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Colorado Mountain College Buena Vista

Providing education to Chaffee County

From history to ESL, yoga or customized business training — Colorado Mountain College Buena Vista brings learning close to your home.

The Forster Academic Center is the hub for Colorado Mountain College Buena Vista. Located in Chaffee County, Buena Vista is between Leadville and Salida, at the base of the 14,000-foot Collegiate Peaks mountain range.

Colorado Mountain College Buena Vista serves the educational needs of residents of:

  • Buena Vista
  • Poncha Springs
  • Salida
  • and surrounding communities

Only a few hours away from most of Colorado's metropolitan areas, the Chaffee County area provides access to wilderness experiences in the national forest, whitewater rafting in the Arkansas River, breathtaking high-altitude scenery and an abundance of educational programs at Colorado Mountain College Buena Vista.

Courses at the Colorado Mountain College Buena Vista are available for students of all ages and include:

  • Two-year degree programs
  • Courses that transfer to four-year universities
  • Certificates of proficiency
  • Personal enrichment
  • Occupational upgrade offerings

Colorado Mountain College Buena Vista also offers an extensive selection of lifelong learning courses through a partnership with Ed2Go.

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Explore degrees offered at CMC Buena Vista

Buena Vista Programs


Credit or non-credit, find your next Buena Vista class

Buena Vista Classes


Meet the CMC Buena Vista Faculty and Staff

Buena Vista Faculty & Staff

“The skills necessary to explore every inch of this world.”

- Ryan Edwards, Outdoor Recreation Leadership Graduate

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Map & Contact

Upcoming Events

Mar 12

CMC Spring Break

March 12, 2018 - March 16, 2018

Housing at Buena Vista

Learn about the off-campus housing options in Buena Vista and the surrounding area.

Off-Campus Housing

Campus Portrait

Facts and figures about the student population and their successes.

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New Student Checklist

How to get started with your Colorado Mountain College Buena Vista experience.

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Sustainability at Colorado Mountain College

image - screen shot of Building Energy Navigator showing energy usage and costs.In 2009, CMC signed onto the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment. The college's current Climate Action Plan and Sustainability Action Plan direct the college to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions by 12.5% every 5 years until carbon neutrality is reached in the year 2050.

Track Energy Use and Spending at CMC Buildings

The Building Energy Navigator tracks energy use and energy spending on an hourly, daily, monthly and yearly basis. The site displays data for 19 CMC buildings including our three residence halls.