Colorado Mountain College enrollment grows |

Colorado Mountain College enrollment grows

Cathy Beck


Tuesday, Oct. 20

Summit High School, Boys Soccer vs. Glenwood, 6 p.m.

Summit High School, Volleyball vs. Battle Mtn., 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 21

Breckenridge Elementary, BAAC, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 22

Frisco Elementary, BAAC, 2:45 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 23

No School (fall break for all schools Oct. 23-26)

Summit High School, Football vs. Glenwood, 7 p.m.

Preliminary enrollment figures show that Colorado Mountain College’s student body is increasing, students are taking more classes and the college is becoming more diverse.

Throughout CMC’s service area, which covers a mountainous area the size of Maryland, the number of students attending rose 3.4 percent, powered by a substantial increase in full-time students 23 and younger.

Compared to the same point during fall semester last year, the number of students has increased at nearly every physical campus, though online learning has slightly decreased. On average, students are taking more credits at all campuses, especially traditional-aged college students.

Moreover, preliminary enrollment measurements show an increase of 18.5 percent more Latino and Hispanic students who are 18 or 19 years old, and many more of these students are enrolled full-time compared to earlier years.

Also, full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment of students from outside of Colorado increased 8.2 percent compared to last year. The FTE measure of enrollment looks at the number of credits students take as well as the number of individual students.

Final enrollment numbers won’t be available until later in the year due to a number of courses that start late in the semester.

CMC president Carrie Besnette Hauser attributes some of the increased enrollments to intentional, strategic initiatives at the college. For example, last spring, the college offered a $1,000 scholarship to all graduating high school seniors in the college’s service area.

CMC administrators are now working more closely with local school districts on concurrent enrollment courses, in which high school students can earn college credit. College employees also have streamlined registration and become more involved in Western Slope college fairs.

Meet Summit School District’s new assistant superintendent

Former Dillon Valley Elementary principal Cathy Beck was promoted to the new position of Summit School District assistant superintendent this fall.

She has worked in education for 26 years, including 18 years as a classroom teacher at the elementary and middle school levels. She has a doctorate in instructional leadership and is the author of “Easy and Effective Professional Development.”

Since moving to Colorado, she has been the director of curriculum and instruction and the high school principal in Leadville. She then became Dillon Valley principal in 2011.

In her new role, she is working to expand her peer-observation model of professional development in Summit schools.

She also has been hosting weekly Twitter chats on Monday evenings to discuss education topics like literacy, standards-based grading and community engagement with local teachers and administrators as well as nationally renowned experts. To view the Twitter conversations, search for the hashtag SSDedu.

Peak School launches Model UN club

The Peak School is now offering a Model United Nations elective for its upper school students.

Model UN prepares future leaders by introducing young people to the world’s most significant problems in peace and security, human rights and sustainable development with the intent of finding global solutions. Students learn about other countries, foreign policies and critical thinking from multiple perspectives.

The elective, which is not offered at other Summit County schools, is taught by Peak teacher, Jeffrey Beavers, who coaches students in research, writing, speaking and negotiation. The eight Peak students in the club have the opportunity to meet with other high schoolers from around Colorado at organized simulations.

At the club’s first simulation on Oct. 10 in Boulder, Peak students Arel Svenson and Kira Benson received best delegation (first place) while other students in the club sat as members of the General Assembly.

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