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

RAPTOR ECOLOGY
NON-CREDIT, $90

Instructor: Jeffrey J. Ewert
Date: Class- 09/08-10/20
Field Trips- 09/20, 09/27, 10/17
Days: Class- Tuesdays, Field Trips-Sundays, Saturday
Time: Class- 6:00-8:00PM, Field Trips- 8:00AM-12:00PM
Location: Taylor Hall 226
*Maximum of 10 students*

Students study the anatomy, physiology, morphology, and field identification of major Colorado raptors (Birds of Prey). This includes lectures of key points of major raptor groups: Falcons, Accipiters, Buteos, other occasional species, and some select common owl species. Through both lectures and observations, each student learns to identify raptors, raptor habitat, and niche. Students also learn how to properly record field observations in a field notebook as a part of the class requirements.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE
NON-CREDIT, $105

Instructor: Karen Immerso
Date: 09/03-10/22
Day: Thursdays
Time: 5:45-7:00PM
Location: Taylor Hall 200

As the language most used in the Deaf community, this class is a foreign language class offering a thorough introduction to American Sign Language (ASL). The class is made up of a series of weekly lessons, practice sessions and community visits/outings to learn basic sign vocabulary. Come enjoy learning about the different grammatical structure of ASL, some fingerspelling and an introduction to the culture of deaf people. The class will be taught using ASL through activities and conversation. It will include interaction with Deaf individuals for real time conversation as well. Students who are studying to enter the field of education can benefit greatly from this class as relates to the other applied uses of a signed language with children and people with certain other disabilities.

STRESS BUSTING YOGA WITH SHERRILL
NON-CREDIT, $48/session

Instructor: Sherrill Stenson
Date: Session 1: 9/3/2020 – 9/24/2020, Session 2: 10/1/20 -10/22/20, Session 3: 10/29/20- 11/19/20, Session 4: 12/3/20 -12/17/20 (3 classes)
Day: Thursdays
Time: 5:30-6:30PM
Location: Western Colorado University Taylor Hall 117 Yoga Room

Dissolve stress, strengthen, and reenergize with this yoga practice. Sherrill’s teaching style reveals her warmth and compassionate presence and is reflective of her 22 years of experience. She encourages the feeling of success in her students regardless of their skill level. Instruction includes stretching to encourage flexibility, balance, energy flow to relieve tension, and meditation to reduce the stress response.

SENIOR YOGA WITH SHERRILL
NON-CREDIT, $48/Session

Instructor: Sherrill Stenson
Date: Session 1: 9/3/2020 – 9/24/2020, Session 2: 10/1/20 -10/22/20, Session 3: 10/29/20- 11/19/20, Session 4: 12/3/20 -12/17/20 (3 classes)
Day: Thursdays
Time: 10:00-11:00AM
Location: Western Colorado University 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, breath work, 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.

PRIVATE YOGA SESSIONS
NON-CREDIT, $220/Session (Session 4: $170)

Instructor: Sherrill Stenson
Date: Session 1:9/3/20-9/24/20, Session 2: 10/1/20-10/22/20, Session 3: 10/29/20-11/19/20, Session 4:12/3/20-12/17/2020 (3 classes)
*course will repeat each month from September-December*
Day: Thursdays
Time: Option One: 11:15-12:15PM, Option Two: 4:00-5:00PM
Location: Western Colorado University Taylor Hall 117 Yoga Room

Get personalized yoga instruction to address your body’s needs, from dealing with limitations to improving flexibility to easing discomfort.

SPANISH FOR BEGINNERS
NON-CREDIT, $105

Instructor: Karen Immerso
Date: 09/02-10/21
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. A dictionary is not required but helpful: University of Chicago Spanish/English Dictionary available at the Bookworm.

SPANISH FOR BEGINNERS: Crested Butte
NON-CREDIT, $105

Instructor: Karen Immerso
Date: 09/01-10/20
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 5:15-6:30PM
Location: Crested Butte Community School, Room C-107

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. A dictionary is not required but helpful: University of Chicago Spanish/English Dictionary available at the Bookworm.

SPANISH FOR ADVANCED BEGINNERS
NON-CREDIT, $105

Instructor: Karen Immerso
Date: 09/02-10/21
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. A dictionary is not required but helpful: University of Chicago Spanish/English Dictionary available at the Bookworm.

SPANISH FOR ADVANCED BEGINNERS: Crested Butte
NON-CREDIT, $105

Instructor: Karen Immerso
Date: 09/01-10/20
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 6:45-8:00PM
Location: Crested Butte Community School, Room C-107

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. A dictionary is not required but helpful: University of Chicago Spanish/English Dictionary available at the Bookworm.

GUNNISON HIDDEN HISTORY REVEALED!
NON-CREDIT, $20
Instructor: Larry McDonald
Date: 9/23
Day: Wednesday
Time: 9:00-12:00PM
Location: Crawford Hall Room 119

Local amateur historian and researcher Larry McDonald will explore some of the mysteries of Gunnison County through a slide show and historical artifacts. Who really founded Gunnison? Why was Gunnison split into two towns? How did the Crested Butte mine come to be called the Jokerville? Who is really buried in the mass grave in Crested Butte? When did Cattlemen’s really begin? What really happened to the LaVeta Hotel? These questions, and others, will be discussed and explored.

