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Greetings, here is your monthly CMC Foundation news update


Empower local students by supporting the Colorado Mountain College Foundation before year-end

As we approach the end of the calendar year, we invite you to consider supporting the Colorado Mountain College Foundation. Your donations play a pivotal role in empowering students to achieve their academic aspirations and pursue their dreams. By giving to the foundation, you contribute to the growth and success of individuals striving to make a difference in their lives and communities.

Your donation is tax-deductible, offering you an opportunity to save on your taxes while providing a positive impact. Donations received before December 31st can be deducted from your 2023 tax filing. Those 70.5 years and older who still haven't satisfied their minimum IRA disbursement can use it as a donation to avoid taxation on additional income.

We hope you will join us in shaping the future of education and fostering community excellence. Your support is a testament to your commitment to building a brighter and more educated tomorrow. Make your tax-deductible contribution to the Colorado Mountain College Foundation today and be a catalyst for positive change in the lives of the students and communities we serve. Together, we can create a legacy of learning and empowerment that will resonate for generations to come.

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Or mail your check to the Colorado Mountain College Foundation at 802 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

CMC concurrent enrollment students in chefs aprons taking notes in class.

CMC's concurrent enrollment, impacting Eagle and beyond

Eagle County School District proudly hosts one of the state's most extensive dual enrollment programs, enabling high school students to earn tuition-free college credit while fulfilling their high school requirements. In collaboration with Colorado Mountain College, the program saw 686 students enrolled in 58 courses during the 2022-23 school year, earning a total of 7,770 college credits. This translates to a significant cost savings of $3,480,900 based on 2023 tuition rates at CMC, supporting students on their paths toward certificate programs, associates degrees, and bachelor’s degrees.

Our partnership with Eagle County School District, offers diverse dual enrollment courses, ranging from English composition to biology, and from introduction to theatre to specialized programs preparing students for careers in the nursing and automotive fields. With 24 certified educators in the Eagle County district dedicated to teaching dual enrollment courses, we aim to empower students to tackle challenging, college-level coursework during their high school years.

For seniors graduating with nine or more college credits, the ASCENT program provides an opportunity for one year of free college tuition at any Colorado Mountain College campus. Currently, 12 ASCENT students from Eagle County School District are attending CMC tuition-free, exemplifying the success and fulfillment these programs bring to our students and the community.

Learn more about the Eagle County School District concurrent enrollment program »

Elizabeth Velasco, the commencement speaker at CMC's December commencement ceremony speaking to attendees.

CMC Rifle graduates over 200 students this December

Over 200 students marked their academic achievements at Colorado Mountain College’s Rifle campus on December 8, receiving degrees, certificates, and diplomas. Although not everyone walked in the commencement, the Rifle Clough Auditorium was filled with 300 attendees, including graduates, families, friends, and CMC faculty and staff. The event, conducted in both English and Spanish, reached a wider audience through a live stream, including 40 guests in an overflow classroom and viewers on YouTube from various locations worldwide.

Louis Morales, a student speaker, earned a certified nursing assistant credential and an Associate of Arts degree on December 8. His speech emphasized the value of risk-taking and pursuing goals, reflecting on his journey as a community advocate, healthcare worker, and full-time employee at Grand River Hospital.

Commencement speaker Elizabeth Velasco, a CMC alumnae representing District 57, encouraged graduates to be lifelong learners. Sharing her diverse professional background—from a chef to a state representative—Velasco expressed confidence in the graduates making a significant impact in their chosen fields.

CMC Rifle hosts two commencement ceremonies annually in May and December. These ceremonies celebrate achievements ranging from high school concurrent enrollment to adult high school diplomas and professional certificates, showcasing the campus's broad array of programs, from skilled trades to early childhood education to bachelor's degrees in leadership and management.

Learn more about the CMC Rifle graduation »

Recent class of 11 Regional Law Enforcement Cadets at the Breckenridge CLETA graduation.

CMC Breckenridge graduates 11 regional law enforcement cadets

On December 4, the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy celebrated the graduation of 11 cadets at Colorado Mountain College's Breckenridge campus. The 16-week program, accredited by the Colorado Police Officers Standards and Training, has a rich history, originating at CMC's Spring Valley campus in the mid-'70s before expanding to Breckenridge.

Alice Cary, Silverthorne's new police chief, delivered the commencement address and offered insights to the fall 2023 cohort, four of whom secured positions with the Frisco Police Department. Others are set to contribute to law enforcement with agencies such as Breckenridge Police, Vail Police, Buena Vista Police, and the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office, showcasing the program's effectiveness in preparing graduates for diverse roles in the field.

The ceremony not only marked the end of an intensive training program but also celebrated the graduates' commitment to serving and protecting their communities.


