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Kathy Goudy: Incumbent wants to continue service

Colorado Mountain College needs trustees with energy and vision. As a taxpayer-subsidized institution, trustees must be accessible, listen to the communities comments and understand fiscal responsibility. I have done this for the past four years as the sitting trustee for Eastern Garfield County and hope for your vote for re-election.

I am an attorney with 32 years of experience and an active volunteer for local organizations. I support the students 100 percent, having taught at Drake Law School as an adjunct professor and community college business-law courses.

As one of many who have reaped the rewards of higher education, I regard it as my responsibility and privilege to help repay that debt of opportunity. My hope is to continue to commit my skills of organization and advocacy to Colorado Mountain College, our own Rocky Mountain wellspring of educational opportunity — and the college from which my son, Zach, earned an associate’s degree in physics.

It’s important that CMC and its curriculum serves the constantly evolving civic, social and vocational needs of our mountain region and its daughters and sons. By its actions, the board must emphasize a commitment to the students and the academic opportunities they deserve and desire.

The overall budget must aim to support the classroom, and rigorous financial oversight is crucial as CMC faces the challenges of expansion.

I promise to always keep in mind that CMC’s mission is to provide residents access to a varied range of academic opportunities, educational disciplines and job skills:

■ Lifelong learning — Community members continue to utilize the campus in their town for job skills, technology and the arts. These classes allow residents to meet others, and to enjoy taking a class at their community college.

■ Academics — The classroom must continue to be rigorous, challenging and instill a joy of learning, as well as continue to offer an associate’s degree and transfer option to a four-year college to meet the students’ goals.

■ Bachelors of arts — Four-year degrees that permit residents to better themselves by attaining bachelor’s degrees without the economic turmoil of leaving their homes, or commuting long distances. Our bachelor of science in nursing is an exceptional example of such programs for residents.

■ Vocational and job training — The law enforcement academy, chef certificates, oil field technical training, computer IT certificates and hospitality classes all integrate general education with specific technical training to succeed in specific jobs, with an emphasis on resort hospitality that drives our counties. I hope to expand our vocational-tech offerings to help employers hire skilled locals.

■ Life skills – CMC receives tax subsidies to ensure all residents are able to succeed in life, obtaining literacy, their G.E.D. and encouraging high school students to jump start college through dual-enrollment. CMC is also piloting classes in the high school to prepare students for college.

CMC’s mandate is to provide all persons opportunities to learn job skills, technology and the arts, including learning for real life. A focus on courses, staff and students provides the most bang for the tax dollars CMC receives, and the school needs to continue to increase its offerings of life-long learning classes for locals.

I am high-energy and approach problems with a can-do attitude, coupled with a firm grasp of the facts. Please give me your vote.

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