Brennan: Listen to Create Partnerships That Make a Difference
Dr. Marc Brennan is vice president and campus dean for Colorado Mountain College Vail Valley at Edwards.
“I recently was invited to join several key community leaders on a panel for an employee leadership training at Colorado Mountain College. The training, called LIFT ( for Leading Into the Future Together), has provided years of quality, in-house professional development to CMC employees who hold positions ranging from maintenance professionals to faculty to administrators. This particular panel featured Chris Romer (president and CEO of the Vail Valley Partnership who is also an elected CMC trustee).”
“Colorado Mountain College’s soon-to-launch radiologic technology program is an example of an approach that balances community and student needs. Recently, Vail Health approached CMC about starting such a program locally. I consulted with my peers who lead CMC’s other campuses and asked them to engage their local hospitals to find out if they have similar demand. They learned that radiologic technicians are scarce in numerous communities served by CMC, and that this need is ongoing. National data confirmed that more than 200 jobs are available in this field, across all the communities that CMC serves.”
“Colorado Mountain College goes to great lengths to listen to the community and invest in our programming accordingly, while addressing the practical career needs of its students. Through listening and engaging in conversations, we form lasting partnerships together that make a difference.”