma. The classes prepare students to take the battery of five tests to certify they have high school-level academic skills.

The GED classes are scheduled to start Feb. 25. They will be held Mondays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Granby Library.

Ricketts is the instructor for the GED classes.

Once students are ready, they can take the battery of tests, which will be conducted by counselors at Middle Park High School in Granby.

“Both ESL and GED are always ongoing classes,” Ricketts said. “That means a person doesn’t have to wait until the first class of a session to begin. They can join at any time and it doesn’t cost anything.”

While not required, participants can purchase a book for the ESL classes if they chose to do so. The book costs $15.

Books are also available for purchase for the GED, but Ricketts said this is optional. Students can also gain access to the information through the Learning Express Program on the Granby Library’s computers. GED pretests can be taken to determine subject areas on which a student needs to concentrate.

While the classes are free, students must register with CMC. Those wanting to take the GED classes must be at least 17 years old.

Starting in its spring session, Ricketts said CMC plans to hold an ESL class at Snow Mountain Ranch-YMCA of the Rockies.

“We’ll be working mostly with the Spanish-speaking YMCA staff members in that class, but there’s no reason why others can’t join,” she said. “We’ll also be looking for another instructor to handle that class.”

CMC’s future plans include offering its ESL and GED classes in Kremmling later this year.

Ricketts said CMC is also willing to offer one-day, on-site training classes for businesses in the county who want to train their employees in a particular subject.

“CMC is very excited to once again re-establish itself in Grand County,” Ricketts said.

“The college sees the need here. CMC really wants to pick up the slack.”

Ricketts explained that CMC, which has a campus in Steamboat Springs, became interested in returning to Grand County after 10 years when she sent in a resume and the college expressed interest in hiring her as an instructor.

“I told them this county needs access to higher education,” she said. “We’re a bit geographically isolated here and this would be a good opportunity to provide residents with CMC’s educational offerings.”

For more information about the ESL and GED classes, call Ricketts at (970) 531-1078. For more information about CMC’s educational offerings, check out its Web site at http://www.coloradomtn.edu.

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