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Carrie and John Morgridge cutting the ribbon for the new CMC Aspen Teaching Kitchen.

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Unveiling the Morgridge Teaching Kitchen and Morgridge Commons - Basalt

This Valentine's Day, CMC President & CEO, Carrie Besnette Hauser, alongside longtime college supporters Carrie & John Morgridge, took part in two ribbon-cutting events unveiling the new teaching kitchen at the CMC Aspen campus and the new community events venue in the heart of Historic Basalt.

The Morgridge Teaching Kitchen at CMC Aspen was opened as a new state-of-the-art kitchen which will offer a variety of community cooking classes and culinary training programs for CMC students. Whether you're looking to get into the industry, are a seasoned chef, or are a passionate home cook, the Morgridge Teaching Kitchen is here to celebrate the joy of food and help grow trained hospitality professionals in our region.

The new CMC Morgridge Commons - Basalt, situated at 22860 Two Rivers Road, Unit 202, Basalt, CO was also opened as a new community venue designed to foster collaboration, creativity, and meaningful connections. With its versatile space catering to diverse events, workshops, and gatherings, Morgridge Commons - Basalt aims to become a vibrant hub in the community.

Instructor Heather Bell demonstrating some trampoline aerobic jumps for a Community Education class.

Celebrate the leap year with FreeWill 

Utilize the extra day in 2024 to protect the people you love — and protect the community organizations that mean the most to you.

CMC stands out for its commitment to accessible, personalized, and affordable education, offering diverse programs ranging from liberal arts to career and outdoor industry training. CMC's faculty and staff aim to inspire, challenge, and prepare students for meaningful contributions to Colorado's Western Slope and beyond.

To support CMC's mission and vision, interested parties can utilize FreeWill's FREE online estate planning tool, ensuring their loved ones are protected while contributing to the progress of education and community impact initiatives on the Western Slope and beyond.

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CMC Alumni enjoying a drink at the Stoneyard Distillery Happy Hour event.

CMC Alumni Association events

The CMC Alumni Association hosted a happy hour on February 2nd. Master distiller, owner, and CMC Alumnus Max Vogelman hosted the event at his Stoneyard Distillery in Glenwood Springs. Alumni were provided an opportunity to meet, enjoy some great cocktails and to hear Max’s story on the creation of the distillery and a few tales from his CMC days. The conversation was lively and new friendships were formed among many in the group who attended.

The next alumni event will be a ski day at Sunlight Mountain Resort on March 1st. Discount tickets are available along with free lunch and goodies from the Alumni Association. Learn more & RSVP at the link below.

Learn more about the Sunlight event »

CMC Students looking out over the gardens at the Bear Park permaculture center at CMC Steamboat Springs.

CMC Steamboat gets sustainability award

Each year, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council in Steamboat Springs recognizes businesses for their efforts toward creating a more sustainable future. In a ceremony on Jan. 25, 2024, the YVSC recognized Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs for CMC’s commitment to reducing environmental impacts and promoting sustainability across campus and collegewide operations, training the next generation of climate leaders and ecosystem stewards, and helping to define, lead and elevate community climate action initiatives across the Yampa Valley.

In addition, Steamboat campus’s Earth Science and Stewardship Professor Becky Edmiston received YVSC’s 2023 Educator of the Year award. 

Read more about CMC Steamboat Sustainability Award »


For a full list of scholarships available at CMC please visit

Hotel Colorado Scholarship

QUALIFIED STUDENTS CAN RECEIVE UP TO $2375 / The Hotel Colorado was founded by Walter Devereux in 1893 at the height of Westward expansion. The promise of gold and silver was bringing thousands with adventurous spirits out west to explore a new way of living, far from the confines of bustling cities. Now the Hotel Colorado is a beautiful step back in time and a landmark of downtown Glenwood Springs, next to world-famous hot springs and a train depot that goes back more than a hundred years. The Hotel Colorado is looking forward to the next hundred years, and the individuals who will make the hospitality industry thrive. 

For a full list of events at CMC please visit

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! 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 & RSVP »

March 9

CMC Steamboat Springs

BALL OBSERVATORY STAR PARTY / Join the Colorado Mountain College Sky Club and Engineering Club from 7-9 PM for an exciting evening (weather permitting) of exploring the universe at CMC’s Ball Observatory on campus here in Steamboat Springs. All are welcome, including kids. No previous knowledge necessary.

Learn more about the Steamboat Star Party »

April 5

CMC Summit County

ALUMNI SKI DAY AT ARAPAHOE BASIN / We’ll host a repeat day of last year’s “Beachin’ at the Basin,” complete with coffee/doughnuts in the morning, lunch, and après ski sunbathing. Please sign up by Friday, March 22.

RSVP for the Arapahoe Basin Ski Day »

April 5-21

CMC Spring Valley

SOPRIS THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS THE BOOK OF WILL /  It has been three years since Shakespeare’s death, and his closest friends miss him dearly. They have only some of his masterful plays in their possession, and, after hearing a badly botched version of Hamlet at a nearby theatre, they realize that Shakespeare’s words are starting to fade into obscurity. They decide all of his original plays need to be found or recreated and published into a book, a definitive collection of his works. “Publish or vanish. That’s the choice.” So, they set out to compile as many of his manuscripts as possible, going head-to-head against a shady publisher, a drunken poet, shrinking resources, and their own mortality. Learn more about current Sopris Theatre Company productions »

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 »

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the CMC Foundation's 2022-2023 Impact Report.

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