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Patricia Chlouber: CMC’s focus sets a national standard

Patricia Chlouber

Patricia Chlouber

Editor’s note: Patricia Chlouber is running against Wes Duran for the District 6 slot on Colorado Mountain College’s board of trustees.

I have devoted my career to teaching and also served the Leadville community as a member of the Lake County Board of Education, being elected secretary and vice president before eventually becoming president of the board. I successfully ran for the Colorado State Board of Education in the 3rd Congressional District in 1996 and was elected as chairman of the body.

In 2001, I was honored with a Presidential Appointment to the U.S. Department of Education as the secretary's regional representative. I served as a liaison and outreach manager in six Western states for the Department of Education.

Most recently, Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed me to the Colorado Charter School Institute's Board of Directors. This appointment was unanimously confirmed by the Colorado state Senate.

I've had many wonderful opportunities to serve nationally and statewide, however my heart is here in the mountains and I believe I can be a caring and committed voice for the people of the 6th District as a CMC trustee. One of CMC's greatest attributes is its unique ability to successfully educate within the diverse and varied communities and counties that comprise the CMC district. I have witnessed firsthand the meaningful partnerships among the college, school districts, government, businesses and communities.

My bachelor's degree is from Oklahoma Baptist University, and I received my master's degree from the University of Colorado. My husband, former state Sen. Ken Chlouber, and I have one son, Cole. Our family moved to Leadville in 1976, where Cole went to school and graduated from Lake County High School.

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My vision for Colorado Mountain College is for it to become an even stronger leader in learning, one that is unsurpassed in providing quality educational opportunities within our diverse communities and strengthening partnerships among the college, school districts, government, businesses and the communities it serves.

CMC should be a recognizable community partner in activities that are important to our citizens — whether it is historic preservation, athletic events, school activities or the arts.

Colorado Mountain College should continue to strive to become a destination college responding to the changing demographics and workforce needs while keeping an open admission policy and maintaining low tuition for today's contemporary students who balance family needs, job requirements and a quality life in our Colorado mountains. The continued expansion of the educational opportunities with four-year degrees at CMC is extremely important to the future of the college, students and well being of our local economies.

CMC's focus is setting the bar nationally for community colleges — in the expansion of the Internet as the primary tool for distance learning, expanding the number of baccalaureate degrees, increasing partnerships with four year institutions for smooth transitions, concurrent enrollment, reverse transfer students from four-year colleges who seek an education at a community college and recruiting baby boomers who desire a change of career or may engage in public service. Hosting conferences and regional training seminars help serve as a catalyst for economic recovery.

I have the experience, knowledge, dedication, and enthusiasm to support the success of Colorado Mountain College and its future.

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