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New classroom space opens at Edwards CMC

College hosts ribbon cutting for new classrooms, technology

— New classrooms always are welcome, but to raise eyebrows, you need something special — like an actual ambulance students can use for training.

About 100 people came out Tuesday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Colorado Mountain College's Edwards campus. The ribbon was cut on a new wing of the building that added about 33,000 square feet of classrooms, offices and other space — roughly doubling the size of the original building.

With the building complete, the ribbon-cutting was indoors, keeping people out of an afternoon downpour.

"When we did the groundbreaking about this time last year, it was raining, so we had to move it indoors," college spokeswoman Debra Crawford said.

Now, though, with the building complete except for some finishing touches, people could stay warm and dry while they celebrated.

And lots of people had a chance to celebrate. Students and faculty were glad to see the new classroom and student-center space, since the original building ran out of room soon after it opened in 2004. That space crunch required creative scheduling and quite a bit of office-sharing.

The space crunch also left little room for the college to expand its popular culinary arts and emergency medical services programs.

But when fall classes start Aug. 29, there will be elbow room to spare — the only cramped spaces will be the ones built into the structure.

One of those cramped areas is a fully-functional bathroom, so student firefighters and paramedics can get a feel for how to pull an unconscious patient out of a tight spot.