In this intriguing election year, one of the most talked about new classes at the Community College of Aurora is “Current Political Issues.” The course will feature presentations by well-known guest lecturers throughout the semester, and the talks are free and open to the public.
Presenters will include Gov. Bill Ritter, Jr.; state Sen. Nancy Spence; former state budget director Henry Sobanet; and Chief of Staff for the Ritter administration Jim Carpenter.
Following a general overview of course and functions of government and politics, students will learn about how policies are made in the state legislature. They will have the opportunity to hear from the following speakers:
Sept. 7: “The Bureaucracy: Where Policies Are Implemented,” presented by Jim Carpenter, Chief of Staff, Office of Gov. Bill Ritter, Jr.
Sept. 14: “Public Finance and Budgets,” presented by Henry Sobanet, former Budget Director, office of Gov. Bill Owens
Oct. 5: “Topics in Health Care,” presented by Cody Belzley, Vice President of Public Affairs, Colorado Children’s Campaign
Oct. 12: “Financial Reform and Bank Regulation,” presented by Rich Martinez, Young Americans Bank
NOTE: GOV. RITTER'S OCT. 26 PRESENTATION HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR NOV. 30: “Executive Leadership and Politics,” presented by Bill Ritter, Jr., governor of Colorado
Nov. 9: “K-12 Education Reform,” presented by state Sen. Nancy Spence
Nov. 16: “Higher Education Finance,” presented by Dr. Linda Bowman, president, Community College of Aurora
With the exception of Gov. Ritter’s presentation, which begins at 6:30 p.m., all lectures will start at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building Forum on CCA’s CentreTech Campus, 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway, Aurora.
The course’s instructor is Dr. Matt Gianneschi, the college’s vice president for student services and enrollment management. A resident of Aurora, Gianneschi was appointed to the position last year. He previously served as Senior Policy Advisor for Gov. Bill Ritter, Jr. He also served as Chief Academic Officer for the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, Director of Systems and Information for the Daniels Fund, Assistant Director of Admission for the University of Puget Sound, and Regional Director of Admission for the University of Denver.
Gianneschi holds a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Arizona, M.A. in History from the University of Denver, and B.A. in history and public affairs from the University of Denver.