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Half Block

Non-Credit Opportunities

Our non-credit half block opportunities ran from January 6, 2014 - January 17, 2014. Attendance included 398 participants and 14 alumni contributors. Students experienced leadership training, a public speaking intensive, a Fullbright Finance intensive, and several other career development opportunities. Below you'll find an overview of all the classes offered during the 2014 half block. We look forward to seeing you for the 2015 half block!

Week 1 Opportunities

GMAT, GRE, LSAT, and MCAT Test Prep on Your Terms

Four different courses will offer intensive test preparation for the GMAT, GRE, LSAT, and MCAT examinations including certified instructors from the Princeton Review, proctored diagnostic tests to measure performance, personalized online student portal via, and all necessary course materials.

Career Choices in the Health Professions

The primary content of this course is centered on a series of presentations by guests from a variety of health professions. The course is designed to assist student in exploring health opportunities. Topics that will be included are a description of the profession, required education, responsibilities, interactions between health care professionals, and rewarding and challenging aspects of each field.

Skill Building and Personal Branding for Today's Workplace

Let Your Data Flow: channel the power of Excel – Part One

Learn why you’d want to use Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet software, how to use the basic (and some advanced) features, and get hands on experience crafting spreadsheets for real world purposes.

IT Collaborations in the Workplace – Part 2

IT is increasingly embedded in how you collaborate and get things done in today's workplace.  The 1 hour presentation will give a quick overview of the kinds of IT tools and techniques that are commonly used.  And, the presentation will also provide some practical advice on how to function effectively in an IT environment to work effectively with coworkers.

Using Social Media to Develop Your Personal Brand And Get Hired – Part 3

People spend more than 700 BILLION minutes on Facebook every month. This doesn’t include the time they spend on LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest. Posts on these, or any other social network help or hurt your Personal Brand.

This workshop will delve into best practices for using social media to develop your personal brand and get you hired. We’ll also learn from the mistakes of others. Plan to leave the workshop with action items you can immediately put in place.

Brad Friedman, Founder & President of The Friedman Group, LLC graduated from Colorado College in 1982, is a Denver native and “Recovering Attorney.”  Drawing on his lifetime of work with Attorneys, CPAs, Financial Services Providers and Business Owners, Brad formed The Friedman Group to help professionals and businesses develop online strategies, generate leads and revenue by harnessing the power of the Internet and use Inbound and Social Media Marketing.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education Wilderness First Responder

Outdoor Education Wilderness First Responder Re-certification

Outdoor Education  A.L.I. Level III Backcountry Ski Leader Training

Outdoor Education A.L.I. Level II Backcountry Ski Leader Training

Outdoor Education AIARE Level I Avalanche

Outdoor Education A.L.I. Level III Rock Climbing Leader Training

NYC, DC, and San Francisco Alumni Networking Events

Whether you are a Senior or a First Year, if you are going to be in one of the cities on the date listed below, come get advice, encouragement, and opportunity leads from local alumni at these unique networking events.

These events are open to all students. (Those students participating in Selective Liberal Arts Consortium (SLAC) Recruiting Days are highly encouraged to attend)

Entrepreneurial Interest: Startup Boot Camp

An intensive crash course in startups that will cover the essentials needed to plan, launch, and execute a successful startup.  The emphasis will be on applying the skills and knowledge gained during the course to a real-world startup.  The course will be complimented by examples and stories provided by a variety of startups underway.

The Startup Bootcamp will cover three types of startups: social; small business; and venture.  The course will be led by a serial startup entrepreneur.

Topics will include: innovation and invention; idea formation and development; pitch development and delivery; market selection, research and focus; product planning, prototyping and rapid refinement; business modeling; early sales efforts and sales scale; considerations; intellectual property protection; financial and startup style management; team formation; and pursuing and securing various types of financing. Students will visit Boulder startups.

The Fullbridge Finance Intensive

The Fullbridge Finance Intensive is an immersive, experiential learning boot camp in finance designed for students who have an interest in financial services careers, particularly jobs in wealth management, stock brokerage, and investment and financial advising.  This boot camp is ideal for students from all majors interested in gaining practical, real-world financial skills, exploring careers in financial services and preparing to take the Series 7 exam. Students will have the opportunity to meet and engage with Colorado College graduates who have had successful careers as financial and investment advisors.

