At Colorado Mountain College, The Continuing Education Team in partnership with The Business Department has created the following FREE classes to support our area business through this time of great uncertainty.

Below are class descriptions. More classes are going to be built, but we wanted to start getting the information out to you ASAP.

Just like other Non-Credit Classes these can be accessed through our non-credit website:

Once there you can search “FREE-ONLINE COURSES” or “COVID”

Registration is incredibly easy and the information that will be transformative and could quite possibly save some of your businesses.

  • COVID and Human Resources – WTH do I do now?
    • Friday, April 24 | 10-11am & Monday, April 27 | 10-11am
      • Instructor: Lance Richards
        • Lance Richards, will walk business owners and managers through some of the key HR issues and decisions relating to sudden ramp-down, business suspension, employee care and engagement, and being ready to re-engage quickly. We’ll have a look at the differences between furloughs, lay-offs and separation, and how those might create different results for employees seeking unemployment insurance payments. We’ll discuss specific aspects of the Colorado HELP Act, the federal FFCRA and CARES Acts as they relate to employment, as well as how the PPP can help. This webinar is designed to be highly interactive, with a focus on delivering real-life guidance to not only current questions and issues, but also what business owners and managers should be thinking about going forward. It will include an overview of some possible solutions for your business, your employees, and yourself. 
  • COVID Business Writing
    • Monday, April 27 | 12-1pm & Tuesday, April 28 | 12-1pm
      • Instructor: Joanne Yantz
        • This seminar will focus on writing a successful business plan. It will also focus on various types of business messages that require a specific style and tone. Joanne Yantz is an adjunct instructor at Colorado Mountain College. She teaches Business Communication and Report Writing for the past 14 years. She was named Colorado Mountain College’s Adjunct Instructor of the year in 2011. She enjoys hiking and skiing. She had a lifelong career in teaching writing skills.
  • COVID Strategic Communications
    • Friday, April 24 | 9-10am & Saturday, April 25 | 9-10am & Sunday, April 26 | 9-10am
      • Instructor: Json Marruffo
        • Learn what is required to establish a web presence for professional or business use. Understand the importance of a well-planned strategy for your virtual web presence, including maintenance and administrative tasks to keep your presence functioning and efficient. Over a weekend, participants will learn to plan, build, and deploy a simple web presence to better a new or current brand. Json Marruffo brings private and public sector experience in the field of communications from web development to social media strategy. As a non-traditional student, Mr. Marruffo received a Master of Arts in Communication in 2012 from the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs and a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Phoenix, while managing local area networks and content management systems for the Environmental Protection Agency. 
  • Employee and Guest Safety in Restaurants Moving Forward from COVID
    • Thursday, April 30 | 10-11am
      • Instructor: Ari Lewis
        • A question and answer session surrounding employee and guest safety concerns moving forward. What could/should the the restaurant industry look like after we reopen? Ari has 25 years of experience in operations covering several dining segments. Heavily focused on the guest experience, hospitality, and employee retention. Now in higher education helping to create the next generation of hospitality managers.
  • Health & Best Practices amid COVID-19
    • Tuesday, April 28 | 9:15-10am & Wednesday, April 29 | 9:15-10am
      • Instructor: David Hickel
        • In this seminar, David Hickel, CMC EMS Faculty Member will lead participants through Decontamination Techniques, Symptom Monitoring and describing the finer details of PPE’s (Personal Protection Equipment) so you can help to keep you and your staff safe and healthy. 


Classes Toward Certificate in Hospitality Management

If you are in the restaurant, hotel, or hospitality industry, Colorado Mountain College is offering classes toward a certification in hospitality management for FREE. The regular cost is $800. This is a great resume-building option if you are out of work and hope to go back in to that business. Check out their website for more information!

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