Congratulations Jason Shoup

Jason Shoup - Rifle CMC Faculty of the year AND CMC Collegewide Faculty of the Year
This is the image for the news article titled Jason Shoup - Rifle CMC Faculty of the year AND CMC Collegewide Faculty of the YearThursday, May 13, Colorado Mountain College announced that Jason Shoup, welding faculty, earned honors as Rifle Campus Faculty of the Year, and was also named CMC Collegewide Full Time Faculty of the Year. This honor is chosen from all faculty across 11 CMC campuses and is the organization's highest honor.

Jason Shoup worked heroically in 2020 to ensure that welding students had the opportunity to complete the requirements to earn their welding certificates in a safe manner and environment. This involved the creation of some of CMC’s first COVID-19 safety plans (devising extensive protocols before the plan of action template even existed) and working with facilities staff at two high school buildings to ensure access. He taught classes well beyond the standard semester, into June and July, and taught double the number of class sessions in order to guarantee social distancing and keep capacity numbers in a safe range.Jason Shoup

This spring, when a fellow welding faculty encountered a health challenge that made it impossible for him to instruct, Jason stepped in to teach this class, on top of his already full load, allowing yet another group of students to graduate.

The value of Jason’s leadership in the welding program is embraced and appreciated by our communities, as evidenced by several unsolicited scholarship contributions and other financial donations this past year.

Jason’s students trust and respect him. He teaches them life skills that go beyond the subject at hand. His students express gratitude for his positive, kind and respectful approach while noting the growth they experienced through taking his class, both in welding and in general life skills, because of how much Jason cares about and never gives up on his students.
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Selected student comments:

Mr. Shoup is a very respectful person he treats all of us students with kindness and respect.

He’s always trying to figure out how to help each student learn in their own way.

He never gives up on trying to figure out how to help out the best way he can.

He single-handedly made me want to be a welder for the rest of my life.

Not only has he taught me welding skills but life skills as well. Mr. Shoup works hard to help each student to their full possibilities.

Meanwhile, in the past weeks, Jason has had several students earn first and second in the Colorado Skills USA competitions (students are matched up against many others from across the state, some from much bigger schools).  These students are now preparing to compete at Nationals. 

Jason is a long time 4-H volunteer and advocate, and when an unexpected vacancy occurred in the Re-2 school board, Jason stepped in to serve.
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