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Follow the Application Checklist for the Culinary Arts – Vail Valley Program

Culinary Arts – Vail Valley is offered only in Edwards, near the world-class resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek. The 2-year curriculum focuses on culinary skills, while also providing courses in foodservice management and sustainability. Students have the opportunity to work with many fine-dining restaurants and hotels in our world-class resort including Vail Resorts, Four Seasons, Sonnenalp Resort, and the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch. Excellent chefs are eager to hire and train passionate, enthusiastic students.

The Culinary Arts – Vail Valley curriculum provides students with the skills and knowledge for a successful career in the culinary arts. The program combines hands-on cooking labs with classroom education, basic management skills and work-experience / Internships at outstanding foodservice operations in the Vail Valley.

In addition, the program provides an understanding of the principles and application of sustainability relating to our food system. Graduates are prepared to enter the workforce ready to succeed in this growing field.

  • Culinary Arts- Vail Valley is an Associate of Applied Science degree that includes two certificates.
  • The degree can be completed in two years. Students are encouraged to enter in the fall semester which runs from the end of August through mid-December. Spring term runs from mid-January until May, and the summer term runs from mid-May through mid-August.
  • Class times range throughout the day with hands-on cooking classes held during the off-seasons so students can maximize paid internship / work opportunities during the busy seasons.

The Vail Valley program is open enrollment, and new students may begin any term. Lab/cooking courses, however, have per-requisites that are offered only in the fall term, so some classes will not be available to new students starting in the spring and summer.

Below is an application checklist, including due dates. Please submit paperwork and any questions that you have about applying to:

Todd Rymer
Director of Culinary Education, CMC Culinary Institute
150 Miller Ranch Road
Edwards, CO 81632

CMC Application for Admissions

Due Date: as soon as possible, but no later than August 17, 2017

Once this is submitted you will have access to a CMC student e-mail, Basecamp and WebAdvisor. All financial aid correspondence will go to this e-mail address. Please set up your e-mail account and check it regularly. You will also need to access WebAdvisor to accept financial aid awards.

Demonstrate College Readiness or identify Developmental course needs

Due Date: as soon as possible, but no later than August 17, 2017

You must show proficiency in English, reading and math or identify developmental courses you may need to achieve college readiness. There are four ways to do this:

  • Accuplacer scores – this test is free and available at all CMC campuses. Call ahead for scheduling
  • SAT or ACT scores dated within the last 5 years
  • Official transcript from previously completed 2 or 4 year degree program
  • Qualifying transfer credit via official transcript from a previous college

Students scoring below college level reading, and writing (Accuplacer sentence skills scores of 70-94 or reading comprehension scores of 62-79) are required to enroll in CCR 093, a developmental course that provides students with academic assistance.

Make a financial Plan

Due Date: priority date for FAFSA is March 31 of each year, but you may apply anytime.

There are many ways to fund your college education. Included in this packet is a semester breakdown of tuition and fees for Culinary Arts – Vail Valley. (This does NOT include room and board) Please review our Financial Aid information to apply for FAFSA (Federal Aid including work-study) and CMC Scholarships. Our school code is 004506. CMC Vail Valley in Edwards campus also has HERO scholarships for culinary students that you may apply for separately.

Submit $600 Program Supply Fee

Due date: August 17, 2017, to assure proper uniform sizes and adequate number of knife kits.

This fee is used to purchase the following items required for the program: Knife kit, chef uniforms and text books. Please let Todd know if you plan to use financial aid to cover this expense.

Register for classes

Due Date: August 24

You may register in-person at our CMC campus, at Orientation (see below) or over the phone at 970-569-2900. Please contact Todd Rymer for academic advising prior to registering to verify the courses you should register for. After your first semester, you may register on-line through Basecamp.

Attend Orientation

Due Date: August 24, 2017, 1 – 5pm

  • Meet your new classmates
  • Tour our classrooms, kitchen and garden
  • Learn to use the following: Syllabi, virtual library, Basecamp and Canvas
  • Receive individualized help with financial aid and registration

Please let us know if you have any questions, problems applying or need help with housing. Although we do not offer student housing, we have partnerships with several employers who offer employee housing to our interns / students. Contact Todd Rymer for details. We look forward to having you as a student!