George Decorte– At Yampa Valley High School (YVHS) the juniors and seniors have a class every Tuesday for a hour and twenty minutes at Colorado Mountain College (CMC). There is only one teacher for this class and her name is Hadley Nylen. When asked the purpose of the class Hadley said, “Students learn about time management, empathy and diversity, learning styles, degree and certificate programs available, communication skills, healthy lifestyles, and money management”.
The reason they’re taking this class is so they know about what college life is like and skills they’ll need later in life. So, if they take this introduction class when they’re in high school they don’t have to take it when they go to college in Colorado. Also, if they take it they get college credits and that can be transferred to any other college in Colorado. To pass the class you have to get a grade of C or higher.
Students have said that they have enjoyed taking this class. YVHS Student Jack Ringer said, “I enjoy the class because I get to learn new life skills like healthy lifestyles and money management.”
Also, the teachers have said the class is beneficial because it gives students an opportunity to know what CMC is like. YVHS teacher Greg Johnson said, “This class is beneficial because it gives them an idea of the CMC campus and see what a college education would be like.”
Dawson Van Pelt, a student from YVHS said, “I like the class because it’s moving me towards a college education.”
The class has happened eight times starting in October and ending in December. The class is for mature students getting ready for life after high school, so that’s why it’s only juniors and seniors. This is the first time YVHS has had the opportunity for students to take this class and they hope to do it every year. This class is very beneficial to the students that take it because it teaches them things that can be very useful later on in life.