Find a class that speaks to you!

You’ve come a long way.  Now may be the time to discover something new! Lifelong learning keeps your heart and mind young. At Colorado Mountain College in Edwards, you can learn to leverage your Mac, sharpen your knife in the kitchen, get fit or paint a masterpiece! We have continuing education classes for just about any interest! It’s the perfect time to find yourself in school again.

September – October 2014

Cooking Against Cancer @ BMHS
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Class Description

Cook up an anti-cancer meal with Fit Foods Trainer and Personal Chef Michele Duncan-Keane. She will talk about scientific research, the importance of antioxidants and g-bombs.

Faculty: Michele M. Keane
Meets: S • September 20, 2014 – September 20, 2014
Refund Date: September 18, 2014
Cost: $55
Syn# 85662

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Apps @ BMHS
Sep 26 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Class Description

If you are a foodie, you are already thinking yummy little morsels and not software for your phone. Join Chef Tracy as she explores the world of munchies and inspires your next get-together.

Faculty: Tracy A. Kurt
Meets: F • September 26, 2014 – September 26, 2014
Refund Date: September 24, 2014
Cost: $55
Syn# 85663

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Mexican Independence Dishes @ BMHS
Sep 27 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Class Description

September 16th marks Mexican Independence Day. Join Chef Rico as he teaches you how to prepare a meat cake and Aztec Budin, often seen on family tables during this time of celebration. He will also share with you the lore and tradition of the food and the day. This class will be taught in English.

Faculty: Ricardo Torres
Meets: S • September 27, 2014 – September 27, 2014
Refund Date: September 25, 2014
Cost: $55
Syn# 85659

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Mexican Independence Dishes @ BMHS
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Class Description

16 de Septiembre marca el dia de Independencia para los Mexicanos. Acompana al Chef Rico en su clase de preparacion de un pastel de carne y budin Azteca que a menudo se disfruta en las cocinas Mexicanas durante esta celebracion. A su vez el Chef nos compartria de su conocimiento y la tradicion acerca de los platillos del dia de Independencia. Esta clase se impartira en Espanol.

9/27/2014, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Wedding & Event Planning Certificate @ CMC in Edwards
Sep 29 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Class Description

Wedding and Event Planning Class at CMC Edwards

LWPI’s Certified Wedding & Event Planning (CWEP) course teaches the basic fundamentals of planning, orchestrating, and delivering social events. From weddings and anniversaries to birthdays and baby showers, LWPI’s detailed step-by-step methodology teaches clear and concise formulas for detailing the personal and professional aspects of any social event. This course covers all aspects of starting and operating a professional event planning business including contracts, pricing formulas, marketing strategies and much more. Begin your career today and start making dreams come true.   For more information, please visit

To register by phone, call 970-569-2900.

Photo of Hollie Johnson Hawkins, instructor

Hollie Johnson Hawkins, instructor

Faculty:  Hollie Johnson Hawkins

Meets: M • September 29, 2014 – December 8, 2014
Refund Date: September 26, 2014
Cost: $995
Syn# 85703

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A certificate from The Wedding Planning Institute.

Become a Certified Wedding and Event Planner this fall.

Basic Accounting for Small Business @ CMC in Edwards
Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Class Description

Take the mystery out of managing the accounting side of your small business. Learn accounting terminology, including debits and credits. Explore various methods for keeping your books and learn about tax options. Find out how to create and analyze basic financial statements, not only for taxes at year- end, but to help monitor your business throughout the year.

Photo of accounting instructor Patti Plagens.

Patti Plagens teaches a variety of accounting classes for small businesses.

Faculty: Patricia L. Plagens (Dixon)
Meets: T • September 30, 2014 – October 7, 2014
Refund Date: September 26, 2014
Cost: $99
Syn# 85050

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Painting Trees-Aspens & More @ CMC in Edwards
Oct 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Painting Trees Class Description

Learn how to paint trees, from aspens to oaks. This class is for all levels, from beginner to advanced, and all mediums-oil, acrylic, and watercolor. We will work on composition, color, drawing, dimension, and perspective. We will work from photographs in the studio; bring your own, or the instructor will provide some.

Faculty: Marjory Wilson

Painting of an aspen glade by Marjory Wilson.

Marjory Wilson will teach you how to paint aspen and other trees.

Meets: W • October 1, 2014 – October 29, 2014
Refund Date: September 29, 2014
Cost: $99
Syn# 85228

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Intro to WordPress @ CMC in Edwards
Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Class Description

WordPress is the most popular website management software in the world and currently powers 1/3 of all websites in the United States. Learn the basics of managing your website with WordPress. Topics include updating website pages, creating blog posts, managing media (photos and videos) and adding keywords to help get higher rankings.

Photo of Trent Blizzard.

Trent Blizzard is an expert in WordPress, SEO and Web analytics.

Faculty: Trent J. Blizzard
Meets: TH • October 2, 2014 – October 2, 2014
Refund Date: September 30, 2014
Cost: $75
Syn# 85677

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Jodie Hollander Poetry Reading @ Colorado Mountain College in Edwards
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Vail poet Jodie Hollander for a special poetry reading on October 3rd, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., in the Lecture Hall.

Jodie Hollander is the English and Writing Specialist (Grades 5-12) at Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy. Originally from the Wisconsin, was raised in a family of classical musicians. She studied poetry in England and has published widely in journals such as Poetry ReviewThe Dark Horse,The Manchester ReviewAmbit, The Warwick Review, Poet Lore, Verse Daily, and Australia’s Best Poems of 2011.  Her debut publication, The Humane Society, was released with Tall-Lighthouse  (UK) in November, 2012 and has been reviewed warmly.  Ms. Hollander has been a featured reader at bookshops in both the US as well as the UK.  She is also a Fulbright fellow, a Hawthornden Fellow, the recipient of the Wilfred Owen bursary for study at Ty Newydd, and is due to be poet in residence at the historic Chateau de la Napoule in Nice, France in October 2014.


First Storm – by Jodie Hollander

Photo of Jodie Hollander, Vail poet.

Jodie Hollander, local poet, will read a selection of her poetry on the CMC Edwards campus 10/3.

When it first stormed in Costa Rica

I knew there was nothing I could do.

Our little yellow house started leaking,

all our fruit trees were losing their fruit.


The pink Heliconia were battered,

the banana leaves swirled in the rain.

Where was my husband? That didn’t matter,

our little house was starting to shake.


So I did the only thing I know,

I dragged out a chair and opened a beer,

knowing destruction will do what it will do—

I sat back, and watched what was here.


Basic First Aid and CPR @ CMC in Edwards
Oct 4 @ 9:00 am – 3:50 pm
Class Description

This class is designed for the general population and outdoor enthusiasts, and follows American Heart Association guidelines. Learn basic first aid skills, how to administer CPR to infants, children, and adults, and how to use an AED. The textbook and an individual pocket mask for CPR are included in the class fee. Students who successfully complete this class will receive a certification card valid for two year.

Faculty: Kirk S. Pliske
Meets: S • October 4, 2014 – October 4, 2014
Refund Date: October 2, 2014
Cost: $66
Syn# 83881

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