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Congratulations John! A public blog. I will be interested in seeing how this developes. I am not looking for the PUBLISH button. I am looking for the SPELL CHECK button. And then I did hit something and wiped out my message so it might appear twice. So much to learn…
“Writers on the Front Range”, now that is a great title. Looking forward to reading your posts!
This is a well written article I like your advice to stay in touch most people dont take the time to do this
My tip….proof everything you write, and not just once. Read it aloud, slowly, to make sure every word you think is on the page really is there. And don’t forget to do spell check and grammar check. I hate writing, but I hate writing badly even more. Thanks for the reminder of why writing well counts.
Nora, a great tip. Reading aloud is something I require myself to do when proofing my own work. I’m also a big believer of printing out whatever you write to review it. Somehow mistakes jump off the page when I’m holding it in my hand (vs. looking at a screen).
I am hearing more and more about the website LinkedIn for maintaining professional contacts. My sister was laid off by Bank of America and she used it to keep in touch with other BofA colleagues. This led to her next job…a better job too!
Nora, thanks for your valuable input. I too have found LinkedIn to be incredibly valuable and one of the easiest ways to network (without really feeling like you’re networking). And this is coming from someone who was a late adopter! I think everyone should utilize LinkedIn–it’s a great way to reconnect with people you’ve worked with in the past, stay in touch with clients, and even make new connections. And even if you’re not a huge social media guru, LinkedIn is really pretty painless. Good tip!
Great article, and well written. You have stated your case well.
Congratulations on starting this blog! As a webdesigner/blogger, I know there’s a lot of work that goes into starting and continuing a blog. I have begun one for the new FRCC Art Club and welcome anyone to check it out as well. If you are interesting in promoting the arts at FRCC-BCC, please join us!
Thanks, Sarajane. Good luck with your blog, too. Check back to Writing the Front Range next week. We have a post planned about some student artists at the Boulder County Campus.
The teaching mission in Africa is going better than could have ever been suspected. We will be making a documentary. Until then check out
Front Range Community College through its ambassador Brandon Berman and his team is touching the lives of people here at Meru – Kenya in a special unique way. We welcome more students and teachers from FRCC. Together we can do greater things in service to humanity. John Kamwara – Director Technology Partnership.
Thank you. I’m glad the visit from Brandon and the rest of the team is creating a strong bond. I hope it can continue.
Excellent article and so true! Additionally, I think college taught me curiosity, critical thinking and the joy of learning. Formal learning leads to the income, but joy in learning leads to life long adventure and fulfillment.
Have someone else read whatever it is you are writing – making sure it makes sense to them too!
This is a great tip, Kimberly. I do this a lot to my husband. It’s very helpful to read your work aloud, too, isn’t it?
Thanks for the comment!
I can vouch; Lisa is a fantastic teacher. I had two classes with her and she is patient, explains things well, and offers encouragement often.
Thanks, Jan. It’s always nice to hear from appreciative students.
Thank you John for this great article. I would also add that the leadership from the schools we have met are very interested in collaboration both via the internet and through exchange programs. It is my hope that we can continue these discussions at FRCC and discover ways to create global connections and make are world just a little bit smaller.
Also we will be having an event on August 13th to show some of the pictures and snippets of the documentary we are creating. If you are interested in this or other future events please contact me on my personal form page
i like the program, please let me know when you are planning to go next.Thanks.
Be sure to use Brandon’s contact page. The link is in a previous comment here. And stay tuned for more information about the Aug. 13 presentation of photos and video.
Brandon’s contact information was in a comment on the July 15 post. Here it is: http://brandonberman.com/contact/
Thanks a lot John.
Awesome work! the jewelry/metal working classes at FRCC are a fabulous opportunity to learn to solder, saw, melt and cast metals–all sorts of fun, and beautiful results too!
I wasn’t aware of where the art medal field stands today and certainly thank you for helping to create an awareness, and for the news, images and links. It’s quite exciting to see some of the directions art medals have taken from the time I’m familiar with, when they were generally conventional. Hoping others are inspired and will explore a fascinating area for collecting, study and, as you illustrate, participation as artist.
I was so excited to see Chelsey Jernigan’s story on your web page. Chelsey was a cherished student aide, working for me, in the administrative office of Legacy High School. I can vouch for the truth in everything you say about her! Should you have contact with her, please pass on my best wishes. Thanks!
Claire, thanks so much for the nice comment. It’s wonderful to hear from someone who has known Chelsey for a long time. We also think a lot of her at FRCC–she’s an inspiring individual who has worked very hard to get where she wants to go! I will definitely let her know that you posted such a nice remark here. I’m sure she’d love to hear from you. Thank you for reading!
Do Belize citizens have access to health insurance? Is care better in Belize City vs. the rural areas? Do people pay for healthcare or is it government provided?
Philip,There is no health insurance in Belize for the masses. The government is trying to provide health care for all. At this point, it appears that management and education is improving. All treatment and medications are free once you have an ID card. Families in rural areas are trying to get ID cards. The government is improving services. It was exciting to see a developing country trying to provide health care for all.
I am researching a development project in Belize and am familiar with their retirement program allowing people to retire there as long as they can prove they will not be a burden to the country. There are several sources which claim the private medical system is robust, inexpensive and is supported by an international insurance system. I would be interested in any information you may have regarding the private health system.
I have no information about insurance coverage, sorry.
I come from a family of engineers and accountants. Math is absolutely essential in those professions. Also in the myriads of research and analysis positions in areas such as economics, marketing, statistics, institutional research, planning, etc. Managers of all sorts have to be able to interpret data and reports. You will never be a power Excel user without being able to design and use mathematical formulas.
The practical applications of math are astounding once you get into the workforce. One of the best courses I took in college was a Calculus for Economics and Business course. I learned that it could be used to determine when to re-order merchandise in a business. I recently went to see some Renaissance painting at the Denver Art Museum and learned that the artists even used math to come up with their new artistic styles.
Estimation is another important mathematical skill which a lot of people don’t have.
I could go on and on but enough said. :) I am now in the Fiscal Services of this fine institution and I consider it a privilege to use my math and logic skills to support the educational mission of the college.
Thanks, Howard. You bring up more good examples of “math in real life.”
One more interesting note that might encourage others to look at math is that I did not “get” math in elementary, middle and high school. If you had polled my math teachers I would have won the least likely to succeed award. It was a community college instructor who taught my remedial math course who helped me to understand it in 10 short weeks (the college was on the quarter system). I never had trouble with math after that course and I actually got high grades in my upper division math courses.
When I decided to become an accounting major, my parents were like “Who are you and what have you done with our son”?
The moral of the story is don’t let a bad K-12 experience with a subject keep you out of a field you are interested in. Community colleges are good at helping you overcome such obstacles. It is up to you to avail yourself of their help.
Howard, you are not the first person, nor will you be the last, to “get” math, thanks to a community college instructor. And I can’t ignore one other observation: You kept at it. Persistence pays off.
Its easy for you to say math is important, and it probably is. How ever it is my opinion (one that may hinder my ability to grasp math) that the math i am currently learning is pointless.
As a student, i find it incredibly difficult to pay attention in class. This is because i feel that the things i am learning fall into 2 categories:
#1 Things i will never use (based on asking professionals in multiple fields)
#2 Things i can look up online or pay someone to do for me.
How can i pay attention when i feel i am being forced to learn some thing that i cant see myself using? I can see the practical application of being able to pay my taxes, manage my money, seed my lawn, yet these are not the things i am learning.
Having straight A’s in my other classes, failing in math is causing me to feel i cannot succeed, this is causing a spiral of burning hate and aggression towards math, and i am not the only one. FRCC fort collins has a high drop rate for math and from what i hear from most of my fellow students is “math is the only thing holding me back, i hate it”
Maybe im being cynical, but when i ask my math teachers why i need to learn math and they hesitate, i cant help but feel i will never like math the way you seem to.
I suspect you are not alone in your feelings and frustrations about math. I hope you have tried all the resources Front Range has to help people succeed – math help centers, for example, or working with an advisor or your instructor.
Your comment about the “high drop rate for math” at the Larimer Campus made me curious. I asked our Institutional Research office about this. I was surprised to find out that in the past academic year math had the 16th highest rate before the drop/add deadline, and the sixth highest after the drop/add deadline. I thought it would be the highest in both cases. It may seem a high rate to you because of the number of students. More than 4,800 students enrolled in math classes last year – more than enrolled in any other subject.
People drop or withdraw for various reasons. Some might have changes in work schedules. Some might have underestimated the study time or work load. Others might drop a course to pick up the same course at another day or time. Others might have family or medical reasons. And, yes, still others might be struggling. If you are in this last group, I repeat: Please use the resources available to you. At the Larimer Campus, for example, the Learning Opportunity Center – (970) 204-8112 – is a good place to start.
Thanks for your comment, and I wish you the best with your studies.
I think this is wonderful. I have been on a few trips to Guatemala and Mexico. I am starting the nursing program Fall 2011. I would love to be able to do a trip like this. Will there be one in the future!!! Blessing to all that went and helped!
Welcome to the Nursing Program, Lora. As future trips are planned, I’m sure students will be made aware of them.
Thank you for sharing! I feel the same way about one day not coming to the Boulder campus, but hopefully we’ll carry the friendships and lessons with us long after.
Thanks Angelica. It’s wonderful to hear that FRCC Boulder County Campus has played an important role in your life, too. College memories and friendships definitely do last a lifetime, so you’ll always take those with you!
We can all say we are very responsible students to a point when lining up ways to get around safely. Yet with two parties exceeding the occupations of pools or something else maybe finding a designated party area in the off chance a facebook invite is sent just so we can assure there is room for everyone and riots do not occur. From what I have seen and I have not gotten to school yet or moved to fort collins; this is the main and only concern at the moment. The students need venues big enough for big huge parties.
