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CMC feels pinch

College seeks more faculty

— Kerry Hart is the first to acknowledge that the timing of his arrival in Steamboat Springs was tough.

Hired as the dean of Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat earlier this year, Hart started his job in mid-March, one week before spring break.

“Even though it was hectic, I got to know the faculty and staff,” he said from his office Tuesday. “We’ve been able to regroup and hit the ground running.”



With booming enrollment and continued space issues, Hart’s job hasn’t gotten any easier as the 2006-07 academic year nears.

Full-time student enrollment for the fall semester, which begins Aug. 28, is expected to be between 500 and 600 students. Course registration began recently.



The school’s residence halls house as many as 250 students, and all those spots already are filled. CMC officials have been forced to turn prospective students away, sending them to the Spring Valley and Leadville campuses.

“We have more applican-ts to residence halls than we have room for,” Hart said.

CMC has seven campuses and 12 sites, but only three provide on-campus housing.

Hart and other school officials also are looking to fill one more teaching position. The CMC Alpine Campus hiring committee is in the final stages of filling an art position. All other full-time faculty positions are filled, and those instructors are ready to report Aug. 17 for meetings before the first day of classes, Hart said.

It is the part-time faculty, or adjunct, positions that still need to be filled before the beginning of the fall semester.

“They can teach up to 11 hours per semester,” Hart said. “We try to accommodate their schedule.”

CMC offers classes in a number of areas, including business, outdoor studies and ski and resort work. CMC also offers instruction in such topics as Adobe Photoshop, French, philosophy and speech, and school officials are looking for part-time instructors in those classes.

The college also offers developmental education and community education classes and healthcare classes.

Hart said the college is interested in hiring for all areas and course topics.

“We want to start reaching out further into the community,” Hart said.

To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com.


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