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Center for Learning and Innovation

Engaging experiences to discover new passions.

The Center for Learning and Innovation offers exciting opportunities to discover new passions and gain new skills. Our experiential learning programs extend beyond typical educational courses, allowing you to learn the kinds of adaptable skills that will serve you for a lifetime.

Courses

Spring 2023 Courses

YOGA – WESTERN EMPLOYEES ONLY

Session 1
Instructor: Sherrill Stenson
Date: January 17, 2023-May 2, 2023
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Location: Taylor Hall 117 – Yoga Room

Session 2
Instructor: Sherrill Stenson
Date: January 17, 2023-May 2, 2023
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Taylor Hall 117 – Yoga Room 

Study this gentle therapeutic approach to help students guide their bodies into a state of ease and balance. Using simple movement, breathwork, and imagery, this yoga class eases pain and renews strength. Your instructor has 25 years of yoga teaching experience and is a Yoga of the Heart Certified instructor and Cardiac and Cancer teacher training graduate. 

SPANISH FOR BEGINNERS: Gunnison – $115
Instructor: Karen Immerso
Date: February 15 – April 12, 2023
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Taylor 201

This eight-week session is an introduction to the Spanish language. It introduces students to basic vocabulary and conversation with other adults in an active and fun learning environment. It is designed for the beginner second language learner who has never studied Spanish or wants to review from the very basics. The class includes activities, speaking practice and some homework assignments. Opportunities for interaction with native speakers may take place. No text required; hand-outs will be used.

SPANISH FOR BEGINNERS: Crested Butte – $115
Instructor: Karen Immerso
Dates: February 28 – April 11, 2023 (six weeks but not during week of March 13, 2023)
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: TBD

This six-week session class is an introduction to the Spanish language. It introduces students to basic vocabulary and conversation with other adults in an active and fun learning environment. It is designed for the beginner second language learner who has never studied Spanish or wants to review from the very basics. The class includes activities, speaking practice and some homework assignments. Opportunities for interaction with native speakers may take place. No text required; hand-outs will be used.

SPANISH FOR ADVANCED BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE LANGUAGE LEARNERS: Gunnison – $115
Instructor: Karen Immerso
Date: February 15 – April 12, 2023
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 6:45 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Taylor 201

This eight-session class is for advanced beginners and intermediate Spanish Language Learners interested in reviewing and expanding their vocabulary, gaining a greater understanding of grammar, speaking conversationally with other adults in an active and fun learning environment. The class includes activities, speaking practice and some homework assignments. Opportunities for interaction with native speakers may take place. No text required; hand-outs will be used.

SPANISH FOR ADVANCED BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE LANGUAGE LEARNERS: Crested Butte – $123
Instructor: Karen Immerso
Date: February 28 – April 11, 2023 (six weeks, but not during week of March 13, 2023)
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Location: TBD

This six-session class is for advanced beginners and intermediate Spanish Language Learners interested in reviewing and expanding their vocabulary, gaining a greater understanding of grammar, speaking conversationally with other adults in an active and fun learning environment. The class includes activities, speaking practice and some homework assignments. Opportunities for interaction with native speakers may take place. No text required; hand-outs will be used.

BEGINNER GUITAR-$250
Instructor: Jesse Irons
Date: January 26 – March 9, 2023
Day: Thursdays
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Materials: The Guitar Handbook is highly recommended. Student must provide their own guitar.

Want to learn to play Guitar? Designed for beginners only, this class starts with the basics and educates students about the history of the guitar and its diverse styles of music. The class smoothly transitions into learning how to play the guitar. Basic music theory principles are taught and students are shown how to apply them to the guitar. Students also learn how to tune the guitar, play chords and get their hands and fingers comfortable with actual guitar playing. Participants also learn strumming patterns, how to read fake sheets, music tablature, and start playing songs.

INTERMEDIATE GUITAR-$250
Instructor: Jesse Irons
Date: January 26 – March 9, 2023
Day: Thursdays
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Materials: The Guitar Handbook is highly recommended. Student must provide their own guitar.

Can you play a little guitar? Want to learn more? This class helps students progress in that endeavor. Students learn open position chords, key signatures, strumming patterns, barre chords, hammer-on/pull-offs and using a capo. The course then focuses on scales, chord structures (root, 3rd, 5th), major and minor as well as extensions (7th, 9th, etc.). Progressions and theory are discussed. Students must have some previous guitar experience.