The Larimer County Sheriff department is a great partner, as are TEAM Ft. Collins, Poudre Valley Health, and CDOT. The Sheriff’s mock DUI field sobriety tests help build awareness for our students. Additional messages which include information about how the vast majority of our students don’t drive under the influence are also effective.
The question isn’t so much about how to identify a safe place for thousands of students to have huge parties. The question is more about how we support even more of our students make healthy choices when it comes to substance use. How do we help keep more of our students safe, especially when it comes to underage and binge drinking?
I think having the police department come and do a DWI and DUI awareness booth is the best idea. I think the beer googels helped me to know what it was like to see like you were trashed and how it affected my walking straight. They also talked to me about what the law states about the consequences about DWI and DUI, which scared the hell outta me. Don’t become another name on the Death by Drunk Driving list and don’t ruin someone elses life just to have a good time.
YEAAAAH right , where did these numbers and percentages come from ? 93 % of students designate a driver when drinking ? I don’t believe that for one second , that is a crock. Haha and 74 percent of students don’t exceed a set number of drinks when drinking ? Those are two of the biggest lies I have ever heard. Someone needs to come up with a new method of collecting data especially when it concerns underage and drunk driving. Of course kids aren’t going to be honest about their bad behavior, especially when the person asking them is an adult or someone in authority. I really wouldn’t put too much stock in those percentages and I definitely wouldn’t be proud of data that is highly inaccurate to say the least. Lets all be honest with ourselves, and stop acting like everything is under control. If someone told me 93% of students frequently binge drink and act irresponsible it would be more believable. I was at the mega pool party and I didn’t see anyone was trying to set limits, let alone 74%. My main point is that these percentages are whats skewed so lets not get too excited . Drinking and irresponsible behavior are always going to run rampant in a college town so I don’t get why everyone is acting so surprised that this party got out of control.
The well-established, reliable, and valid research methodology we employed clearly demonstrates that our students deserve more credit than that.
I owned a bar in town for 6 years. I can say that by and large, most people do make an effort to be safe. Unfortunately, saying you are going to limit yourself to a few drinks, and actually sticking to it, are two different things. I agree with a previous post, that what is most effective is providing safe environments for partying. When someone has a liquor license, it is in their best interest to promote responsible drinking culture. In my experience, most problems happen after or at a party that is unregulated and “underground”. Nobody false asleep and dies from alcohol poisoning at a bar, and bars usually do their best to facilitate safe transport for their patrons.
This is so interesting, Sandra. I was just speaking to someone this week about the impending shortage of college graduates in fields such as engineering, technology, science–it’s a scary situation amid times when we really need people solving big world problems (i.e. energy crisis). Your sons’ new school sounds fantastic. Great for you guys for supporting your boys as they explore their strengths in these highly valuable areas!
Thanks Michaele! Yeah, it’s kind of a frightening to think about how our county is falling so far behind in these areas. I just hope we have the political fortitude and education funding to turn it around.
Also, portable breathalyzers are great. They are cheap, fun to play with and can give someone solid information to answer that question “am I too drunk to drive? I don’t feel drunk and it would be so much easier than calling a cab….”
You are absolutely right; there is a significant difference between planning to get home safely and actually doing so. The flipside of portable breathalyzers is that even after consuming just one alcoholic beverage, the risk of an auto accident is dramatically increased. Breathalyzers may set an unrealistic expectation that because a student’s blood-alcohol level isn’t within the range of a DUI or DWI that driving home would be a safe option. One of the mistakes our students make is identifying a designated driver as the person who has had the least amount to drink, as opposed to the person who has had nothing to drink. How might the owner of an establishment help his/her patrons make wise decisons using infomation from a breathalyzer?
Is the Navajo language considered a foreign language and is it possible to use the ASL modality to assist the Navajo citizens who might be deaf. Maybe there is a methodology to assist the Navajo people who might benefit.
I asked some of our Interpreter Preparation faculty, and they tell me that there is a Navajo Sign Language that is very distinct from ASL. While it might have some common signs that are more picture-based in nature (like animals), it has its own distinct grammar, syntax, etc. It is not a language we teach at Front Range. I hope this helps you.
Learning is such an important part of life. I personally attend many seminars a year and read as much as I can as it makes me grow as a person and I am more able to serve my community.
Good for you. Learning is continuous, I completely agree. And I also think reading is a wonderful and easy way to learn…whether you’re reading a newspaper, online, books, or blogs! :) Thanks for commenting and being a part of our blog!
He really is one of the, if not the best teacher I have ever had!
Thanks for letting us know, Nicole! It’s good to hear from students and former students.
I am new to the STEM curriculum but in a slightly different way. I started teaching at an engineering magnet school this year. I was an art teacher who has recently been taking digital media course, which has led me to being the video game and web design teacher at a pre ib magnet middle school. I am working on a steep learning curve right now practically building my courses from the ground up! I have mostly classes packed with boys! I am also the mother of two boys (one in middle school, regretting that I didn’t enroll him here) I see the effects first hand the power of this curriculum. The boys are fully engaged (and the girls)! I am a true believer through first hand experience!
Hi Cindy –
So interesting to hear how you ended up in the STEM world. I couldn’t agree with you more! The kids are so engaged in their work like nothing I’ve seen before. I’ve been curious what teaching STEM is like. It seems to be very different from a traditional curriculum, requiring teachers to bring additional skills and knowledge to their approach. Have you found that to be the case?
That is a great list of traits and skills to have not only new job but in every area of life. I think another one that should be on that list, or at least in my own personal experience is being appreciative of other people’s work. The people that work around you must feel like what they do matters, and sometimes when we live busy lives, it is easy to forget to say “thank you” or “good job,” but if we are aware of it, then it’s very easy to do. Thank you and have a nice day!
Hi there! Thank you for the comment. I very much agree and appreciate you adding this to the list. The people I’ve enjoyed working with the most are the ones who are courteous and appreciative. I feel the same way you do–it really is a great skill to have. Thanks for reading.
Great post, John. What an exciting thing for Susan to interpret for Obama, too.
This story is amazing! What a great honor to be a part of this in my “own” facet. I think we all must rebuild at times, and I can’t think of a place with more opportunities for one to grow and learn. Good job Carlos!
I loved John’s class; he is an excellent instructor and FRCC is lucky to have him.
Thanks John, I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to astronomy and I Try to convince my friends to come with me. Thanks for letting us know!
Keep trying. Your friends may find they enjoy astronomy as much as you.
The Tire Rack tests winter tires each season and the current generation Blizzak WS70s are third behind the 2nd place Michelin X-ice Xi2 (which I have and are amazing! And I’m a Southerner with zero snow driving experience) and the 1st place Continental ExtremeWinterContact.
An extra set of wheels with winter tires are a great way to go if you can afford it and have the storage space for the other set of wheels and tires.
Thanks for your comment, Seth. The newest generation of winter tires really are amazing and definitely provide noticable improvement in snow over regular all season tires. For those who are curious, a new set of winter tires will typically cost between $600-$1000 (for 4) depending on the brand, model, and size. If you want separate wheels to mount them on, figure in another $250-$500 and up for 4. You’ll also have to pay to have your current tires swapped or have your new tires mounted onto your new wheels. It’s an investment for sure but if you live somewhere where winter snow, slush, and ice are a daily driving condition then it may be worth it for you. A set of inexpensive ‘winter wheels’ isn’t a bad idea either as the alloy wheels that many cars come with will actually deteriorate with repeated exposure to winter road chemicals. Since replacement alloy wheels are so expensive, many people who run winter tires also purchase steel wheels for winter driving and save their alloy ones for the summer. If you keep your alloy wheels on during the winter, try and remember to wash them (and your car) frequently to minimize the damage done by winter road chemicals.
My father did this and he proved to be very succesful. I’m sure it is a hard thing to do…well worth it, though!
Thanks for the comment! Good for your dad. My parents, too, went back to school late in life when my brothers and I were young to make big career changes. It’s not easy to do, but I agree with you that it is well worth the investment.
I’ll be finished at FRCC this term…and then it’s off to the great beyond. Thanks so much for all your help and support during my time here. It’s been fantastic!
Have a great holiday season!
Dr. Sullivan was the best instructor I have had. If there was one teacher I could have for the rest of my college career, it would be him. His classes are interesting, informative, and entertaining. Wonderful experience.
Thanks for your comment, Linda. We appreciate what our students think of their experience at Front Range.
Felt! I’m not a sewer but made many costumes from this sturdy material. Good luck!
Thanks Lori! I’m not a sewer either, which I why I try to put costumes together with glue & what I can find at thrift stores.
Thank you, Margo!
Nice story….very inspirational!
Very helpful and useful information! Thank you.
I’m glad we could help you.
I don’t get the analogy. Would you have enough what? Money? We aren’t really talking about spending money, so how does it translate to what do we have enough of that would clarify? Maybe stating what the daily budget for calories is would help. If I have a daily budget of 1200 calories and I pay 1950 for one meal at Chipotle, then no, I really don’t have enough because I need to eat at least three times a day, optimally four. That makes sense. Using money is not quite as helpful. Thanks for the info though, overall it helped. :)
Sorry, for the confusion. The analogy is like a budget–you have a certain number of calories for the day (it varries by the individual) for you to “spend” each day–so, if you should have 2000 kcals in a day and you eat the burritio and fixings (1950 calories)–you only have 50 kcals left over for the rest of the day! To determine the amount of calories you need each day you can go to ChooseMyplate.gov–then to the Interactive tools, then to Food Tracker, then to Assess Food Intake–you find out how many kcals you need in a day based on your height, weight, age, activity, and gender…and you can enter in what you ate in a day to see if you are meeting your calorie “buget.”–Chris
I think the point is to treat your daily caloric intake like a bank. So, if you can eat 2,200 calories per day, you could not afford to eat at Chipotle and McDonalds etc. because you would run out of calories in your bank. Healthy foods “cost” less, therefore you can afford more of them. I know I try to use this method (most of the time) and it works well to help me maintain my weight and also eat a balanced diet. There are many websites and apps that can help log your food intake. I like how this article explains what a calorie is and points out how many calories are in some of the common foods people eat. The more you know*
KLF’s comments explain the budget concept well and I encourage you to find out how many calories you need each day and how many you eat each day. Keep in mind, that most people underestimate the amount the eat by 20-40%. Another interesting fact is that there are 3,500 calories in a pound—so if you want to lose a pound in one week you will need a deficit of 3,500 calories for that week–so about 500 less calories a day.
