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Dynamic Half Block

January 7-17, 2019

Registrations for non-credit Half Block open October 22, 2018 at 8:00am. Log into Summit: Student Life to register!


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.

Continue to check back as additional course descriptions are added during Block 2 of the Fall 2018 semester.


Being ____ In The Workplace

Dates: January 14-16: 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:30pm-3:00pm; and January 17: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Class limit: 15 students
Description: Being ____ in the Workplace is a 4-day long interactive course designed to provide students from underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds with the hard and soft skills necessary to navigate the unique challenges that they will face in job search process and the workplace. The course will culminate in a networking cocktail event where students will have the opportunity to apply the skills learned during the week and receive feedback from invited members of the business community.


The Big Idea Half Block

Dates: Jan 7-17, 2019 1:00pm-4:00pm
Class limit: 25 students; registered teams given preference
Description: This workshop will be 100% focused on innovation and startup teams participating in the Big Idea program at Colorado College and will cover every element required to successfully compete in the Colorado College Big Idea, where $50,000 is in play for your startup idea. Topics include: Core Value Proposition and alignment with your target population/market; Burning Match pitch; Executive Summary; Pitch Deck; and startup model. You and your team will receive in-depth feedback and refinement of your Big Idea. As such, it’s the best way to tune up for the rest of the process, and perfectly placed in the calendar of the Big Idea process; while not required for teams to compete, the Big Idea Half Block will surely help. And besides getting ready for the competition, the workshop will provide an intermediate/advanced primer on the innovation and startup process. Registered Big Idea teams will be given preference. Others may participate on a space available basis.


Computer Language as Language

Dates: Jan 7-17, 2019 9:00am-12:00pm
Class limit: 20 students
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.


Cross Examination and the Art of Trial Advocacy 

Dates: January 8-11, 2019 1:30pm-4:00pm
Class limit: 20 students
Description: “The first person to testify seems innocent, until the other comes and cross-examines him.”

This Half Block course will focus on the cross-examination of witnesses, especially experts, and the art of presenting a compelling case in the courtroom. These skillsets are not only helpful for those wishing to improve their Mock Trial performances, but also for those wishing to test out the trial lawyer's life. Can – or should – an attorney advocate a theme during trial? Can – or should – an attorney employ a theme during cross-examination? How best can an attorney befriend and influence a jury? Is there a foolproof template for a successful cross-examination? What is the best approach to control the recalcitrant expert witness? Can you "convince" the Judge to help you? All of these questions and more, answered through the simulation of a real-life Capital Murder case and the cross-examination of real life witnesses. The course will conclude with a Q&A session on preparing for law school.

*Note: class times have been specially selected to allow Kaplan: LSAT Test Prep students to attend.
Friday, January 11: Law School Q&A 5:00pm


Design Like a Pro: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign

Dates: Jan 7-17, 2019 1:00pm-4:00pm; working day Friday, January 11
Class limit: 15 students
Description: Whether you are new to Adobe software or have some prior experience, this class will develop your graphic design and photo editing skills using Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Daily assignments will help you master the most common tools and encourage you to experiment with digital media. The final project, suitable for print or online distribution, will be individually designed in consultation with the instructor.


Excel at Excel: Skills to Get the Job You Want

Dates: Jan 7-11, 2019 9:00am-12:00pm
Class limit: 20 students
Description: This course is for the beginner who knows that they should know Excel but wants a coach to show them the ropes. We will start with the basics of data entry and formatting, cover most of the basic menus, and leave you able to make presentation-quality tables and graphs, create and interpret univariate regression “lines of best fit”, do pivot tables, run what-if analyses, and lots more. Plus, we will have fun, guaranteed.


Kaplan: GMAT

Dates: Jan 7-10 and 14-15, 2019 9:00am-12:00pm
Class limit: 15 students
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 GMAT. 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. This course would cost over $1,200 if taken on your own, and is offered for free through Dynamic Half Block.


Kaplan: GRE

Dates: Jan 7-10 and 14-16, 2019 9:00am-12:00pm
Class limit: 20 students
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. The 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. This course would cost over $1,300 if taken on your own, and is offered for free through Dynamic Half Block.


