Colorado Mountain College sees enrollment jump

Total number of credit hours rises by almost 400 compared to 2005 school year

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— Enrollment this fall has increased by 13 percent at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs.

CMC is seeing an increase in the total number of students enrolled in classes as well as an increase in the number of students taking more than one class, which is referred to as credit-hour production.

There are currently 1,224 students enrolled, which is up from the 1,182 enrolled in fall 2005.

Alpine Campus Dean Kerry Hart expects enrollment to continue to increase for the fall semester because a number of classes are yet to begin.

"We have classes starting on a weekly basis through September," Hart said.

The number of credit hours has risen from 3,286 to 3,665 this year, Hart said.

"The 13 percent increase in enrollment is based on a (national) formula called Full Time Equivalent that calculates enrollment by credit-hour production," he said.

Hart said the news of increased enrollment was "exciting."

"The increase enrollment is always a priority with the Board of Trustees," he said. "We want to see the college grow, and we are making sure this is a quality institution."

CMC is a comprehensive community college that offers the first two years toward a bachelor's degree in all of the liberal arts as well as an associate of applied science degree, vocational certificates, community classes and workforce development, which provides customized training for area businesses.

"With the excellent faculty here at CMC, we are pleased to be able to continue offering both credit and noncredit courses to the community," Hart said. "Our mission is 'learning for life,' and we are always open to learning about - and helping to meet - our community's needs for lifelong training."

The Alpine Campus employs approximately 68 full-time and 200 part-time faculty and staff this fall.

- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208, or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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