Latest News – December 11
Leadville School News: Horns, STEM Class and New VP
Lake County High School (LCHS) student Christian Torsell has made the Colorado All State Jazz Band for the 4th year in a row. There were 196 students from across the state who auditioned for 36 spots. For the first time, Torsell who primarily plays the saxophone was awarded first chair Lead Alto in the band. He will perform with the All State band in Colorado Springs, Colo. on January 28 at the Broadmoor Hotel for the Colorado Music Educators Conference. Congratulations, Christian!
Climax Mine Hosts Virtual Event for Students
This Tuesday, Dec. 13 local students will join others across the country to participate in an interactive live virtual field trip offering students a behind-the-scenes look into the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers available in today’s copper industry. Sponsored by Freeport-McMoRan, the parent company of the Climax Mine located north of Leadville, the event will encourage engagement with students and educators from coast to coast.
Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, will provide the instruction for this ‘Day of Learning’ from 11 a.m. – 2p.m. (ET) for students nationwide. During this virtual event, which is offered as part of the “Dig Into Mining: The Story of Copper” educational initiative, participants will meet professionals at Freeport-McMoRan as they discuss the various STEM applications found in each phase of copper recovery.
“The Day of Learning is an outstanding culmination of the learning opportunities included in Dig Into Mining,” said Tracy Bame, President of the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation. “This fun, interactive way of learning will bring the mining process to life for students and allow them to engage with the employees who make it happen. We believe it’s an excellent way for students to gain a greater understanding of how STEM knowledge is used in a workplace in various careers on a daily basis, making the content they learn in math and science classes more relatable.”
On Tuesday, the ‘Day of Learning’ event will highlight different copper industry professionals including geologists, engineers, metallurgists, and reclamation and environmental managers. Designed with educators in mind, this flexible viewing format allows classrooms to tune-in at any particular hour throughout the event. Students may submit questions in advance on the program website for a chance to have them answered live by Freeport-McMoRan professionals during the event. To register and submit questions for this event, CONNECT HERE.
The ‘Day of Learning’ event is offered as part of Discovery Education and Freeport-McMoRan’s comprehensive “Dig Into Mining: The Story of Copper” program. Available at no cost, this initiative provides students, educators and families an online site that includes hands-on resources to inspire students to explore how the earth’s natural resources shape their lives geologically, societally and economically. The program offers standards-based classroom tools and Virtual Labs that encourage the development of students’ STEM, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Additional at-home family resources help students to share their classroom learnings with family members through insightful conversation about geology, and match their skills and interests to exciting opportunities within the copper industry.
For more information about the virtual field trip or Dig Into Mining: The Story of Copper’s free resources, visit HERE.
CMC names Pokrandt as Vice President
Rachel Pokrandt has been appointed as the vice president of Colorado Mountain College (CMC) in Leadville effective immediately. Pokrandt has been providing interim campus leadership since August 1, after the previous campus VP left last spring. Previously Pokrandt had been the campus dean for CMC in Rifle and has also held leadership roles at CMC’s Edwards and Breckenridge campuses.
“While I generally encourage internal or national searches for most position, there are occasions when timing and one’s fit with the unique needs of a department or campus require a different approach. This is one of those times,” stated Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, CMC president and CEO. “After watching Rachel at work these past months, and listening to all the feedback I’ve received, I am convinced that she brings the desire and commitment to serve extremely well our communities in Lake and Chaffee counties.”
Pokrandt’s experience includes time an instructional dean at Front Range Community College after a 10-year career in the nonprofit sector working on educational programs with a variety of corporations. She maintains a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies and British literature from Manchester University, U.K.; a Master of Business Administration from Western Governor’s University; and a graduate certificate in sustainability from Harvard University, and is scheduled to receive her doctorate in management from University of Switzerland, Zurich in the winter of 2016.
“I am truly honored to be offered this position,” said Pokrandt. “I am ready to roll up my sleeves to provide our campus and community with the stability, enthusiasm and creativity that they need.”