Dr. Stan Jensen: A look at CMC’s future
I have recently completed my first year as president of Colorado Mountain College, and it has been a year of intensive learning. I have met with and listened to many leaders and students from the nine counties we serve. Our faculty and staff have also shared their knowledge with me.
To say it simply, Colorado Mountain College is many things to many people.
We have nearly 25,000 students, from 46 states and 23 countries. Our excellent and caring faculty not only connects with students intellectually, but they connect to their hearts.
We have an elected board of trustees, seven serving now and two new trustees who will start in November. Recently I was bragging about our trustees to Gov. Ritter’s chief policy advisor for higher education. I listed their many strengths in business, politics, the military, education; all are active leaders in their communities. Three of the seven hold doctorate degrees – which, he noted, means our board has more than any other college or university board in Colorado.
Knowing who we are is a start. But now, it is my responsibility to focus our efforts on the future. Where are we going?
Our mission is to help in creating a better future for our students, our communities, our partners, and our team. One way we do this is by returning to our communities more than $6 for every $1 of tax money invested. I take very seriously the concept of investing in the communities we serve.
We will be first choice in learning, in partnerships, in leadership. It’s easy to say we are first choice in learning. But we will be successful when our students say we are their first choice.
And how will we get there?
There are many vital steps to achieve success: a strategic plan, clear objectives and goals, a way of measuring progress, the discipline to follow through, clearly understanding who you serve.
Already I have learned much from the students, trustees, staff, faculty and supporters of Colorado Mountain College. I am committed to them, to the communities we serve and to our worthy mission. Now that I have worked alongside and met with many of you over this past year, I know I will gladly stand alongside you to take up the opportunities of the future.
To that end, over this past year we have leveraged partnerships. Like our partnership with Colorado Workforce, to help train unemployed and underemployed workers.
Or our partnership with Colorado School of Mines, to apply for a multimillion-dollar grant to pursue the feasibility of geoexchange at our campus in Steamboat Springs. Or our partnership with the National Association of Home Builders and other organizations, to provide training for green jobs.
Or our partnerships with local school districts, to understand together how changes in the state’s concurrent enrollment program can enhance learning opportunities for our young people, to allow them to obtain high school and college credit simultaneously, without having to leave home.
Together, we can move forward through these challenging times -planning and anticipating when we can, taking hold of the opportunities that come our way.
Dr. Stan Jensen is president of Colorado Mountain College.
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