Colorado Mountain College
(CMC) is a network of seven junior
college campuses in western Colorado.
the campuses are residential campuses with student residence halls
and cafeterias, and are located in Steamboat Springs, Leadville and Glenwood Springs.
The residential campuses are essentially
Colorado state junior colleges operated on a small college model,
and are designed to send graduates on to successful enrollment and
completion of 4-year degrees at the state's four-year institutions
of higher learning. CMC also offers numerous courses transmitted
across the district via live interactive video, allowing students
at one location to hear and speak with their teachers at other
college sites. CMC offers many of the same introductory courses in
arts and sciences found at most four-year colleges, but it also has
strong outdoor education and wilderness studies courses. Numerous
professional certifications, and custom workforce training, are
Other heavily enrolled programs include ski business, which
incorporates ski tuning, boot fitting, retail shop management,
marketing; ski area operations, which offers hands-on courses in
slope maintenance and grooming, and ski lift maintenance and
operations; veterinary technology; and nursing. Courses in hotel
and resort management are also offered, and graduates of these
courses help to sustain the winter, and summer, tourism driven
economies of Colorado.
The Roaring Fork (at Spring Valley), and Timberline (at Chaffee
County) campuses offer programs for training police officers. These
programs include legal instruction as well as courses in arrest
techniques and gun combat. Courses are taught by local prosecutors
and law enforcement officers. The college also offers criminal
justice classes for other students as well.
Many Colorado Mountain College instructors are local professionals
that teach at the college part time. They draw on their own
professional experience as well as academic sources when teaching
classes, giving Colorado Mountain College courses a "real world"
emphasis. Some instructors are also students, as the college allows
instructors to take a tuition free course for every course they
teach (in addition to salary and benefits). Thus it is not uncommon
to see someone teaching a class one day and taking one the
In addition to providing many different recreational and
educational activities through student clubs, Steamboat Springs
campus has an alpine ski team that races in USCSA
sanctioned races that culminate in national
The Spring Valley Campus, just outside of Glenwood Springs, CO,
offers an AAS (associates applied science) degree in Professional
Photography. Buck Mills, program director and instructor,
spearheads the technical program. Mills, along with other full and
part-time faculty, teach small classes of photography students a
variety of skills ranging from basic exposure to advanced Photoshop
The Spring Valley Campus offers multiple computer labs, including
Mac labs outfitted with regularly-updated Apple desktops, Imacon
and Nikon scanners, and profiling hardware and software. The
program also utilizes a photography studio which is attached to the
photo labs and includes multiple lighting kits and backdrops. The
program offers a strong foundation in technical skills but also
encourages creative work with electives and field trips to places
such as Yellowstone and the U.S. Southwest.
The Spring Valley Campus is located between Glenwood Springs and
Carbondale, Colorado just off Highway 82. The campus offers dorm
and dining facilities with easy access to nearby mountains and
cities, including: Carbondale, Aspen, and Marble.
Notable graduates of the CMC photography program include: Gabe
Rogel, Carr Clifton, Rick Souders, and Pat Davison.