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We know your time is valuable, so I promise this will always be a quick update of something interesting happening at Trinidad State. Expect to see it around the 10th of each month.


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JANUARY 10, 2018

It's a new year and a new semester. Classes start next week! Please take Just a Minute and we'll catch you up on our world.

We're ready to do it again
After a relaxing Christmas break we'll start again with classes beginning Monday. It's hard to imagine we're halfway through the academic year. We're signing up students for classes all day long on both of our campuses. If you know someone who needs some college credits you can click here to see our schedule. And don't forget to check out our community education classes which are quick and inexpensive. We're teaching everything from beekeeping to welding over the next few months.

Trinidad State plans expansion
An expansion in the San Luis Valley has long been in our plans and we took a giant step in that direction last month. Just before the holidays, we received a generous donation of $500,000 to assist us! This money will help us either buy land or an existing building in the Valley, separate from our rather cramped Alamosa Campus. Our goal is to offer additional programming in the Skilled Trades. We can't say more at this time, but we hope to be able to share the exciting details in the coming months!
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Until next time,

Carmen M. Simone, Ph.D.
President, Trinidad State




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FEBRUARY 9, 2018

Can it be February already? Please take Just a Minute out of your busy schedule to catch up with Trinidad State!

Enrollment is up
After some lean years our student numbers are slowly edging higher. Our enrollment, compared to last year at this time is up six percent! Figuring for some lost students in the next few weeks we project we'll finish the semester up between four and five percent. We believe quality class offerings and affordability are playing a significant role in this success. Please help us continue to spread the good news about Trinidad State!

Trinidad Campus art show features works of San Luis Valley weaver
Our new art show in the President's Office on the Trinidad Campus features the works of master weaver Jacque Hart. She raises animals for their wool, dyes it and then spins it into yarn. She makes intricate scarves, shawls and wall hangings. The show will run through Friday, March 2 in Berg Building Room 218. Please drop by anytime Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon, or 1 to 5 p.m. If you can't make it to Trinidad, one of her works is on permanent display at our Valley Campus in Alamosa.

Until next time,

Carmen M. Simone, Ph.D.
President, Trinidad State




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March 8, 2018

We're working toward Spring Break! Here's a Trinidad State update that will take Just a Minute!

Trojans excel in winter sports

BASKETBALL
Last weekend was so exciting in the world of Trojan sports. Our Women's Basketball Team defeated Laramie County 76-64 on Friday night. Then Saturday night our Men's Basketball Team won a double-overtime nail biter over North Platte 72-68. It was a memorable weekend in Scott Gym. Both teams now move on to the Elite Eight in NJCAA Region IX.

Trojans excel in winter sports

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Meanwhile in Lubbock, Texas our Trojans were shining at the 2018 NJCAA National Indoor Meet. Our women finished 25th and our men ended up in sixth place. Trojan Freshman Derek Holdsworth finished first in the mile and the 800 meter run. Incredibly those races were run just minutes apart! Our men's distance medley team finished second and Daniel Haymes finished fourth in both the mile and the 3000 meter run.

Nursing Professor Angie Medina gets national award
Associate Professor Angie Medina has been chosen as one of 50 national recipients of the inaugural Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Award from the American Association of Community Colleges. Angie works with nursing students on the Valley Campus. The award honors faculty members who go above and beyond in their passionate support of students both in and out of the classroom. Her accomplishments will be highlighted at the annual AACC convention in Dallas in late April.
Congratulations, Angie!

President's Office Art Show
We're featuring the works of Karen Howl in the President's Office for the next month. Karen is an advisor to our Robotics Team and also paints vivid Southwest scenes. Drop by anytime Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and noon, and between 1 and 5 p.m.

Until next time,

Carmen M. Simone, Ph.D.
President, Trinidad State




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April 10, 2018

Can you believe we're only a month away from graduation? Please take Just a Minute to catch up with Trinidad State.

