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Colorado Mountain College wins marketing, public relations awards

CMC's award from NCMPR for Online Marketing and AdvertisingMaterials and a website created for Colorado Mountain College recently received three regional awards from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations. In addition, a Denver-based digital agency earned a fourth award from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for its work with the college.

Within NCMPR’s six-state District 4 region, the Colorado Mountain College marketing department won a gold Medallion certificate for its online marketing and advertising efforts.

The college received a silver Medallion award for the First Choice Review, in the category of foundation annual reports. The report was a collaboration among the Read more

Startup Weekend Western Colorado to turn ideas into business ventures

[Glenwood Springs, CO] – The weekend of Nov. 21-23, entrepreneurs and creative minds are invited to Colorado Mountain College’s Glenwood Center for Startup Weekend Western Colorado. This event will provide not only inspiration, but the resources required for building and launching a viable, scalable company.

During the weekend, participants share ideas, form teams around top vote-getting ideas, get advice and hear talks from successful entrepreneurs. They can learn needed skills, build prototype products and take the first steps in launching startup businesses.

Startup Weekend at CMC in Glenwood Springs will join more than 1,800 Startup events around the world in 2014 alone. Glenwood’s event coincides with Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 17-23, which celebrates business innovators and job creators. As part of that celebration, Glenwood’s Startup Weekend will take part in the Global Startup Battle, a worldwide competition involving Startup teams from more than 100 countries. Glenwood’s winning team will be in line to Read more

Colorado Mountain College landscape painting exhibit comes ‘Close to Home’

 Five renowned artists are your neighbors

 By Carrie Click

“Boneyard,” by Andy Taylor, is one of the landscapes that will be on display in the exhibit “Close to Home” at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle through Jan. 10.

“Boneyard,” by Andy Taylor, is one of the landscapes that will be on display in the exhibit “Close to Home” at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle through Jan. 10.

Usually, it goes something like this: You arrive at an art exhibit and look around. If it’s a landscape show, you admire the talent and perspective of the painters, but you don’t recognize the scenes depicted. They depict a far-off beach or city, or maybe a historical event long since passed.

That’s not what happens at “Close to Home,” an exhibit that is hanging in the main hallway of Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Rifle through Jan. 10. The show features the works of five well-respected, collected local artists, four of whom live so close to the campus they could almost walk there from their studios. And the fifth artist, Andy Taylor, only lives as far away as Carbondale.

Artists flocking to Silt?

“The Grand Hogback,” by Dan Young, is one of the landscapes that will be on display in the exhibit “Close to Home” at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle through Jan. 10.

“The Grand Hogback,” by Dan Young, is one of the landscapes that will be on display in the exhibit “Close to Home” at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle through Jan. 10.

Rolling through the town of Silt, it might not immediately be apparent that the community is such a magnet for artists. But it’s where painters Dean Bowlby, Dan Young, Jane Lee and Lanny Grant live and work.

For Bowlby and Young, who attended Glenwood Springs High School together, a move down valley with room to breathe and to paint brought them to the town.

“It wasn’t intentional,” said Young of landing in Silt. “After I grew up in Glenwood, I wanted to get out of here Read more

The Whole Works launches Kickstarter campaign

The Whole Works, a project partnering with GarCo Sewing Works sponsored in part by CMC is a Rifle-based sewing manufacturing facility.

The Whole Works, a project partnering with GarCo Sewing Works sponsored in part by CMC is a Rifle-based sewing manufacturing facility.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 1990 and 2011 the U.S. lost 750,000 apparel manufacturing jobs. A new company based in Rifle is attempting to get some of those jobs back.

The Whole Works is a new sewing facility that provides skilled sewers to designers of softgoods and clothing. Besides training people to sew and creating jobs, the company recruits sewers from GarCo Sewing Works, a design training center and entrepreneurial learning lab in Rifle operated by Colorado Mountain College in partnership with Garfield County.

In November, The Whole Works founders Kelly Alford, Sadye Harvey, Julia Marshall and Janie Rich launched a fundraising campaign on the crowdsourcing site, Kickstarter, with a goal of raising $35,000 to cover sewing machines and supplies and facility improvements. As of Nov. 17, more than 95 donors had pledged more than $15,500. The Whole Works has until Nov. 29 to raise the remaining funds in order to receive any of the pledged money.

To learn more about the Kickstarter campaign, go to For more information about Colorado Mountain College’s GarCo Sewing Works, go to





Colorado Mountain College honors veterans, military all year

Veterans Day, Nov. 11, reminds us to honor those who have served in the U.S. armed forces.  Colorado Mountain College supports both veterans and active-duty military by offering to them and their dependents its affordable in-district tuition rates, regardless of residency. The discounted rate applies to CMC’s online courses, as well as at the college’s 11 campuses and learning locations throughout its service area.

In 2012, college trustees approved this special tuition rate to honor U.S. veterans and active-duty military, and their families. The rate is equal to the college’s in-district tuition, which is currently $57 to $139 per credit depending on the course level and program. Veterans and military benefits such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill may be used to pay for the reduced tuition. The rate applies to veterans and active-duty military, plus their spouses and dependents under the age of 23.

At 6 p.m. on Veterans Day, U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Dick Merritt will give a presentation at the New Space Theatre at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley. Following a theme of “How can we help,” he will discuss his personal history transitioning from Vietnam to civilian life and what today’s veterans face when they return home from conflict. There will be a reception preceding the talk. The event is free and open to the public. The New Space Theatre at CMC in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley is at 3000 County Road 114. The New Space Theatre at CMC in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley is at 3000 County Road 114.

