CMC Foundation mission statement: The Colorado Mountain College Foundation builds sustainable
community support for the needs and strategic priorities of Colorado Mountain College and its students.
CMC mission statement: We aspire to be the most inclusive and innovative student-centered college in the
nation, elevating the economic, social, cultural, and environmental vitality of our beautiful Rocky Mountain
CMC began offering classes in 1967 at our Leadville, Spring Valley and Steamboat Springs campuses. CMC
plays a vital role in the lives of students throughout its diverse 12,000 square-mile service area of eleven
campuses in the north-central mountain regions of Colorado. CMC, since its founding, has evolved from being
solely a two-year institution, to now a four-year higher education institution. Our campuses include:
Breckenridge, Dillon, Leadville, Spring Valley, Steamboat Springs, Aspen, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale,
Rifle, Buena Vista and Edwards. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its
administrative offices are based in downtown Glenwood Springs.
In 2015, the U.S. Department of Education ranked CMC as the third most affordable four year college in the United States. Even today CMC is still considered one of the most affordable four year colleges in the U.S. and one of the most affordable colleges in Colorado. CMC has been among the top 13% of two-year colleges in the US selected to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. CMC is also rated #1 among Colorado's two-year colleges for graduation plus transfer rates. Currently, CMC is exploring expanding beyond offering five bachelor's degree programs and is planning a major capacity increase in its Nursing programs to support local student demand and market needs. CMC is also honored to have successfully partnered with the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) since 2015 in offering four unique workforce scholarship programs. Finally in 2016. CMC was selected as the sole higher education partner with the U.S. Forest Service in offering an internship program to support students interested in careers in the federal government in its land management agencies "fast-track" into federal service. CMC offers five Bachelor's Degrees: sustainability studies, business administration, nursing, and our newest: teacher education and applied science.
The CMC Foundation was established to assist Colorado Mountain College secure resources for the highest priority needs of the school. Philanthropic support is needed to bridge the gap between what is funded and what is needed. Gifts to the Foundation allow CMC to offer the most priceless of gifts - a quality education at an affordable cost. The CMC Foundation works in partnership with the college supporting CMC's aspiration to be the premier and most inclusive, innovative institution of its kind.
I thought that going back to school was not an option for me due to my age and my income. Now I have learned that it is never too late to return to school and hope for a better future. Once more, I would like to thank you for your kindness and help.
- Ivon Soto
I thought I wasn't going to be able to continue my education at least until my kids finish high school and college, but with your support I can start here and go one step at a time. I don't have money but I have the energy to continue and follow my dreams. Thank you very much for your support!
- Esthela Sanchez
I received No Barriers help to get my own dorm room. Since then my grades have increased, my test scores have increased and I no longer fall asleep during class. I am now class president of the CLETA program here at the Spring Valley Campus! Once finished, I will be moving to Salida to start my career as a Law Enforcement Officer. Thank you for the opportunity to reach my goals and I hope future students will benefit from the No Barriers Fund as I did.
- Trevor Thonhoff
My experiences at CMC were a really big eye opener for me when I compare them to my experiences at my former college. CMC has small class sizes where students can really interact with the professors and other students. I had no idea a college could be so open and inviting to learners at every stage in their life.
- Jennifer Wagner