Meet Our Teachers: Ariel Calmes

008Bonjour, je m’appelle Ariel Calmes, et je suis Francophile! As a high school student, I was lucky enough to be chosen as a foreign exchange student through the Evanston Rotary Club.  My host country? Belgium! I had a classroom background in French, but was nowhere near conversational when I arrived.  However, the Belgians are a wonderful people, and during my one year stay in their country, they taught me to speak French.  After returning to Wyoming I sought a Bachelor of Arts degree of French, which I received in 2008 from the University of Wyoming.  During my undergraduate studies I traveled in Japan, and there found my French language skills helpful.  Many Japanese study and speak English, however equally as many spoke French.  I found common ground with the Japanese in our common second language, and speaking French with the Japanese people took the pressure off everyone.  Neither of us had to try to speak the other person’s native language well.  I never imagined that my time in Japan would be enhanced by speaking French. After graduating from the University of Wyoming I received a Juris Doctor from the University of Utah, and currently work as an attorney at the Harris Law Office in Evanston.  I may work as an attorney, but I still have a passion for French.  I teach French 1010 and French 1020 at the Western Wyoming Community College Evanston Outreach Center, and I hope that you will consider taking French, either to fulfill your foreign language requirements as part of a degree program, or simply to enrich your life and improve your international travel experience. So, should you take French with WWCC? Do you……

1. Use the internet? French is the third most used language on the internet after English (first) and German (second).

2. Have an interest in foreign affairs or international sporting events? French is the official language of The United Nations, NATO, UNESCO, The International Red Cross, the International Olympic Committee, International Courts (including the HAGUE) and the European Union.

3. Seek educational opportunities? Fluency in French may qualify you for French government scholarships to pursue higher education in France or qualify you to seek internationally recognized French degrees and education.

4. Like to talk with others and make new friends? Over 200 million people on five continents speak French. Even if a native French speaker speaks English, he or she is more likely to bond with you if you speak at least some French, and speak it well. Many people also speak French as a second language, but do not speak English, or are not comfortable conversing with you in your native language.

5. Want to learn a skill that is useful everywhere? French and English are the only languages that are taught in every country in the world (and you already speak English!) and French is the ninth most-spoken language in the world

6. Want to work abroad? France has the world’s fifth biggest economy, and French speakers have job opportunities not only in France, but also in other French-speaking parts of the world, including Quebec, Switzerland, Belgium, and North and sub-Saharan Africa.

7. Like to travel? France is number one tourist destination in the world, with more than 70 million visitors annually, and there’s more to see than just Paris! Go to the Cote d’Azur, the French Alps, the beaches of Normandy, or the coastline of Brittany.  Additionally, French will help you when traveling to Quebec, Switzerland, Belgium, the Seychelles islands, Tahiti, Monaco/Luxembourg, French Guiana, Vietnam, Guadalupe, Martinique, and many countries in North and Sub-Saharan Africa (including the gorgeous Tunisia).

8. Enjoy baked goods? Make some Kouign-Amann using an original French-language recipe. It’s delicious.

9. Understand your native language better? About 50% of the vocabulary of the English language derives from French.

10. Want to learn other languages? French is a gateway language to other romance languages, like Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Romanian. (All statistics courtesy of the French Consulate General; http://www.consulfrance-houston.org).

Meet Our Teachers: Holly Horton

001My name is Holly Horton, and I am the Evanston Outreach geology instructor for Western.  I have a BS in geology from MIT and an MS in geophysics from Stanford.  I have been teaching geology for Western since the fall semester of 2009, both online and in the classroom, and I also teach Math Lab for Western here in Evanston.  I plan to teach a classroom version of my geology course here in Evanston in the Fall2014 semester.

I have worked for various companies that are active in the mining and petroleum industries for over 30 years, and I have a broad and varied experience with geology.  I was transferred to Evanston by Chevron in 1992 as a geophysicist, and I retired from Chevron in 2002.    I am currently working as a geophysical consultant for an energy company in Salt Lake City, in addition to my teaching responsibilities.

Teaching geology and math is, for me, a way to give back to the community in which I live and work.  I greatly enjoy teaching geology, and I can promise you that when you have completed my geology course you will look at the physical world around you with a new viewpoint and greater appreciation.

Geology is a dynamic science, and we see it in action every single day.  Whenever we read about a volcano erupting, a tsunami occurring, or a rockslide destroying homes, we are experiencing geology.  In this geology course you will learn how the four major physical systems of the Earth (atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere and biosphere) intricately interact with each other through geological processes, and why these processes occur and can sometimes result in disasters.

We are all curious creatures and we want to learn.  This is an opportunity to learn about a fun and interesting science that most people don’t understand.  We see geology in action every day, but most people don’t know why geological processes occur.

This course is not about lectures.  Instead, as a group, we will extensively discuss geology and geologic processes.  You will also learn through lab work how scientists study the Earth.  And I plan to include a local geology field trip.

