UCSM Offers Education at Your Fingertips
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TELLURIDE – The University Centers of the San Miguel began its fall semester of classes this week. But they also had a busy summer, with the launching of live accredited classes offered in Telluride and Naturita via new view conferencing equipment. And a new cohort for Early Childhood Education started in August.

UCSM partners with regional institutions to provide higher education to the remote Western San Juans region. Local options include live instruction through Colorado Mesa University (previously Mesa State College), a virtual classroom through Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC), and distance degree completion through Prescott College, as well as endless online possibilities.

Live accredited classes for the fall semester include: Eastern Philosophies with the Meditation Summit, San Miguel Watershed Ecology and Ethics, Professional Speaking, and Creative Writing.

With its virtual classroom, it is possible to take individual classes or complete certificates and degrees. CNCC offers classes in liberal arts required for most degrees, and certificates and degrees in Early Childhood Education, Banking and Finance, Small Business Development, and Geographical Information Systems (coming soon).

Fall Early Childhood Education classes include: Introduction to ECE and Lab (101 and 102), Guidance Strategies (103), Introduction to Infant and Toddler (112) and the Practicum (188). The new cohorts for Business and Banking will begin next semester, but several classes are offered this fall that don’t require prerequisites.

Other classes include: Spanish, English, Economics, Management, Art, Biology, Geology, History, Math, and Psychology – all offered online.

The Virtual Classroom platform is a combination of traditional online courses and live classroom instruction, where students and instructors meet for class at a specific time, and interact in real-time, from the convenience of their own home. CNCC is offering twenty different classes this fall that are offered in a condensed timeframe allowing students to take a three-credit class in as little as six weeks.

For information about any of the accredited or non-credit classes, or to set up an appointment for college counseling, contact UCSM at 970/369-5255, or consult the website www.ucsanmiguel.org for more information.

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