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First class of graduates from CMC Salida makes history!
In November 2019, the Salida School District (including Poncha Springs) voted to join the Colorado Mountain College special taxing district. On May 8, the first class of graduates donned their caps and gowns and celebrated commencement at High Side Bar & Grill in Salida.
CMC graduates one of its largest classes ever
Commencement at CMC is always a special day, but this year was different. Not because students wore masks or because they had to physically distance. Different, in that commencement was not just a fleeting moment of joy. It was a triumphant celebration for hundreds of students who overcame hardship after hardship to get to this point.
Students, who in the face of a devastating pandemic, ruthless wildfires and divisive civil unrest, had the courage to push forward and make this one of the largest graduating classes in the history of CMC!
Alumni Association seeking input
We’ve heard from several alumni who have indicated a desire to reconnect with their classmates or instructors. Others have expressed interest in reunions. And many of our talented alumni want to give back, in the form of guest speaking, serving as an Alumni Ambassador or mentoring current CMC students.
Plans are in the works to host some upcoming meet ‘n greets or après ski happy hours. We are seeking additional input from alum on what else they would like to see the Alumni Association offer.
Please send suggestions to
CMC Alumni Association
Nearly 75 nurses graduated from CMC this year
CMC campuses at Spring Valley, Breckenridge and Steamboat Springs hosted commencement pinning ceremonies for nearly 75 nursing students. Steamboat’s ceremony celebrated that campus’s first cohort of nursing graduates.
CMC offers a wide variety of first responder and medical certificate programs as well. Over 130 students received certificates in EMT basic, paramedic, wilderness EMS, medical assistant, phlebotomy and nurse aide. These programs are offered at select campuses throughout the college’s district.
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Online - CMC Glenwood Springs
CLIMBING COLORADO’S 14ERS – PREPARE FOR SUCCESS
Our local mountain guide and AMGA Certified Rock Guide Mike Schneiter will teach you the basics about what to bring and how to approach each peak.
BROWNS CANYON GEOLOGY FOR RIVER GUIDES
This course is for professional river guides. This non-credit geology field trip will provide new and old river guides with the essential details of the geology of Browns Canyon.
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LOCAL MEDICINAL PLANT WALK PINYON JUNIPER SAGE
Enjoy a nature walk with herbalist, Sheehan Meagher to get better acquainted with our local plant neighbors and experience them on a new level!
Online - CMC Breckenridge
A TASTE OF THAILAND-ONLINE
Cook along with us live from your home kitchen as we prepare Fresh Spring Rolls with Hoisin Peanut Dipping Sauce, Green Curry Chicken, Spicy Beef and Basil and Fragrant Jasmine Rice.
CREATIVE WRITING FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO WRITE FICTION - BEGINNERS TO PUBLISHED
This class will focus on three things: generating the content, reading like writers, and talking about craft issues that you will then work on within your stories.
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CMC Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Our tax exempt ID # is: 74-2393418.
Gifts to the CMC Foundation can be made in honor of, in memory of, or to thank a loved one. For more information call 970.947.8378.