Page Settings

  • Show menu: true
  • Use horizontal menu: true
  • Show sidebar: no
  • Skip to main content

    Dynamic Half Block

    Dynamic Half Block web header

    Registration for non-credit Half Block opens October 19th, 2020, at 8:30am MDT and will close in December. Register for all non-credit Half Block courses through SUMMIT (not SSBanner)


    The non-credit offerings of Dynamic Half Block provide a unique opportunity for students to explore interests and gain professional knowledge and skills. Participation in many of these offerings will increase your competencies, making you more competitive for internships, graduate/professional schools, and full-time jobs. Build your resume, complement your transcript.

    *Note: Many courses are designed with complementary schedules. Students are encouraged to take more than one course so long as the schedules do not interfere with one another.

    2021 Non-Credit Half-Block Courses

    Kaplan: GMAT
    Dates: January 4-27, Monday & Wednesdays 5:00-8:00pm MST
    Class limit: 10
    Description: You’ll find four types of sections on the GMAT: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Verbal, and Quantitative. Kaplan offers ways to customize your GMAT prep around what is on the test. This Half Block consists of six three-hour sessions to prepare you for every aspect of the GMAT. Registered students receive 9 full-length computer adaptive GMAT practice tests and over 5,000 practice questions which drive personalized recommendations based on your performance. With 18 hours of live virtual instruction and 30 hours of elective online instruction, this in-person experience would cost over $1,500 if taken on your own. It is offered for a $250 deposit through Dynamic Half Block. Upon completion of the entire course, you will be reimbursed $245.

    Students are eligible to take the KAPLAN GMAT Half Block offering once during their Colorado College Experience. Seniors will have priority followed by Juniors. Sophomores and First Year Students are not eligible. Must be committed to enrollment at CC for Spring/Summer 2021 Blocks.


    Kaplan: LSAT
    Dates: January 12-22, 8:30am-12:30pm MST
    Class limit: 20 
    Description: As you begin your LSAT prep, you’ll find three types of multiple-choice questions on the exam: Reading Comprehension questions, Analytical Reasoning questions, and Logical Reasoning questions. Kaplan offers ways to customize your LSAT preparation around the sections where you need to focus most.

    The course will comprise of a eight-session Half Block focusing on strategies for each test section. The course includes a strategy review to prepare for exam day. Registered students receive twelve months of free access to Kaplan’s online test resources, which include a complete PrepTest library (80+ exams) and every released LSAT question (7,500+) with detailed explanations to each question and every answer choice. This course would cost over $1,400 if taken on your own. It is offered for a $250 deposit through Dynamic Half Block. Upon completion of the entire course, you will be reimbursed $245.

    Students are eligible to take the KAPLAN LSAT Half Block offering once during their Colorado College Experience. Seniors and Juniors who are applying to law school in 2021 will receive priority, followed by Seniors applying a year or more post- graduation and then Juniors.  Sophomores and First Year Students are not eligible. Must be committed to enrollment at CC for Spring/Summer 2021 Blocks.


    Kaplan: MCAT
    Dates: Jan 12-21, 9:00am-12:00pm MST; 1/12, 1/15, 1/21 1:30-4:30pm MST
    Class limit: 30 
    Description: Build the stamina and skills necessary to tackle the MCAT. The MCAT has 4 sections: Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS); Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; and Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior. Kaplan offers ways to customize your MCAT preparation around the sections where you need to focus most.

    The course will offer a Half Block comprised of twelve sessions, including a diagnostic exam (which will be a full length (7.5 hr.) exam), instruction on how to best tackle the four test sections, and strategies to prepare for the sit-down exam. Registered students receive twelve months of free access to Kaplan’s online test resources, which include 14 full-length exams and over 10,000 MCAT practice items. With 36 hours of live virtual instruction, this course would cost over $2,500 if taken on your own. It is offered for a $250 deposit through Dynamic Half Block. Upon completion of the entire course, you will be reimbursed $245.

