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Extended Studies

Engaging experiences to discover new passions.

Extended Studies 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 2022 Catalog Policies

  • Extended Studies and their instructors reserve the right to move any course listed in the Spring 2022 Catalog to an online format at any time before the start of or during the course due to COVID concerns.
  • Extended Studies reserves the right to cancel courses and to make changes when warranted.
    • Courses may be canceled due to minimum enrollment not being met before the course begins.
    • Students will be notified via their email listed on their registration form for the course if a course is canceled by Extended Studies.
    • If payment has been made for a canceled course, a full refund will be assessed via the method it was paid.
  • To cancel enrollment from a course, a student must notify Extended Studies, in writing, at least one week prior to the course start date (unless otherwise specified).
    • Non-attendance or non-payment does not constitute an enrollment cancelation and/or charge removal.
    • All cancelation requests must be, in writing, to the Extended Studies Office by email (extendedstudies@western.edu) or to Taylor Hall 303, 1 Western Way, Gunnison, CO 81231.
    • Emergency cancelations will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Extended Studies director and student.
      • Extended Studies must be notified, in writing, within 15 days of the incident occurring in order for a cancelation or refund to be reviewed.
    • Extended Studies Catalog course charges are subject to collection if not paid in full before the course begins.

Extended Studies
Taylor Hall 303, 1 Western Way, Gunnison, CO 81231
(970) 943-2885
extendedstudies@western.edu

SPANISH FOR BEGINNERS: Gunnison – $115
Instructor: Karen Immerso
Date: 01/12 – 03/02, 2022
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 5:15 – 6:30PM
Location: Taylor Hall 200
This 8-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
Date: 01/11 – 03/01, 2022
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 5:15 – 6:30PM
Location: Crested Butte Community School
This 8-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: 01/12 – 03/02, 2022
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 6:45 – 8:00PM
Location: Taylor Hall 200
This 8-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 – $115
Instructor: Karen Immerso
Date: 01/11 – 03/01, 2022
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 6:45 – 8:00PM
Location: Crested Butte Community School
This 8-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-$225
Instructor: Jesse Irons
Date: 01/25– 03/08, 2022
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 5:00 – 6:00PM
Location: Taylor Hall 200
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-$225
Instructor: Jesse Irons
Date: 01/25– 03/08, 2022
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 6:30 – 7:30PM
Location: Taylor Hall 200
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-$225
Instructor: Jesse Irons
Date: 01/25– 03/08, 2022
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 7:30 – 8:30PM
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: 02/22 – 04/19, 2022
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 5:30 – 7:00PM
Location: Taylor Hall 201
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 FLY FISHING – $90
Instructor: Jeffrey J. Ewert
Date: 04/04 – 04/25, 2022
Day: Mondays
Time: 5:00 – 7:00PM
Location: WCU Mountaineer Fieldhouse Court
Materials: Students should bring their own fly rod and reel, some rods are made available by instructor.
Learn the basic fundamentals of fly-fishing including equipment, rods, rod weights, line types, leaders, tippets, flies, and accessories. Learn the value and application of using waders, polarized sunglasses, vests, etc. Learn the use of all this equipment, including an emphasis on casting instruction, application and types of flies and knots, as well as reading waters for trout with emphasis on presentation to enable the student to begin to fly fish successfully on local waters. This enables the student to practice the art of fly fishing in some of the West’s best fly-fishing waters right here in the Gunnison basin!

 

DESIGN YOUR LIFE & GET AFTER YOUR GOALS! – $45
Instructor: Erica Rasmussen
Date: 02/02 – 03/02, 2022
Day: Wednesdays
Time: Session 1: 12:00 – 12:45PM, Session 2: 5:00 – 5:45PM
Location: Taylor Hall 201 (option for Zoom and/or Video Recordings available upon request)

This course is to help you create goals and take action-steps toward having more life balance. Course instructor Erica Rasmussen is a certified Oola Life Coach. Oola is short for Ooh-la-la… the French expression that describes what life feels like when you’re happy, growing, and looking forward to what the world has in store for you. Oola means living life firing on all cylinders—joyful, wholehearted, and ready to take advantage whenever good times and opportunity appear. Upon completion of the course, participants will have created a personalized plan to have more balance in the 7 F’s of Oola, fitness, finance, family, field (career), faith, friends, and fun! This course also utilizes a digital application to help you stay accountable with your goals. This personal application will be $77.00, which is in addition to the course fee.

