CMC Associate of Science Degree Graduates Advance at Colleges and Universities

CMC, ONTO MEDICAL SCHOOL AND BACK Crystal Walden Roney completed her first two years of college at CMC so she could save money on her education. She went on to become a doctor and return to the mountains.

Ian Derrington
Photo of CMC grad Ian Derrington

Finding a Direction

I’m really glad I went to Colorado Mountain College before I went to CU. It helped me figure out the direction I wanted to go. College would have been a lot more difficult if I had not taken those courses.”

Ian Derrington graduated as the salutatorian for Roaring Fork High School. While still attending high school, he took classes from Colorado Mountain College, transferring to the University of Colorado as a sophomore. He graduated from CU with honors and a double major in applied mathematics and engineering physics. He was awarded a teaching fellowship by the University of Washington, where he earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics.

Dr. Crystal Walden Roney

Low-stress Environment

“I was well prepared at Colorado Mountain College. The professors in academics were comparable to those at the private college to which I transferred. The low-stress environment also kept me from becoming burned out before med school. It gave me a good perspective on life.”

Dr. Crystal Walden Roney transferred to Westmont College in California, then attended the University of Colorado Medical School. She is now a family physician.

Dr. Aileen A. O’Donoghue
grad Dr. Aileen O'Donghue with telescope

Overcoming Math Anxiety

“Through the Associate of Science program at Colorado Mountain College, my mind was opened to the incredible wonder of science as a way to deeply explore the natural world that I had always loved. With care and gentleness, I was nurtured past my math anxiety and challenged to discover and develop my passion, my skills, and my confidence.”

Dr. Aileen A. O’Donoghue, is an Associate Professor of Physics at St. Lawrence University. Dr. O’Donoghue is pictured atop the 90″ Bok telescope on Kitt Peak near Tucson, Arizona, where she is studying spectra of nearby stars for NASA’s Space Interferometry Mission, ultimately searching for Earth-like planets.

Keegan Hammond
Keegan Hammond

High Quality Professors

“My chemistry professor at CMC took a real interest in us. He was able to explain very complex material in a way that made sense… Whatever we needed, he helped us. He equal to any chemistry professor I had at the School of Mines.”

Keegan Hammond transferred to the Colorado School of Mines, where she graduated with the highest GPA in her specialty of Extractive Metallurgy and earned a prestigious scholarship to continue on at the School of Mines for her graduate degree.

Dr. Chris Dionigi
Photo of grad, Dr. Chris Dionigi.

Personal Attention

“Colorado Mountain College was an excellent place to begin my career. Large universities are great places later… when research, laboratories and major libraries become critical. In my first two years, it was much more important for me to have excellent instructors and opportunities for personal attention.”

Dr. Chris Dionigi is assistant director for Domestic Policy for the National Invasive Species Council in Washington, DC. The NISC, part of the department of the interior, was established by presidential order to coordinate the invasive species efforts of more than 30 federal agencies.

Carr Clifton
Earn your Photography Degree at Colorado mountain College.

Making a Mark

Outdoor Photographer Magazine called him “one of America’s pre-eminent landscapists.” Carr’s credits include: Sierra Club books, calendars, cards; LIFE; National Geographic; Outside; and numerous books.

Carr Clifton, landscape photographer