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Colorado Mountain College looking toward future with expansion on Miller Ranch parcel

Cindy Ramunno Special to the Daily

Colorado Mountain College is better – it’s always been the place to get that degree in the midst of raising a family or to get in shape with an early morning workout class.

It’s still that and much more – too much to mention here.

The college will be expanding in the near future on the Miller Ranch parcel in Edwards. This move will bring programs in Eagle, Vail and Edwards to a central location. Ceramics, for instance, is now only offered in Eagle, whereas much of the outdoor education, such as rock and ice Climbing, is offered in Vail.

The Edwards building will include a dance studio, a science lab and a student computer lab. Peggy Curry, campus dean for Vail-Eagle Valley, says that the new 30,000-square-foot campus will provide more access for students and help students succeed. The school is currently working with the hospital to see what’s needed in those areas.

“We are supporting the health sciences programs by offering a nurses aid program, which will also be offered in Spanish this spring,” says Curry.

The college will also offer fire science, paramedic training and hospitality programs for high school students.

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The Eagle County School District has also utilized Colorado Mountain College to the max. Both Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley high schools offer duel enrollment classes through the college.

“We have a great partnership and a great working relationship with Colorado Mountain College,” says Jeff Lueders, the assistant principal at Eagle Valley High School. “They really work with our students, parents and community to create learning opportunities for everyone.”

The brochure that Colorado Mountain College offers a wide variety of curriculum. For example, next spring, “Women in Business” will be offered. This noncredit course will provide women with information regarding how to start up a business and how to survive in the corporate world.

Lisa Kosak, owner of Copy Plus in Eagle, says the college helped her start her business. “A professional from the college sat down with me and helped me with my business plan and they connected me with the Small Business Administration,” says Kosak. “(The college) offers so many resources – it’s awesome.”

A class with another catchy title, “Dine like a Diplomat,” will give attendees tips on professional business savvy.

The college is one-half of numerous valley partnerships and it is determined to create more classes and programs for valley residents, Curry says.

“The school district, the recreation district and (the college) are supported by the community. We will continue to collaborate and save resources,” says Curry.

In the meantime, Curry is also enjoying what the community offers her in her position with the college. “I just love this community. I’m so impressed with how people embrace interesting and stimulating programs,” Curry adds. Colorado Mountain College is customizing training to meet the community’s needs, because – as Curry says – the college has very talented students who need to be challenged. “Valley residents are doing everything they can to make this the very best mountain community that it can be,” she says.