For a full list of scholarships available at CMC please visit

Fullerton Family Scholarship for the Isaacson School for New Media

QUALIFIED STUDENTS CAN RECEIVE OVER $5000 / John and Jessica Fullerton created the Fullerton Family Scholarship to attract out-of-state students to the great state of Colorado and specifically Colorado Mountain College. The Fullerton Family Scholarship is designed to reward merit-based students from around the United States who are interested in studying at the Isaacson School for New Media within the Aspen or Roaring Fork Campuses of Colorado Mountain College. 

Learn more about the Fullerton Family Scholarship »

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January 6

CMC Breckenridge

NABUCCO - LIVE MET PERFORMANCE BROADCAST FROM NEW YORK / Join the CMC Breckenridge campus to watch a live broadcast of the Met performance of Nabucco. The event will start at 12:55 pm and will run until 3 pm. Learn more about the Met performance of Nabucco »

January 18

CMC Steamboat Springs

THE TRIUMPHANT SPIRIT - A COLORADO MOUNTAIN COLLEGE FOUNDATION ARTSHARE EVENT / Portraits & Stories of Holocaust Survivors…Their Messages of Hope & Compassion. Photographs by Colorado Photographer, Nick Del Calzo. Narrative by Renee Rockford. 5:30 pm – Doors open, 6:00 pm – Opening remarks and video presentation, 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Refreshments and open gallery. Learn more about The Triumphant Spirit »

January 15-23

CMC Breckenridge

NON-CREDIT COOKING CLASSES / Enjoy a fun night of cooking with our professional culinary chefs, learn new skills, and enjoy delicious food.

Savory And Sweet Souffle, January 15 »

Northern Italy, January 16 »

Provence, January 17 »

Chef's Dinner Party, January 19 »

Sushi, January 21 »

Bavarian Cuisine, January 23 »

January 26

CMC Aspen

SOPRIS THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS "THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME" / Join the Spring Valley's Sopris Theater company at the Wheeler Opera House for their presentation of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" based on the novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens. Learn more about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time »

January 27

CMC Breckenridge

CARMEN - LIVE MET PERFORMANCE BROADCAST FROM NEW YORK / Join the CMC Breckenridge campus to watch a live broadcast of the Met performance of Carmen. The production starts at 10:55 am and will run until 2:40 pm with an intermission where we will be serving desserts put together by our own Chef, Travis Smith. We will also be hosting a pre-event brunch reception thanks to our local sponsors Barbara Strauss and Paul Finkel from 9:30-10:45 am. We hope you will join us for this amazing event! Learn more about the Met performance of Carmen »

February 2

CMC Glenwood Springs

ALUMNI HAPPY HOUR AT THE STONEYARD DISTILLERY IN GLENWOOD SPRINGS / Let’s get happy! We’ll be hosting a happy hour at The Stoneyard Distillery in Glenwood Springs, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Check out this amazing venue and plan on joining your fellow alum for some fun, networking, sugar beet cocktails, and light fare. Stoneyard is owned by CMC Alumnus, Max Vogelman, who is also the master distiller. The event will take place from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Learn more about the Alumni Happy Hour »

March 1

CMC Glenwood Springs

ALUMNI SKI DAY AT SUNLIGHT MOUNTAIN RESORT / Get those skis and boards waxed for a fun day at Sunlight Mountain Resort! We’ll be hosting an exciting day on the slopes for CMC Alum and their families. Discounted lift tickets and rental gear will be available and we’ll be providing coffee/doughnuts in the morning and lunch for all CMC Alumni participants. Just 10 minutes from Glenwood Springs, this resort promises beautiful vistas of Mount Sopris and excellent skiing/riding on a variety of terrain at one of Colorado’s oldest ski resorts. Learn more about the Alumni Ski Day »

UPCOMING STUDY ABROAD TRIPS, Open to community members For a full list of available trips visit

May 2024


Immerse yourself in and on the land, sea, and culture of Baja, Mexico while refining your sea kayaking/outdoor leadership skills and learning the natural history of one of the world’s most unique ecosystems! The coastline and islands of the Baja peninsula provide an unparalleled ‘classroom’ to be trained in kayaking guidance on the open water and explore the marine life and natural history of the region’s ecology.

Learn about the Baja Mexico study abroad opportunity »

December 2024


Through the 21-day experience, students will not only learn about the unique physical geography and environmental science of the Kathmandu and Khumbu Valleys, but they will adjust to the local lifestyles by living with host families. Student will experience language, cooking, farming, and community cultural events in the Kathmandu Valley and the Khumbu Valley culminating in an exploration of villages below the highest mountain on earth: Mount Everest, and a possible visit to Everest Basecamp.

Learn about the Nepal study abroad opportunity »

January 2026


Our 2024 trip is now full! The next Japan trip is scheduled for 2026. Japan is the hub of action-sport winter media. With the effect of global warming, the ability to capture high-quality action in perfect conditions has become a difficult reality for the snowsport industry for their promotional media needs. In turn, this makes Japan the natural choice to study action-sport media and distribution.

Learn about the Japan study abroad experience »


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