CMC summer camps spark career interests

Colorado Mountain College and Reach Your Peak Colorado, an organization funded by El Pomar Foundation’s Northwest Regional Council, presented three week-long camps in Carbondale and one camp in Rifle during July. The camps are designed to spark student interest, from elementary through high school, in education and future careers. The slideshow below shares a few views of students taking part in last week’s Technology Camp in GameMaker Studio as they prepare their final projects, shared with their parents at the end of the day.

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Maroon Bells 50th Birthday Bash

Maroon Bells 50th birthday bash posterThe Maroon Bells celebrate their 50th anniversary this summer. On August 2, you can attend a birthday bash for the iconic peaks hosted by  Wilderness Workshop, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and the U.S. Forest Service.

An outdoor festival at the base of Aspen Highlands will run from 3 to 9 p.m. The event will feature live music, an address by author/activist Rick Bass, a Ute Nation ceremony, various kids’ activities and wilderness displays. A film sharing the stories of individuals involved in the creation of Colorado Wilderness areas, created by students from CMC’s Professional Photography program, will also be shown at the event.  Click here to see the schedule of events.

Advance tickets are just $10 for adults, with kids 12 and under free (and that includes cake!). The Highlands Alehouse will offer special food and drink deals. For more info:

Annual business forum slated to happen July 22

CMC president Carrie Besnette Hauser to speak at Vail Valley Business Forum event

First printed in the Vail Daily News.

VAIL — The Vail Valley Partnership will host the eighth annual Vail Valley Business Forum July 22 at the Four Seasons Resort Vail from 8:30 to 11 a.m. This year’s theme is “Regional Challenges, Local Solutions.” Attendees will gain access to the latest ideas and information in the areas of regional economic development, workforce, healthcare and transportation. The Vail Valley Business Forum is the Partnership’s largest educational event.

Following a TED-like format, four keynote speakers will first present on their areas of expertise, followed by question and answer sessions with local industry leaders. The format will provide attendees with a high-level regional understanding of a variety of topics, with a locally focused perspective on solutions. Tickets are $15 for Partnership members and $30 for everyone else.

Keynote speakers and local panelists include:

• Workforce: Carrie Besnette Hauser, president of Colorado Mountain College. Local leaders moderating the Q&A will feature Johannes Faessler and Read more

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Our talented webmaster, Frank Martin, recently backpacked to Blue Lake near Independence Pass and created some art with Hipstamatic. Enjoy the view! Hipstamatic shot of Blue Lake, near Independence Pass, Colorado

CMC sustainability studies program featured in Homelink magazine

The cover of HomeLink magazine. CMC sustainability studies student Whitney Chandler recently had two features published in the magazine, which focuses on sustainable building and living.

The cover of HomeLink magazine. CMC sustainability studies student Whitney Chandler recently had two features published in the magazine, which focuses on sustainable building and living.

Whitney Chandler wrote about her experience as a Colorado Mountain College sustainability studies student for the Summer 2014 issue of Homelink magazine. A second article penned by Chandler featured the college’s first annual Sustainability Conference and was published in the same issue.

“Being a part of the program has opened doors for me in ways I never thought possible,” wrote Chandler in her article “In My Green Cape Everyday: My Experience as a CMC Student.”  Click here to read more of Chandler’s words on her student experience. For her sum-up of the sustainability conference, click here.




Summer Camp at CMC

Colorado Mountain College in Rifle, in partnership with the El Pomar Foundation, held a summer camp for middle school students last week to help spark their interest in future careers. Students at the Rifle camp, titled “Crazy Scientist Week,” explored biofuels and natural gas, green chemistry, social equity and health careers and solar cell production. Below are a few photos capturing students at work in Chris Ellis’ “Solar Day” lab. Additional summer camps, hosted by the CMC Roaring Fork campus and exploring media and technology continue this week and next at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale.

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Phase One of CMC IT single sign-on completed

CMC’s Information Technology Department (IT) has been busy creating a process to allow CMC staff and students to possess a single username/password that will work across many systems at CMC.

Phase One is now complete. This phase includes WebAdvisor, MyCMC and CMC provided e-mail. Other systems, such as Canvas, will follow in the next phase.

On the morning of July 14th, these systems started authenticating against a single source using your standardized username. Faculty, staff and students need to register to use the CMC Password Manager. It is easy and fast to complete. Please follow the directions and screen shots provided by the IT department Read more

A college program for workforce training

CMC in Rifle offers instruction for staying safe on the job

Robin Haney, energy industry training coordinator at Colorado Mountain College

Robin Haney is the energy industry training coordinator at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle. Photo Ed Kosmicki

College is not just a place where newly graduated high school seniors go to earn an academic degree. Sometimes, college can offer educational opportunities to working men and women who can immediately apply that knowledge at the job site. And perhaps nowhere is that better illustrated than at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle.

Robin Haney is the energy industry training director at the college’s campus in Rifle, the westernmost of CMC’s 11 locations. The courses she oversees through the college are designed for those already employed in the energy industry, but are also applicable to workers in many other fields. These are courses that are meant to help companies comply with safety standards in order to keep their Read more

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CMC to offer Bachelor of Science in nursing this fall

Information sessions July 15-Aug. 7 at CMC in Breckenridge, Glenwood Springs, Edwards

As of Aug. 25 – the first day of Colorado Mountain College’s fall semester – the college will offer bachelor’s degrees in nursing, for registered nurses.

The new Bachelor of Science in nursing degree, also known as the RN to BSN, will be based at Colorado Mountain College locations in Spring Valley-Glenwood Springs and Breckenridge. However, since the program involves mostly online learning requiring only occasional visits to the college’s campuses, working nurses throughout the CMC service area and beyond may enroll.

RN to BSN functions somewhat differently than a standard four-year bachelor’s degree, as students must have already attained a level of nursing proficiency. Currently, CMC offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science in nursing, which qualifies students to become licensed registered nurses. To enroll in the college’s new bachelor’s program, students must already have earned their associate degree in nursing and hold an RN license in the state of Colorado, in addition Read more