CMC board receives report from Moffat County feasibility study

During the Colorado Mountain College board retreat Aug. 28-30, trustees discussed the findings of a third-party feasibility study commissioned by CMC at the request of the Moffat County Affiliated Junior College District about a potential annexation of that taxing district into the CMC district. 

According to CMC, the study identified a desire for more clarity about community support in Moffat County for CMC’s funding model, questions about the health of enrollments at the Craig campus and the impact annexation would have on the rest of the college district. 

Trustees expressed a strong desire to hear more from the taxpayers in Moffat County about their understanding of and willingness to join the CMC district, and asked staff to prepare a response for the MCAJCD.

Trustees also met with the Salida School Board before receiving updates from campus leaders from the college’s 11 locations. Additionally, trustees heard the latest about the college’s new affordable housing units, which were recently constructed at CMC campuses in Breckenridge, Vail Valley at Edwards, Spring Valley at Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs.

Students recently moved into the 190 bedrooms at the four campuses, and the units are nearly full. 

The board retreat also focused on implementation of CMC’s new strategic plan, Mountain Futures: 2023-2030

During their regularly scheduled board meeting, CMC trustees unanimously approved: 

  • A contract to construct four parking lots at CMC Steamboat Springs
  • A contract for implementation services of a new enterprise resource planning and student information system 
  • Updates to trustee policies 

Trustees also met with a delegation from the University of Colorado that included CU President Todd Saliman, CU Denver Chancellor Michelle Marks, several members of the CU Board of Regents and other leaders from the CU system and campuses.

Along with members of the CMC leadership team, President Carrie Besnette Hauser and the CMC Board of Trustees shared information about CMC’s role and mission and discussed potential opportunities for future partnership.

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