Colorado Mountain College is a two-year public community college located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, with other campuses spread out all over the state. It was founded in 1967 and has transfer agreements with all four-year schools in Colorado. The college has 11 total locations with each one offering liberal arts and science degrees, career and technical training, and custom training for businesses. There is also a virtual campus. All told, there are more than 25,000 students enrolled.
The college grants bachelor’s degrees in business administration and sustainability studies. It offers more than 20 degree and certificate programs on campus.
The Glenwood Springs location enrolls about 550 students, and has special degree programs in nursing, photography, outdoor education, veterinary technology and animal shelter management. The Glenwood Center is one of the three locations that are considered the Roaring Fork Campus. There are more than 200 classes in the fall and spring semesters, and 100 during the summer. The Glenwood Center also offers people a number of certificates and classes for personal development, including Aikido, Kayaking, How to Start a Small Business, CPR and others.
Accreditation is granted by the Higher Learning Commission. CMC is also a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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Enrollment is open, with the only admissions requirement being a GED or high school diploma. The culinary arts, natural resource management, nursing and photography courses, among a few others, are more competitive. ACT/SAT scores are not required, but are recommended. If a score is not submitted, students need to take a competency test. Programs that encourage the submission of test scores include nursing, veterinary technology and professional photography. High school students are eligible to enroll.
The financial aid office offers a wide range of grants, loans, and scholarships. Students that live in Colorado receive a discount on tuition, with a further discount for students who live within the immediate area. Merit based scholarships are also available.
The Colorado Mountain College Foundation awards four different types of scholarships. The Aspen Glen Scholarship is a $2,375 award renewable for one year if the student has a 3.0 GPA. The Howard Scholarship is $2,325 award and can be renewed for three years if the student has a 3.0 GPA at the end of an academic year. The Smith Scholarship is $2,325 award and can be renewed for three years if the student has a 3.0 GPA at the end of an academic year. The BSBA scholarship is a one-time award of $1,250.
The average part-time student is a 35-year-old female student who is pursuing a degree in the Associate of Arts in Business Program. The average full-time student is a 25-year-old male or female pursuing an Associate of Arts in Outdoor Education. The majority of students female and from Colorado. About 60 percent of the student body is while, and 20 percent are Hispanic.
Students who have special needs are offered services like note taking, oral testing, proofing written work, interpreting, books on tape, tutoring and extended test times.
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The college campus is located in the city of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The population is about 8,500 people. Glenwood was a frontier town in the late 1800s. The city is located where the Colorado and the Roaring Fork River meet. The city is located along I-70, and is about 150 miles west of Denver. It is on the main route through the Rocky Mountains.
The area is primarily known for its outdoor recreational opportunities, and a number of adventure vacation companies are in the area to set up various trips. There are opportunities to go whitewater rafting, kayak, cycle, rock climb, ride horses, take ATV, Segway and off-road Hummer tours and experience world-class fishing in Glenwood Canyon. About 45 miles away, there are a number of world-class ski resorts, including Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk in the Aspen area, and Beaver Creek and Vail Mountain in the Vail area.
Forest Hollow Trail is a favorite mountain-biking trail in the Roaring Fork Valley, and the Jeannie Golay Trail in the Red Mountain is also used by locals a lot, along with a 16-mile trail through the Glenwood Canyon that is suitable for families and recreational riders. There’s a 9-hole golf course in Glenwood Springs, and many mountain golf courses are within a short drive.
Three other places to visit include the Glenwood Caverns, a geological site that has a recreation complex on top of mountain with rides, food and opportunities for children activities. The caverns also have a giant Apline roller coaster, the Scream’ Swing, that swings riders out over the Glenwood Canyon. Hanging Lake and Yaman Hot Springs are also popular places in the Glenwood area.
There are more than 70 adjunct faculty at the Glenwood Center, along with a number of full-time faculty.