    Students are eligible to take the KAPLAN MCAT Half Block offering once during their Colorado College Experience. A student must be registered or planning to take the MCAT in the spring or summer of 2021. Seniors and Juniors who are applying to medical school in 2021 will receive priority, followed by Seniors applying a year or more post- graduation and then Juniors.  Sophomores and First Year Students are not eligible. Must be committed to enrollment at CC for Spring/Summer 2021 Blocks.


    Kaplan: GRE
    Dates: January 12-21, 9:00am-12:00pm MST
    Class limit: 30
    Description: You’ll find three types of sections on the GRE as you begin your test prep: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Kaplan offers ways to customize your GRE prep around the sections where you need to focus most. This Half Block consists of seven three-hour sessions to prepare you for every aspect of the GRE. Registered students receive twelve months of free access to Kaplan’s online test resources, which include 180+ hours of content, 7 full-length computer tests, and over 5,000 practice items. With 21 hours of live virtual instruction and 35 hours of elective online instruction, this in-person experience would cost over $1,300 if taken on your own. It is offered for a $250 deposit through Dynamic Half Block. Upon completion of the entire course, you will be reimbursed $245.

    Students are eligible to take the KAPLAN GRE Half Block offering once during their Colorado College Experience. Seniors and Juniors who are applying to graduate school in 2021 will receive priority, followed by Seniors applying a year or more post- graduation and then Juniors. Sophomores and First Year Students are not eligible. Must be committed to enrollment at CC for Spring/Summer 2021 Blocks.


    Building a Narrative
    Dates & Time: Jan 12th – 22nd, 9am-12 MST (with writing time breaks)
    Class limit: 4 min – 10 max
    Instructor: Sammi LaBue Hatch
    Description: From catching an idea, to developing a plot, to finding the end, this generative class will lead students through writing a piece of short prose (this may be a short story, chapter, or creative nonfiction essay). Rather than coming to class with a prepared manuscript as in a traditional workshop, we’ll discuss how to approach the blank page and tackle it together. Students will read work and advice from master writers, write to prompts intended to let their own unique point of view shine through, and each design and present their own prompt to the group—a skill becoming more and more valued in the growing writing workshop industry. With an hour or so allotted for writing time, students can expect to leave class with an original piece of creative writing as well as several seeds for future work. This class provides tools for creative writers that can be returned to again and again, but is also an appropriate place to start for amateurs looking to explore or refine their creative writing skills. In a world more closed off to us than ever, this class offers the chance to discover creative inspiration on your own terms and a roadmap to find your way back there in the future.


    The Art of Netiquette
    Dates & Time: January 12-21, 9:30am-12:00pm MST
    Class Limit: 16
    Instructor: Sarah Hinkle
    Description: Becoming native in a virtual world is a skill that has accelerated from handy to essential with the emergence of COVID-19. With it, a new communications competency is rising that employers will prioritize in college applicants aptly titled: The Art of ‘Netiquette’!

    While working remotely may not be ideal, employers will want to know new hires have the capability to flex if circumstances require it. This class will cover facilitating productive meetings using engaged communication styles, connecting effectively to a team, and designing a unique ‘top candidate approach’ to video interviews. This multi-purpose class will promote hands-on (video on!) participation and strive to highlight the fundamentals of on-screen communications to build ethos, maximize participant engagement, and sharpen your group facilitation skills so you can stand out while sitting down.


    CC and Beyond: Moving Forward with Purpose
    Dates & Time: January 12-22, 9:00am-12:30pm MST
    Class Limit: 20
    Instructor: Michael White
    Description: Don’t know what you want to do with your life? Great. Neither does our facilitator (but he’s “successful” by many accounts). While it’s OK to have no idea, we can still get a head start on designing a future aligned with your values. In this course, Michael will use principles of innovation and a series of bespoke exercises to help you move forward with purpose. You’ll move a little bit closer to "what you want to do" by developing clear actions to gain understanding of your passions. You’ll interrogate limiting beliefs and assumptions about post-grad life and, finally, you’ll build skills and tools to constantly iterate who you are and what you want to do as you continue on your path, both during and after your time at CC.


