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Education briefs: Colorado Mountain College hosts financial aid help event

Alli Langley
alangley@summitdaily.com

It's never too early to learn about options available to help you for pay for college.

On Sunday, Feb. 8, Colorado Mountain College will host its second annual College Goal Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. as part of a national event that helps prospective college students and parents receive free professional help in applying for financial aid.

Nontraditional and independent students are welcome, and the help is for students planning to attend any college or university, not just CMC.

The college's locations in Breckenridge, Edwards, Leadville, Glenwood Springs, Rifle and Steamboat Springs will participate in this year's event, joining 14 other college campuses across the state.

At each location, professionals will guide attendees to alternatives for paying for college. Participants are asked to bring W-2 forms, bank statements and identification. Spanish translators will be available.

Particular attention will be paid to filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be completed in order to apply for financial aid, work study, student loans and many scholarships.

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For more information about CMC's participation in College Goal Sunday in Breckenridge or Dillon, contact Deb Cutter at 970-947-8358, 1-800-621-8559 or dcutter@coloradomtn.edu, or go to collegegoalcolorado.org.

TEACHER RESIDENCY ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO APPLY FOR MASTER'S DEGREE GRANT

PEBC's Boettcher Teacher Residency, which prepares people to have exceptional teaching careers through a hands-on master's degree program, is now accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year.

PEBC (Public Education & Business Coalition) is a Colorado-based nonprofit that works with teachers, schools and districts throughout Colorado and nationwide to cultivate great teachers and advance education.

Through the program, residents receive a master's degree in education, a Colorado teaching license and a full-year apprenticeship in a classroom alongside an experienced teacher.

Candidates may teach in a variety of high-needs Colorado school districts and receive ongoing professional development support as they begin their careers. Interested candidates may apply online by the priority deadline of Jan. 30.

"We're committed to creating exceptional teachers and the residency provides qualified candidates the comprehensive preparation they need, not only at the onset, but throughout their entire teaching careers," said Rosann B. Ward, PEBC president. "Boettcher teachers have the unique opportunity to receive their master's degree, assistance with job placement post-residency, and the training and support they need to confidently and effectively lead students well into the future."

The program stresses the importance of hands-on, mentored learning and training for teachers.

Since its establishment in 2004, the Boettcher Teacher Residency has prepared and retained a network of about 180 teachers who have been placed in school districts throughout Colorado.

Last fall PEBC was awarded $2.9 million from the U.S. Department of Education to expand the program. For the 2015-16 school year, the residency is looking to recruit candidates for school districts in areas such as Alamosa, Durango/Cortez, La Junta/Rocky Ford, and Montrose, and in metro Denver districts including Adams 12, Aurora, Brighton, Douglas, Englewood and Jeffco.

To be eligible to apply for the 2015-16 school year, candidates must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution by June 2015, have maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or able to legally work in the U.S. Candidates who have already completed a teacher preparation program are also encouraged to apply.

For more details on eligibility, application instructions and the residency program, visit boettcherteachers.org.

THIS WEEK IN SUMMIT SCHOOLS

Monday, Jan. 12

Summit Middle School, Girls Basketball vs. GCMS, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Central Admin. Office, Board of Education Meeting, 5:30 p.m.

Dillon Valley Elementary, PTSA, 6 p.m.

Summit High School, PTSO 7:30 a.m.

Summit High School, Swim and Dive vs. Conifer, 5 p.m.

Summit High School, Girls Basketball vs. Battle Mtn, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

Dillon Valley Elementary, BAAC, 8 a.m.

Summit Cove Elementary, BAAC, 6 p.m.

Summit Middle School, BAAC, 8:15 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Summit High School, BAAC, 7:30 a.m.

Summit High School, Parent Teacher Conferences, 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Summit High School, Hockey vs. Kent Denver, 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Summit High School, Girls Basketball vs. Delta, 5 p.m.

Summit High School, Boys Basketball vs. Delta, 6:30 p.m.

Summit High School, Hockey vs. Battle Mountain, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Summit High School, Girls Swim and Dive Invite, 10 a.m.

Summit High School, Girls Basketball vs. Palisade, 11 a.m.

Summit High School, Boys Basketball vs. Palisade, 1 p.m.