CMC announces website and salary changes, electrician apprenticeship |

CMC announces website and salary changes, electrician apprenticeship

Alli Langley
Summit Daily News
Corey Dechant
Courtesy Colorado Mountain College |

Starting this fall, students studying anywhere with Colorado Mountain College will notice changes in the college’s online interface when they log in.

The college’s board of trustees, meeting Monday in Leadville, approved a contract with Ellucian, a technology company that will provide new enhanced software that students will use for registration, financial aid, accounts payable and other services. The interface will be phased in slowly with changes every couple months.

Chief Operating Officer Matt Gianneschi said the board was given a ballpark figure of $1.5 million over the next two years that the college will pay the company for software products, training and staff support.

Climax Molybdenum to pay full cost of classes for four apprentices, who will work for Climax while they study


College employees will no longer receive a housing stipend this school year. Instead, the college incorporated the stipend into salaries.

The stipend was established in the mid-2000s around the peak of the housing market bubble, when the college struggled to hire people in resort communities with high costs of living.

The addition of the stipend to salaries affected employees differently based on their positions, Gianneschi said, but the change amounted to a 2 percent pay raise on average for all employees.

The college’s president, Carrie Hauser, is now eligible for similar across-the-board compensation adjustments, after the college’s board of trustees approved that amendment to her contract.

The board also pushed back Hauser’s first evaluation from November to June to give the new president, who was hired in December, a full year on the job and keep her annual reviews consistent with a June date.


A new partnership with Climax Molybdenum Co. to fill industrial electrician positions kicked off Sept. 6 at the CMC campus in Dillon.

“This is the first time that we’ve done anything like this,” Gianneschi said, adding that he hopes the agreement will become a model for more local companies, such as the ski resorts, as well as other colleges around the country.

In a “very close partnership,” he said, Climax agreed to pay CMC for the full cost of classes for four apprentices, who will work for Climax while they study, as well as the cost of educating eight students in some classes with only the four apprentices, making the program financially feasible for the college.

The company also will pay CMC for transportation for faculty members because the electrician program is normally run out of the Rifle campus, and other supplementary costs.

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