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Editor's note: Richard Hague is running against Robert Taylor for the District 4 slot on Colorado Mountain College's board of trustees.
I appreciate the opportunity to share several thoughts regarding some important challenges facing Colorado Mountain College. On the board level, I will work hard through the budgeting and policy-making processes to meet these challenges system-wide as well as working personally on the local level for their implementation. I would appreciate your support in the election.
Funding is a major challenge for a public entity like CMC that depends primarily upon property taxes, state support and tuition. I have several ideas for additional supplementary fundraising and would strongly support such initiatives to broaden the college’s financial base. For instance, one idea for a hospitality-focused business administration program might be the operation of a CMC-owned hotel in which students would serve internship roles to receive real-life experience.
Locally relevant courses and certification programs are a vital part of CMC, offering young people and working adults the opportunity to enhance their locally relevant skills, learn new skills and receive specialized training. This instruction is vital to our local economy and should be expanded, supported and publicized by the individual campuses and through funding, policy-making and partnership development on the board level.
Locally available higher education and pathways to higher education are also vital CMC functions. CMC recently began to offer four-year degrees in business administration and sustainability studies, while two more degrees are planned. CMC’s associate degrees also provide transferable credits to other four-year institutions. The availability of such curricula provides young people and working adults with a cost-effective, flexible path to locally relevant higher education.
In my nearly 10 years as a year-round Summit County resident, I have been involved in the community continuously. I served as chairman and vice chairman of the Breckenridge Economic Development Advisory Commission, advising Town Council on business development issues.
I retired about 10 years ago from PricewaterhouseCoopers, where I worked worldwide with Fortune 500-size banks, credit card companies and auto finance groups. Additionally, my education at the Colorado School of Mines and the business school of the University of Colorado Boulder give me a broad foundation upon which to build my support for CMC.