ADVANCED GUITAR/BASS: MODEL THEORY AND IMPROVISATION-$250
Instructor: Jesse Irons
Date: January 26 – March 9, 2023
Day: Thursdays
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Taylor Hall 200
Materials: The Guitar Handbook is highly recommended. Student must provide their own guitar.

Do you want to expand your musical knowledge and technique? This class will focus on the art of improvisation as well as advanced theory and technique. Topics include; modes, legato, tapping, sweep arpeggios, speed picking, harmonics and more. Students must have a solid grasp of the instrument. Bass guitarists are welcome, electric instruments preferred.

GROWING FOOD IN A COLD CLIMATE – $130
Instructor: Susan Wyman
Date: February 23 – April 20, 2023
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Taylor 100

Learn to grow your own vegetables and overcome the challenges of our cold climate and short growing season. Join Master Gardener Susan Wyman and other gardening gurus to learn what vegetables to plant and when. Learn about seed starting, transplanting, direct sowing, frost protection, pest management, amendments, compost teas, worm composting, and more. Field learning at Gunnison Gardens will be announced during course. For more information about Susan Wyman, please visit gunnisongardens.com.

INTRODUCTION TO FABRICATION, WELDING AND WOODWORK – CUSTOM END TABLE – $350

Instructor: Eric Ortolano
Date: February 23 – April 13, 2023
Day: Mondays
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science & Engineering – Basement Fabrication Shop R039
Enrollment Cap: Six students minimum, eight students maximum

This eight-week session is an introduction to Welding, Fabrication, and Woodworking for the community. Participants will receive instruction, practice time, and supervision for MIG welding and other metalworking/woodworking equipment. Students will work on designing and fabricating a custom end table with a steel structure and wooden top. The course will cover measuring, cutting and preparing metal for welding. It is designed as an introductory course that requires no prior knowledge or experience. The course will be taught by Eric Ortolano (Rady Makerspace, Machine Shop, and Manufacturing Specialist) and assisted by Rady Engineering TAs. The course costs will cover materials, consumables, and contribute to the Rady TA Scholarship Fund. 

GET AFTER YOUR GOALS! – $97 (Materials $77; Instruction $20)

Instructor: Erica Rasmussen

Session One
Dates: February 1 – February 22, 2023
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Taylor 105 (option for Zoom and/or Video Recordings available upon request) 

Session Two
Dates: March 1 – March 29, 2023 (Does NOT meet week of March 13, 2023)
Day: Wednesdays:
Location: Taylor 105 (option for Zoom and/or Video Recordings available upon request) 

Need some motivation in the new year? Want help prioritizing your goals in areas of fitness, finance, family, field (career), faith, friends and fun? Not sure where to start? Want your own life coach for 4 weeks? Join Certified Oola Life Coach Erica Rasmussen to help create manageable and inspiring goals and get ongoing accountability as you work to accomplish them! 

23 STRONG – MIND & BODY  STRENGTH  – $39 (Materials: $29; Instruction: $10)

Instructor: Erica Rasmussen

Session One
Date: February 1, 2023
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 12:15-12:45 p.m.

Session Two
Date: March 1, 2023
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 12:15-12:45 p.m. (Does NOT meet week of March 13, 2023)

Session Three
Date: April 5, 2023
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 12:15-12:45 p.m.

In-person, on Zoom or via recording. Work on better physical and mental strength with one or more daily challenges for 23 days! Pick basic, moderate or high intensity paths customized for you. 

BODY BY DESIGN $249 (Materials $199; Instruction: $50)

Instructor: Erica Rasmussen
Date: Seven Thursdays starting January 26, 2023 (In-person or via Zoom)
Time: 12:00-12:45 p.m.

Body by Design is a seven-week body positive weight management program. This fully customized step-by-step macro-based program can help get you fast and lasting fitness results, while making you feel empowered and capable. Certified Oola Life Coach Erica Rasmussen will be cheering you on as you work on creating healthy habits for your mind and body! Plus, guest appearance via Zoom from former Fit USA’s Top 10 fittest women with tips and inspiration for a healthy lifestyle! Keep your custom meal plans and recipes after the course! 

VISION BOARD WORKSHOPS – $25 (Materials: $10; Instruction: $15)

Instructor: Erica Rasmussen
Dates: Six individual workshops (two per date at different times) offered on February 7, March 7 and April 5, 2023
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m. or 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: Taylor 105

Create a vision board with your goals at these fun and crafty workshops! 

