In January of 2015, students at Southwest Open High School in Cortez went into the communities of Montezuma County to look deeply at the ideas of freedom and independence. The following stories were produced by these students, and contain the voices of our community as they speak about the realities of these ideals, including the implications of success and failure in our society, how Southwest Open High School itself embodies freedom and independence, and more.
Nursing is a career that is not only in demand, but can also be deeply satisfying on a personal level. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Cheri Johnson, Nurse Aide Coordinator at Southwest Colorado Community College, about the Certified Nursing Assistant program that is being offered at the school, and how it is the perfect entry for those who are considering a career in nursing and health care.
The Mancos School of the West is a community of artists and craftsmen committed to sharing the spirit and culture of the American West through classes, workshops and special events. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Brian Killigrew and Linda Rose from the school about the ideas behind the endeavor, how the school will operate, and what classes will be offered.
State-mandated testing in schools has become a burden on smaller schools as more and more time and resources are being required for test-taking. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Adam Priestly, Secondary Principal at the Mancos School District, and Mancos high school students Faith Asnicar, Bowen Strazza-Whalen, and Taryn Gordanier, about how excessive testing is impacting their school, and their Terminate Trivial Testing social media campaign.
Experiential learning, where kids can achieve understanding through hands-on projects, is perfectly suited for school gardens and curriculum that can extend beyond the classroom. In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Erin Bohme, Mancos School Garden Coordinator and Experiential Learning Manager for the Montezuma School To Farm Project, about how school gardens are being used to enhance a wide variety of learning, and why it is important in today's education environment.
Theater and drama are fun and important aspects of education in the arts, building confidence and communication skills. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with students David Gonzalez-Overton, Kaylee Brinkerhoff, and Madison Nielson of the Montezuma-Cortez High School Drama Club, and their theater director Nicholaus Sandner, about "Rabbit Hole", the current theater production they are working on, and how participation in drama impacts their lives.
The Cortez Cultural Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide an interactive forum for the community's artistic, cultural, and environmental interests. KSJD's Jeff Pope talks with Donna Stewart, Executive Director at the Cortez Cultural Center, and Lee Bergman, Board President for the Cortez Cultural Center, about what their organization is doing to fulfill their mission in the community.
Finding employment in a good-paying job can sometimes be a matter of getting the right training. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Tomas German-Palacios, Operations Coordinator with the Economic and Workforce Development Division at Southwest Colorado Community College about new technical training programs available at the school that can help with entry into the workforce, career advancement, or career change.
The relationship between teachers and students is typically discussed in terms of how teachers impact their students. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Cortez Middle School teacher Matt Keefauver about his recent keynote address at the Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers Conference about how students affect their teachers, and why it matters to the rest of us.
In an increasingly digital world, libraries are working to become more than just a place to check out books. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Cortez Public Library Director Eric Ikenouye about how libraries are playing an important role in our communities, why they are essential in bridging the digital divide, and how they work to improve early childhood literacy.