Category Archives: Graduates

Aaron Cousineau

Thorough, innovative, invaluable “When I decided to make a career out of cooking, I knew I had a lot of school options, and I couldn’t be happier about choosing Colorado Mountain College. The training I received at the CMC Culinary Institute was thorough, innovative, energetic and invaluable. It has paid off in ways unimaginable. Throughout […]

Greg and Diane Ambrose

Combing Work and Passion “We chose to attend the NRM program at CMC because it offered a combination of practical experience and more traditional classroom learning. The instructors also brought with them solid academic knowledge and extensive practical experience. This combination of practical and academic knowledge seems to be essential when getting jobs in the […]

Alex Sanchez

Great Support “I had great support from staff, from faculty, and from peers at CMC. The professors love the community. They’re highly qualified in their field. CMC helped me find my way as a first generation student. It’s where my interest for public policy, politics, and community service began.” Alex Sánchez transferred to CSU from […]

Maisa Metcalf

Discovering a lifelong passion in another hemisphere Maisa Metcalf can pin down the exact moment when her college experience became transformative. Instructor Rob Wang showed the 1996 documentary about climate change, An Inconvenient Truth, in one of her environmental studies classes. The experience, said Metcalf, “was almost like a call to action. Rob has a […]

Leslie Rodriguez

Beyond Expectations “Colorado Mountain College went beyond my expectations. Everything I learned prepared me to start working in the industry right away. When I decided to further study at the Art Institute, it gave the confidence and knowledge I needed to succeed. There’s nothing more fulfilling than doing work you love.”  Leslie Rodriguez graduated from […]

Charles MacDonald

Traditional, but Contemporary A Colorado native, Chef Charles MacDonald received his culinary education at Keystone Culinary Institute, where he graduated as Colorado’s student culinarian of the year for 2007. Working with The PlimothOwner/Executive Chef Peter Ryan, Chef Charle crafts some of Denver’s best French cuisine. Formerly a Sous Chef at Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, […]

Steve Nguyen

Fast Track “Without the CMC program, I know I wouldn’t be where I’m at today. It is not only an honor but it is a pretty big privilege to be at this level at such a young age and so fresh out of college.” Steve Nguyen is the Executive Chef of Hospitality the Keystone Resort […]

Sara Watson

Hands-on Experience “My experience at the Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute was extremely challenging yet rewarding. The three years of hands-on training in a variety of kitchens provided me with the skills necessary to move forward in the kitchen and discover my own creativity. I learned the business end of the industry, from bookkeeping and keeping […]

Adam Kapela

Helpful Staff “The most helpful part about Colorado Mountain College was the Staff, and the way classes were held. I am a very hands-on person and three years of working in a kitchen to get my degree was exactly what I was looking for. I always revisit my notes and books that I used in school.” […]