The idea of matching up a calorie to a cent is an interesting analogy, but going on to say that it is good for the individual and the pocketbook together is not a transition from the analogy back to reality, because the analogy itself does not accurately reflect on a person’s pocketbook in reality as much as it might on a person’s health.
On the topic of health, despite what some have said about animal fat, I have easily lost weight (20 lbs in a month) on a low carb diet relying mostly on cheese, beef, poultry and fish, and by easily I mean to say that I did not have to do any exercise, which admittedly has consequences of its own, but I digress. What I mean to say is that within the realm of my practical experience and my success with low carb dieting, Gary Taubes makes sense.
With this being said, dietary choices should also be made accounting for one’s heritage and allergies, as different groups of people are used to eating different things. So, I would imagine that the idea of a silver bullet as applied to health for the general public is unrealistic, and that people should find what works for them instead of being told that there is only one solution to a problem, as kindly nature usually provides several pathways to a goal.
You bring up an interesting point TCVE. Some do argue that all calories are not created equal. For a reference all carbohydrates–both sugar and starches–have 4 calories for each gram, and proteins have 4 calories for each gram, and fats have 9 calories per gram. Some research does suport that persons who follow a low carb diet lose weight, but most of that research also shows that they have lowered their overall calorie intake. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa022207
Here a part of another peer reviewed research article:
Subjects randomized to the low fat (n = 20) and the very low carbohydrate (n = 22) diet groups consumed similar amounts of calories at the initiation of the diets (1707 ± 104 and 1608 ± 123 kcal respectively) with similar distribution of macronutrients (Fig. 2⇓). Based on the results of the weekly food records, subjects complied with their assigned diets. Although subjects on the carbohydrate-restricted diet were not specifically asked to limit caloric intake as were those on the low fat diet, both groups reported a decrease in caloric intake of approximately 450 calories compared with baseline. Although caloric intakes in the two groups were similar, the proportions of carbohydrate, protein, and fat consumed differed dramatically. At 3 months, caloric intake in the very low carbohydrate diet group was distributed as 15% carbohydrate, 28% protein, and 57% fat. In contrast, the low fat diet group had daily calories distributed as 54% carbohydrate, 18% protein, and 28% fat. At 3 months, the very low carbohydrate diet group consumed significantly less carbohydrate, vitamin C, and fiber and significantly more protein, total fat, saturated fat, monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, and cholesterol than the low fat diet group (P < 0.01 for all comparisons). At 6 months, the two groups still differed significantly for most of these measures (Table 2⇓).
So, what this article supports is the idea the lowering overall calorie intake is the key to weight loss.
PTK’s Adopt-A-Family at Boulder County Campus!
Yes, Angelica, that’s a good example. For people who don’t know, PTK stands for Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges. Front Range has active chapters on all its campuses.
Great coverage of the veterans ceremony, John. Congratulations to the Anderson family and FRCC for the vision which both honors and serves Colorado veterans.
Thanks, Jerome. The Boulder County Campus Veterans Club did an exemplary job in planning the ceremony.
Great post Sandra,
thank you for providing such great valuable information about giving back to seniors and children.
I also believe in doing for others, volunteering for my community, and raising kids who care ( I have a 9 year old daughter, and as a dad it is important to me to instilling good values into my daughter).
As a Calgary Garage Door Company I try to keep up with the information happening on the Internet and with social awareness not only for myself but for my clients and friends as they rely on what I write in my blogs and what I post to let them know about what I feel is socially relevant information on the net.
With that in mind I am also looking for new articles and new information for my clients and myself.
Thank you for posting such great information in your blog.
I hope you don’t mind if I send this article to my clients and create some back links to it.
I’m also going to Digg it.
Thanks for the feedback. Please do feel free to pass it along. I think it’s all too easy to get caught up in our own happenings with young children (and there are a lot of them!) that we have to consciously make an effort to look beyond ourselves and help others. So happy to hear that you’re able to do that!
Great post Sandra! My daughter and I are part of the National Charity League (a mother-daughter volunteerism/leadership group). Every time we volunteer, the community has been so appreciative for any and all help that we provide. Thank you for this thoughtful, well-written post.
Thanks SeonAh! The appreciation makes all the work so worth it! Another great thing about volunteering with your kids is the time it gives you to spend and connect with them.
This is awesome, very inspiring. I love what you are doing with your family, and providing some input on how others can get more involved. Way to go with your kids – that is awesome, you are giving them something that will last a lifetime. I believe we all have a responsibility to help those in need – and they are all around us, all day.
Well said Laurel! Those in need are all around us.
Great article Sandra. As parents we always need to remember that ‘what we do’ speaks louder than ‘what we say’. It is clear that you are indeed a great role model not only for your children but for all of us. Giving back is a lifestyle you adopt that has great rewards – just like the movie “Pay It Forward”
During the summer we operate a toronto bed and breakfast but in the winter we travel to the Bahamas with our boat. We do a big fund raising drive for school supplies and craft before we leave and then hand deliver to the schools in the out islands in the Bahamas. It is our way of giving back to the small schools that have a very limited budgets and we are rewarded with beautiful smiles.
Keep up the good work.
You’re right – giving back is a lifestyle. I never looked at it that way! Love that you make the effort during your Bahamas vacation to give back with donations for the schools. Now THAT is inspiring!
I volunteer and serve on the Board for Boulder County AIDS Project. BCAP has services in 4 counties. They help people living with HIV or AIDS with care and have HIV prevention programs.
World AIDS Day is Dec 1st.
Thanks, Greg! BCAP is part of the larger Colorado AIDS Project, or CAP, which is doing phenomenal work across the state. Here is more information on CAP: http://www.coloradoaidsproject.org/
Patty Graham is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. She personifies the high standards of both the nursing and education professions. Her CNA class was an amazing experience.
Thanks, Mark. It’s nice to hear from former students.
Yes, very inspirational story! I’m also very passionate of horses and can assure that horses make miracles! Thank you!
Wonderful work. Meaningful. Hats off to you.
Excellent information for any organization. Thanks.
I like the adopt a family program, but i thought it was kind of for the christmas holiday because it is i would like to know how to sign up for that. thanks.
Plumbing is not an easy work to do. Needs training, skills and even expertise. But being a plumber is a decent job.
thanx for your share
Truly inspirational story. Thank you for sharing it!
Thank you Cameron!
Great article, Hannah! I especially like your 1st point. Simple is usually best from both a volunteer standpoint and an organizer standpoint.
This year I have gone from 440 lbs to 300lbs following a low carb diet. My advice is to eat your protein first and drink a lot of water and exercise. I divide my weight in half and drink that amount of fluid ounces. I also do a hour on the treadmill every day.
I came across this site from a link from facebook and wanted to let you know that i appreciate this post! I will be bookmarking this site for the future!!
Great information that is really useful. The best Christmas gift I give myself is a budget!! It seems to be common sense, but can be so hard for some people to do.
These are great points and all ring true in my sales career.
Thanks for reading, Jason!
Very good advice!
Making a list of what gifts you need and for whom helps to narrow down your impulse buying. Then you can pick out the stores with the best sales on those items!
Had the most memorable experience on this class, keep it up.
It’s a Wonderful Life — Likely the best movie ever made!
Agreed Kent. It was my dad’s favorite Christmas movie so it will always be special to me.
I’ve lived in Belize for six years now, and fortunately never had any need to seek medical attention.
My parents, who are in their late sixties, also live here, and well, haven’t been so lucky.
My dad fell off a ladder last year and cracked a rib and I must say I was VERY impressed with the emergency services he received at the Southern Regional Hospital here in Dangriga. Even though we are what the locals consider “rich foreigners”, we were never charged a penny for these services, although my parents made a donation to the hospital as it’s obvious they do need the money.
Then a couple of months ago, my dad had a SERIOUS accident where a large tree he was cutting with a chainsaw fell on his left lower leg and completely severed both bones.
They stabilized him very professionally here in Dangriga and were preparing to transport him to Belize City by the one functioning ambulance, where they have the capability to deal with such a serious injury, when two separate calls came in for women in labor.
So I transported him in my vehicle to the private clinic in Belize City where they immediately organized the surgery tam including the foremost orthopedic surgeon in Belize and reset his lower leg complete with titanium plates, hooks and screws. Total cost: $4,300 usd!!! (And again the public regional hospital didn’t ask for a dime!)
Anyways, I think the great and professional service rendered at the public hospital is a direct result of the ongoing training provided by institutions like yours….. keep up the great work!
Thank you or the testimonial! I’m glad your family hd good care. It appears to me the government is tying to provide good, cost effective care.
I’m excited to go to Punta Gorda again and see how tings have progressesd.
What an awesome job. I too started working at a club at 13 yrs old, then at 18 earned a scholarship. Keep up the awesome work!
“It’s a Wonderful Life” – It’s too bad the Grinch was awarded the copyright. It’s almost never shown anymore.
“A Christmas Carol” – A true classic and also my favorite book.
“The Bells of St. Mary” – I’m not sure how this became a holiday classic but it’s still one of the best.
All great choices, Scott. Thanks for sharing these gems.
CJ was my lab partner in organic chem 2 years ago…had been wondering what she’s been up to when I saw this article. Great lady, I wish her all the best in ranching!
Being a plumber myself, this article put a big smile on my face. It is of course nice to be recognized any day not just on Labor Day. But in this manner it adds a little zest to it
Its A Wonderful Life.
This makes me cry and appreciate the family and friends I have around me. When I get down I always remember what I have to keep my going towards my goal!!
