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Don’t just buy on Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Give.‪ #‎GivingTuesday‬, Dec. 2, is day dedicated to giving back. Countries around the world are initiating their own #GivingTuesday movements to encourage individuals to give back to their communities.

Find a way to give between now and Tuesday, Dec. 2, to a favorite non-profit whose work you value. If CMC has made a positive impact on your life, please consider a gift to the CMC Foundation to support students in need: . Then download and share this image and post to your own social media to share the good word of your deed.

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Get Cosmic for the holidays

Cover of CMC Professor Jimmy Westlake's 2015 astrophotography calenderCMC professor Jimmy Westlake’s Cosmic Calenders are back for 2015! The theme of the 2015 Cosmic Calendar is “Fire and Ice” and features twelve celestial images from Westlake’s travels in Hawaii, Alaska, and across the United States. Westlake’s full-color,  8.5”x11”, heavy card stock glossy finish calenders are full of  information about cool celestial events that will be taking place in the coming year, including meteor showers, eclipses, and more.

Five dollars from the sale of each calendar goes directly to the CMC Sky Club, the CMC Steamboat Student Astronomy Club. You can order your calender by emailing Jimmy Westlake directly with your order at  Alternately, visit professor Westlake’s website at Prices for calenders are listed below. Happy skywatching!
Special CMC Pricing:
1 calendar is $18
2 to 5 calendars are $17 each

6 to 9 calendars are $16 each

10 or more calendars are $15 each

Innovators in education: Tennessee – and CMC

This column first appeared in the Nov. 5, 2014 Glenwood Springs Post Independent. By Herb Feinzig

I was recently invited to attend the New York Times’ Schools for Tomorrow program, where some 250 individuals from the public and private sectors (including government) came together to discuss the future of American higher education. It was an opportunity to learn about the latest innovations and how we could apply those at Colorado Mountain College. I was exposed to new ideas, but I was also pleasantly surprised to learn that CMC has many of the same plans as some of the country’s most forward-thinking educators.

One of the most impressive speakers was Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, who spoke about a program his state has implemented called “the Tennessee Promise.” This program gives every high school senior who graduates two tuition-free years of attendance at either a community college or technical/trade school. The program also has community volunteers acting as mentors to students in those first two years. I also heard that students needing any remediation will take that remediation during their senior year in high school, rather than in college. This program has many similarities to programs already Read more

Less talk, more action

The Colorado Climate Summit moves past the conversation about climate change and toward solving the problem

The following article on the Colorado Climate Summit was published in the Boulder Weekly. CMC Rifle instructor Chris Ellis, who teaches in the college’s solar energy program, is featured at the end of the article. Ellis shares his thoughts on the importance of creating energy literacy in kids. By Caitlin Rockett.

Illustration for Colorafo Climate SummitRobert Castellino has worn a lot of hats over the last 20 years — he ran the ski-racing program at Eldora in the early ’80s, worked in telecommunications, founded his own greeting card company, supported adolescents as a youth minister and, as a lifelong photographer, has authored five photographic story and guide books about Boulder, Denver and Colorado at large.

Now he’s donned another hat — environmental activist.

“I’ve always had a passion for the environment and the books I’ve written in the past … have always had a component about the ecology of commerce and our place in relationship to nature in Colorado,” Castellino says. “Nature has always driven my experience in Colorado and everything I know click for full article

From CMCLeadville Student to Alaskan Heli-Skiing Tour Guide

“Every day I wake up and I do the thing I love.” CMC Leadville Outdoor Recreation Leadership student Brett Menter is pursuing his dream career as a snowboard guide with Majestic HeliSki guiding company in Alaska.

Find Your Spring Semester Class

Colorado Mountain College class search is now open

Class search is now available for spring semester classes.

Class search is now available for spring semester classes.

You can now search for your classes online. Classes are being finalized, so information and schedules some may change before spring semester begins.

Early Registration at CMC locations is open November 10-25 for current, degree-seeking students.

To register early you must have:

- a zero balance on your account
– a declared degree
– up-to-date immunizations on file with CMC
– an advising session with your advisor
– a signature from your advisor on your registration form

Online registration for all other students will begin December 1. Spring semester classes start January 12. See the academic calendar.


A celebration of 50 years of Colorado wilderness

Photographer John Fielder to present wilderness images at CMC Edwards

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of America’s Wilderness Act, renowned photographer John Fielder will present his favorite wilderness images at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, from 3-5 pm.

Fielder has been photographing the beauty of Colorado for 40 years. An avid environmentalist, he uses his photography to promote the protection of Colorado’s wild landscapes. Fielder’s conservation efforts earned him the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award in 1993 and the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s first Achievement Award in 2011.

The event is free and will take place in Room 118 ln the CMC Edwards campus.

John Fielder's photo "Notch Lake Sunrise #2, Mount Massive Wilderness, near Leadville" is one example of the photographer's stunning series of photographs capturing Colorado's  Wilderness Areas.YOu can see the photographer's images in person at CMC Edwards Tuesday night, Nov. 4. Photo: John Fielder

John Fielder’s photo “Notch Lake Sunrise #2, Mount Massive Wilderness, near Leadville” is one example of the photographer’s stunning series of photographs capturing Colorado’s wilderness areas. Fielder will present a slideshow of over 200 of his wilderness images in person Tuesday, Nov. 4. at CMC Edwards from 3-5 pm. Photo: John Fielder


EcoFlight: Putting it in perspective

Amber Parnow, a sustainability studies student at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, looks out the window of an EcoFlight plane as it flies over oil and gas development in Wyoming.

Amber Parnow, a sustainability studies student at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, looks out the window of an EcoFlight plane as it flies over oil and gas development in Wyoming.

EcoFlight is an Aspen-based nonprofit organization that advocates for the protection of wild lands and wildlife by flying people over landscapes located mostly in the American West, to gain a “big picture” perspective of these areas.

From Oct. 11 to 14, eight college students – each of whom wrote an essay that won them a spot on the trip – flew together with EcoFlight in three Cessnas from Colorado to Wyoming to Utah and back to Colorado. Among the students was Amber Parnow, a Colorado Mountain College sustainability studies student from Breckenridge. She is the third student from CMC in Breckenridge in as many years who has won a spot on the annual flight.

In this post-flight essay, Parnow writes about some of her impressions from the flight, and describes how the experience has affected her.

By Amber Parnow

When was the last time you spoke out for something you believed in? And I don’t mean asserted your opinion about how much snow we’ll be getting this year (a lot) or who’s going to the Super Bowl (the Broncos). I mean really stood up and made an honest effort to voice your opinion, or called on your government to Read more

Volunteer Fair in Edwards

Several organizations from the Vail Valley that are seeking volunteers will be at the Volunteer Fair at Colorado Mountain College today from 4 to 6 p.m. Come and learn how you can get involved in our community by volunteering for one of the awesome volunteer organizations in the valley.



1000 Words: Happy Trails

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