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It’s time for spring (registration)

Many classes start week of Jan. 12

Spring tulipsThe snow’s starting to fly – which means that registration for spring classes at Colorado Mountain College is well underway. Many classes start the week of Jan. 12, a few in Aspen start sooner and others start throughout the spring semester.

Remember that new students and those who haven’t taken a class during the past 12 months need to first apply to Colorado Mountain College online or in person at one of the college’s 11 locations if they want to take a credit class.

Students who have taken a credit class within the past 12 months and students only interested in noncredit (continuing education) classes do not need to Read more

Not too early to plan for financing college

College Goal Sunday returns Feb. 8

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If you are a college-bound student, it’s not too early to begin looking at the options available to you for paying for college next fall.

Mark your calendar for 1-3 p.m. on Feb. 8, when Colorado Mountain College hosts its second annual College Goal Sunday, a national event that sets aside a Sunday in February for any prospective college students and their parents to receive free professional help in applying for financial aid for college. This includes nontraditional and independent students as well.

Help isn’t just for those applying to Colorado Mountain College. College Goal Sunday is for all students intending to go to any college or Read more

CMC photo students to give free portraits via Help-Portrait Dec. 5

A family gets ready for their portrait during the 2012 Help-Portrait event in Glenwood Springs. Students from Colorado Mountain College's Professional Photography program have participated in the event for the past five years.

A family gets ready for their portrait during the 2011Help-Portrait event in Glenwood Springs. The 2014 Help-Portrait event takes place this Friday, Dec. 5, at CMC in Carbondale and marks the fifth year that students from Colorado Mountain College’s professional photography program will be volunteering their time and expertise. Photo: Klaus Kocher.

The faculty, staff and students of the professional photography program at Colorado Mountain College’s Isaacson School for New Media will be at the college’s Lappala Center in Carbondale on Friday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., providing free portraits as part of the international Help-Portrait movement.

Help-Portrait is a global movement of photographers using their time, tools and expertise to give back to those in need. There will be multiple portrait studios set up at the Lappala Center and portraits will be printed and delivered that night.

This is a charity event and there is absolutely no cost for the portraits.

This is the fifth year the professional photography program has participated in Help-Portrait, bringing hundreds of free portraits to the residents of the Roaring Read more

CMC grant pays forward two years’ tuition for in-district students

Application deadline Dec. 12

Imagine a high school graduate handing his Colorado Mountain College tuition checks to a trustworthy source for safekeeping while he earns his associate degree at CMC. At graduation, that same tuition money is paid forward to a four-year college or university to help the student complete his bachelor’s degree.

That’s essentially what a grant offered by Colorado Mountain College does. Dick Martin was among those who helped to establish the college and served on CMC’s board of trustees for 14 years. When he retired from the board in 1984, his fellow trustees established the Richard C. Martin Grant in his name to encourage local students to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree.

The catch? Students must apply for the grant during their first semester at Read more

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.