I had to laugh at Michelle’s “kickball” game. though in reality my son’s favorite holiday tradition is our rowdy Phase 10 game. My oldest daughter loves everything about the holidays – the giving of gifts to toy drives, the shopping for her siblings, the decorating, and all the family cooking. My favorite tradition is cooking together with my kids, and just spending time together as a family with no technology to distract us.
Glad you got a chuckle Shannon! I’m impressed your kids (especially boys) cook with you. It’s a goal of mine that my boys learn how to cook for themselves.
Cool! My daughter and I were reading about christmas in Japan earlier today and this fits right into our discussion on holiday traditions and how different cultures celebrate christmas, where the similarities are and where the differences are. Thanks for researching and sharing this!
Glad you enjoyed it, Shannon! Part of what inspired this article was my preschooler’s interest in Hanukkah and Kwanza, which they learned about at school. Glad to hear you and your daughter spent some time learning about different customs.
Why is it that every time I get the flu shot, I get the flu within one-two weeks afterwards? Other people have said the same thing, although I know that it is “supposedly” impossible to get the flu from the vaccine.
Rocky Mountain National Park is also great for mountain biking. There are trails for all types of riders at the park.
I’ve heard a lot of stories of older generation that still continue their studies despite the fact that some of them are 60 to 70 years old already.
Learning is not only for young generation.
That’s right Becca! Some of the older individuals are still studying not only to change their careers, but to keep on learning, accomplish their goals, and perhaps just to obtain a Degree. In my case, I have always wanted to go to college full time, however, I did not have the opportunity until now. I feel very blessed ;-).
A Christmas Carol ;)
I really enjoyed very well written. I know the writer and I’m glad I met her!
I have been going through the same thing. My doctor is going to run a test to check for Hashimoto’s disease; an autoimmune disorder where your immune system attacks your thyroid, thinking it is an intruder. Good luck with your search Helen. I recommend Dr. Mercola’s web site. Also check out Hashimoto’s for info on what NOT to eat, that effect your symptoms.
Thanks for your advise Elizabeth! I actually had my doctor run tests for Hashimoto’s and Celiac’s and both were negative. Interestingly, when I started reading about thyroid disorders, I came across information about foods to avoid, such as soy. Dr. Mercola’s site is refreshing!
Have you been prescribed a synthetic thyroid medication? Do you find that it works well? Or do you still feel run down?
He really is an amazing teacher. He helped me pass my GED. Now I go to school at FRCC. Thank you Steve!
Thanks, Abra, and best wishes for continued success at FRCC!
What a great piece, Colleen! Thanks for including the Food Bank!
Thanks Sandra for this wonderful article. I have fond memories of it in my childhood. Now that I have kids of my own I have instilled this concept early on they are 3 and 6 yrs of age. I felt it was best to start young and expose them to the spirit of giving. Whenever an occasion presents itself, we volunteer in school book fairs and bake sales. I also get them to participate in senior citizen bingos. After each event, my children tell me how happy they are and really FEEL they have contributed in a positive way.
Lucia, it’s so great that you’re getting your kids started so young with volunteering! I suspect giving back will simply be a way of life for them and not anything out of the ordinary. That mindset would serve us all well.
I am praying you did not get rid of Poor Pitiful Pearl. I would be happy to rescue her and provide a home for her.
Thanks for asking. I have no intention of getting rid of Poor Pitiful Pearl. I know that she has become somewhat of a collector’s item but she won my heart many years ago and she will stay with me now.
Oh dear Marian, I can SO relate! We decided rather suddenly to move back west from the east coast about 18 months ago. We got lucky & found a wonderful family to rent our house almost immediately, so had to get stuff in storage FAST. 8 trips to Goodwill & 4 trips to the local AIDS thrift store (oh how happy I was to discover its existence) later, I thought I had done a great job purging. Until the packers came & I still had so much stuff I needed a $350/month storage unit. But there wasn’t time to purge further, so into storage it went. It’s still there. We crammed some clothes & essential kitchen items into the car & headed west like gypsies, or the Joads. We’ve had a great time exploring places and ourselves, and our desires for the future. I know now that as soon as my stuff gets here in a couple of weeks, I’m going to purge a lot more. But not before going through a process, much like yours, full of memories, tears, laughter, smiles … and involving many trips to Goodwill.
I’m envisioning the Joads makin’ their way West, Monica. I wonder, if it wasn’t for the big moves we both intended and in your case made, exactly when would we have gotten to purging our stuff? Now that’s a scary thought, isn’t it? I love the idea of exploring yourselves as you explore the countryside. When you finally settle you will be more than ready to let go of things that you can part with.
My mom would move her things to my apartment whenever she transfers from one apartment to another. Says it’s a lot convenient for her rather than have her things cluttered in her room.
Well, your mother is using one way of organizing her stuff. Sometimes it is easier to coordinate everything when some of it is located elsewhere.
I loved this blog piece. Our stuff is hard to part with but can overwhelm us. And oh, thank you for reminding me of Poor Pitiful Pearl! I had one but she’s long gone. My mother didn’t believe in keeping anything, which is healthy, to a point. Choosing what to keep, toss, or donate is difficult, but I think we do feel lighter afterward!
I definitely feel a bit lighter, Diane. However, there are some things that I just couldn’t part with – Pearl was one of them.
I really enjoyed this article. I am in my late 50s and applying for a scholarship for the first time. I understand most of the requirements, but there are some questions that I have been unable to find assistance with. Is there a person or department that can offer assistance?
Hi Helen, I’m one of those inveterate Web researchers, but I know this from experiences of friends: adjusting the dose of your synthroid can help with those still-bothersome symptoms. I’ll bet you’ve asked your doc about this, but if not, it might be worth a try.
Thanks for your reply. I have asked my doctor about it, but never got word back about it. Do you see a specialist in thyroid disorders or just a regular health care practitioner? I wonder if that would make a difference…
Nothing can compare the joy of doing what you love. I love servicing people and fixing their plumbing problems, that’s why I love being a plumber.
Here’s an idea for things that have memories attached, that you don’t want to get rid of but have no use for: Take a photo! Store the photo on your computer, where you can revisit the memory whenever you want. Then donate the item.
This really is a very good idea. I definitely will try it. I’ve put aside some items that I didn’t feel comfortable getting rid of but I really don’t need. A photo might just be the answer. Thanks, Cheryl.
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a great person that Lisa Compton discovered a talent for teaching while working as an architect.
Making an altar or bench is a great way to leave a memorial of a loved one. As I visit many churches on a daily basis I find it moving that someone has gone to all the trouble of having something made in the memory of their loved one. It shows the love they had for this person and how great they were.
As a current student, my youngest daughter sees the sacrifice and hard work I put in to work and school to make a better life for us. This has made her want to study more and get better grades for school.
Hi Joseph, Good for you. You’re probably influencing her more than you even know. Keep it up–one day all of your sacrifices will pay off for both of you!
I have only renewed a driver’s license two times in my life. (I am hoping FRCC will make it the third!) After moving so much, we started out being good about sifting through, but I have 2 sentimental kids, so we have a larger collection than I would have if I were single. We still have the bouncy horse my son had at 3 for example; he is now a freshman in college. I do not yet have permission to sell or donate “Macaroni”!
A few moves ago my wife found 3 perfect boxes and carefully packed some glassware from her grandmother. One move we made I was bound and determined to unpack every box we had, but when I came to these three, she would not allow me to unpack them, since they were packed so perfectly. My male logic did not apply here. Three moves later and they are still packed up, and will be for my move out here to CO. Mentally to deal with this, I must refer to them as the time capsule, not to be opened until 50 years has passed. I’m a guy! It’s the only way I can justify moving three boxes with unknown contents move after move after move after….
Your son may have a family one day and Macaroni the horse could be a treasure for his children. I bet that name has an interesting story behind it.
I understand what it’s like to tote around precious items like your wife’s three boxes of glassware from her grandmother – I obviously have done the same thing. There came a time when I finally was able to put my attention and energy to the unpacking. We all have to do it in our own time. Good for you for being so supportive, Paul.
My husband and I both work full time and are both back in school. We have two wonderful, energetic children ages four and two. Most of our days are chaotic at best but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We know all of the short term sacrifices will someday be outweighed by the long term gains of higher education and we hope our kids will see that.
My daughter loves curling up with me at night to do homework and actually cried when I lent one of my textbooks to a friend. There are days when we both want to quit but knowing that this is all for our kids just makes us want to try harder.
Caly, people like you amaze and impress me. Keep up your hard work. As you said, your chidlren will benefit from it and so will the two of you–investing in your educaton is always a wise investment. And when you’re done, you’ll feel that sense of pride that comes with achieving a big goal. Good luck!!
Thank you for your article. You have no idea how close to home this hits me right now. I’m in school again, at 37, 3 children one is a HS Junior. There are days I totally want to give up. Taking classes parttime just makes the semesters creep slowly by and it doesn’t feel like I’m getting anywhere. I even ask myself at times, WHY am I putting myself (us) through this!?…. but I see the light at the end of the tunnel, the benefits that will come to us and others when I finish my program!
Hi Cherie, I can totally understand why you sometimes want to drop the whole thing. But don’t. You WILL get there one day, and sure, it might take awhile, but it will still be worth it. Your children (espeically the one who is close to college-going age) will admire your tenacity, but just as important, when the time comes that you finish that last class and have your degree finished, you’ll be able to hold your head high knowing that you achieved what you set out to achieve.
My parents were in college–both of them at the same time–getting master’s degrees when I was 11 years old. I’ll never forget how hard they worked, and it had a very lasting impact it had on me. (Obviously–I’m still writing about it today.) Don’t give up. People like you really deserve a standing ovation in my opinion!! Good luck to you!
Yes, I have attended carnivals 3 years ago; I enjoyed a lot at that time, that was a memorable moment for me and my family. I participated in so many activities over there and learn many new things.