To further support members of the military, Spring Valley has a veteran liaison, Christina Pagano, as does the college’s Leadville campus. A veteran and work-study student, Pagano provides support for student veterans, connecting them to resources at the college as well as in the community.

For more information about Colorado Mountain College’s special military tuition rates, go to or call 800-621-8559.

Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees meets in Aspen

Colorado Mountain College’s Board of Trustees held its November 2014 meeting Monday at the college’s campus in Aspen.

During the meeting the board unanimously voted to approve:

  • The college’s preliminary 2013-14 and first quarter 2014-15 financial reports
  • Reserve appropriation and spending resolutions
  • A new lease with Charter Communications for space on the Leadville campus
  • Ongoing purchasing agreements for services from food services and computer vendors
  • That staff move forward with formalizing the college’s access to Hayden Ranch in Lake County via an easement
  • An agreement with Pinon Pines at Spring Valley regarding utilities easement access
  • A proposed method for allocating state funds for merit-based aid, to encourage part-time students to enroll full-time.

The board received preliminary revenue projections for 2015-16. Property tax valuations for the next two fiscal years will be based on property values as of June 30, 2014, which in most counties of the college’s district are expected to be slightly higher than they were the previous valuation date of June 30, 2012.

President Carrie Besnette Hauser gave her regular report which included a recap of  the Oct. 10 kickoff of the strategic plan “President’s Priorities” implementation teams, this year’s four main priorities for the college. She also highlighted CMC’s recent sponsorship of busing to assist nearly 80 high schools in sending their students to the Western Slope College Fair in Aspen, where staff also took part in numerous informational panels.

Cesark presents ‘Floating Compression’ at CMC ArtShare Gallery

floating compression by k rhynus cesark

This porcelain and mixed-media site-specific sculpture, “Floating Compression I,” is among the artwork that will be on display at the CMC ArtShare Gallery Nov. 14-Jan. 4

By Carrie Cilck.

For those familiar with the work of the late architect Buckminster Fuller and his one-time student, sculptor Kenneth Snelson, the artwork of K Rhynus Cesark may strike a distant yet distinct chord. Cesark’s art is the focus of a solo exhibition, “Floating Compression,” at the CMC ArtShare Gallery in downtown Glenwood Springs from Nov. 14 through Jan. 4.

“The exhibition title, ‘Floating Compression,’ came from the term ‘tensegrity,’” said Cesark. Tensegrity, coined by Fuller, is used mainly as an architectural term to describe tensional integrity, the use of components in compression (such as bars) inside a net of continuous tension, in which the components, or bars, don’t touch each other.

Snelson further explored the concept, coining the term “floating compression.” Tensional integrity appears in biology as well, as it pertains to Read more

Lois Gibbs to Speak at CMC in Edwards Nov. 6

Love Canal Activist to Interact with Students and the Public

By Carrie Click

lois gibbs protest

Lois Gibbs is known as the Mother of Superfund following her grassroots activism work at the Love Canal neighborhood in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Gibbs will speak at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards on Nov. 6.

You can count them off on a few fingers – a select group of young American women in the second half of the 20th century who dared to stand up, demand answers and enact change regarding grave environmental hazards plaguing their families, neighborhoods and communities.

There was Karen Silkwood, made famous for her activism regarding the health and safety of nuclear facility workers, and there is Erin Brockovich, who led a successful legal battle against contaminated drinking water.

And there is Lois Gibbs who, in 1978, as a 27-year-old mother and housewife, refused to back down after discovering that her neighborhood was sitting on, next to and near 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals, resulting in serious health issues amongst her family and neighbors. After a two-year struggle, she successfully urged President Jimmy Carter to relocate herself, her children and more than 800 families from Love Canal, the name of their toxic neighborhood in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

The Sustainability Speaker Series at Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Edwards is hosting Lois Gibbs Nov. 5-6. While she is in Colorado, Gibbs will be involved in classes with sustainability studies students from throughout the college, and in workshops on environmental and community justice. A free public Read more

Free Parent Information Day at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle

Colorado Mountain College in Rifle is hosting a free Parent Information Day for residents living anywhere from Aspen to Parachute from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 1. The event is designed to give parents information they need to support their children’s current educational needs and their future higher education goals.

Topics include concurrent enrollment, Accuplacer assessment, ESL and GED programs, students with disabilities, Dreamers/ASSET bill, community resources, financial aid, scholarships, college admissions and career pathways. Discussions will also be held on parent involvement and how to support kids in school. All sessions will be provided in both English and Spanish.

A continental breakfast will be served and no RSVP is needed. Childcare will be provided.

Colorado Mountain College in Rifle is at 3695 Airport Road. Contact 625-1871 or for more information.


Novak passes presidential baton for ACCT Professional Board Staff Network

 Pat Chlouber, CMC’s elected trustee from Lake County, let, and Deb Novak, executive assistant to Colorado Mountain College’s president October’s Association of Community College Trustees Annual Congress marked the ending of an era for Debbie Novak, executive assistant to Colorado Mountain College’s president and staff secretary to the CMC Board of Trustees.

For the past year Novak has been the president of the Professional Board Staff Network of ACCT, and at the annual congress she passed the presidential baton to Mechell Downy of Seminole State College. Novak has spent the past nine years on the executive committee of the Professional Board Staff Network (PBSN).

During this year’s congress she facilitated a three-hour work session for the PBSN. Also taking part in the session was Pat Chlouber, CMC’s elected trustee from Lake County, as seen at left in this photo. (Novak is on the right.)

“It has been a great honor to serve as president of the PBSN this past year,” Novak said. “This is a group of wonderful professionals always willing and Read more