February – March 2014
Are you headed to college next year, or are you the parent of someone who is? If so, no doubt there’s one thing weighing on your mind right now: I’ve got to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is the application all colleges and universities require if a student is seeking financial assistance to go to school, and is used to determine the amount and type of financial aid for which you qualify.
By its very name, the FAFSA is a “free application.” Unfortunately, some online companies convincingly sell services for filing the FAFSA and fool people into thinking they cannot complete the process on their own without paid professionals.
Completing the FAFSA can be an intimidating process because important decisions rest upon filling it out. You might not know where to start. Like anything else, it so often helps to be guided by someone who’s familiar with the process. It’s even better if that someone is face-to-face with you, taking you through the steps and answering your questions as they come up.
This is exactly the opportunity that National College Goal Sunday provides. This year it will be held Feb. 9 from 2-4 p.m. There are 16 college locations throughout Colorado that are participating, including two local Colorado Mountain College campuses in Glenwood Springs and Rifle. It’s open to all students and their parents (regardless of the college the student is attending) and it’s free.
Financial aid professionals will be on hand to acquaint you with the process and answer questions as they come up. The computer labs will be open so that you can begin and finish the online application. Additionally, other college staff will be available to offer information about CMC degree programs and the admissions process.
If you will have filed your 2013 tax returns by College Goal Sunday, we’ll demonstrate how you can transfer all your tax information via the IRS link directly to your FAFSA, and you could walk away on Feb. 9 having completed the entire FAFSA process.
If, however, you will not yet have filed, you can bring your W-2s from last year to use as an estimate. We’ll give you the tools and resources you’ll need to complete the form.
We’re participating in College Goal Sunday because we believe everyone deserves free help to complete their FAFSA. The staff at Colorado Mountain College wants to grow this resource for the community and be there to support students in their first year of college all the way through to their graduation.
Deadlines for completing the FAFSA vary by school and for some state schools can be as early as March 1. It must be completed each year you’re in college. Why not make it your goal – with our help – to check it off your list on Feb. 9?
Genius and insanity: CMC Theatre’s ‘Proof’ considers both sides of equation
David Auburn’s play “Proof” opens Feb. 7 at Colorado Mountain College in Spring Valley.
Catherine and her father Robert are alike in many ways, leaving Catherine to worry whether she’ll inherit his genius for math, his mental instability or both. Her sister Claire and her father’s student Hal help Catherine shed light on which it will be.
The cast of four features CMC theater students Cora Wettlin as Catherine and David Collier as Hal. CMC theater graduate Cassidy Willey plays the role of Claire, and veteran actor and director G. Thomas Cochran plays Robert. They are directed by Brad Moore.
The play will be performed Feb. 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees Feb. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. in the New Space Theatre at Colorado Mountain College in Spring Valley. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, seniors, staff and faculty and can be reserved at email@example.com or 947-8177, or purchased with cash or check at the door.
The 14er Project is a Photography Exhibit by Derek Johnston, Associate Professor and Program Director of the Colorado Mountain College Professional Photography Program. The opening reception is at the Glenwood Springs Library: Friday, February 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit runs February 18 – April 13. To learn more, visit 14erphotography.com.
Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PolicyLink
Angela Glover Blackwell, started PolicyLink in 1999 and continues to drive its mission of advancing economic and social equity. PolicyLink has become a leading voice in the movement to use public policy to improve access and opportunity for all low-income people and communities of color, particularly in the areas of health, housing, transportation, education, and infrastructure.
Blackwell is the co-author of Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future (W.W. Norton & Co., 2010), and contributed to Ending Poverty in America: How to Restore the American Dream (The New Press, 2007) In 2013, Blackwell and PolicyLink collaborated with the Center for American Progress to write and release All In Nation: An America that Works for All. Blackwell earned a bachelor’s degree from Howard University, and a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She serves on numerous boards and has served on The President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Wednesday, February 26th
11:30 – 1:00pm
Live webinar available at CMC’s Rifle, Central Services (802 Grand Ave in Glenwood), Edwards and Breckenridge locations! Followed by a community discussion.
Please RSVP by Monday, February 24th
USE this LINK: http://whoozin.com/W64-3YW-XGCR
Or call 970-384-8523 (please let us know which location you will be attending.)
Join the Student Success Center series – bring your lunch or dinner and join in the discussion led by Kearstin Cameron, Success Center Coordinator, and Debbie Arnold, College Counselor. Discussions take place Wednesdays from 5-5:50 p.m. and Thursdays from noon-12:50 p.m.
This week’s topic is What Type of Learner are You?
Discover your learning style and utilize the appropriate tools to help you become a better student. This workshop will help you know yourself better and provide you with ideas to be more successful in college.
An evening for the public with three leading Alzheimer’s research scientists.
Exciting scientific progress is being made in discovering potential ways to predict, treat, delay and even prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. Concurrent with its joint scientific research conferences on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases, Silverthorne-based nonprofit Keystone Symposia is hosting a free evening event for the public with three leading Alzheimer’s researchers: Dr. David M. Holtzman from Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Richard Mayeux from Columbia University and New York Presbyterian Hospital, and Dr. John Q. Trojanowski from the University of Pennsylvania. Brief presentations by the panelists will be followed by audience Q&A.
New college president to address how access to higher education transforms lives, communities.
What would draw a high-powered, rising star – one who has built a career on enhancing educational access for people who might not otherwise have that opportunity – to serve the small towns on Colorado’s Western Slope?
As Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser explains, it’s because of the opportunity to help lead Colorado Mountain College toward becoming the premier and most innovative institution of its kind.
Hauser, the ninth and newest president of CMC, and the second woman in the job, will address her vision for the college and for student success as the inaugural speaker of the 2014 Roaring Fork Cultural Council speakers’ series in Carbondale March 10. She will also share her thoughts about how access to affordable, high-quality education can transform lives and elevate communities’ economic and social vitality.
“Our new strategic plan is driving us toward becoming the most inclusive, innovative, student-centered college in the country,” Hauser says. “We believe this vision will help us to elevate the economic, social, cultural and environmental vitality of the incredible communities we serve.”
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