Kaplan: LSAT

Dates: Jan 7-17, 2019 9:00am-12:00pm; January 7, 10, and 16 1:30pm-5:00pm
Class limit: 15 students
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 ten-session half block focusing on strategies for each test section. The course includes a diagnostic exam proctored by a Kaplan instructor, a midpoint test, a final exam, and 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 (75+ exams) and every released LSAT question (7,500+) with detailed explanations to each question and every answer choice. This course would cost over $1,200 if taken on your own, and is offered for free through Dynamic Half Block.


Kaplan: MCAT

Dates: Jan 7-17, 2019 9:00am-12:00pm; January 7, 10, and 16 1:30pm-4:30pm
Class limit: 20 students
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. Based on your strengths and weaknesses, Kaplan’s MCAT prep courses offer ways to customize your MCAT prep around your greatest areas of opportunity. The course will offer a half block comprised of twelve sessions, including a diagnostic 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. This course would cost over $2,300 if taken on your own, and is offered for free through Dynamic Half Block.


Non-Profits and Philanthropy: You Really Can Change the World

Dates: Jan 7-11, 9:00am-12:00pm
Class limit: 20 students
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 help you to think about the unique opportunity you have to begin planning 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.

Co-taught by two Colorado College alumni with extensive experience in philanthropy and non-profit management, Heather Carroll ’89 and Michelle Chalmer ’89, it 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 the world.


Our Careers in Climate

Dates: Jan 14-17, 2019 9:15am-12:00pm and 1:30pm-3:00pm with one all-day off-campus trip  
Class limit: 15 students
Description: Our Careers in Climate is an interactive exploration of how to find personal and professional impact in fields related to environmental stewardship and climate change. This 5-day course exposes students to a range of fields, connects students with Colorado College alumni working in the climate space, and discusses the range of issues and interests encompassed in environmental work. This intimate course provides personalized attention to student interests and builds tangible skills such as carbon emissions accounting, resume and cover-letter writing, and interview preparation.


Slinging Ink with Amos Kennedy

Dates: Jan 7-17, 2019 9:00am-12:00pm
Class limit: 10 students
Description: Come take a 9-day letterpress workshop at The Press at CC, with the “semi-famous” activist printer Amos P. Kennedy, Jr. We will be learning all of the letterpress basics and exploring themes of social justice and empowerment. According to Amos: “We will be puttin' a lot of ink on paper. Hopefully, we will play at the press. Then take the printed matter and make zines.” Work produced in this class will be displayed in the Hybl Gallery at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College in February of 2019.


Sovereignty Tour: Exploring Professional Development and Cultural Life within Tribal Nations

Dates: Jan 7-17, 2019
Class limit: 12 students
Description: Most students have little exposure to the organization of tribal governments in the United States and the jobs these sovereign nations do for their citizens and other indigenous people who live within their political jurisdiction. This course will provide students with an off-campus opportunity in Tulsa, Okmulgee, and Eufaula, Oklahoma to learn and interact with leaders, programs, citizens, and culture of a specific federally recognized tribal nation. We will visit different economic, social, and cultural sites within the nation for a comprehensive look at the vastness of tribal government and explore professional opportunities for working within a tribe. We will also participate in cultural activities and volunteer opportunities.


Tiger Trek: London

Dates: Jan 7-11, 2019
Class limit: 12 students
Description: The Colorado College Career Center and the Office of Alumni & Family Relations are pleased to help sponsor Tiger Trek, a program that arranges student tours of major cities to highlight prestigious alumni and potential career paths. These 4-day trips over Block Breaks provide students with valuable insights as well as the opportunity to make connections in their fields. On the Tiger Trek: London trip, students will travel to London for a tour of a variety of organizations and to meet prestigious alumni in order to learn about potential career paths and network with professionals. This experience is provided free for 12 students thanks to generous gifts from major benefactors. Stay tuned for Tiger Trek: London employer visit sites.

*Note: Tiger Trek: London will function on a different application cycle than other Dynamic Half Block course offerings. Continue to check this page for further details.