CMC Culinary Arts students prepare food over a grille.

The Culinary Arts Degree Internship Track

Learn from some of the best chefs in the world at top Colorado resorts, at a fraction of the cost of other culinary schools

Get on-the-job training through a variety of internships in a world-class resort community and earn a resume-building degree.  

Earn a culinary arts degree in as few as six semesters and come away with resume-building job experience and contacts. 

Learning and working go hand in hand with CMC’s Culinary Arts Internships. Semester by semester your schedule is arranged for the best mix of classes and jobs, studying and practicing. 

Customize your work experience by selecting to work with a wide variety of different employers including all of the major ski resorts and many of the local, independent restaurants. You may complete up to four (4) internships that will count towards your degree.

You'll leave Colorado Mountain College armed, not only with a degree, but also with hands-on experience and contacts in the field. 

Courses are coordinated with CMC’s culinary program and our community partners. The CMC Program Director works directly with the local culinary professionals to align work experiences with the student’s learning objectives.  

See the sample program Schedule on the Curriculum Page 

Summit Campus Partners

  • Keystone 
  • Breckenridge 
  • Copper Mountain 
  • Beaver Run 

Housing at CMC Breckenridge 

Limited student housing is available at CMC Breckenridge and through our resort partners.  

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Matt Vawter

Matt Vawter: A Legacy of Fine Dining

Matt Vawter rose quickly through the ranks after graduating from CMC with a degree in culinary arts. He is currently the proprietor of the award-winning restaurant Rootstalk in Breckenridge.

A native of Summit County, Matt returned to the mountains after making a name for himself as executive chef at Mercantile Dining & Provision in Denver. Matt often hires fellow CMC grads to work for him.

“My education at CMC has helped me in my career because of the three years of true kitchen experience,” Matt says. “Not only was I introduced to all of the elements of classic cuisine, but I also was able to apply my classroom education in kitchens around the resort on a daily basis. When I graduated, I was ready to step into any kitchen I wanted to.”

Read more: Matt Vawter: A Legacy of Fine Dining

Kevin McCombs

Kevin McCombs

“The culinary apprentice program at Colorado Mountain College was the perfect start to my career in the hospitality industry. It furnished me with the tools to become the Executive Chef of the award-winning Ski Tip Lodge and go on to owning my business as a personal chef in House Cured Culinary. You, too, can jump start your culinary career with the Colorado Mountain College Keystone Culinary Institute.”

Kevin McCombs, House Cured Culinary/Owner/Executive Chef, Dillon, Colorado Read more: Kevin McCombs