I agree. It’s very hard trade to learn, but once you have mastered it, you have pretty good career to look forward to as plumbers will always be needed.
My anxiety used to show through swollen glands in my neck. I was able to suppress all other all other aspects narurally, don’t ask me how i did it! But the best method found during college and beyond was practice papers. I would set aside time to tackle first one question in near exam conditions and then build up to a whole paper. Practicing timing was key. The first time that I used it before an OU exam I finished the 2.5 hour paper as the clock touched the hour and the invigilator told us to put pens down. A brilliant feeling and I got a distinction.
Thanks for sharing that strategy with other readers. Ian.
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I missed it. I want to know the comments from those who watched it.
I recommend watching videos on youtube, there are lots of interestng ones which represent ways of avoiding plagiarism. And the simplest advice is not to copy someone’s works
She very well deserves recognition. I’ve known Sheila since the college days and she is always persistent, ever knowledge-seeking and passionate about the culinary field. Seeing her fly this high in your college makes me feel a thousand-fold glad she is living her dreams. All the best, Sheila! Change more lives for the better.
good word for all parents!!!
Love the sound of a 12 string guitar.. so much more tone comes through with the sounds
Will the Intermediate Jewelry Making class be available again this coming fall? I hope so!
Remember the quarter test to check your tread life. Insert a quarter into the tread with Washingtons head down. If you can see the all of his head you’ve less than 4/32″ tread remaining.
Great information. I would love to get involved with FRCC to reduce the number of students smokers. The average percentage of 18-25 yr olds smokers at FRCC has to be higher than CU or CSU. It very frustrating to walk by so many students everyday who are already hooked.
Biology adjunct instructor
I’m not sure what the comparisons are between the colleges. Some colleges are banning smoking on campus. I think this is doing a favor for all students. Giving fewer opportunities to smoke a cigarette can help smokers quit. It’s another strong message that says this isn’t good. Thanks for your comment!
Most persons have to be open about their health and respect it to understand this article,i think where society goes wrong is the very little effort from them in education the masses about good dieting.For me I think its a good article for she touches on some important topics for example on how we eat too much hence the reason for so much obese individuals which leads to diabetes and many other future complications.
I was thrilled to locate your blog! I, too, have a Poor Pitiful Pearl, as she was my favorite doll. I cannot believe we never discussed this. My Pearl is a replacement; the original was tossed by my family when I went to college. Some years back Horseman (or is it Horsman?) reissued them and I purchased one at that time. Memories….your decluttering process is an inspiration.
It’s strange how people keep on doing wrong things to their body. There is a big difference in good and bad fats and some people still do not see the difference. Other than that, amount of food and it’s quality is the main factor for those who fail to lose weight and fat.
Test Anxiety has got to be one of the most prevalent but most misunderstood of the anxieties. My Wife has suffered from this during college and it greatly affected her scores.
Thank you for sharing that, Rich. It helps when people who they are not alone in the problem. I encourage everyone who suffers from test axniety to talk about it with a college or professional counselor.
There will always be a huge demand for welders, even if your a pipe welder, or any other type of welder.
When it comes to job openings we tend to see a small decline right now, but that has to do with everything else out in the world.
I saw that there are a couple schools at least that have welding on the scheme. Always warms my heart.
Mike – this is a great, clear explanation! I shared your post with my 12 year-old son this morning while driving to school. It was because of reading your blog that he was the only one in his class to answer the daily brain teaser about what the numbers 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds mean!
I’m very happy to hear that, Sandra! Glad you and your son enjoyed the post.
My favorite one is It’s a Wonderful Life. However other picks also great movies.
Another good tip for the wipers to work properly is to wax the glass every now and then to give it a good coat of protection. you just buff it off until it’s clean and clear and then your wipers (even older ones) will glide back and forth much easier.
Thanks michaele, I enjoyed reading that, and feel motivated to do something along those lines this spring break
Thanks for reading, Ryan!
Since you suggested visiting the Boulder History Museum, I thought you & your readers would enjoy this short video created about the museum by a film student from Front Range Community College: http://youtu.be/Qx7oHUaPSsE
I wanted to add the the Art Museums in Denver and Fort Collins have a discounted price with a student ID.
Great, Christipher! Thanks for mentioning this!
I was so pleased to read this article, extolling the virtues of Mike Coste. As a former teaching colleague, I can attest to everything that Mr. Feeley said. For two semesters, Mike took my art history courses so that he could better teach his Humanities courses. Lifelong learning is his thing. The only component missing was Mike’s great and offbeat sense of humor–always a plus in the classroom!
Fly fishing courses for beginners? Gotta love school these days. Is there anything that’s not offered in schools and universities? Is 50 too old to get educated?
I love it, too, Ian. When I was in college just 14 years ago, I took a ballroom dancing class and I thought that was innovative! It amazes me what you can take now. And as for age, I am a true believer that you’re NEVER too old to get an education. Continuing ed is great, too, because it attracts a wide age range of people. Go for it!
529 plans are a great option! I started one for myself before I had a child and just transferred it to my 6 month old son since I’m not planning to go back for a while. A cool thing is that if you start a plan for yourself but end up not having children of your own or don’t go to school yourself, you can make the beneficiary another family member like a niece or nephew!
What happens to your investment if your child decides not to attend college? This information has been helpful, I appreciate your concern and willingness to inform others.
Too often people are not willing to realize that excellence is important in our society no matter what the field. Unfortunately I think that it is no secret that we have too much admiration for less important activities such mediocre movie stars and athletes instead of plumbers, doctors, and teachers that make our society run every day.
Great article, Ryan. Like you, we fear what college may cost when our kids are “of age” but I think a 529 plan is the way to go right now. Hopefully the diligence will pay off when our little ones grow up!
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Marie! What an inspiration. I work with teens full time and will pass on her story to motivate the teens I speak to to live a GREAT life like this young woman.
We work closely with plumbers especially when pipes break! You can’t fully appreciate the invaluable services plumbers provide until you have a foot or two of water in your basement!
“Puerto MyYarda!” I love it! I may borrow that phrase. :)
You’re welcome to it, Ashley. :)
He is the only reason I stayed in a class that I thought was tremendously difficult but due to his enthusiasm it proved easier than ever!
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Agreed, we eat too many calories. Otherwise why do athletes and actors control their calorific intake in order to lower their bodyfat percentage for a specific period?
Being able to focus on the person, and not the task has got to be one of more challenging parts of being a carer/nurse/a person of medical profession. Several of my friends became paramedics and nurses, and when they speak about their work, I hear about the gore, the vital signs, the logistical problems, but never anything about the very people they are saying or caring for.
Good for Godwin to see that, in the end, it’s about the people, and not the job. People like him make a huge difference to those around him.
My mom gardened all of my childhood, and I have fond memories of spending time with her in the garden (and eating all the cherry tomatoes and peas off the vine…). Now that I’m on my own, I’ve been waiting for the right space to set up a garden of my own. Previously we lived in apartments with very little ligth to speak of. This year, we bought a condo with a west-facing porch that gets plenty of sunlight. I’m trying my hand at container gardening, and am very excited.
I’ve known some people who have done some container gardening and it worked really well, at least for their tomatoes. They told me that the containers need to be watered quite often compared to ground gardening. Good luck!
It gives us great peace of mind knowing what food we’re feeding our family. I discovered this moisture regulator called bamboo charcoal last year. They seemed to work quite well when we had a few stretches of heavy rain last summer.
I haven’t heard of bamboo charcoal before. Sounds interesting.
Beautifully written blog!
Nice job, Mallory!
Great article Mallory. You are an excellent role model for your siblings and many others.
This is a great article. Sums up the positive experience perfectly!
That was awesome! keep up the good work!
You go, girl. (:
Thanks everyone! I’ve been very blessed to have this opportunity.
This is a wonderful article Mallory and helped me understand better how you are able to take college classes while still a senior in high school. My most favorite statement made was “The sooner I can get through college and on to changing the world, the better!” You are an amazing lady and it is my honor to be your piano teacher and friend. God bless you in all you do! ~Miss Sharon~
If you plant marigolds on the boarders, they will keep out natures moochers.
Their peppery smell disguises vegigie aromas. Here’s to playing in the dirt!
Good times, the fruit of labor always tastes best when shared.
I think just let the herbs flower. Dry the fewrlos. Sprinkle on soil in the summer. I got healthy, huge, awesome basil plants from my friend’s dried fewrlos. And in fact i even kept those fewrlos in the fridge for a year before i sprinkled them randomly.
My oldest son participated in this program years ago and it was wonderful for him; he’s now working on a MFA at Regis University. This program was a big jumpstart for his academic years, and I’m very glad to see that it is still a boon to students here in the community. Thanks for writing a great post about it!
That’s awesome, Sarajane! I haven’t ever looked into how long the program has been going, but that’s really cool to hear that it’s been around for awhile. It’s encouraging to hear from others who have been through the program and gone on to do great things :)
Thank you for this post. As a practitioner dealing with the results of tobacco abuse and chronic inflammation everyday, I would like to bring up the following point – More knowledge about pathophysiology is not always the best approach to push people toward smoking cessation. In my experience, it may actually be showing them the results of their smoking on their own bodies that will have a bigger impact.
Thank you for your interesting comment. Actually I’ve had people tell me they have quit after reading my book or listening to my presentations on the damage from smoking. My emphasis is just as much on preventing smoking. It seems more helpful than waiting until they have smoked for 20 years, and then pointing out what they have done to themselves.
I’d like to see some of the institutions around the country take a greater initiative with preparing their students for times like these. Sure there is a multitude of knowledge to be gained from textbooks and course material, but if our students cannot interview well for a position then we have sent them to the wild incapable of truly protecting themselves.
Hi Mary, I definitely agree with you on this. I have often thought graduating students could use better interviewing (and writing…and communication) skills and while I think there are many colleges out there that do an excellent job on the career preparation side, there are certainly a great number that don’t do enough–as evidenced by the people well into their careers who don’t know how to articulate their skills and abilities! I think everyone realizes that in today’s market, interviewing well is crucial! Thanks for the comment.
