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CMC Corner

The Colorado Mountain College Foundation is celebrating a hugely successful year, bringing in more than $1.3 million, in addition to the college’s largest-ever gift of $3 million. This follows last year’s nearly $2.8 million in gifts.

After many years of hard work, the foundation staff has finally come of age. We are doing good work for the college and bringing in invaluable friends for the college. Everyone benefits!

Where does all this money go? I’ll tell you:

It brings a new equine center to Colorado Mountain College’s veterinary technology program at the Roaring Fork Campus. This project also will renovate areas of the farm, offer community outreach seminars on animal topics and provide a post-surgery recovery area for dogs. Eventually it will include a new lab.

The $3 million from EnCana Oil and Gas, USA, will be used for a new academic and technical training center for western Garfield County. This gift provided half the projected cost, and the foundation was given a site that is nearly 13 acres. Rifle Campus students will no longer struggle with a small, 80-year-old building with only enough parking for one class, and the college will be able to better accommodate the skyrocketing need for trained local workers.

It means nearly 30 student scholarships at CMC’s new Vail-Eagle Valley Campus just this year, through the foundation’s Higher Education Resources and Opportunities (HERO) committee. In fact, college-wide, 109 students received CMC Foundation scholarships, totaling $182,000 for this academic year. EnCana also gave $30,000 for scholarships to students pursuing industry-related degrees.

It’s opening a new academic center in Buena Vista this fall, where CMC students have studied in rented storefronts and high school classrooms for 20 years. Foundation donor money, grants and a land gift provided the bulk of the support for this site outside CMC’s district boundaries.

It means a historically significant homestead on a ranch near Leadville inspires a new historic preservation course for CMC’s Timberline Campus, the only such two-year program in the Rocky Mountain region. The Hayden Ranch’s 16 buildings will be a lab not only for CMC, but also for the University of Colorado and Colorado State University. Foundation donor gifts of $27,000 matched a $200,000 grant from the Colorado Historical Society.

The foundation is where the Brue family turned to thank CMC. This family gifted $100,000 to the ski operations program at CMC for student scholarships after a family member graduated from CMC and found his niche in the ski business.

It’s cyclical. CMC Foundation busies itself with finding further support for CMC, while students challenge themselves in rewarding work, which benefits the community, which then supports our community’s college.

Alexandra Yajko is the CEO of CMC Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization devoted to providing assistance to Colorado Mountain College in the form of scholarships, building projects and cultural enrichment to enhance the achievement of its goals. For more information about the foundation, please contact their office at 947-8378.

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