GRANT WRITING BASICS – $77
Instructor: Maryo Ewell
Date: January 24 – February 7, 2023 (five nights)
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: TBD

This practical course will demystify the grant-writing process. Ms. Ewell will introduce you to basic vocabulary; key concepts of grantsmanship; how to prepare an all-purpose proposal that will serve many uses; how to prepare a budget; and how to avoid common pitfalls. There will be written homework assignments culminating in a project proposal for a nonprofit organization (real or made up!) using the Colorado Common Grant form.

LEADERSHIP AT THE EDGE: ADVANCED LEADERSHIP PRACTICES FOR COLLABORATION AND INNOVATION – $215 (Instruction: $200; Materials: $15)
CREDIT: ROE 510: $170 1 Credit + $200 Course Fee + $15 material fee= $215 Total)
NON-CREDIT: $200 Course Fee
Instructor: Paul Duba, MPA, PCC, ACC
Date: April 13 – May 18, 2023
Days: Thursdays
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

Leadership is a practice that requires the courage to ask others to imagine a different future with you. Sometimes the future is easy, a matter of helping others make progress toward reliable results through practiced execution. But, for problems without easy answers, leadership requires us to help others commit to a path of discovery, an invitation to join in collaboration and innovation, where curiosity and being “OK not knowing” are important steps along the way to new knowing. Leadership at the Edge is a course for those who want to understand this road less travelled; what leaders do (and teams need) to reach for breakthrough results. This course is hands-on, highly experiential, and built to help you grow your team’s collective ambition, creativity, and motivation.  This course is for leaders in business, banking, education, hospitality, civic, and non-profit organizations. For those whose teams must perform in the face of uncertainty, change, and complexity, this course will help build your reach and influence as a leader.

BECOME A BETTER ONLINE MARKETER – $70

Instructor: Erica Rasmussen
Date: February 1 – February 22, 2023
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Location: Taylor 201 (online option available)

Improve your marketing skills in organizing messaging, social media, creating marketing plans and gaining confidence with your marketing abilities! 

BECOME A BETTER COMMUNICATOR – $70

Instructor: Erica Rasmussen
Date:  March 1 – March 29, 2023 (Does NOT meet week of March 13)
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Location: Taylor 201 (online option available)

Ready to be more effective at communications? We will cover planning, refinement and execution of written and verbal communications in various applications. 

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Register NOW! Many classes fill quickly. Classes may be canceled if minimum enrollment is not met at least three business days before class begins. Register as soon as possible to ensure a place in the course(s) you want.

Ways to register: 

Online: https://bit.ly/CLIcourses
Call: (970) 943-2885
Email: center@western.edu 

Mail request to: 

Center for Learning and Innovation
303 Taylor Hall
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231 

Ways to pay:

Payment must be received before course begins. Cash, Credit Card. Visa, Discover, or MasterCard. (Must call Cashier Office: (970)943-3003 between 9 a.m.-4 p.m., please have your ID number from your invoice. Check can be mailed to address above.

Registration Confirmations 

Center for Learning and Innovation staff will send out an email confirmation as reminders of class dates and times. Participants will be notified if there are changes, such as location, time, date, or instructor. If classes are canceled, notification will be made as soon as possible. 

Registration and Payment Information 

Payment for classes is due with registration. Check or cash payments are accepted with registration. AFTER you have received your Registration Confirmation, please call the Cashier’s Office at (970) 943-3003 to make a payment with a Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card. Checks that are returned for non-payment are assessed a $20 service charge. 

Senior Discount 

Seniors, ages 62 and older, may register for Center for Learning and Innovation non-credit courses at half price. This discount will be applied at the time of registration and may not be combined with any other discounts. Course fees payable to another agency, materials fees, or courses which involve travel do not qualify for discounts. The Center for Learning and Innovation is a part of the Colorado Statewide Extended Campus. State funds were not used to produce this document. 

Employee Discount 

Center for Learning and Innovation offers a $100 credit for Western faculty/staff per semester. This credit does not include Continuing Education Units cost, credit costs, material fees, tour course fees or outdoor program course fees. This credit does not apply to student employees. 

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) 

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized method of quantifying the time spent in the classroom during professional development and training activities. Ten hours of instruction = 1.0 CEU. One hour of instruction = 0.1 CEU. CEUs appear on your Western Colorado University transcript; however, they are not college credits and do not fulfill degree requirements. 

Graduate Credit 

Some classes are offered for graduate credit (510 level). Students must have a bachelor’s degree to register for graduate credit courses. 

Prerequisites 

Prerequisites for some classes listed in this brochure are mentioned in the course descriptions. Students who enroll in graduate credit must be within 12 hours of receiving their undergraduate degree or must already have graduated. 

