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The Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Board of Trustees met at the Dillon campus on March 14 for its regularly scheduled board meeting. During the meeting, trustees approved a new Bachelor of Applied Science in Integrated Media, which will be offered at its Spring Valley campus in Glenwood Springs.

Colorado Mountain College-Glenwood Springs campus. Photo courtesy CMC

As part of CMC’s Isaacson School for Communication, Arts & Media, the new bachelor’s degree will prepare graduates for careers in marketing, strategic communication in digital spaces, content creation, and more.

The new bachelor’s degree is consistent with the college’s role as a dual mission institution, which means that the college offers a mix of liberal arts and applied science programs in a blend of undergraduate programs localized to the workforce needs of CMC’s mountain communities.

“Our faculty developed this bachelor’s degree in response to demand from employers who need well-rounded communicators to help companies, nonprofits, and organizations like hospitals and local governments tell their story,” said the Dean of CMC’s Isaacson School for Communication, Arts & Media Dr. Jess Guarnero.

“This will be an attractive degree for students new to CMC, as well as students pursuing associate degrees in our professional photography, graphic design, digital media, and ski and snowboard business programs,” added Guarnero.

Classes for the new bachelor’s degree will begin this fall.

CMC board of trustees receives award for board governance

Additionally, trustees received an award from the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities recognizing them for being selected to receive the Nason award for exemplary leadership and governance.

The award is presented annually to boards that demonstrate exceptional leadership and initiative. The CMC Board of Trustees was the only governing board of a public college or university in the U.S. to receive the award this year.

CMC’s trustees were recognized for addressing the needs of students and the region the college serves through multiple institutional initiatives. These have included building new affordable housing for its students, expanding academic programming for high-demand fields like nursing, strengthening the college’s financial health and supporting underserved students.

“The publicly elected individuals on the CMC Board of Trustees are laser-focused on doing what’s right for our students, our beloved mountain communities and our taxpayers,” said CMC President and CEO Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser. “These individuals have earned and deserve this special recognition for their courage, wisdom, and foresight.”

During the same meeting trustees unanimously approved an adjustment to a contract for the construction of an oral health facility at the CMC Edwards campus. It added a $5.00 increase in tuition for ESL and HSE students, approved student apartment housing rates and reviewed and approved the single audit and state student assistance audit for FY2021-22.