This spring, across the multi-site community college 58 students have petitioned to be the first to receive bachelor’s degrees from Colorado Mountain College. Students who have been attending any of the college’s 11 different locations will take part in graduation ceremonies Friday evening in Rifle, Keystone or Leadville, or Saturday morning in Spring Valley (near Glenwood Springs), Edwards or Steamboat Springs. “We are very pleased with the strong response to these new degrees,” said Dr. Charles R. Dassance, interim president of the college. “Enrollments are in line with what we’d anticipated, and we love hearing stories of how our students are able to put their education to immediate use.” Only three years ago, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter signed the bill allowing Colorado Mountain College to offer a limited number of bachelor’s degrees. The bill was a result of extensive research the college conducted, showing unmet demand from employers and students in north-central Colorado. “There was no physical location where our local residents could earn a bachelor’s degree within our service area, which is the size of the state of Maryland,” said Dr. Brad Tyndall, senior vice president of academic affairs at the college. “With overwhelming support from our communities and students, and a lot of hard work to prepare the curriculum and find excellent instructors, we were able to convince our legislators and accrediting body that we could meet this need.” A few short months later, in the fall of 2011, CMC started offering bachelor’s degrees in business administration and sustainability studies. And now two years later, the first enrollees who brought with them previous college credits or an associate degree will be among a historic class of graduates. All students earning bachelor’s degrees this spring will be given a place of honor in the college’s inaugural Alumni Hall of Fame.
Inaugural bachelor’s grads honored at Colorado Mountain College campuses May 3, 4
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