It's about jobs
As we prepare to send our graduates off into the work world, we know they'll need jobs. To that end we're hosting job fairs today and tomorrow for our Health Care students. This morning on the Valley Campus and this afternoon in Trinidad we'll host area organizations that might be interested in hiring our soon-to-graduate students. Also there will be representatives of four-year schools where our students might want to continue. Then tomorrow we'll hold a Career Fair in Trinidad. About thirty companies and organizations from as far away as Greeley will come to Scott Gym to visit with our students about jobs.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The Colorado legislature recently enacted a law allowing community colleges to offer four-year completion degrees in Nursing. We believe this could meet a critical need, especially in rural areas where nurses are in short supply. Trinidad State Nursing Director LoriRae Hamilton, and our nursing faculty, have the skills to help us proceed down this path. But there is still much work to be done and the process will easily take us many, many months to complete.

Student Art Show
We'll feature the works of students in a printmaking class in the President's Office on the Trinidad Campus from April 12 to April 20. The students started with everything from charred blocks of wood to sliced vegetables to intricate hand-carved designs. The results are interesting and worth a look. Stop by the Berg Building, Room 218 anytime between 8 a.m. and noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. and take a look!

Until next time,

Carmen M. Simone, Ph.D.
President, Trinidad State




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May 9, 2018

Graduation happens Friday! Join us for celebrations in Trinidad and Alamosa if you can. The details will take Just a Minute.

The best day of the year
May 11 is the day we push our new graduates out of the nest and urge them to fly free! Commencement happens at 10 a.m. in The Pit, just south of the Berg Administration Building on the Trinidad Campus and at 6 p.m. in Plachy Hall on the Campus of Adams State University in Alamosa. We'll send over two hundred students out into the world with all the hope and best wishes we can muster. Our ceremonies are always open to the public and we encourage you to attend.

Region IX Baseball Tournament returns to Trinidad
As winners of the Empire Conference Championship, Trinidad State will once again host the Region IX Tournament Thursday through Saturday at Central Park. Get ready for some stellar college ball and if you can, come cheer for our Trojans.

Lady Trojans bring home the Region IX Title
Our softball team battled through adversity the last weekend of April at the Region IX Tournament in La Junta. After a loss to Otero on the first day they had to come back through the consolation bracket and then defeat Otero two more times in order to win the title! After five games in three days they were understandably elated. Today they compete in El Dorado, Kansas for the District Title.

Until next time,

Carmen M. Simone, Ph.D.
President, Trinidad State




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June 7, 2018

Our summer session just started at Trinidad State and we're not slowing down. We'll catch you up in Just a Minute.

Summer classes
Summer classes started this week and brain cells are heating up on both campuses. We also are in week two of our NRA Gunsmithing Summer Series. These are mostly one-week classes teaching skills you just can't pick up by watching an internet video. Our NRA Certified Training Center is also open.

Hatmaking
Our Southern Rockies Heritage School is also offering classes this summer. This week we're hosting Tom Hirt, a nationally recognized hatter. He's passing on skills learned through a lifetime of hatmaking. He's made hats for famous folks like President Reagan, Sam Elliot, Val Kilmer and Sharon Stone. Nine students will end the week with at least one custom hat. And next month Tom will head to our Valley Campus to do it all again with six more eager students. If this interests you, make plans to attend next summer.

Art of the Gun
To shine a light on all we do related to building and customizing guns we are once again hosting Art of the Gun. In cooperation with the A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art in downtown Trinidad, this show features amazing craftsman from around the country who produce guns so detailed and intricate, they are considered works of art. Please join us on June 8 or 9 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 130 E. Main Street in Trinidad. Admission is $10.

Until next time,

Carmen M. Simone, Ph.D.
President, Trinidad State




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July 10, 2018

Can you believe we're already halfway through summer? Take Just a Minute to catch up on Trinidad State happenings.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
As you know the state legislature enacted a law earlier this year which allows community colleges in Colorado to offer a four-year completion degree in nursing. This is a huge project which is proceeding on many levels. On July 12 the governing board of the Colorado Community College System will vote on this historic project. If all goes as expected, Trinidad State will be one of a handful of community colleges in Colorado that will offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing starting in the fall of 2020.

