Extended Studies

The Extended Studies program offers life-long learning opportunities through credit and non-credit courses.  Several opportunities for enrichment and education are available for your convenience

Extended Studies helpful links:

San Juan Mining Camp Tour: A Historical Tour with Dr. Duane Vandenbusche and Dr. Bruce Bartleson Bartleson

June 16-20, 2014: A breathtaking tour of the great San Juan mining country with emphasis on Lake City, Silverton, Ouray, Telluride, and Durango.  Visit and learn about one of Colorado’s most storied mining regions.  Ride on the famous Durango-Silverton narrow gauge railroad, tour the Bachelor-Syracuse mine, and stay at some of the most famous historic hotels in Colorado.  Travel over Red Mountain, Owl Creek, Slumgullion, and Ophir Passes, and visit several historic mining museums.  The mining frontier, narrow gauge railroads, geography, unique Victorian architecture, geology, and social history is emphasized.

NEW SUMMER TRIP! The Great Gunnison Country Tour: A Historical Tour with Dr. Duane Vandenbusche and Dr. Bruce Bartleson

June 23-27, 2014:  Discover the best of Gunnison Country in an exciting and interesting week-long educational adventure. Join Gunnison Country experts Dr. Duane Vandebusche and Dr. Bruce Bartleson on daily out and back explorations.  Begin with an action-packed day to Crested Butte, Gothic, and Taylor Park. Next, learn about the Valley’s interesting relationship with water and the geology that created it. Then, travel back in time with a visit to the Sargents and Maysville school houses before moving onto Salida for a lesson in railroads and the Arkansas River. On Thursday, travel outside of Gunnison, over Ohio and McClure passes to learn about historic, high-altitude mining towns. Stay the night at the beautiful Redstone Lodge in Glenwood Springs. The last day includes a chair-lift ride to the caves outside of Glenwood Springs, a manor tour at the Redstone Inn and a breathtaking drive over Kebler Pass back to Gunnison. The mining frontier, water, railroads, geography, geology, and social history are emphasized. You must sign up for the whole week; no partial registrations are allowed.

  • For more information and registration packet: The Gunnison Country Tour

    Extended Studies instructor and Western history professor, Dr. Duane Vandenbusche, releases his newest book, Western State College Mountain Mecca, on January 27, 2014.  Check it out at www.arcadiapublishing.com

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Summer Teacher Institute: June 9-21, 2014

Summer 2014 International Course Applications

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