Sep 23, 2023  
2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

GED, HSE, ESL, and Go2Work

Build your skills in developmental education programs.

The School of Transitional Education is designed to help you achieve the most from your college education and succeed in college-level courses. Students that place into developmental education courses must enroll in the developmental education courses, including sequent English and mathematics coursework, within the first 30 semester credit hours.

Here are some resources that can assist you.

Placement Assessment: At the beginning of your first semester, unless you have previous college credit, ACT or SAT scores, you will be placed in classes that best meet your needs. We offer Accuplacer assessments in mathematics, reading, English and computer skills proficiency.

Developmental Math: Developmental math classes will prepare you to succeed in your college-level math classes. Additionally, developmental math classes will help to prepare you for college major. Based on the Accuplacer score, you may be placed in a developmental math class that prepares you for a 100-level courses for Liberal Arts, Statistics, Integrated Math, and college-level career math courses. Also, based on the Accuplacer score, you may be placed in a developmental math class that prepares you for college-level College Algebra and Finite Math courses. The developmental math classes will help you to build the knowledge and skills needed to successfully achieve your academic and career goals.

College Composition and Reading (CCR): The College Composition and Reading courses integrate and conceptualize reading and writing skills across the disciplines in each course. This accelerated learning program prepares students for a rigorous academic environment. Based on the Accuplacer score, you may be placed in a CCR class that can be taken concurrently with a college-level course in a discipline strand of Communications, Science, Social Science, Arts and Humanities, or Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses. Additionally, based on the Accuplacer score, you may be placed in a CCR class that can be taken concurrently with an ENG 121 course. The CCR classes prepare students to succeed in college-level courses. 

Learning Labs: The learning labs are a great resource to support you in being successful at CMC. Learning labs offer help in mathematics, reading, writing class assignments, HSE preparation, studying to take the Accuplacer, and college-level courses. Work at your own pace and level in small groups or one-on-one with tutors or instructors in the areas you need assistance.

English as a Second Language (ESL): Instruction for English Language Learners is designed for limited and non-English proficient students. Classroom instruction focuses on developing a student’s life and work skills. Students improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in leveled classrooms from low beginning through advanced. All students must be pretested upon enrollment to determine their appropriate instructional level.

High School Equivalency (HSE): High School Equivalency tests (GED, Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), and HiSET) preparation classes and retesting are available at CMC.  HSE preparation classes are provided at many of our campuses. The GED test has four subjects (math, social science, social studies, and reasoning through language arts).  The GED test is only offered through online testing. The HiSET test has five subjects (Language Arts - Reading, Language Arts - Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies).  The HiSET test is offered through both online and paper testing. The TASC test has five subjects (Reading/Language Arts, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies).  The HiSET test is offered through both online and paper testing.

After successfully completing the HSE test, the student will receive a Colorado High School Equivalency Certificate from the State of Colorado Department of Education. Some campuses offer the HSE test in Spanish. 

Tutoring: Tutoring is available for students who need additional help to succeed in a course. At times a student requires assistance beyond that which a faculty member can reasonably be expected to provide outside of the classroom. In these situations, the student can request a tutor, or faculty may refer a student to the Learning Labs or to a college counselor if a specific subject tutor needs to be provided. It is not appropriate for a faculty member to tutor a student as this constitutes a conflict of interest. Similarly, it is against college policy for a faculty member to recommend a tutor, as this may result in liability for both the faculty member and the tutor. Each site maintains a list of tutors that will be provided to students upon request. There are various requirements that a student needs to meet to qualify for individual/small group tutoring. There is also a free online tutoring service called Smarthinking that is available 24 hours a day.

Go2Work Programs (Sponsored Programs)

Go2Work Computer Job Skills Workshops are ongoing, weekly workshops offered in Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, and other locations. They offer free modularized instruction from basic computers, Microsoft Office, graphic design, and web design. These are offered in conjunction with the CO Workforce Centers and County Health and Human Services. They are open to anyone in the community; those currently in the workforce; those considering college and wanting to date their computer skills; even local seniors wanting to increase their basic computer skills and access social media.

Gateway-Link to Success Classes are offered at the Rifle campus. These classes are designed for parents who qualify for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits through the Garfield County Department of Human Services. For information about eligibility for TANF, please visit Colorado PEAK or your local County Human Services office.

Wo/Men In Transition Scholarships can help with the cost of tuition and books for parents meeting certain eligibility requirements. The scholarship is limited to areas where funding is provided through local grants and contracts.

GarCo Enterprise (formerly known as GarCo Sewing Works) is an industrial sewing training, sustainability and design center located in downtown Rifle. In partnership with Garfield County, GarCo Enterprise is an economic development project. The center offers training in sewing, design, marketing, entrepreneurship and small business development to individuals on public benefits and displaced workers referred by the local workforce center. We work closely with CMC students interested in career pathways to local training opportunities and certificates of proficiency that local employers have identified as employment needs. See more at our website: or Facebook.

For further information on any of the Go2Work Programs, please contact Jill Ziemann, (970) 384-8518 or