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In Our Own Backyard~CMC offers four-year degrees

This past fall, Colorado Mountain 
College in Edwards began offering four-year college degrees in business administration and sustainability, while still keeping its door open as a community college.

Colorado joins about half a dozen states where community colleges already offer four-year degrees.

At CMC, students can choose from a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) or a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies (BASS). Both programs consist of 60 upper division (300 & 400) level credits.

The BASS focuses on the three “Es” of sustainability: economy, environment and social equity, and prepares students to enter a range of careers in the public and private sectors and to guide them towards sustainability from economics and social responsibility to environmental chemistry and sustainable agriculture.

Courses include classes such as “Sustainable Economics,” “Ecology & Sustainability” and “Literature for Change,” to name a few.

The BSBA degree is for those individuals who are able to analyze and solve business-related problems in our rapidly changing environment.

In this course of study, students have “academic emphasis options,” such as entrepreneurship, resort management and the ski and snowboard business.

CMC already had the staff and infrastructure in place to handle classes and students pursuing the new degrees. The Edwards campus just added approximately 33,000 square feet of classrooms, offices and other space, almost doubling the size of the original building.

The addition also has “distance learning” areas which means, for instance, that if a business administration class is offered in another campus, students will be able to participate in real-time format at a classroom in Edwards.

The end result is that students pay less for a credit hour at Colorado Mountain College than almost any four-year school in the state.

It seems the whole flavor of the Edwards campus has become more exciting for both students and faculty.

“We’re finding that the students in the bachelor programs are demanding, expecting and giving more,” says Peggy Curry, Edwards Campus CEO, and Vice-President of the College. “The faculty finds this very gratifying. The expectations are high and bringing a whole new level of academic rigor to our campus.”