During the Fullbridge Finance Intensive, classrooms are transformed into a simulated workplace environment, meaning you will be working for eight hours a day, five days a week – great preparation for the real world. Fullbridge’s teaching method is an integrated blended learning approach of personalized coaching, a world-class tech-enabled curriculum, team collaboration, and learning by doing.

Instructor provided by Fullbridge, Inc.  - Your Fullbridge coach ­– your mentor and “practice boss” – will guide you through the course, giving you intensive, individual feedback and professional advice. Typical coaches are MBAs from top business schools and have work experience in a variety of industries, including investment banking, venture capital, and entrepreneurship.

The Vocab: Critical Approaches to Spoken Word Writing and Performance

Ideal for vets and beginners alike, this course invites students to create original spoken word performance pieces drawn from the cracks and corners of their lives.  From rhyme to rage, we will identify critical techniques utilized by key artists from the genre’s rich history.  A series of creative and collaborative exercise, enhanced by group critiques, lead to one-two culminating public performances.

Week 2 Opportunities

Competent Public Speaking

Few careers lack the need for public speaking. We’ll cover the foundations of competent speaking, learn about using different venues for speaking, review speaking in online settings, and prepare for team presentations. Each day builds on the previous, but students can attend one, two, or all three classes. By refreshing and expanding on your public speaking skills, you’ll be able to stand out in interviews and provide helpful skills for your career.

Foundations in Leadership: Understanding Yourself in the Context of Leadership for Your Future

Are you a student leader? Do you want to be a student leader? Come learn about yourself in the context of leading while exploring ways you can influence others through leadership. This course will focus on development theory, self-understanding, authentic leadership, and professional development as it relates to topics in leadership! Students will participate in an overnight trip to the CC Cabin and visit the Center for Creative Leadership.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an extension of the concept of first aid in which members of a community are taught how to respond in a mental health emergency and to offer support to someone who appears to be in emotional distress.  This Mental Health First Aid course is an interactive program which introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds an understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments. Participants will learn:

    • The potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including:  depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury.
    • An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in their communities.
    • The evidence-based professional, peer, social and self-help resources available to someone with a mental health problem.
    • A 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, select and implement appropriate interventions and help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care.

The Modern World of Work: Beginning Your Journey

Explore how your interests, co-curricular activities, courses, and other experiences connect. Participants will use what they discover about themselves as a guide throughout the sessions. You will learn to explore the modern world of work through a variety of resources and a day of site visits. Taking all the information you accumulate throughout the course, you will develop your story and learn how to share this with others both verbally and in the form of a resume. An etiquette dinner finale will provide you with the opportunity to practice your ability to share this compelling story with others. Ideal for first year and sophomore students but open to all.

Training the Street Undergraduate Wall Street Boot Camp: Financial Statement and Valuation Workshop

Specially developed for undergraduates, this course uses real-world examples to bring financial theory to life. Training The Street (TTS) will bridge the gap between theoretical academic coursework and the technical skills used by finance practitioners. This workshop is ideal for students who think they may pursue a role as a financial analyst. The course content is derived from training programs currently delivered at top investment banks and private equity firms, giving you the skills to excel in upcoming internships, as well as eventually in full-time roles. Workshops serve as a helpful introduction to the world of finance. In this particular workshop TTS will provide the building blocks that are used in forecasting techniques. Day one will focus on interpreting financial results using a live case study company to solidify your understanding. Day 2 will build upon the techniques you learned and cover the fundamentals of corporate valuation techniques used by finance practitioners.

Designed for students interested in careers in finance /appropriate for all majors. Training The Street has been offering workshops to college and graduate students since 1999.

Special Activities

Etiquette Dinner

For 100 students and faculty, staff, alumni and community members

(Priority seating for students in Modern World of Work)

Include  alumni, parents and community members to network with students

Arts and Crafts

Jewelry Earrings

Jewelry Necklaces


Learn the basics of weaving on a frame loom, and complete a project.


Formal analysis of mark-making in Batik.  Investigate ways to achieve depth through the use of marks using hot wax and layers of dye.