Kathy Goudy: Support, commitment are key
October 19, 2011
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Editor’s note: Kathy Goudy is running against Stan Orr for the District 2 slot on Colorado Mountain College’s board of trustees.
I am an attorney and an active volunteer on local boards and organizations. Having taught at Drake Law School as an adjunct professor and community college law courses, I deeply believe in education as being the great equalizer. As one of the many who have reaped the rewards of higher education, I regard it as my responsibility and privilege to help repay that debt of opportunity. My hope is to commit my skills of organization and advocacy to Colorado Mountain College — where my son Zach will earn an associate degree in the near future.
I listen to people's concerns and believe that CMC policies should receive input from all. I am high-energy and approach problems with a "can-do" attitude coupled with a firm grasp of the facts and law.
It's important that CMC serves the constantly evolving civic, social, religious and vocational needs of our mountain region. The board must emphasize a commitment to the faculty, staff and students, and to the academic opportunities they deserve and desire. The overall budget must aim to support the classroom, and rigorous financial oversight is crucial as CMC faces the challenges of expansion.
The four-year degree is an incredible asset and should be supported for specific programs. Taxpayers also expect to benefit from classes on topics they encounter in their everyday lives, be it accounting, languages, dance, physics or bridge.
This is a particularly crucial moment for committed local citizens to help guide and support CMC. Even as the institution enters a new era of expansion into a four-year institution of higher learning, it must deal with uncertain economic times. For budget-stressed families with children about to graduate from high school, CMC becomes all the more crucial as an academically rigorous yet financially achievable option.
I promise always to keep in mind that CMC's statutory mandate is to provide all citizens access to a range of academic opportunities and educational disciplines:
- Lifelong learning: Community members continue to utilize the campus in their town for job skills, technology and the arts.
- Academics: The classroom must continue to be challenging and instill a joy of learning, and an associate degree and transfer to a four-year college.
- Bachelors of Arts: Four-year degrees that permit residents to better themselves by attaining professional degrees without the economic turmoil of leaving their homes.
- Vocational and job training: The law enforcement academy, chef certificates, oil field technical training and hospitality classes exemplify the integration of general education with technical training to succeed in specific jobs.
- Life skills: CMC receives tax subsidies to ensure that all residents are able to succeed in life, be it, for example, obtaining literacy or their GED.