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CMC ranked top 20 in United States for student success by CNN/Money and the Aspen Institute.
One of nine institutions in the nation to receive the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Award.
CMC generates 220 kilowatts of solar-powered electricity with five on-campus photovoltaic installations.
The Isaacson School for Communication, Arts & Media is named for digital communications pioneer and author Walter Isaacson.
First Ski and Snowboard Business degree and first national snowsports certification in partnership with SnowSports Industries America (SIA).
America’s only certification in ski lift & ropeway maintenance.
Veterinary Technology graduates had a 100% pass rate on the Veterinary Technician National Examination for three of the past five years.
Culinary students have been Colorado State Champions seven times.
Professional Photography students won prestigious College Photographer of the Year Awards four years in a row.
Resort Management Professor Terry Hunter was honored with the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s national award for hospitality training and education.
Hispanic Serving Institution, 2021: The federal government designated Colorado Mountain College as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in 2021 after years of deliberate efforts to grow CMC’s student body to be 25% or more Latino. The HSI designation means the college is now eligible for additional grant funding that benefits all students.
Summer 2020: To help alleviate the recession, the college created CMC Responds, with free certificates in hospitality, consulting support, and business seminars in English and Spanish. CMC directly and indirectly passed along federal funds to students, and offered $1.9 million in free tuition to 2,500 students.
Fund Sueños: An innovative, no-interest income-share agreement, funded by private donors, was launched in 2018-19 to provide financing for DACA students and others ineligible for federal financial aid. More about Fund Sueños
Fall 2019: Salida and Poncha Springs joined the CMC district. Measures passed by a vote of 60% to 40% within Salida School District R32J, and 78% to 22% in the existing CMC district.
$5M in Grants: The U.S. Department of Education awarded CMC a $2.125 million Strengthening Institutions Program grant to bolster nursing labs, law enforcement training and skilled trades. A $2.9 million Colorado RISE grant to CMC - in partnership with Colorado Northwestern Community College, 17 school districts, and 54 high schools - will create the largest network of interconnected classrooms in Colorado, giving thousands of students in rural mountain and resort communities access to college courses.
New Programs: Added a second law enforcement academy in Breckenridge, expanded nursing to Steamboat Springs, and launched the nation’s only avalanche science certificate; new programs planned in crisis counseling (cert), human services (BA) and ecosystems science (BS).