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The Colorado Mountain College Foundation receives $125,000 from Google to increase access to nursing training

In an effort to address the shortage of registered nurses in Colorado, Colorado Mountain College will apply Google’s $125,000 donation to the CMC Foundation’s Rural Nursing Success Fund Capital Campaign that is funding three new high-fidelity nursing simulation labs at its Steamboat Springs, Spring Valley and Breckenridge campuses. Set in life-like healthcare environments, simulation labs bridge the gap between skills labs and theory coursework and are proven to foster the critical thinking, self-confidence and quick reflexes necessary to prepare students for the clinical environment. 

“The experience that Colorado Mountain College’s nursing students will receive as a result of Google’s generosity is an important part of establishing countless health care careers,” said Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, CMC’s President and CEO. “CMC is so grateful for Google’s support in bringing these state-of-the-art training labs and true to life mannequins to our students and to our rural mountain resort communities.” 

“Google is proud to support the efforts of these institutions to advance career readiness in Colorado with innovative technology solutions,” said Javier González, Google’s Interim Head of Government Affairs & Public Policy for the Southwest Region. “Google has had a presence in Colorado for over 15 years, and we look forward to continuing our local partnerships to create a greater impact within the state.”

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CMC Trustees move forward on dental hygiene program

Following the first week of the fall semester, the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees met at the Leadville campus on August 29-30 for a regularly scheduled board meeting and annual planning retreat.

During the meeting, Trustees unanimously approved updating the college’s facilities master plan to designate the CMC Vail Valley at Edwards campus as the location for a proposed dental hygiene program. Designating the location allows the college to move forward with its application to the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Impetus for the program came about with the region’s increased need for dental hygienists. CMC conducted a feasibility study and cost analysis that was completed in June and recommended moving forward on the program. A portion of the Edwards’ campus building will be remodeled and an addition will provide a total 5,382 square feet of program space. The program is scheduled to be operational in fall 2024.

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New solar complex at CMC Spring Valley the largest of its kind in Colorado

Colorado’s largest solar array and battery storage facility of its kind was the focus of the Sept. 14 public ribbon-cutting celebration at Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley at Glenwood Springs. The project is 95% complete and will reach commercial operation this fall.

“Here in the rural West, we have long understood we are stronger when we work together,” said CMC President and CEO Carrie Besnette Hauser. “This collaboration between CMC, Holy Cross and Ameresco is a shining example of that ethos as we work together to reduce our carbon emissions and protect these amazing mountain landscapes that we all love from the very real threat of climate change. We must all do our part.”

The solar array is a 4.5AC-megawatt, grid-tied project that sends electricity directly to HCE’s distribution system, making renewable energy an environmentally sound and cost-effective option to its members. The array can supply renewable solar energy to approximately 1,000 homes. The complex also includes five megawatts of battery storage, which can be discharged during times of peak-demand for HCE.

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CMC Salida selects Maxwell as business internship coordinator

Fred Maxwell, who has experience teaching and coaching at Salida High School and serving as an adjunct faculty member at Colorado Mountain College, is uniquely prepared for his new job as CMC Salida’s full-time business internship coordinator.

“Through my last 14 years of teaching and coaching experience, I have realized how all of my work experiences in my life have shaped me into the person I am now,” said Maxwell.

“Each employment experience has added a perspective that allows me a deeper connection to myself and my current job. I am excited to help students create their own experiences at a young age through experiential work-based learning, which will allow them a deeper understanding of their career choice, their learning in school, and essentially who they think they are."

If you and your business are interested in CMC Salida’s business internship program, contact Fred Maxwell.

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For a full list of scholarships available at CMC please visit

Howard Endowed Scholarship

QUALIFIED STUDENTS CAN RECEIVE UP TO $2,400 / Tom and Verna Howard believe education is the key to the future; they are committed to supporting it. It is out of this commitment, and a clear desire to make an impact locally, that they established the Howard Scholarship for CMC Edwards. The Howards recognize that the option of relocating to attend college can be prohibitive for many. The Howard Scholarship offers financial assistance to students who are committed to obtaining a Bachelor’s degree at CMC Edwards, allowing them to stay in the community while pursuing a college degree. Learn More »

For a full list of events at CMC please visit

September 24

CMC Steamboat Springs

BALL OBSERVATORY STAR PARTY / Join the Colorado Mountain College Sky Club from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm for an exciting evening (weather permitting) of exploring the universe at CMC’s Ball Observatory on campus here in Steamboat Springs. All are welcome. No previous knowledge necessary. Learn More »

October 4

CMC All Campuses

SPECIAL EVENT WITH POET LAUREATE JOY HARJO AND AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR PAMELA USCHUK / Join us from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm for literary readings and shared journeys of internationally recognized authors who focus on their heritage, the human condition, and how our world interacts with us. Please log in at 5:45 pm via Zoom. The Meeting ID is 820 8567 8719 with the password 690600. Join Zoom Meeting »

October 20

CMC All Campuses

CENTRAL ROCKIES LEADERSHIP REUNION & HAPPY HOUR / Were you involved in the Central Rockies Leadership program that ran from 1991-2002? If you participated in the program please contact our Alumni Association Coordinator Leslie Gamez at

October 22-23

CMC Spring Valley

2022 HIGH SCHOOL MOUNTAIN BIKE CHAMPIONSHIPS / Come to the CMC Spring Valley Campus to cheer on the top prep mountain bikers from across the state. The event will include more than 800 racers on the 5 ½-mile course recently finished at the CMC Spring Valley campus. The event runs from 8 am on the 22nd until 6 pm on the 23rd. Learn More »

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