News & Updates from the CMC Foundation
April 17th, 2024
The Eagle
Greetings, here is your monthly CMC Foundation update
Presidential search announcement
It is with great excitement that the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees announces that Dr. Matt Gianneschi has been selected as the sole finalist for the college’s next president and chief executive officer. Matt has dedicated his entire career to preparing for this role and, for the past ten years, has helped lead nearly every major initiative at Colorado Mountain College in partnership with President Carrie Besnette Hauser. There is no one more prepared and poised to continue this college’s positive trajectory than Matt.

Matt is deeply committed to improving the quality of education for others, beginning his career as an admissions representative and working his way up through nearly every functional area of higher education. Among his many leadership roles, Matt has worked in education policy during the administrations of three Colorado governors, including serving as the deputy executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Carrie hired Matt in 2014 and, together, the two dramatically altered the college’s course, helped improve student outcomes, added bachelor’s degrees, enhanced institutional diversity, focused on equity and inclusion, increased faculty and employee satisfaction and engagement, and stabilized the institution’s funding to position it to thrive for decades to come.
Steamboat Springs Carpentry Students work together to frame a wall. Photo by John F. Russell.
New carpentry program at CMC Steamboat Springs
The rhythmic hum of power tools reverberates as Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Kenny Orce meticulously frames a wall, a testament to the hands-on learning experience offered by the pilot carpentry class.

This unique opportunity arises from a collaborative effort between Colorado Mountain College, Steamboat Springs High School, and the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp. Designed for high school students concurrently enrolled at the college, the class not only provides practical skills but also offers the chance to earn certification from the National Center for Construction Education and Research. 
The Bill of Obligations book cover.
Rediscovering Common Ground, events happening now
Join us for Rediscovering Common Ground, a non-partisan series of community conversations focused on civic engagement and civil discourse. As events unfold throughout the year, individuals from diverse perspectives are invited to participate in learning the art of productive disagreement and propelling our nation forward, especially during this pivotal election year.

We welcome all to engage in dialogue with local community and thought leaders. We also extend the opportunity to meet Richard Haass across various CMC campuses as he delves into the principles outlined in his inspiring book, "The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens." These author visits are free and open to the public. 
Backbone Media leadership posing with scholarship recipient Juliana Garcia.
Backbone starts partnership with CMC

Colorado Mountain College is thrilled to announce a dynamic partnership with Backbone, a leading Colorado marketing agency. Together, we're launching the Backbone Scholarship for Integrated Media, providing financial aid, internships, and potential employment at Backbone.

This opportunity aims to support first-generation college students pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Integrated Media at CMC. We're excited to see the impact of this partnership in shaping future leaders in the outdoor marketing industry.

For a full list of scholarships available please visit
Beth and David Gaboury Scholarship
QUALIFIED STUDENTS CAN RECEIVE UP TO $3000 / The Beth and David Gaboury Scholarship was established to encourage and support first-generation students to pursue their passions in science, technology, engineering &/or math. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher, be a first generation, legal US citizen, permanent resident, or DACA student, pursuing a degree in a STEM related field at the Vail Valley at Edwards Campus.
For a full list of events at CMC please visit
April 18
CMC Rifle
REDISCOVERING COMMON GROUND - RIFLE  / Join Colorado Mountain College in person for Rediscovering Common Ground at the Clough Auditorium at CMC Rifle from 5:30-7:30 PM. During this interactive event, you will dig into the importance of civics, hear from local veterans and community members working to become citizens, practice reflection, respectful discussion, and active listening. Heavy appetizers will be provided.
Learn more about this Rediscovering Common Ground event »
April 20
CMC Breckenridge
MET OPERA LIVE IN HD- LA RONDINE / Join CMC Breckenridge from 10:55 am - 1:45 pm for Puccini’s bittersweet love story with soprano Angel Blue starring as the French courtesan Magda, opposite tenor Jonathan Tetelman as Ruggero, an idealistic young man who offers her an alternative to her life of excess.
Learn more about this Met Opera Live in HD event »
April 28
CMC Breckenridge
EARTH DAY IN SUMMIT / The day will start with a hike at 11:30 am complete with comradery, snacks, and swag. Sustainability students will then host engaging poster sessions to share their research starting at 2 pm at the CMC Breckenridge campus. Finally, “A Finer Future is Possible; An Earth Day Commemoration”, by Hunter Lovins at 3 pm will inspire you to create a sustainable future.
Learn more about this Earth Day event »
May 1
CMC Glenwood Springs
REDISCOVERING COMMON GROUND - GLENWOOD SPRINGS  / Join us in person for Rediscovering Common Ground at the Morgridge Commons in Glenwood Springs from 5:30-7:30 PM. During this interactive event, you will dig into the importance of civics, hear from local veterans and community members working to become citizens, practice reflection, respectful discussion, and active listening. Heavy appetizers will be provided.
Learn more about this Rediscovering Common Ground event »
May 2
CMC Spring Valley
ISAACSON SCHOOL - PORTFOLIO NIGHT  / Join us from 4:30-7:00 pm for our annual portfolio show highlighting the exceptional work of our digital media, graphic design, and photography students. We'll be providing refreshments and snacks for your enjoyment. It's sure to be a delightful evening filled with creativity, community, and camaraderie.
Learn more about the Isaacson School Portfolio event »
June 23
CMC All Campuses
CMC DAY AT THE COLORADO ROCKIES! / Join the CMC Alumni Association for a day at the Colorado Rockies as we watch them take on the Washington Nationals! Bring your family & friends! The game starts at 1 pm, join us before the game at 11 am for a pre-game tailgate.
Open to community members,
for a full list of available trips visit
May 2024
BAJA, MEXICO - SEA KAYAK TOURING / Immerse yourself in and on the land, sea, and culture of Baja, Mexico while refining your sea kayaking/outdoor leadership skills and learning the natural history of one of the world’s most unique ecosystems! The coastline and islands of the Baja peninsula provide an unparalleled ‘classroom’ to be trained in kayaking guidance on the open water and explore the marine life and natural history of the region’s ecology.
Learn about the Baja Mexico study abroad opportunity »
December 2024
NEPAL EVEREST REGION / Through the 21-day experience, students will not only learn about the unique physical geography and environmental science of the Kathmandu and Khumbu Valleys, but they will adjust to the local lifestyles by living with host families. Student will experience language, cooking, farming, and community cultural events in the Kathmandu Valley and the Khumbu Valley culminating in an exploration of villages below the highest mountain on earth: Mount Everest, and a possible visit to Everest Basecamp.
Learn about the Nepal study abroad opportunity »
the CMC Foundation's 2022-2023 Impact Report.

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