OFFICE OF SPECIAL PROGRAMS & CONTINUING EDUCATION
Mines offers a wide range of educational programs to audiences beyond the campus, extending the academic services of the school throughout the U.S. and around the world through specialized courses, programs, conferences and other activities.
The cash-funded Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education (SPACE) administers all off-campus educational programs on behalf of the school, providing administrative, logistical and fiscal support to Mines faculty members, departments and centers involved in a wide array of educational outreach activities. The office also provides administrative support for a number of institutional strategic enterprises throughout the world.
The Short Course & Conference Program provides opportunities for working professionals to upgrade their technical job skills and remain abreast of recent developments in their respective fields of interest. Short courses provide concentrated instruction in specialized areas and are typically taught by one individual or a small cadre of highly trained professionals. Most courses are taught by CSM faculty members. Several offerings are taught by independent consultants and other professionals, thus bringing to the program specialized industrial knowledge and skills.
The K-12 Outreach Program offers one of the largest science, mathematics and technology-content-based professional development programs in the nation for K-12 teachers, providing programs for more than 3,000 K-12 educators each year. In addition, the program provides courses for K-12 students through Student Programs. The Denver Earth Science Project (DESP) is a K-12 earth science education curriculum development and teacher training effort coordinated by the Colorado School of Mines. In partnership with corporations, federal agencies, school districts, and other institutions of higher education, a series of educational "modules" addressing a range of earth science topics has been developed.
The mission of the International Institute for Professional Advancement (IIPA) is to offer customized high quality educational programs in the areas of energy, minerals, materials, and the environment to working professionals throughout the world.
The Mine Safety and Health Training Program develops training materials and offers courses and hands-on training for the mining industry and first-responders from throughout the U.S.
The Energy and Minerals Field Institute (EMFI), founded in 1978, designs and conducts programs to familiarize selected audiences with the realities of resource development in the Western United States. The Institute conducts field programs that take participants to energy and mineral production sites, processing facilities, impacted communities, and related resource developments.
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