#WhatsUpWednesday with Vail and Mindy on an Early Childhood Apprenticeship program at CMU Tech

Today we are joined by Vail Shoultz-McCole and Mindy Gutierrez from Colorado Mesa University to share with us all about the Early Childhood Apprenticeship program.

T. Vail Shoultz-McCole - Over the past 30+ years she has worked in ECE; owning a childcare, Head Start teacher, teaching 1st grade, Colorado Shines coach, B4Change trauma informed practices instructor, and college faculty. Vail holds a master's in education early childhood. She is a Buell Leadership Fellow at Denver University, currently part of the Bankstreet Apprenticeship Fellowship and sits on a variety of state committees in Colorado. Her dedication to workforce growth led her to bring the Early Educator registered apprenticeship program to Colorado Mesa University/CMU Tech campus in fall 2021 where it has had great success and inspired other programs. Vail is the Primary Investigator on the CDEC grant that supports Early Childhood Apprenticeship at CMU Tech.

Mindy Gutierrez is a dynamic advocate for early childhood education, deeply committed to fostering the growth and development of young children. Fluent in both Spanish and English, Mindy recognizes the importance of language diversity in early learning environments. She is proud to be a part of CMU TECH's Early Childhood apprenticeship program, that has outstanding success in nurturing the next generation of educators. Mindy's dedication to providing enriching experiences for children, coupled with her expertise in mentorship, has contributed significantly to the program's achievements. Passionate about empowering children and educators, Mindy continues to make a lasting impact on early childhood education. Beyond her professional pursuits, Mindy enjoys exploring new cuisines, exploring nature , and spending quality time with her loved ones.

If you have any questions about the apprenticeship program, or are interested in getting started, please contact Mindy Gutierrez: Gutierrez, Mindy mmgutierrez@coloradomesa.edu Or you can visit these websites to learn more:https://www.coloradomesa.edu/tech/pro...   / coloradomesaedec  

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