    Computer Language as Language
    Dates/ Time: January 12-22, 9:00am-12:00pm MST
    Class limit: 20 
    Instructor: Dan Ellsworth
    Description: Typically, computer programming classes approach programming from a mathematical problem-solving approach, which fits with the reasoning strategies most frequently used in computer science. In this experimental non-credit course, we will approach computer programming as a communication problem and work from analogies with natural language to explore/learn programming skills. No previous programming experience is expected, and humanities and social science majors are especially encouraged to register.


    Moving Beyond the Vote: Understanding Civic Engagement, Political Processes, and Your Role as a Changemaker
    Dates & Time: January 12-22, 3:00pm – 4:30pm MST
    Class limit: 25
    Instructors: Niki Sosa and Sophia Pray
    Description: This course asks students to consider the pressing questions posed by esteemed sociologist and community organizer Marshall Ganz: "Who am I, who are we, and where are we now?" For many individuals residing in the U.S., this election process has signified a poignant reminder of the pervasiveness of inequality and injustice in our society, as well as conflicting visions of how to make the world a better place. Yet elections should not only be a reminder of the problems facing our society, but also a reminder of our own ability and obligation as citizens to engage with those problems. This course aims to equip you with a working knowledge of civic engagement theory and fundamental democratic principles and political structures in the U.S.; our class sessions will provide a foundation for you to deepen your understanding of your role as an engaged citizen (broadly speaking) in our current world. Our goal is to help you channel the energy of the election into a renewed commitment to engage, extending your commitment to sustained social or environmental change beyond casting a vote.

    As a community-based learning (CBL) course, we aim to learn from community members engaged in this work – and in doing so, recognize sources of knowledge from outside the academy. During this course, we will bring in a variety of community partners and organizers to share their localized expertise alongside CC staff and faculty members.

    This noncredit offering counts as a skills training for students participating in the Community Engaged Scholar and Leader programs. 


    Making Your Art Your Business: Building & Supporting a Creative Life
    Dates & Time: January 12-22, 9:00am-12:00pm MST
    Class limit: 15
    Instructor: Glenn Macura
    Description: This class will focus on the creative arts from a functional & vocational viewpoint. Starting with the students' creative expressions as inspiration & context. The various components of the artistic industries will be reviewed, broken down and engaged from a personal viewpoint. Through lectures, discussions, and assignments, students will experiment in seeing how their own creative pursuits can find support and sustainability within these often opaque worlds. The goal is for each student to have a better awareness of what it takes to make a living in the arts, along with a variety of fundamental tools to face that challenge. Requirement: Students are expected to bring an artistic/creative pursuit to the class. This creative interest does not need to be based in classic Fine Arts. Design, fashion, film, music, dance and other aesthetic endeavors are welcome.


    Developments in the Global Financial Services Industry from Glass-Steagall to Today
    Dates & Time: January 12-22, 9:00am-12:00pm MST
    Class limit: 15
    Instructor: Jameson Miller
    Description: The course provides an overview of the global financial services industry and the events shaping its current structure beginning with the establishment of the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 and ending with the impact of the global financial crises of 2008 and beyond to the current impacts of the COVID pandemic.  The course will focus on the changing financial regulatory environment as well as the impacts of technology and globalization.  The course will also provide an overview of the current global banking environment and what this means for careers in financial services.


    Intro to Investing   
    Dates & Time: Jan 12-15, 9:00-10:30am MST
    Class limit: No limit
    Instructor: Lindsay Trzaska
    Description: Love the new Apple Watch?  Is your favorite Colorado-based burrito company opening nationally and you are certain it's going to succeed? Most of us struggle to learn the basics of investing that allow us to put our ideas into action and start building financial stability from a young age. Value investing is about taking small, thoughtful steps to set yourself up for long-term financial success. It is the process of putting money to work over a period of time by buying and nurturing assets that will grow in value. In this course, we aim to provide a basic overview and strategies for investing in stocks, bonds and real estate. 