Thats a great article. Being a plumber is hard and dirty work. I am kinda biased though.. I am a plumber :)
A good budget and taking advantage of money saving opportunities are indeed essential for good financial stewardship.
I agree with your points but I would stress the need for every tax filer to keep up with records throughout the year. Using one of the free or low-cost computer programs is a great way to stay organized throughout the year (if one will keep it up to date). Also, make sure there’s one place for all the paper receipts. Staying on top records (computer or paper) makes it so much easier for the taxpayer and his/her accountant come tax time.
I love reading about educators like this. She felt a tug to get into teaching at the university level and went after it. I’m sure many students have benefitted from her decision.
Thanks for the comment, Mary. She is definitely an inspiring individual.
Does Front Range Community College(FRCC) offer assistance with writing resumes. Who can I contact if FRCC does help with resumes. This was a great article because I am applying for jobs and may have a few interviews soon. Great tips. Thank you.
Yes! FRCC does offer resume-writing help (and a other job search assistance, too) that you can learn more about here: http://www.frontrange.edu/Current-Students/Career-Services/Job-Search-Assistance/.
They work with OptimalResume, and you can get started with that service by linking to it from the above page (under the subheader Get Resume Help).
I’m glad you asked. Good luck!
Very interesting reading this article, a very useful way for job seekers. The article explains how to step by step preparation before applying for a job interview time. keep on writing an articles. thank for your sharing.
Thanks for the comment!
Thanks for all the ideas. I never get tired of learning. Nice website too.
Thanks, William, and I agree! Neither do I!
Wow, I relate to this so well. I also was home schooled and started dual credit but I wasn’t able to earn 37 credits before transferring to a university. I think I came onto it too late. How is concurrent enrollment different from dual credit? Did you take any CLEP along the way?
Now that’s a nice list of things to do this summer. I think I’m going to give idea #4 a go. By the way, thanks for sharing this :)
Nice Job!! You are a great inspiration to others Tim! Good Luck at CSU!
This topic is very appropriate today. A lot of people are competing for the same job because of the number of people who lose their jobs due to economic problems. Everyone needs an extra boost or something that will make their resume better than others. Interview is very important as well because this is how people judge you, your personality and how suitable you are for the position.
I just wanted to make a small (slightly picky!) comment on your point regarding carbon monoxide detectors. I think it’s great you’ve brought the subject to people’s attention, but I just think it needs to be emphasised that you really need CO alarms, rather than just CO detectors. If a consumer “googles” CO detectors, true, CO alarms will appear in the results, but also a selection of the detector patches which are often seen as an alternative to the battery, or, mains operated CO alarms. Because CO detector patches have no audible alarm, they’re obviously not much use when people are sleeping, and rely on people physically noticing a colour change of the patch, which again, is a bit ‘random’, in my opinion.
I think the patch detectors are fine as a back up to alarms, but I would always recommend people ensure they get “Alarms”, rather than “Detectors”, as their first line of defence.
Glad you commented on this important distinction, Julian. Thank you!
Good catch and excellent input. We will edit that to include the word alarm. That is definitely what I meant when I orignially put together the post. Again thank you, your input is greatly appreciated.
Dave in an outstanding instructor in the ways of GIS. Anyone who takes his classes and wants to apply that knowledge to commercial or military applications is in for a unique and interesting experience. I definitely give credit to his instructions and this program in landing a job with Lockheed Martin.
So glad you had such a positive experience with Dave, Randall. He definitely brings a lot of in-depth industry knowledge and experience to the classroom, and I think these days especially, that’s critical. Congrats on landing a great job at Lockheed!
I thought this article was right on! Being a math major myself it is always a joy when someone shares the same love for math/models as me… Great job Monica!! -_-
I am planning to do CNA courses, but I was reading many post about CNA where the people said do RN, that CNA is not good.
After all my searching I found you blog. CNA feels right after I read your blog.
Good luck with your CNA studies!
So loved reading your blog! You were a great asset to FRCC and the Call Center! I miss you Priscilla!
Great tips on how to prepare for the winter weather. This is extremely important for the northern states where winter hits hard. We know that important car maintenance is extremely important, and the car’s radiator is one of the most important things that should be checked.
Wow, I had no idea you did this! So wonderful! THanks for sharing!
Thanks, Hannah. If you want to see more feel free to go to http://www.joneggers.com.
These are really beautiful, Jon. And, so very realistic – they could actually be photographs. How wonderful to have this kind of talent.
Thank you, Marian. It’s fun and challenging trying to reproduce the paint and reflections as close as possible. Did you mention you were going to start on an art project at some time in the near future?
Wow! What a great place to do an internship. I hope you will soon get to work in public horticulture and landscape design. Have fun at Epcot!
Can any of you give me some advice about writing coourses at FRCC-Westminster? I’m an old due, no college credits and I’d like to pursue a career as a ghost-writier & editor when I retire (in, say 5 years). Any advice?
Chuck, what campus are you considering? I suggest you look in the catalog. http://www.frontrange.edu/Academics/Catalog-and-Class-Schedules/. But depending on the campus, you might explore classes with certain instructors, or even reach out to those instructors for more info about the classes they would recommend.
Thanks, Michaele. Will do.
Great to see that a fly fishing course is included. I’m a teacher as well as an avid fly fisherman and seeing a course listing like yours gives me an idea to maybe start something in my neck of the woods.
Very cool, Jeff! Go for it! Where do you live?
I live just south of Indianapolis. Most fly fishermen go for small mouth bass in small lakes around here.
Great article. Thanks for sharing. I bookmarked your site so I’ll be back again when I have more time to look around.
This a great opportunity for students who wanted to be a professional bathroom designers. This is a very helpful information.
Lydia has the amazing ability to tune into students talents and help them advance as individuals. I adored every part of taking class with her.
Thanks for the comment, Cindy! She’s great, right?
Nice Article Nancy I am Proud of You…….Love Dad
This design is spectacular! You obviously know how to keep a reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!)
I have to say that the most important thing a student needs to learn is the one about time management. You have to stay organized and manage your time so you don’t get behind in your assignments. You’ll learn real quick that most professors think their class is the only class that matters. What I mean by that is they will give you a ton of reading as if you only have one class so make sure you figure out a schedule that helps you get all your work done on time.
I agree with Nancy re doing a physically demanding job until past your Prime”, (I am 62), so I opt to go from a busy homebirth midwifery practice of 27 years and decided my first calling, nursing would help me ease into the future decades I have ahead. I have come full circle and am enrolled parttime this semester to earn a phlebotomy certificate, and at the same time, working towards updating my nursing skills to get my LPN nursing license back. I don’t know if labor and delivery would be my calling at that time, but I know I am leaning towards an RN degree.
Anyway, good luck in your endeavors, Nancy, I “see through a glass darkly” but I have all ears and eyes focusing on a wonderful new step in life at FRCC.
I recently was honorably discharged from the Navy where I had spent most of my adult life and 3 years before I left I started to find my niche in computers. 12 years is a long time to spend in the Navy and I have no regrets but it wasn’t my choice to leave so I am making the best of it by pursuing my education in computer science and programming. To go from a fast paced job like the Navy and seeing the world to attending school is a major change for me at 30. I have the GI Bill to pay for college but on top of that the biggest help will be my wife of 2 years and my 5 year old daughter as they show me so much support whether it is going to Afghanistan or starting my degree. Just a little side note I just now completed my GED because I never graduated high school. If I can do it anybody can!
Thanks for sharing! I am 46 and started SU12… 2 yrs to go for my information technology degree. I relate to much of what you said and appreciate hearing it from someone in a similar situation – I will be hitting more of the help centers this semester after reading your article – but I also live in the math lab!
I just started Front Range Community College this fall. I do housekeeping for a living and it can be a hard job. I dont want to do housekeeping until I am 65 either! I really like the part about how you said that you treat school as a job. I went to school before and I did not finish it so now I want to take school very seriously. Thank you for writing this and good luck.
I have a 22-Year Old Son, Nicholas with Autism, mainly with respect to social interaction, freezing up and being guarded. Change is not good and causes stress on the family as well because there is little to no conversation.
Nancy, what a great article. Very inspiring and heartfelt. I’m so proud of you….Love, Auntie Deb
Congratulations, Dr. Strang, you’re a great teacher!
These are all great points. I think the FRCC comminuty would do well to intergrate a Veteran Student Orientation as well. A Veteran specific orientation would aid the fourth point.
Thank you for your feedback. It is our goal, college-wide, to continue to add services and resources for our veteran students. Included in these goals, and topping the list, is both the New Student Orientation and a Veteran/Adult Learning Center at all our campuses. Student inititatives help drive inititatives like this, so please get involved as much as you can!
Veteran Services Boulder County Campus
Congratulations Dr Strang! You Are Amazing!
Dr.Strang, you are simply amazing and quite the energetic character in class! You make coming to class enjoyable, kudos!!
I contracted West Nile while attending Metro 22 years ago. What is particularly dangerous about it (at least for me) was the fact I didn’t know I was sick. I was incoherent and my judgement was nonexistent. Permanent brain damage resulted affecting memory and judgement. It would have been easier to wear insect repellent than go back to school at 42 years old with a brain injury.
Perfect timing on article as we head into our 4th week of school. I’m overwhelmed because of the time I think a school project will take and then finding it far exceeds what I had planned! That adds stress and makes me much less enthusiastic about the project. Thanks for permission to watch a Family Guy marathon!
Hi Laura! I’m glad the information was helpful. Yes, sometimes the scope of a project starts to expand, while the time in which we’ve set aside to work on it does not. You could consider talking with your instructor to lay out your timeline to make sure you’re on the right track. Also, just remember that anything gets accomplished by taking one step at a time!
Hey Hannah, that’s a great post. I wish I’d read this 2 year earlier! Nevertheless, thanks for sharing.
