Colorado Mountain College 50th Anniversary

From the beginning, Colorado Mountain College has flourished because local citizens have valued the way education can enliven their communities. In the early 1960s, visionaries sought approval for a college district. Taxpayers caught the vision and overwhelmingly voted to fund it.


The two original campuses were built simultaneously with modular buildings transported from Denver.

Classes opened on October 2, 1967 to the sound of carpenters’ finishing cuts.

Within five years, classes were also offered in Aspen, Rifle, Salida, Eagle County and Summit County.



Colorado Mountain College now offers the third most affordable bachelor’s degrees in the nation.

It’s home to the Isaacson School for New Media and is planning to add programs in avalanche technology and action sports in fall 2017.


Colorado Mountain College

Today, there are 11 locations serving 20,000 students each year. Colorado Mountain College offers programs from ESL and GED to bachelor’s degrees. We are partnering with local school districts through the Mountain Futures Fund, securing private and public funding to ensure that every local high school student can have the opportunity for a college education.

Like our founders, we are energized by the possibilities ahead. Because of local support, Colorado Mountain College will continue to elevate the vitality of our beautiful Rocky Mountain communities.

Because of you.

The Stories We Weave

So many lives have been touched in 5o years.

Share the stories from lives of Colorado Mountain students, faculty, staff and friends.

Then share yours!

Let's Celebrate!

Throughout 2017, each Colorado Mountain College location will host a 50th anniversary event.

See what your local campus has planned...

Thank You to Our 50th Anniversary Sponsors

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