Category Archives: Graduates

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 […]

Brett Menter

Alaska Guiding Internship Watch Brett’s round-up of the 2014 season in the Chugach Mountain Range. Brett Menter, a CMC Outdoor Recreation Leadership grad, is in Alaska learning hands-on from Majestic Heli Ski.  Read More

Charles MacDonald

No Better Foundation “Colorado Mountain College and Chef Kevin Clarke instilled in me the importance of foundation. There is no better foundation that I could have built my career upon than the one I received and experienced at Colorado Mountain College.” A Colorado native, Chef Charles MacDonald graduated as Colorado’s student culinarian of the year […]

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.” […]

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 […]

Eric Watson

Working Daily “It was the most rewarding experience of my life. This is the real world. The other school I attended just kind of simulated it. This program gave me 100% confidence because I was doing the work on a daily basis. The Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute at Keystone provides an ideal environment for […]

Rebecca McFarland Kanaly

Knowledge and Power “Colorado Mountain College proved to be a necessary piece of my personal growth as a change leader. I’ve gained a strong foundation of education and professional experience in the program, and learned how to be a business leader who embraces sustainability concepts.” Rebecca McFarland Kanaly hopes to become an entrepreneur working towards […]