    Non-Profits and Philanthropy: You Really Can Change the World
    Dates & Time: Jan 12-15, 10:00am - TBD
    Class limit: 16
    Instructor: Kat Miller Stevens
    Description:  From low-budget, two-person shops to century-old institutions with budgets in the millions, non-profits tackle some of our country’s most pressing challenges and preserve some of the world’s most precious places. This half block course will increase your knowledge of, and skills in, the nonprofit sector. Ultimately, it will provide you the background necessary to start your path to nonprofit leadership. We will discuss philanthropy and giving and the ways you might contribute your time, energy, and skills to promote health, equity, peace – whatever it is you care most about – in your life beyond CC.  The class will overview the complex web of individuals and organizations that make up the non-profit sector and equip you with knowledge of how you, too, can make a difference in this world.


    How to Find a Story
    Dates & Time: January 18-22, 1:00-4:00pm MST
    Class limit: No limit
    Instructor: Jesse Paul
    Description: One of the hardest parts of journalism is knowing when you’ve come across a story that’s worth telling. This course will touch on basic journalistic writing skills so that you’ll know how to tell a story, but mostly it will focus on how to identify and pursue a topic worth digging into. We’ll look at some databases, we’ll make some calls, we’ll scour social media and we’ll hold some people and institutions accountable. Even if you aren’t interested in being a reporter, this course will help you navigate the media landscape and pitch stories to journalists. For five days, you’ll get a taste of what it’s like to be in the trenches.


    Innate Mindfulness: Exploring our Inner Ecology for Thriving on a Changing
    Dates & Time: January 18-22, 11:00am-1:00pm MST
    Class limit: 12
    Instructor: Myra Jackson
    Description: We all hold basic – although often unconscious – assumptions about the very nature of reality, including our relationship with what is commonly called “nature” or “the environment.” As well, we have assimilated a variety of sensorial habits or filters that affect the way we perceive the world. These assumptions – together with sensorial and cognitive habits – may influence our ability to perceive the problems we face and also limit our imagination, making it more difficult to conceive of a path toward ecological sustainability and social well-being. As Albert Einstein noted, “the significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” We may need a new vision of reality, or even a new modality of consciousness – a more ecological worldview – in order to address our most urgent crises and to create a more just and sustainable human society.

    This experiential course is an introductory exploration into Mindfulness as innate within humans. Through it, students will discover the innate somatic sentient intelligence within every human that is the rudimentary basis of Mindfulness. In this workshop, exposure to one's own sensorial doorways are utilized to open into the innate power within to explore the corresponding ecology within that connects every human to the ecosystems in which they live.

    With Nature as a companion, students will learn strategies to skillfully work with thoughts, emotions, and sensations, while developing their capacity to enhance mind-body awareness of present-moment experience to enhance connections to self, community, and the Earth.


    Nonprofit Fundraising and Grant Writing    
    Dates & Time: January 18-22, 10:00am-12:00pm MST
    Class limit: 15
    Instructor: Nina Roumell
    Description:  During this course we’ll examine how non-profit organizations are funded and the role of philanthropy, and specifically grants. You’ll learn how to find, identify, and write a successful grant application. After all, 85% of medium sized and over 95% of large nonprofits apply for at least one grant a year. Having a basic understanding of fundraising and grant writing is important for anyone interested in pursuing a career in the nonprofit sector, not just those interested in fundraising. 


    Mindful Meditation   
    Dates & Time: January 18-22, 10:00-11:00am MST
    Class Limit: 10
    Instructor: Nancy Mayes
    Description: Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, to be aware of what you are doing and feeling, and to not be overwhelmed by what is going on around you. In this Beginner's Class, Certified Yoga Instructor Nancy Mayes will teach you how to observe your breath, to watch your thoughts and to notice what your heart is telling you.  This will be an interactive class.  We will all be sharing our experiences so come prepared to discuss and learn how mindfulness can positively impact your life. Come ready to breathe, meditate and share.


    The Art of Trial Advocacy and Cross Examinations   
    Dates & Time: January 18-22, 1:30-5:00pm MST
    Class Limit: 20
    Instructor: Judge Mike Mayes
    Description: Are you thinking about becoming an attorney?

    Join Senior Judge Mike Mayes in exploring the facts of a real-life case that made legal history. You will represent your first client and you will cross examine your first live expert witness. Learn what it feels like to be in a courtroom with a real Judge as you learn the skills of a seasoned trial lawyer. Others can only dream of this opportunity; you can live it!