Former Student Schools Teacher on Oriental Medicine:
“Poor is the pupil that does not exceed its master.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
I am happy when I see a former student that has become successful. I wish they all could turn out that way.
Well Deserved!! Thanks to you Heidi I have a desire to visit the places of the Arts. I am blessed to have had such a wonderful instructor in my time at FRCC. I still remember artists and randomly share my knowledge with others as I go along my life, its exciting to know you helped me to learn and retain knowledge of Our worlds Art History.
Hi John, this is an inspiring story. Its not easy switching careers and more so when the present and future careers are so diverse in nature. Godwin had the courage to explore something totally new and be good at his job. Its good to read that he not only takes care of his patient but also understands the emotions of patient’s family members.
I would add: Go to every class! You will learn more in the presence of others and you have an expert to consult for clarification on a matter.. Do your homework and assignments; not only do they increase understanding of a subject so you learn more, neglecting to submit homework is a grade killer.
Great story Mike! Thanks for sharing it.
Thanks for this info, very helpful for an incoming freshman like me. Are trying for scholarships using matching sites (i.e. zinch.com, studentloansforcollege.org, etc.) worth the time, can they really reduce student loan amounts since so many people try for the scholarships?
Fantastic job, very realistic pictures I especially like the flames.
Nice job summing these things up! It can be confusing to explain but you did a great job!
This is a very informative site.
Wonderfully done. Thank you for an easy way to remember all this.
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My input to help other students and folks in life in general is….. Get engaged, be informed, Follow political elections and get involved. Stand up for what you believe in, however chose you battles wisely. Advise others when they are wrong (politely/professionally), and admit when you are wrong. Do not go with the flow, yet do not make waves. Research, Research, Research, an informed student/teacher/voter/ father/ mother/…..is extremely important. Knowledge is power, and power gives us the energy to succeed. Do not be selfish, ignorant, or rude, treat others the way you want to be treated. Stand up for your self and do not let others walk all over you, yet do not jump at every opportunity to engage in battle. These are just some of the items and suggestions that I have learned and wish to share with others.
FRCC’s Westminster Campus has several great teachers in their math department. Jim Voss in particular goes out of his way to help anyone who truly seeks the help, even if your not in his class. It’s great to see such caring people in the teaching world.
Thanks for the comment, Erin. Jim sounds like an excellent instructor. And as you point out, there are a number of caring teachers throughout FRCC going above and beyond every day…very inspiring indeed.
Very nice story Michaele :) By getting all of this considering that he has a very far profession to what he is now today, I must say he is really an intelligent person. It is true that if you really love what you are doing, success will follow.
Thank you, Jade! I’m a believer in that too! Easier to succeed at things you really enjoy, and Bill is definitely a great example.
I’ve always been a huge proponent for continuing education and when I read your article and it listed a Fly Fishing class I was impressed. Most people only think of CE classes that aren’t fun and more like previous schooling experiences. Furthering your education with an enjoyable class would be a fun experience for many and teach you a new skill/hobby in the process.
Thanks for the nice comment, Clint. I agree with your take on CE classes!
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Heidi Strang is a very engaging person, and teacher. She makes me feel comfrotable to share my ideas in the classroom, no matter how weird. And when I entered the Front Range Westminster gallery and saw her oil on canvas, and other art work, I was amazed and inspired to make more of my own paintings.
Cory, that was a great presentation today – you make history interesting! :)
Thanks for the great info! I still am curious about that breakfast from the Phillipenes you were telling me about. Great job on this!
Hey Jeff, great article. I doubt, however, that there was ever a time that you didn’t know the detailed background of each local comptroller or justice. I was curious about your take of recent ideas that have come up about creating voting apps for phones or tablets. Feasible or impossible? Beneficial, or detrimental?
What a great post Beau. This should be required reading for all college students. as you point out in your second tip, drinking water is this so important. it also helps hydrate the body, which certainly needs hydration after drinking alcohol. “One drink of alcohol, one glass of water” is a great mantra. I teach Music Theory Online and work with younger children, however having raised two boys your article really hit home for me. I don’t think you can say it enough, but drugs and alcohol do not mix, as you said in tip 2.
I found your post extremely informative Beau, and I hope you don’t mind if I send some traffic your way and share it with some college students and colleagues. If just one person reach your post and it makes them think twice about drinking and driving you may very well have saved someone’s life.
Thanks Roxanne – anybody can help a student or friend think twice about their alcohol/drug use. Obviously with Colorado’s recent decision about marijuana this will be even more on our radar.
What a great story of hardship becoming success; but not without hard work, inspiration, and direction. Congratulations to your future Nate Saam.
Andrew, thank you for the nice comment. Like you, I’m very moved by people like Nate who turn things around despite big barriers.
Do you know when the next public opening for the observatory in Fort Collins will be?
7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Thanks for your interest in astronomy.
Great post! As a sober college student, I will make sure to pass this along to my heavy-drinking friends.
# 173 on the list is Machinists. FRCC will be starting its Precision Machining Technology program in February 2013. If you like a challenge and working with your hands, contact Ashley and she can put you in touch with the folks who can tell you more about the program.
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Thank you both Michaele and Andrew, I can only hope that my story is a small factor in someones quest to turn their life around.
Thanks for sharing your story with me and with the FRCC oommunity, Nate.
Beau went on to more fires that summer. Thanks for your service to your community and your nation, Beau.
Ashley, I would like to send you information about our Veterans’ Reintegration Program.
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Great options for BreakFast!
Thanks Lorraine. I especially like the options that are portable.
Indeed! In over 13 years of teaching composition, I’ve never told a student, “Hey, I think you’ve cited too much here.” Instead, I tell them, “If you have that sense of ‘Gee, I feel like I’m citing ALL THE TIME,'” then that’s great!
I took calculus level I over the summer. It was intense. @_@ Still, it got that class out of the way, and I did enjoy the easy going atmosphere the campus took on.
Yeah, the jobs are out there…except the forgot to mention that the majority of them want 2-10 years experience. Not that easy for a lot of people fresh out of a tech school.
Yes, the jobs are out there alright…except they forgot to mention that most employers raise the standard really high and ask for 2-10 years experience making it almost impossible for entry level to get a job.
My favourite is the Ford on Fire – I remember trying to recreate smooth shading for a similar flame effect by using an airbrush for the first time. It took me hours to get it right. These days I tend to handle cars using photoshop with layers to build up colour. It’s almost as satisfying although I miss the smell of fresh turpentine sometimes.
At first glance they look like photos – great trompe l’oeil
Great article! It’s a craze how serious some people seem to be taking this situation! I watched a couple episodes of Doomsday Prepers as well as Jesse Venturas Conspiracy Theory, some of it is outrageous! I’ll be taking Astronomy 101 with you this Spring, can’t wait to meet you! Have a great time in Mexico not eating spam ☻
Mike, Great article. Looks like we both are on the same thought wave regarding the Maya calendar information out there. Have a great time on your trip to your Maya world location.
Good article. Manufacture jobs are not dead yet…yet I said. My husband is one the few that has a job in the field. We, as a country, need to help make a strong comeback for manufacting jobs. I, for one, am not happy that one day a maching may replace my husband’s job. My husband found a job through http://www.bearstaff.com/Staffing-Services/Find-Jobs/manufacturing-industrial.aspx. Good luck and don’t give up.
Wendy: There is no doubt that automation is an unstoppable trend. The only defense against being replaced by a robot is to become irreplacable. By that I mean, continue to learn. Take on new responsibilities. Get more education. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Thanks for your comment.
Learning community classes– what a great concept! As a former advisor, I know first hand that students get excited to knock out two classes at the same time. Also, in reading this article I’m so happy to be a part of FRCC with all or their creative and innovative approaches to education.
Is there a public viewing schedule for the sunlight peak observatory. Couple of local scientists very interested in star gazing are inquiring.
Sorry, public viewing will resume in the spring semester. We’ll post to this blog when an event is planned.
I just saw your post. A number of us fondly remember your father restaurant. We all miss “That Salad.” If there is any description or recipe for that fabulous salad we would be grateful forever. My former partner owned part of Night Town Restaurant and always wanted to honor your father by putting that salad on the menu. He has died but I would like to put “Al Maharas’s ‘That Salad’ ” on the Tavern Club menu. Your post has brought all sorts of wonderful memories of great meals at your father’s restaurant. Thanks Dan
Spot on with this write-up, I truly feel this website needs a great deal more attention.
I’ll probably be back again to see more, thanks for the info!
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I took the learning community class with Matt and Shawna. They are two of the greatest instructors that Front Range has to offer. If you have a chance to take their class, do. It is an amazing oppurtunity.
With 5 children and 4 home based businesses, its hard to get completely organized. I think you brought up a wonderful point though about “completing last year”. The problem is, I’m still completing last year and its almost Feb!
Thanks for the great post!
The article is nicely done! The kids are all attending FRCC this year, and Courtney will be graduating in the Spring. I wanted to tell you, that the three of them did get me enrolled! I am working toward my AA and DID take the creative writing class! (And have another this term!)
Thank you for the words!
Koma, that’s really exciting and I’m so glad to hear it! You have a great family and a lot of cheerleaders. Go chase those dreams like your kids are doing!
Your article is excellent. I put it on my Face book so that I can look at it every day! You really do know the right things to get organized and I am so very happy you wrote them down!
You are so interesting! I do not suppose I have read through something
like that before. So wonderful to find somebody with a few original thoughts on this subject.
Really.. thank you for starting this up.
This web site is something that is required on the internet,
someone with a little originality!
Thanks so much for the positive feedback! Glad you liked it! Have a great day!
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I think we should all volunteer in a hospice care facility. Elderly people and especially those that are close to death are often overlooked in our society. Thanks for the article, it is very inspiring.
Thanks Lynn, I am guilty of skipping breakfast, instead consuming a large amount of coffee, followed by a large lunch. I will have to re-adjust my habits.
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Great advice! Thank you, Kari. I will emphasize this info when I’m presenting to prospective students.
