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Colorado Mountain College Classes – Brief Overview

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Colorado Mountain College (CMC) in Chaffee County offers classes in the arts, accounting, business, computers, criminal justice, early childhood profession, education, English, English as a Second Language, foreign language, health, history, math, music, yoga, science, social science, and speech, as well as academic achievement and college preparatory classes. Students wishing to pursue an academic or occupational degree program, or who want to learn about transferring to a 4-year college, should meet with one of the school's academic counselors before signing up for classes.

The Colorado Mountain College's curent catalog is available at numerous local establishments in Salida and Buena Vista, as well as the CMC office and the Salida Regional Library. For a list of all classes in Chaffee County and Leadville, please check the table of contents provided in the catalog. Class schedules can also be accessed online at

New students who need further information can complete the online CMC form or call CMC's Buena Vista office at (719) 395-8419; toll free: (800) 621-8559. You can also send an email to:

CMC also offers non-credit classes which "add knowledge, skills, and new experiences to your life." For details about non-credit classes and lifelong learning at Leadville or the Chaffee County Academic Center in Buena Vista visit:

Lifelong Learning at Leadville and Buena Vista 

For those who want to learn new skills or want to try something they have always wanted to do, CMC non-credit classes will place them in touch with the region's best teachers and mentors in their respective fields. In recent years, these classes have included courses such as Investment Basics and Beyond, a series of informative seminars about investing. Individual topics covered during this course included an Introduction to the Bond Markets, Financial Statement Analysis, Investing in Equities, More Complex Financial Transactions, and Putting it All Together in a Portfolio. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) continues to offer classes as well. NAHB topics include Business Accounting and Job Cost, On-site Project Management, and Estimating. As noted above, these classes are taught by experts in their respective fields and thus they provide information to our students that is practical, valuable, and applicable to their everyday lives and well-being.

Interested persons may call the CMC office to find out more about these classes.

A list of some of the non-credit courses typically offered include:

  • Astronomy
  • Avalanche Workshop
  • Basic Computer Concepts
  • Brainwise - Training of Trainers
  • Ceramics
  • Customized Business Solutions
  • Entrepreneurial Grant Workshop
  • Fly Fishing
  • Fused Glass Jewelry Making
  • GED classes
  • Geology Field Trips & Workshops
  • Grant Proposal Writing
  • Hiking Through History
  • Ice Climbing


  • Leave No Trace Master Trainer
  • Mountain Pine Beetle Identification & Mitigation Workshop
  • Mountaineering
  • Monologues & Movement Theater Workshop
  • Multi-pitch Rescue
  • Music/Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Climbing
  • Painting for People Who Think They Can't
  • Rafting – Horsethief/Ruby Canyon
  • Rockhounding
  • Self Defense for Women Only
  • Swiftwater Rescue
  • Van Driving

For more information contact Judy Green, Community and Corporate Learning Manager, by

Phone: (719) 486-4258 or (719) 395-8419 or (719) 221-9842

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