News from the Colorado Mountain College Foundation
Heather Exby (Vice President and Campus Dean of CMC Spring Valley), Dr. Tito Liotta (Rural Nursing Success Campaign Chair and CMC Foundation Board Member), Paul Bushong ($1.5 million-dollar challenge match donor), Marianne Virgili (Trustee), Kristin Heath Colon (Vice President of Advancement and Foundation CEO) welcome guests to CMC Spring Valley campus.
Greetings! here is your monthly CMC Foundation news update

The need to train rural healthcare workers has become increasingly acute during the pandemic. Colorado Mountain College and the CMC Foundation are partnering to construct three state-of-the-art nursing simulation labs. Steamboat’s nursing lab opened on August 26th. Spring Valley’s nursing education center, which hosted a preview open house on September 22nd, will begin construction this winter, and an expansion will be coming to Breckenridge in 2022. The CMC Foundation’s Campaign for Rural Nursing Success, supports the collegewide expansion of CMC’s nursing facilities and programs. Donations are being accepted for all three sites and additional tax incentives are available. Carbondale resident Paul Bushong has offered a $1.5M match for gifts to the campaign. Learn more »

The Colorado Department of Higher Education recently awarded Colorado Mountain College a Healthy Minds designation, recognizing CMC’s ongoing work in addressing the mental health needs of its students.

“It’s wonderful to acknowledge the important work campuses are doing to support student mental health and well-being,” said Lisa Doak, CMC assistant vice president of student services.

For Dr. Lisa Runck, associate dean for student affairs at CMC Spring Valley and Glenwood Springs, the Healthy Minds designation recognizes the college’s longstanding commitment to students’ mental health and wellness needs.

At the October meeting of the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees, board members approved a new Bachelor of Science in Ecosystems Science and Stewardship.

Once the program is approved by the state and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the new program will bring the total number of bachelor’s degrees offered at CMC to six. The college also offers bachelor’s degrees in business administration, education, leadership and management, nursing and sustainability studies.

Students in the ecosystems science and stewardship program will focus on intensive science coursework including ecology, biology and watershed science.

by Ben Cairns

"Sometimes, seeing Leadville again with new eyes helps us to continue to appreciate this one-of-a-kind place.

I have recently had this opportunity due to my transition to Colorado Mountain College after several years at Lake County High School. In my role at the high school, I knew CMC well and felt like an “insider.” Now that I’m working at the college on a daily basis and getting to know CMC as a larger institution serving many of our mountain communities, I have a deeper appreciation for this incredible asset in Leadville. Here are a few things that have stood out."

For a full list of events at CMC please visit
POLYCHROME: PAINTINGS & OBJECTS / Come join us for a tour of the new art gallery showcasing work by Bruce Price. The exhibit will be held open from 4-7 pm at Colorado Mountain College's Aspen campus. Learn More »

SCREAMBOAT HAUNTED HOUSE / The annual Screamboat Haunted House, hosted by Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs, is returning this year, and, according to its organizers, it’s bigger, better, and scarier than ever. Learn More »

CMC Carbondale
YOGA SESSION 2 / A mix of flow, stretch, breath, and meditation to improve health and wellness, whether you are new to yoga, or have previous experience. Learn More »

CMC Breckenridge
PORT SHERRY MADEIRA & FORTIFIED WINES / Spend an evening tasting these amazing flavors with Bob Fowles, owner of Table 31 Imports, to unravel the mystery behind these wonderful wines. Minimum age is 21 years old. Learn More »

CMC Breckenridge
SUSHI-ONLINE / Join us for a fun night rolling delicious sushi at home with us live from the CMC Kitchen. We will learn the basic techniques for making sushi rice, Tuna Roll, California Roll, Shrimp Tempura Roll, and Tempura Asparagus Roll. Learn More »
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