As a new resident of Adams County, CO, I am pleased to see that local manufacturers and post-secondary education are on top of the need of local industry and young workers. This plan meets the needs of businesses for quality employee candidates and the need of our young people to be better prepared get work and stay longer in today’s workplace. The location is right where young people are and should improve graduation rates at Adams City. It also helps everyone that lives here including me, by supporting local economy to keep the value of my home and investments less exposed to volatility. This is very good news for the residents of Adams County and I thank you!
Thanks for your comment, Tinker. Yes, we’re glad Adams City High School students have this opportunity, but don’t overlook the fact that community residents can take advantage of this opportunity, too.
Matt, because of caring, compassionate instructors like you, we, the students, find our personal expression to share with you and others. Thinking outside the box, with creative imagination, critical thinking, and keen observation. This is our community that openly accepts people where they are at. Keep up the good work to help move them beyond today, to a brighter tomorrow. God Bless You.
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What a beautiful story!
Thank you for sharing with us. It’s inspiring!
Great article Mr. Smith. Your long term, optimistic vision is refreshing.
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Precision machining is the cornerstone of the manufacturing industry…Advancements in machining technology will benefit the manufacturing industry as a whole.
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This article does not mention that Circadian Rythms are disrupted as a result of daylight savings time and thus increases the likely hood of psychosis and psychotic tragedies such as the increase of public shootings and other increases in violent crimes. Why are we doing this to our society? Why do we allow uneducated individuals to pervade in the running of our country?
I found in my research for this blog that there have been numerous studies on the health effects of Daylight Savings Time. The conclusions are fairly split between the positive effects of sunlight and recreation, and the negative effects of sleep deprivation and skin cancer. There are certainly examples of those who have suffered psychoses in extreme environments such as perpetual night in Alaska, or perpetual daylight in Antarctica. A friend of mine suffered insomnia in Antarctica which led to sucidal thoughts. However, these are typically the exception and not the rule. As to “why we do this,” I’d like to recommend Freakonomics bySteven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. It’s good at explaining from an economist’s point of view why we do things to make ourselves feel good even though, statistically, the opposite may be true.
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Mr. DeRoche was born to teach. His interpersonal communication skills and enthusiasm for the subject is contagious. FRCC and I are both blessed to have Mr. DeRoche as professors.
Thanks for your comment.
Professor DeRoche teaches with so many different mediums that it is hard to not have the information stick in your brain. We walk into Bob Marley, move into lecture, watch a short flick, have question and answer time and follow the outline on the board. Additionally, we students always know the score of the International Tournament in Soccer. Did I mention that Prof. DeRoche has a great sense of humor? He does.
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Well done! I’m a writing instructor at Larimer, and I approve this message.
Tessa is an inspiration to all us aspiring to work in the medical field. Those that do it for the reward of helping others are the best at what they do in my opinion.
Thanks for the nice comment about Tessa. Couldn’t agree with you more.
Thanks Leslie, I appreciate the kind words
paper book is more interested than reading on computer
This article was awesome!! Thank you. Being fairly new to the student identity theft arena I am constantly trying to gather as much information as possible to try and keep myself headed in the right general direction. Spending some time on this post has actually given me a lot of great points to think about. In my recent research I have also been able to find some pretty useful information related to this topic when I Googled the credit locker university. This was helpful as well. Thanks again!
I’m glad you enjoyed it, Alex! Thanks for reading.
So proud of you Tessa!!! You have worked very hard to get where you are today .
What an amazing article of ID theft.
I lost my wallet last year whilst on holiday. I had a nightmare thereafter cancelling all my cards.
Better to plan for events like this!
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LinkedIn is a great way to stay connected to colleagues, network and learn about your industry. I recommend it!
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What a great blog! I think many people don’t understand the importance of getting kids to read through the summer to retain their reading skills. Programs where kids participate creatively with other kids are part of retaining these skills.
Thanks Annie. It’s not easy to get the kids to sit down and read in the summer when there’s so many other temptations, so the library programs really help to motivate them.
These are great ideas!! As Director of the Virtual Learning Center at Sylvan I will share this information with all our families! I am always looking for additional ways to encourage our students and their parents. Sylvan offers online tutoring in reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing, math and SAT/ACT test prep> These programs are also great for keeping up their skills or helping them to get caught up (or ahead) over the summer. I really like the social and stewardship aspect of volunteering and getting involved at the local library, as well as the reward aspect of a fun family night out. What a wonderful opportunity to create positive families memories. I believe it would make your child feel very special and encouraged. We should teach our children to be life long learners – and keeping them involved and learning year round helps them to develop that as a lifestyle. Thank you Sandra!
Thanks Alicia. For teenagers especially I think the social involvement with the local library is important. Reading at that age is so often a solitary activity and I’m grateful he has the opportunity to be involved with others. I’m looking forward to seeing what he thinks of it.
I completely agree! The home resource we have found to be the most useful is the ThinkStretch Summer Learning Program. With a student activity book, parent guide to summer and achievement medal, it is the right balance of study skills and fun. It was developed by a mom for her whole school to stay on track together and celebrate in the fall all their summer accomplishments.
Thanks for the tip Donna. I’ll have to check that out.
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This woman is going places. I just hope tuition isn’t a problem!
I say, a good place to start is Orwell’s 1984. Once you are comfortable with that, move on to Henry David Thoreau’s Walden which is usually complemented with Civil Disobedience. Want mystery? Read Sherlock Holmes. Want horror? Read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley or Dracula by Stoker. Want a little fantasy? William Morris can provide that. Science Fiction? H. G. Wells can provide you with The Time Machine, War or the World or The Invisible Man.
For children, I say they should start with Moby Dick, Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little and The Secret Garden are essential. If the child is an advance reader, Dickens is the way to go.
Great classic choices!
Andy, it’s wonderful that college administration is so compassionate to the needs of the students and importance of a better learning environment. All these exciting efforts will pay off in increased engagement.
Thanks, Leslie. All credit to the students for supporting these makeovers. And thanks in advance to them as they adapt to the inconveniences any construction presents. The payoff in the long run will be worth it.
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Nice post. We had similar projects in the UK until 2013. Unfortunately, this year the funding for this type of project was greatly reduced, including those for people who receive benefits from the state.
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Being involved in Machining for over 25 years, Industrial, Medical and Aerospace manufacturing I have been very impressed with Sheri’s enthusiasm and desire to learn everything she can. Although she has only been in our facility for a short time, she has been a valuable asset in meeting our deadlines. Her bright personality and ability to learn new things quickly with a detail oriented eye are very encouraging for the future of the machining trade.
Steve Walker / Senior Machinist CNC Lathes, Whip Mix Corp.
Thanks, Steve. We’re glad that the Precision Machining classes are giving Sheri the skills to contribute to your company’s success.
I wish this chance also had at larimer campus. :(
This is really nice. You have greatly discussed all the issues that I need to know before going to spa center. Really great.
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I am glad that I read that article. However, I am just going into my fourth year of college now.
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Scholarships.com. I am going to check it out next. Thanks Michaele for the excellent and most current information.
Very informative and useful. Good job, Michaele Charles!
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There is no such thing as an “ex-Marine.”
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Now this is something promising! I never thought that you could earn a scholarship just by winning in a contest. The idea is really awesome! I do hope more students will benefit from it.
Dylan, this is a very empowering story (and well written!). I’m glad that the college decided to highlight your journey, because it is very impressive. Hopefully as a psychologist you will be able to contribute further to this terrible disease. If not, feel free to always fall back on history as a major…
WOW! Amazing story! Great job!
Dylan, I meet your group skateboarding in Wyoming. I was on the Tour de Wyoming bike ride…our routes overlapped for a few miles. I can remember thinking what endurance you all needed to make the trip! I followed the blog once I got home…what experiences you had! Thanks for skating!
Dylan you are to be commended – your entire team. I am glad that at 12 mph you are able to see the beauty of the struggle!
Hats off to you!
Great student, well organized and responsible. Congratulations Roberto!
Thank you, Sandra, for including My Kids Adventures in your article. Hope the carnival tonight and Halloween next week are a lot of fun!
Me and my daughter had fun at the Halloween carnival. Thank you volunteers for a fun time.
All of the volunteers were Great!!! Thank you for a great time!
Great post. You make many valid points. This is something that should be passed along to high school graduates who rarely consider community colleges.
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I was in one of the first learning communities that FRCC had. It was an amazing experience. I think this is a great way to learn and I would absolutely recommend it to everyone.
[…] Now, two years after high school, I enrolled at Front Range Community College. I applied for a job at the Information Center on campus and was met with a team of supportive, encouraging individuals. Out of that job, the “that isn’t me” paradigm began to crumble and I decided to get more involved on campus. […]
Well written and encouraging!
You’re awesome, Taryn. Well written.
What a great story! Bryson worked for me in the library and he was great! Thank you for featuring him in this story. Awesome!!
I’ll add this: reading your essay aloud to yourself – it help you feel how it flows.
This is something I needed as I start my sophomore year at FRCC. You get into a slump and sometimes, you just dont think you can do it. Thanks for the pep talk. I am ready!
I’m grateful to know that our government is so supportive of the children in need. It is such a great way to explore the “extreme” activities like skiing that would not be possible otherwise.
Molly Thompson, many thanks for this list books.
Thanks for suggesting this books; but Dumiees series of Job Search and Resume writing is also Good.
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Very nice write-up. I absolutely love this website.
This is a great article, thanks! Really, the study provides a good foundation for further successful life. therefore it is necessary to study, study and study:)) Thanks
Hi James, Thanks for your comment. I agree, studying is key!
Thank you for the great article. It’s true that motivation to learn something new and willing to investigate the new fields are very important not only for the personal growth but for global development generally.
Thanks for your comment! Finding motivation is a journey in itself. It’s been a pleasure finding out what inspires me and discovering subjects I’m curiosity about. I think the world benefits when people are curious and willing to discover their unique passions.