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CMC can help you attain your goals

Nancy Genova
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If you’re not sure what your plans are for the fall, you might consider getting a start on your college education. Though the fall semester started Monday, Aug. 28, it’s still possible to register for many of the classes at Colorado Mountain College, the two-year community college that’s the locals’ choice for much of the Western Slope. Check with us to find out what’s available. And remember that some classes and workshops start at different times throughout the semester.Many people in the Roaring Fork Valley know there’s a CMC campus near them. But you may be surprised to find out the breadth of your local college’s reach. We like to joke that you can take a CMC class just about anywhere two roads cross. Not only are we in the Roaring Fork Valley, with a residential site at Spring Valley and commuter sites in Glenwood and Carbondale, but we also have campuses in Aspen, Rifle, Steamboat Springs, the Vail-Eagle Valley (located in Edwards) and Summit County (in Dillon and Breckenridge). And our Timberline campus encompasses Leadville and Chaffee County (with a new building in Buena Vista).So students can take courses at the commuter site in their hometown, or live at one of our three residential sites at Spring Valley, Steamboat Springs or Leadville. And some courses provide travel opportunities such as field trips and study abroad. The Roaring Fork campus offers one such geology field trip this fall to sites including Bryce and Zion National Parks, highlighting the geology of the Grand Staircase, plus a 24-mile backpack from the North to South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The first meeting for this geology course is Sept. 2.You might also not be aware that, in this time of skyrocketing college tuition, CMC offers an incredible educational value. Indeed, our in-district tuition rates – at just $43 per credit hour – are the lowest in Colorado. If you’ve looked into colleges recently and are suffering from sticker shock, that should be good news.Many people are familiar with the quality of CMC’s programs. Whether working toward an associate’s degree, enjoying noncredit courses as a lifelong learner, taking part in customized business training, or bringing their skills up to college level in our adult education courses, CMC students know they’ll be in small classes, getting more individualized attention than they might elsewhere. Our student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1.Think about it – would you rather take Psychology 101 in a class of 12, or a class of 200? And did you know that most of CMC’s full-time faculty have been with the college 15-20 years? Or that our part-time faculty, as experienced practitioners in their fields, bring “real-world” expertise? Or that CMC courses have guaranteed transferability to four-year colleges within the state?So before your summer slips away, start thinking of your future. College – whether here in your hometown, or elsewhere in the world – can open doors for you.For more information on how you can take that first step to reach your educational goals, contact your local CMC campus at 945-7481 (Spring Valley), 945-7486 (Glenwood Center) or 963-2172 (Lappala Center), or visit http://www.coloradomtn.edu. Nancy Genova is dean of CMC’s Roaring Fork campus, with sites at Spring Valley, the Glenwood Center (behind City Market) and the Lappala Center in Carbondale.


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