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    Dynamic Half Block

    January 7-17, 2019

    Registrations for non-credit Half Block are now open. 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.

    *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.


    Art Education Teaching and Learning Laboratory

    Dates: January 7-17, 2019 9:00am-12:00pm
    Class limit: 20 students
    Description: Are you interested in learning more about how to develop an effective art program, grounded in best educational practices? This dynamic 9-day course will provide you with background in effective educational practice, how to organize learning environments, the logistics behind marketing and registering students in a non-profit art school. In addition, you will learn how to plan art classes for elementary and middle school age students. 

    Housed in the Bemis School of Art at the Fine Arts Center, you will focus on developing courses in sculpting, drawing, painting, and mixed media. These courses will in turn be offered through the Bemis School of Art during blocks 5-8 to students from the Colorado Springs community, and you have an opportunity become co-teachers during one or all of these spring Bemis School of Art Classes.


    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 face in the 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 $25,000 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 7, 9:00am-12:00pm; January 8, 10, & 11 1:30pm-4:30pm
    Class limit: 20 students
    Description: “The first person to testify seems innocent, until the other comes and cross-examines him.”

    Join Senior District Judge Mike Mayes in this Half Block course, which 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.


    Finding Your Power: Public Speaking Half Block

    Dates: January 7-10: 9:00am-12:00pm; Friday morning low-stakes networking event January 11, 10:00am-12:00pm
    Class limit: 20 students
    Description: Caught off-guard in important social situations? Feel stymied when a well-intentioned, but meddling relative asks about your plans after college? Frustrated because the ‘right’ answer is always elusive in the moment? This Half-Block offers hands-on and dialogue-heavy activities in a low-stakes environment to tackle these common problems experienced socially and in networking events.

    Learn to organize the interpersonal chaos and practice strategies to communicate your focus areas, passions, and research – to individuals in and out of your field – clearly, concisely, and with purpose! Communication levels the playing field. If you can advocate for yourself with purpose and a smile, you will raise your credibility and give you a competitive edge. Ultimately, this Half Block will help you to create your power when thinking – and talking – about life after CC.


    Journalism Boot Camp

    Dates: Jan 7-17, 2019 9:00am-12:00pm  
    Class limit: 20 students
    Description: Are you thinking about joining the Journalism minor or interested in the role of journalism in today's society? This dynamic 9-day course provides you with the essential skills you'll need to think like a journalist. In addition to focusing on writing and reporting, best practices, ethical standards and the fundamentals of journalism, students will visit two very different newsrooms outside of the classroom. By the end of this Dynamic Half Block, you should have a grounding in the nuts and bolts of reporting and the techniques used to craft publishable stories.


    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 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 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 free through Dynamic Half Block.

    *In order to maintain equitable access to Kaplan Test Prep courses, students may only take a Kaplan course once during their four years at CC. Students should strategically time their participation in this course to take place three to six months before their GMAT exam. Students will not be allowed to take a Kaplan Test Prep course a second time.

    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. 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 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 free through Dynamic Half Block.

    *In order to maintain equitable access to Kaplan Test Prep courses, students may only take a Kaplan course once during their four years at CC. Students should strategically time their participation in this course to take place three to six months before their GRE exam. Students will not be allowed to take a Kaplan Test Prep course a second time.


    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 (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, and is offered for free through Dynamic Half Block.

    *In order to maintain equitable access to Kaplan Test Prep courses, students may only take a Kaplan course once during their four years at CC. Students should strategically time their participation in this course to take place three to six months before their LSAT exam. Students will not be allowed to take a Kaplan Test Prep course a second time.


    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. 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, 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 instruction, this course would cost over $2,500 if taken on your own. It is offered for free through Dynamic Half Block.

    *In order to maintain equitable access to Kaplan Test Prep courses, students may only take a Kaplan course once during their four years at CC. Students should strategically time their participation in this course to take place three to six months before their MCAT exam. Students will not be allowed to take a Kaplan Test Prep course a second time.


    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 Chalmers ’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 7-11, 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.


    Public Policy-Making in the Era of Trump

    Dates: Jan 14-17, 2019 9:00am-12:00pm
    Class limit: 20 students
    Description: After winning the electoral college but losing the popular vote, President Trump took office and pursued aggressive policy positions without a hint of compromising or building coalitions with his political opponents. After two years in office, has Trump become a transformative leader who has achieved momentous policy objectives while revolutionizing policy making in the U.S.? Or are his claims of historic victories and accomplishments nothing more than delusions of grandeur? This course will use case studies on tax reform/economic policy and international trade/affairs to examine whether Trump should be considered a transformative policy maker that has created a new set of rules to accomplish momentous policy objectives. Through this course you will study the public policy-making process and develop oral and written advocacy skills in preparation for graduate studies and careers in politics, public affairs, or law.


    NEW! Radio Production with Andrea Chalfin

    Dates: Jan 7-11, 2019 9:00am-12:00pm
    Class limit: 15 students
    Description: Join Andrea Chalfin from 91.5 KRCC for this dynamic week-long crash course in radio production. You'll learn how to record high-quality audio; utilize Adobe Audition to layer voices, music, and sound; and complete a final project showcasing your skills. This course will be taught by KRCC's Andrea Chalfin, whose award-winning work has been heard on NPR, The World (PRI), and the BBC.


    Rural Community Immersion Project (Registrations Now Closed)

    Dates: Jan 7-18, 2019 9:00am-4:00pm
    Class limit: 10 students
    Description: Would you like to be part a team immersed in a Colorado rural community and grounded in service-learning theory, with the goal of developing community projects that connect schooling and economic development? This Dynamic Half Block will take place initially at Colorado College, then relocate on January 9 to Springfield, Colorado, located in the Southeastern corner of the state. 

    CC students will team up with ten students from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Each team will be assigned a community and school, meet with students, teachers and community members to develop a strategic plan for school and community improvement. Here is the good news. Students who participate in this Dynamic Half Block will receive a $1,000 stipend at the completion of the proposal (January 18). Housing, food, and transportation are covered. Students must apply in person to Dr. Mike Taber. Email Dr. Taber at mrtaber@coloradocollege.edu to make an appointment.


    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 (Registrations Now Closed)

    Dates: Jan 7-12, 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. This trip provides students with valuable insights into international opportunities as well as connections with those living abroad. 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. Stay tuned for Tiger Trek: London employer visit sites.

    *Note: Tiger Trek: London functioned on a different application cycle than other Dynamic Half Block course offerings. Applications closed on October 18, 2018.