Colorado Mountain College names Cairns as campus vice president

Ben Cairns has been named vice president and campus dean for the Colorado Mountain College Leadville and Salida campuses. The Denver area native has a long career in education, which includes serving as principal of Lake County High School since 2016.

After an extensive national search, Colorado Mountain College has named Lake County High School Principal Ben Cairns as the next vice president and campus dean for its Leadville and Salida campuses.

Cairns will begin the transition from the high school to CMC effective August 2.

Salida High School students earn construction trade certification

From left, Caleb Ediger, 18, senior; Gabe Gentile, 17, senior; and Ed Office, 17, junior are the first Salida High School students to complete the Colorado Mountain College Basic Construction Technology certificate. All three students spent two years in the program working on active job sites in the area gaining hands-on skills.

After two years of learning skills at live job sites, students first to receive certificates

CMC Salida celebrates a successful fall semester

Names of students needed From left, CMC Salida students Kaitlyn Garcia and Paityn Mills were two of many locals who took biology as well as other classes in Salida during fall semester. Biology and a range of other college courses are now available in Salida, in addition to many non-credit community classes.

“Amazing to watch course offerings and enrollment grow”

Creating a new college campus

Dan Robertson started in March as the instructional coordinator and business internship instructor at Colorado Mountain College Salida. In his new position he is responsible for building out business internships in the community, teaching business classes and creating a pipeline for local business input into programming. Photo Brooke Larson

Dan Robertson joins CMC Salida