Category Archives: Graduates

Brett Somen

Skiing the Dream While Maintaining a 3.5 GPA To any avid skier or snowboarder, getting on the hill 149 times in one season is quite an accomplishment, especially when the average season typically runs about 150 days. It’s even more significant when the skier is a full-time Colorado Mountain College student in Steamboat Springs who […]

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 at the Keystone Conference Center […]

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.” […]

Sarah Naef

Accommodating Program “Going to college was not something I was ever really expecting to do, and because of the way this program was set up I was able to do it. I got a college degree, which is something I never thought I would do with three kids.” Sarah Naef graduate from the Culinary Arts […]

Scott Ulen

Different Perspectives “The hands-on nature of the CMC program was a great fit for me. Working in restaurant kitchens while attending classes allowed me to constantly practice the techniques I was learning in the classroom. I was able to move at my own pace through the program, and working in several different restaurants over the […]