Two decades of families from Summit County Colorado homes have participated in the convenient high-quality programs offered by Colorado Mountain College. For example, the First Ascent Youth Leadership program at Colorado Mountain College is accepting applications from middle and high school students.
Colorado Mountain College is a convenient way for residents of Summit County Colorado homes to obtain occupational and technological certificates, Associate degrees, and to complete two years of credits that are transferable to a four-year college or university. CMC also offers full-time and seasonal residents and guests excellent courses and cultural events.
Leadership training is designed to teach students how to think and make decisions. In the great outdoors there are always times to solve problems. Teams must collaborate and communicate. The free program offers 20 middle and high school students four days of activities designed to build confidence, social skills, and experience outdoor and educational activities. Program highlights include:
- Introductions and icebreakers
- Ropes course at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville
- Rock climbing wall at Camp Hale
- Hike up Mount Elbert (14,440 feet)
- Leadership training throughout
Colorado Mountain College began offering leadership training in 1994. It began as part of the TRiO grant application funded by the United States Department of Education for middle school, high school, college, and graduate school students. It has expanded from a short minicamp to the weeklong program. Numerous attendees have returned to assist as youth outreach counselors and facilitators over the years.
About Colorado Mountain College
Colorado Mountain College or CMC is comprised of four community campuses and 12 sites in nine counties. The Summit Campus includes a site in Breckenridge and another in Dillon overlooking Lake Dillon. The campuses include state-of-the-art distance-learning and Internet web courses. The Dillon campus includes excellent science and computer labs with an emphasis on technology.
There are variety of educational opportunities offered by CMC. In Breckenridge, there is a 160-seat auditorium. Other facilities include an art gallery, computer lab, classrooms, and photography lab, studios used for dance, art, and pottery. In addition, recreation classes are available. During cold months, these may be ice-skating, cross-country skiing, and downhill skiing. In the summer time, folks can sign up to learn water sports, fishing, hiking and biking. Special summer workshops and seminars dovetail with the fine festivals and life theatre available in Summit County.