In this course you will:

  • Learn what science is and how we use science to learn about the world around us – (Why do geologists think that the Earth is 4.6 billion years old?)
  • Learn to interpret landscapes and other aspects of the world that surrounds you – (Why did that landslide in Jackson cut that house in half? Could that have been avoided?)
  • Learn and apply important geologic concepts – (Do the continents really move around on the Earth? How does that happen?)
  • Understand the relevance of geology to your life – (Is that house that I want to buy located in a risky setting?)
  • Learn to use the new knowledge, skills and ways of thinking to become a more informed citizen – (So that’s why that earthquake caused a tsunami.  I understand now because I took a geology course at Western).

So if you have ever been interested in learning and understanding more about the physical world that you see around you and that you frequently hear about in the news, take my geology course.  I hope to see you all this fall.

2014 Geriatric Health Internet Series for Health Care Professionals

Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center is proud to host the 2014 Geriatric Health Internet Series for Health Care Professionals January 7 – March 11, 2014.  The series will be held every Tuesday from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm.

Please click on the link below for more information:

Health Internet Series

To register, please contact Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center at 307-789-5742.

We hope to see you there!

Registration is Now Open for Spring 2014 Classes

Registration is now open for spring 2014 classes at WWCC, UW, or USU. Spring classes start January 13, 2014.  Hurry in to the Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center to meet with Al Calmes and the WWCC staff or get online to register for classes at UW or USU.

Remember, if you need help filling out your FAFSA form for financial aid, contact Bonnie Straw at the Education Center.

Don’t put off your dream of going to college. You can start now, right here in Evanston, with the help of all of the resources at the Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center.

Call 307-789-5742, or stop in today at 1013 W. Cheyenne Drive.

It is time to start pursuing your dream!

Concurrent Enrollment Update

WWCC DL

I am writing today regarding the Concurrent Enrollment Concerns article published in the Tuesday September 3rd edition of the Uinta County Herald.  There are a few clarifications I would like to add to the article about Western Wyoming Community College.

Western Wyoming Community College (“WWCC”) did not lose accreditation in 2012.  WWCC is a fully regionally accredited institution.  WWCC’s Nursing Program lost accreditation with the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission because it did not have master degree faculty in all positions, and is currently working toward reestablishing approval with that Commission.  The National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission is a national certification program.  One impact the loss of its accreditation has on WWCC Nursing Students is that WWCC Nursing Program Graduates may not work for a federal institution upon graduation from WWCC.  Additionally, without this accreditation a graduate from the WWCC Nursing Program would be unable to transfer to the University of Utah to obtain a bachelor of science in nursing.  However, a graduate would be eligible for transfer to the University of Wyoming, or other four year institutions, to obtain a bachelor of science in nursing and after earning a bachelor of science from UW or another similar institution would be eligible for employment at a federal institution.  To date, the University of Utah is the only institution identified that would not accept a WWCC Nursing Graduate for transfer to obtain a bachelor of science in nursing due to the loss of accreditation with the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.  The college maintains its accreditation with the Wyoming State Board of Nursing.  WWCC Nursing Program Graduates are eligible to sit for the required licensing exams to become a registered nurse.  The Nursing Program at WWCC is currently approved by the Higher Learning Commission through WWCC’s Institutional Accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission and by the State of Wyoming.

The article also addresses issues regarding the Concurrent Enrollment Program at Evanston High School.  Concurrent enrollment classes are classes taught at the high school by teachers approved to teach at high school and college levels.  Students taking concurrent enrollment classes at Evanston High School receive both Evanston High School and Western Wyoming Community College credit upon successful completion of their classes.  The following classes are being offered for concurrent enrollment at Evanston High School during the fall 2013 semester:

Special Projects in Metal Arts

Special Projects in Graphic Design

Special Workshop Digital Photo Imaging

Automotive Brake Systems

Basic Construction Skills

Computer Information Systems

English Composition 1

Web Development 1

Computer Aided Drafting

Advanced Computer Aided Drafting

Customer Service

American and Wyoming Government

Shield Metal Arc Welding

Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding

Groove Welding Plate

Welding Fabrication

This fall there were three classes cancelled due to instructor eligibility.  Specifically, the high school instructors teaching these courses did not meet Western Wyoming Community College’s instructor approval requirements, which follow the Higher Learning Commission’s Assumed Practices.  High school instructors teaching concurrent enrollment courses must meet the same eligibility requirements for approval as full-time and other adjunct faculty.

There was one additional fall concurrent enrollment class cancelled due to teacher health issues.

Western works hard to provide the highest quality educational experience we can regardless of where students are taking our classes and we know that you would expect nothing less.

Sincerely,

Allen Calmes

Western Wyoming Community College

Evanston Outreach Coordinator

What Are Your Skills?

Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center is always looking for instructors to teach classes for us. We know people are the most valuable resource.  As we start planning for our winter semester course offerings, we would be happy to explore different class options.  If you have something you would like to teach, please let us know!

Contact us at 307-789-5742 or at info@uintaeducation.org.