THE LEGACY OF THE GUNNISON MASSACRE
NON-CREDIT, $20
Instructor: Larry McDonald
Date:10/26
Day: Monday
Time: 9:00-12:00PM
Location: Crawford Hall Room 119

On the 167th anniversary of the Gunnison Massacre, participants will learn about Captain John Williams Gunnison, the Gunnison-Beckwith Expedition and the circumstances and legacy of the Gunnison Massacre. Larry McDonald, a distant relative of Captain Gunnison, will present a slideshow, and all participants will receive a memento honoring the victims of the massacre.

BASICS OF FOOD PRESERVATION
NON-CREDIT: $195 + $95 Material Fee

Instructor: Beth Coop
Date: 09/02-10/07
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 6:00-9:00PM
Location: Fred Field Center Kitchen
Required Materials: Ball Canning Back to Basics: A Foolproof Guide to Canning Jams, Jellies, Pickles and More

This session will cover the principles of safe food handling for home food preservation. Students will learn how to plan and prepare for canning projects and will get hands-on experience canning and dehydrating fruits and vegetables that are in season; such as peaches, apples, tomatoes, and peppers. We will make jams, salsas and sauces using mostly organic ingredients. There will also be an emphasis on minimizing food waste and reducing resource consumption during the preservation process, as well as learning how to source foods locally. Each student can expect to leave with 4-5 items preserved by the class and a belly full of food.

CREATING A SUSTAINABLE KITCHEN
NON-CREDIT: $195 +$95 Material Fee

Instructor: Beth Coop
Date: 10/14-11/18
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 6:00-9:00PM
Location: Fred Field Center Kitchen

In this class students will learn a “no waste” approach to cooking, baking, and preparing food. We will learn what it means to eat with the seasons while making simple meals that can easily be prepared. We will learn best techniques for long term food storage including dehydrating, freezing and pickling and fermenting vegetables. We will also learn how the basics of sourdough baking.

ROE 510: LEADERSHIP AT THE EDGE: ADVANCED LEADERSHIP PRACTICES FOR COLLABORATION AND INNOVATION
CREDIT: ROE 510: 1 Credit, $165 + $180 Course Fee
NON-CREDIT: $180 Course Fee

Instructor: Paul Duba
Date: 10/8-11/12
Days: Thursdays
Time: 8:00-11:00AM
Location: ZOOM- online

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 practice, enabling you to more reliably unlock the magic of a 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.

INTRODUCTION TO FLY FISHING
NON-CREDIT, $90

Instructor: Jeffrey J. Ewert
Date: 09/14-10/05
Day: Mondays
Time: 6:00-8:00PM
Location: Outside on Western’s Taylor Hall lawn
Materials: Students should bring their own fly rod and reel (some rods are made available upon request).
*Maximum of 10 students*

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!


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Crested Butte Book Club: Diverse Learners-Race, Culture & Inequality
EDUC 510 1 CREDIT, $100
Instructor: Stephanie Niemi
Date: October 22, 2020 – May 6, 2021
Day: Thursdays
Time: 5:30PM-8:30PM
Location: Google Meet-Virtual

Required text: The Broken Ladder, The New Jim Crow, Enrique’s Journey (CBCS has copies of Enrique’s Journey)

Students will read three books covering topics about inequality and race: The Broken Ladder, The New Jim Crow, and Enrique’s Journey. Topics will include racial and economic inequality, the criminal justice system, and immigration.  During each discussion session, students will discuss educational strategies to best support students and systemic strategies to improve our school.

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Additional Information

Extended Studies reserves the right to cancel classes and to make changes when warranted. Participants will be notified if classes are cancelled and will receive a full refund.

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. All drop requests must be in writing to the Extended Studies Office.

The following information pertains to Western’s Extended Studies policies and procedures that affect enrollment in Extended Studies courses. It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with these policies, and unless otherwise specified, they apply to all programs and courses. In order to be dropped from a course at no charge, an individual must notify the Extended Studies office, in writing, of the cancellation at least a week prior to the course beginning. Emergency situations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Join Duane Vandenbusche for a Gunnison Country Webinar Series at 7:00PM, every Thursday evening, beginning July 2nd, 2020. The series is sponsored by the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum. Each lecture will be 35 minutes in length and the first, on July 2nd, will be covering Crested Butte. Other lectures will include ranching, the Black Canyon, early day skiing, coal mining, narrow gauge railroads, the great silver camps, farming, water and Placer gold mining.

Please go to crestedbuttemuseum.com to register for the FREE webinar.

 

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.

International Education

Become a student and citizen of the world.

Explore our extensive network of programs and partnerships that will provide you with opportunities to learn around the world. Take courses abroad to learn new skills and study diverse cultures. Meet people from other countries, learn new customs—maybe even a new language—all while earning credit toward your degree.

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Global impact

Energy Management students install solar panels in Peru during an international education course.

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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Sep
27

Rock Climbing Weekend Day Trips

Sep
29

Virtual Financial Aid Night

Sep
30

Basic Mountain Bike Maintenance Clinic

Oct
01

Full Moon Hike

Oct
01

Celebrate Colorado: Higher Education Presentation by Admissions Counselors from 14 Colorado Universities

Oct
02

Homecoming 2020

Oct
03

Mountain Bike Weekend Day Trips

Oct
03

Fall Day of Service

Oct
04

Mountain Bike Weekend Day Trips

Oct
06

Virtual Financial Aid Night

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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 Lokie

Program Assistant

Deanna Clark

Program Assistant

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