Category Archives: Graduates

Matt Vawter

True Kitchen Experience “My education at CMC has helped me in my career because of the three years of true kitchen experience. Not only was I introduced to all of the elements of classic cuisine, but I also was able to apply my classroom education in kitchens around the resort on a daily basis. When […]

Kevin McCombs

Fast Start to Entrepreneurship “The culinary apprentice program at Colorado Mountain College was the perfect start to my career in the hospitality industry. It furnished me with the tools to become the Executive Chef of the award-winning Ski Tip Lodge and go on to owning my business as a personal chef in House Cured Culinary. […]

Kenia Reyna

Amazing, Understanding Teachers “I think that CMC is a great school. The classes are affordable and the teachers that I’ve had are amazing and understanding. Classes at CMC have helped me so much with how I teach kids: I want these kids to have an amazing experience during their first years of learning, to have […]

Crissi and Barb Boe

Challenging Gender Assumptions “Having the opportunity to go to CMC has been amazing because it allows me to be where I want to live. My experience in the applied engineering program has been awesome.” Crissi Boe and her mother Barb Boe are challenging gender assumptions, pursing AA degrees in Applied Engineering at CMC in Rifle. […]

Eric Crosby, Michael Elges, Ryan Edwards

On Path Through CMC’s ORL program, Edwards says “I learned the judgment and the technical skills to help guide me on my path.” Ryan Edwards earned an AA in Outdoor Recreation Leadership at CMC Leadville. In 2015, Edwards and fellow CMC graduates Eric Crosby and Michael Elges climbed several major Alaskan peaks including to raise […]

Gethze Grajales

Goals Attained “Physics classes were hard, but my teacher, Joe Reining, had such a passion for physics and gave me a lot of help. Being the first in my family to earn a bachelor’s degree is proof that goals can be attained no matter where we come from or what our status is.” Gethze Grajales […]

William Mundo

Aiming Towards the Future “CMC gave me the opportunity to turn things around, to think about what I want to do in the future.” William Mundo was a high school student considering dropping out of school in 2011. A counselor from CMC’s Upward Bound program reached out to engage him and helped him turn his […]

Brian Baker

Sixth Best in Country “I started out at the [Keystone] Ski Tip as executive chef in ’04, and 11 years later, we were recognized nationally for creating consistent, upscale cuisine. With the Open Table award, last year we made the top 100 list, and we felt like our hard work had finally been recognized. This […]

AJ Fazendin

Entrepreneurship Spirit CMC culinary graduate A.J. Fazendin launches Prescribed Spirits in Broward County, Florida. He’s custom distilling gin and breaking ground with an entrepreneurship partnership. An excellent martini gin, his recipe blends herbs and botanicals. He said it’s very fragrant, smooth and without overpowering juniper flavor. Read more in the Broward Palm Beach New Times

Eva Altermatt

Motivation and Confidence “The Outdoor Education Program at CMC made a great impact on my motivation, confidence and personal growth. The curriculum offered me the ability to gain skills in leadership, teambuilding, interpersonal communication, wilderness survival and first aid.” Eva Altermatt plans to continue her education at Fort Lewis College in Durango in the fall […]