Transcript Information 

Transcripts for credit courses can be obtained by visiting www.parchment.com 

Undergraduate Credit 

Undergraduate credit classes offered through the Center for Learning and Innovation are based on semester credits and have the same academic expectations, including class time, as those offered through resident instruction. 

Cancellations 

The Center for Learning and Innovation reserves the right to cancel classes and to make changes when warranted. Participants will be notified via email if a class is cancelled and will receive a full refund. 

Refunds for Withdrawals and Dropping a Course 

Drops from a course will result in a refund if they occur prior to the week before the start date (unless otherwise specified). Non-attendance or non-payment does not constitute a drop. Full refunds are not given after the last day to drop. All drop requests must be in writing to the Center for Learning and Innovation at center@western.edu 

Evaluations 

Students have an opportunity to evaluate class content and their instructor at the conclusion of the class. Input from students is important, as it helps improve future classes. Evaluations are anonymous. 

Immunization Requirement 

Students attending the Center for Learning and Innovation classes are not required to be immunized or sign an immunization waiver. 

Liability Waivers 

Classes which present a degree of risk may require a signature on a waiver of liability. Waivers will be e-mailed with registration confirmations. Please return these to the Center for Learning and Innovation prior to the start of your course. 

Photograph Policy 

Photos of students and instructors in various classes are often taken to promote Western Colorado University Center for Learning and Innovation. Such photos are used in schedules of classes, flyers, and other marketing pieces. 

Selective Service Information 

Males who are 18 years of age or older, born after 1960, and who are not permanent residents of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands or the Northern Mariana Islands MUST be registered with the Selective Service to comply with Colorado law and to register for credit classes. Individuals not in compliance are subject to penalty of law and to withholding of transcripts. 

Textbook/Materials 

Materials and/or material fess needed for a course will be listed with the course description. 


Summer 2023 Courses

Maya Archaeology Field School in Belize
ANTH 197/ANTH 469

Instructor: David Hyde, Ph.D.
Date: May 21 – June 13, 2023
Cost: Non-credit option – $2400; For credit option – $2400 + $680/four credits ($3080 total)

During this unique program, you will spend three and a half weeks living and working in a professional archaeological camp in northwestern Belize. This is an intense program, during which you will work 6 days a week excavating and participating in related activities at the ancient Maya community of Medicinal Trail. 

The program is an experience you will remember for years as it provides not only a tremendous learning experience but also an opportunity for personal growth and exposure to the cultures of the Latin American and the Caribbean area. 

For more detailed information about this program, click here.

Outdoor Programs

Fuel your passion for the outdoors.

The Center for Learning and Innovation gives you the opportunity to earn credit while participating in valuable learning opportunities provided by our contract partners. You can embark on field expeditions, explore new cultures, attend leadership trainings and acquire new certifications.

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Rising to the Occasion

Student Tanner Saucerman ascends to the summit of Mt. Henry on a hike lead by Instructor Paul Tame.

Mapping the future

Lake Fork Valley Conservancy president, Harvey DuChene, shows students around Lake City’s newest river protection projects.

Online Course Center

Develop professional skills from anywhere.

In partnership with ed2go, Western offers online open enrollment programs designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional level positions for many in-demand occupations. Designed by a team of professionals from each respective field, our instructor-facilitated, web-based learning programs can be taken from the comfort of your home or office at times that are convenient for you.

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Remote connections

Our extensive online course offerings allow students to work anywhere there is an Internet connection.

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to excel.

Career Step is a leading online education company focused on the allied healthcare market. They specialize in medical transcription and editing, and medical coding and billing training.

The Career Step online training courses have been developed in conjunction with industry experts and employers and are designed to help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to be successful in your chosen career. We offer both full career training programs and smaller continuing education and skill development courses. Each program requires approximately 640 hours of coursework. Students have one year to complete the coursework at their own pace. There is an option for a four-month extension, if needed, for an extra fee.

Get a step ahead

Career Step has trained more than 50,000 students and made more than 700 placements with companies.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

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Jan
27

MBA Dissertation Openhouse

Jan
27

Wrestling Vs Adams State

Jan
28

Intro to Ice Climbing

Jan
28

Battle of the DJs (& SpringFest headliner reveal!)

Jan
29

Intro to Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding

Feb
03

MBA Dissertation Openhouse

Feb
04

Wilderness Pursuits Ice Climbing in Ouray

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Department Information

Center for Learning and Innovation

Director

Shelley Jansen

Director of the Center for Learning and Innovation

Contact Information

970.943.2885

970.943.7068

extendedstudies@western.edu

8am - 5pm

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Taylor Hall 303
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231

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