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A press conference to announce Colorado Mountain College’s new Isaacson School for New Media is being hosted at our Aspen campus today at 11:00 a.m.  You can read the press release below.  To learn more about the program, go to isaacsonschool.org.

[ASPEN, Colo.] – Colorado Mountain College announced today the formation of the Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College, honoring author and Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson.

The Isaacson School will offer accessible, affordable education and retraining for students who want to be prepared for jobs in the evolving digital landscape.

“Whether they’re traditional-aged college students who want to apply their digital communication skills to start a career – or whether they’re mid-career professionals needing retraining to become more marketable – they can find what they need by going through this program,” said Dr. Stan Jensen, president of the college.

Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson, Aspen Institute President and CEO and author of the biography "Steve Jobs". Photo/Ed Kosmicki.

“I am grateful to President Jensen and to Colorado Mountain College for this most generous of honors,” Isaacson said. He added: “I believe deeply in the mission of community colleges and, especially, in the important role this school will play for generations to come in the Roaring Fork Valley.”

“By naming our new media program in Walter Isaacson’s honor,” Jensen said, “we acknowledge and thank him for his lifelong experience in media and his outstanding leadership in highlighting the role of community colleges.”

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Colorado Mountain College is located in Steamboat Springs, Rifle, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley, Aspen, Edwards, Dillon, Breckenridge, Leadville and Buena Vista. Of these locations, our three campuses in Spring Valley, Leadville and Steamboat Springs are residential.

About the Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College

The Isaacson School is founded upon an innovative concept of education that combines:

•  A practice-based model of education in which students work directly with digital media professionals who are faculty and mentors

•   A strong emphasis on developing a foundation of core skills in digital technology, social media, communication and story-telling

•  A strong career development and entrepreneurial focus designed to equip students to be vital players in the new digital economy

•   A network of partnerships with media organizations and businesses that provides internship opportunities in Aspen and neighboring mountain communities.

Three emphasis areas are digital journalism, digital media production and digital marketing and design.