INTRODUCTORY HORSEMANSHIP LEVEL 1: AN INTRODUCTION TO SAFE HORSE HANDLING, HORSEMANSHIP AND BEGINNER RIDING – $325.00
Instructor: Shawn Olsen
Dates: 05/01 – 06/12, 2022
Days: Sundays
Time: 3:00 – 5:00PM
Location: Lost Miner Ranch and Equestrian Center, 200 Homestead Road, Gunnison, CO

If you have ever wanted to learn about horses from the ground up, this course is for you! We will cover horse care, safe horse handling, horsemanship, care and use of equipment, beginning riding skills and much more. Absolutely no prior experience with horses is necessary.

GRANT WRITING BASICS – $77
Instructor: Maryo Ewell
Date: 02/22 – 03/08, 2022
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 6:00 – 8:30PM
Location: Taylor Hall 205
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 – $200
CREDIT: ROE 510: $170 1 Credit + $200 Course Fee
NON-CREDIT: $200 Course Fee
Instructor: Paul Duba, MPA, PCC, ACC
Date: 04/14 – 05/19, 2022
Days: Thursdays
Time: 8:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: Crawford Hall 114

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.

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Outdoor Programs

Fuel your passion for the outdoors.

Extended Studies 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.

Wednesdays at Western

Join us for outdoor adventures during Wednesdays at Western.

Explore the trails and mountains around the Gunnison area mountain while learning about the area from local guides and experts. These hikes not only take participants into beautiful wilderness settings, but also teach backcountry skills and natural history along the way.

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Explore and learn

Wednesdays at Western are opportunities for students to explore our extraordinary surroundings while learning skills and natural history along the way.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

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May
27

MBA Dissertation Openhouse

May
30

Memorial Day - No Classes

May
31

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Teach A Course

Teach a course through Extended Studies at Western.

Extended Studies offers a wide variety of courses throughout the year, ranging from writing, yoga, computers, business and professional classes. Fall courses begin in September and spring courses begin in February. In the summer, courses are part of the Summer Teacher Institute.

If you would like to teach a noncredit course in the fall or the spring, please submit your course proposal using the “New Course Proposal” form. Return this completed form to Anne Chavez, Program Manager, by email to archavez@western.edu. Please email Anne to discuss new community interest course ideas. In addition to the form, be sure to include your resume and transcript and/or any certifications that will show your qualifications for subject matter. Instructors who have already had a course approved and would like to offer it again should complete the “Repeat Course Form” for each catalog in they wish to offer their course.

Please make sure your forms are complete with all requested information and attachments or catalog inclusion is not guaranteed.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Courses by non-Western faculty to who desire to offer undergraduate credit to current Western students are not available for new set up through Extended Studies.

If you would like to teach a 500-level non-degree seeking graduate level course or offer an off-campus undergraduate course for credit, please email Kirky Lokie, Director of Extended Studies to discuss your course and for more information. Kirky can be reached at klokie@western.edu. You may submit your graduate level course proposal using the “Graduate Credit Course Proposal” form. For undergraduate level off-campus courses, please use the “Special Programs Course Proposal” form.

If you would like to discuss a new course idea in person, please send us an email message with a brief description of what you would like to teach and we can set up a time to meet to find if it will be a good fit. We look forward to hearing from you!

Department Information

Extended Studies

Department Director

Kirky Swift

Director of Extended Studies

Program Assistant

Deanna Clark

Program Coordinator

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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