Colorado Mountain College receives $17K for student scholarships |

Colorado Mountain College receives $17K for student scholarships

Alli Langley


Monday, April 13

All schools, students return from spring break

Tuesday, April 14

Central Office, School Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Summit High School, PTSO Meeting, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Summit High School, Girls Lacrosse Game, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15

Upper Blue Elementary, Summer Youth Activity Showcase, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Summit Middle School, BAC Meeting, 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Thursday, April 16

Dillon Valley Elementary, Summer Youth Activity Showcase, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Summit High School, Girls Lacrosse, 4 p.m.

Friday, April 17

Summit High School, Career Fair, 8 a.m.

Colorado Mountain College recently received a $17,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente to use for scholarships for its students enrolled in health science programs.

Kaiser Permanente, the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, announced that its $90,000 matching grant will be available for scholarships at CMC and Western Colorado Community College, and the new funding is in addition to a $1.5 million investment in 2013 to the member colleges of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) through the Campaign for Colorado Community Colleges.

Structured as a challenge gift, Kaiser Permanente’s investment will be matched dollar for dollar by donors in the communities served by the colleges.

“We are tremendously grateful for Kaiser Permanente’s vision in supporting the students of Colorado Mountain College,” said Carrie Besnette Hauser, CMC president and CEO. “The need has never been greater. There is a growing gap between the need for educated workers and the educational attainment of Coloradans.”

She said though CMC is committed to keeping tuition among the most affordable in the state, many students still require scholarships and must reduce or eliminate their working hours to complete their studies.

Colorado’s community colleges serve 160,000 students statewide, making them the largest provider of higher education in the state, and almost half of those students are in health science programs. Colorado’s community colleges train more than half the state’s nurses and 90 percent of its first responders.

At the CMC campuses in Breckenridge and Spring Valley, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will begin its second year in the fall. The application deadline for nursing scholarships is May 1, and the application deadline for students wanting to enter the nursing program is June 15.

Study ranks Colorado colleges by value

A recent study by SmartAsset, a financial data and technology company, found the colleges providing the best value in Colorado.

Rankings of the top 10 Colorado colleges and universities were determined by looking at categories including scholarships and grants, starting salary upon graduation, tuition, living costs and retention rate.

The Colorado School of Mines, in Golden, ranked first in value and was followed by Colorado State University in Fort Collins and the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Colorado Mountain College, which has two campuses in Summit County and offers a few bachelor’s degrees, was not included in the rankings because the college didn’t have some information about salary and retention rate available for the creators of the study.

For more information or to view the SmartAsset rankings, visit

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