New Baseball coach
After a national search we have selected a new coach to lead our stellar baseball team. Justin Wichert has spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. He was a pitcher in college and was drafted by Major League Baseball's San Diego Padres. He began coaching at the college level in 2006. He takes over a team that has won the NJCAA Region IX Championship five times in a row. When you see him, please welcome Coach Wichert and his family to Trinidad!

Summer enrollment is up
After an increase in enrollment in the spring semester, we are also seeing a jump in our summer numbers compared with last year. Summer enrollment is up more than two percent and we are optimistic it will go a little higher in the next few days

Until next time,

Carmen M. Simone, Ph.D.
President, Trinidad State




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August 6, 2018

Fall classes start in just two weeks! Take Just a Minute to catch up on Trinidad State happenings.

2nd Annual San Luis Valley Economic Development Summit
Trinidad State will be represented along with Adams State University at the 2nd Annual San Luis Valley Economic Development Summit today in Alamosa. I'll help guide the discussions throughout the day along with guests from SLV Heritage and Rural Workforce Development. We're all looking forward to seeing the new SLV Economic Impact Study. This will be a day of introspection, ideas and hope as we gauge strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for the future of the San Luis Valley.

Four-year elementary education degree to be offered in Trinidad
We've entered into a partnership with CU Denver to train future teachers without leaving Trinidad! The program is called TPREP (Teacher Preparation for Rural Education Program) and will result in a bachelor's degree in elementary education. The program will include field experience in local elementary schools all four years. It will include strong support from peers, mentors and faculty. Under Colorado House Bill 17-1003, signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper in May of 2017, this is one of the ways Colorado is tackling a shortage of public school teachers, especially in rural areas. To find out more, click here.

Gunsmithing friend donates $10,000
John Seim of Canada has been taking NRA Summer Gunsmithing courses in Trinidad for more than 30 years. A couple of years ago he decided to write a book on the difficult finish method known as color case hardening. He conducted countless experiments in the summer of 2016 and 2017 in our Gunsmithing finishing lab and documented the results. He then compiled his efforts in a reference book called Colour Case Hardening of Firearms and started selling it on Amazon. On July 19 John donated the proceeds of the first printing to Chris Hanks with Friends of Trinidad State to enhance our acclaimed Gunsmithing Program! That you John for your support over the last three decades. We'll put this $10,000 to good use.

Until next time,

Carmen M. Simone, Ph.D.
President, Trinidad State




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September 7, 2018

We're almost a month into the fall semester and we have lots of news. Take Just a Minute to catch up on Trinidad State happenings.

"Art Cartopia" to be built in Trinidad State building
Trinidad State has entered into a lease agreement with Trinidad's ArtoCade, with plans to turn an underused college facility into an art car museum, gallery and creative space. Tentatively named Art Cartopia, it will house ArtoCade's permanent and growing collection of art cars, which now numbers more than 20. ArtoCade is known for a zany art car parade in downtown Trinidad that happens the second weekend in September. But the organization has longed for a space where art cars can be displayed the rest of the year. Leasing the first floor of Trinidad State's Mining Tech Building at 2702 Freedom Road will meet that need. With 6,000 square feet of high-ceiling industrial space and another 3,700 of classrooms, restrooms and office space, this partnership opens the door not only for more art cars, but art education. We're excited to build a collaboration with ArtoCade which we believe will give a continuing boost to our art program.

Community College Journal highlights Trinidad State athletics
Trinidad State is featured in the August/September issue of the Community College Journal in an article about how our two campuses have grown closer together because of our sports teams. It started two years ago with Cross Country and has expanded to indoor and outdoor Track and Field.
Click here to read the article.

Teacher prep program informational meeting
We're spreading the word about a new partnership with CU Denver that will train future elementary school teachers without leaving Trinidad! The program is called TPREP (Teacher Preparation for Rural Education Program) and will result in a bachelor's degree in elementary education. The program will include field experience in local elementary schools all four years. We invite you to an informational meeting on September 18 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Pioneer Room.

Until next time,

Carmen M. Simone, Ph.D.
President, Trinidad State




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