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Colorado Mountain College to Offer Four-Year Program

Colorado Mountain College to Offer Four-Year Program

[ June 24, 2010 - 12:22pm ]
by Colette Maddock
Mountain people rejoice. You really can go to college and ski everyday too.

College and skiing doesn’t necessarily go hand in hand, which is unfortunate for the straight-A ski bum. Most colleges don’t have their own ski hill, and many that advertise being close to skiing are truly an hour or more away from the action.

Colorado Mountain College is one of the few colleges that does have campuses in the hearts of ski towns, and now the school is working to offer academic-oriented ski bums even more learning. CMC is currently a 2-year community college, but starting in 2011 students can earn a 4-year bachelor's degree at the base of their favorite ski hill. They have 11 campuses including locations at ski areas such as Steamboat, Aspen, Breckenridge, Glenwood Springs, Dillon, Leadville, and Edwards. On powder days you can literally ski in the morning and go to class in the afternoon.

Last moth, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed a bill which will allow the community college to offer up to five bachelor’s degrees—including business, teacher education, and environmental studies—pending its approval by the Higher Learning Commission.

Colorado Senator Dan Gibbs pushed the bill because he thinks it’s important that people living in the mountains have the same opportunities for higher education as everyone else in the state. “We’re mountain people,” he said.

While the college will be offering these bachelor’s degrees, they are still keeping their doors open as a community college. This makes it very easy for the high school graduate that would rather ski than go to college to satisfy their need for powder and their parents’ hope for higher education at the same time.

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