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Start thinking of your future: think CMC

Nancy Genova

If you’re not sure what your plans are for the fall, it’s not too late to consider getting a start on your college education. But get on the phone soon if you want to study out of town, as many institutions of higher learning – and their residence halls – are filling up.One alternative you might not have considered is Colorado Mountain College, the two-year college that’s the hometown choice for much of the Western Slope. Many people in our area know there’s a CMC campus near them. But you may be surprised to find out the breadth of the college’s reach.We like to joke that you can take a CMC class just about anywhere where two roads cross. Not only are we in the Roaring Fork Valley (with sites in Carbondale, Spring Valley and Glenwood Springs), but we also have campuses in Aspen, Rifle, Steamboat Springs, Edwards and Summit County (Dillon and Breckenridge). Our Timberline Campus encompasses Leadville and Chaffee County (Salida and Buena Vista).So students can take courses in their hometown, or live at one of our three residential campuses (Spring Valley, Steamboat Springs and Leadville). And for the coming semester, some residential spaces are still available.You might also not be aware that, in this time of skyrocketing college tuition, CMC offers an incredible educational value. Just this year our tuition increased for the first time in three years, to the unheard-of price of $43 per credit hour for in-district students. So if you take 15 credits in the fall and spring semesters, your tuition will be just $1,290. 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. We’ve just received preliminary results on a recent Roaring Fork community survey, and 90 percent of the respondents said our quality of instruction is good or excellent. (When the full results are tabulated, along with those of the Spanish-language and business surveys now underway, we’ll share those findings with you.)Whether working toward an associate degree, taking part in customized business training, enjoying noncredit courses as a lifelong learner, 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. Think about it – Would you rather take psychology 101 in a class of 20, or a class of 200?And did you know that most of CMC’s full-time faculty have been with the college for 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 and elsewhere?So before the dog days of summer hit in earnest, start thinking of your future. College – whether here in your hometown, or elsewhere in the world – can open up doors for you.Nancy Genova, dean of CMC’s Roaring Fork Campus, is also a candidate for YouthZone’s Kiss-n-Squeal fund-raiser. CMC Corner is provided by a rotating roster of staff at Colorado Mountain College. For more information, contact CMC’s public information office at 384-8506.


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