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With the coronavirus known as COVID-19 impacting its students and surrounding community, Colorado Mountain College (CMC) has announced that it will waive summer books, tuition, and fees to help support the local economies of the mountain communities it serves.

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The Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees voted in a virtual meeting to give the $1.6 million the college expects to receive in federal stimulus dollars back to students, local businesses and workers.

“Over the past three weeks, the nation’s economy has been turned on its head due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said president and CEO of the college, Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser.“Nearly every business across our mountain resort communities, including the region’s largest employers, have been shuttered.”

“The impacts of this upheaval will be detrimental to our local businesses and residents, without whom CMC would not exist,” she added. “So, we consider this a reinvestment into our local communities with the hope it will contribute to a speedier recovery.”

CMC Storefront Location located at 202 N F St. (Photo by Taylor Sumners)

For the first time in the university’s history, students during the summer 2020 academic will see the funds used to waive tuition, books, and fees. CMC will also put other initiatives into place to help small businesses and individuals that have been impacted by the pandemic.

Students taking credit, ESL (English as a Second Language), and GED courses who qualify as in-district; in-state students who took credit courses in spring 2020; and displaced workers who live in the CMC district will receive waived fees.

The CMC Responds initiative includes:

  • Extending (starting in fall 2020) the President’s Scholarship to students who have graduated from local high schools since 2017 and extending the deadline for current high school seniors to July 31
  • Donating all available personal protective equipment (PPE) to local hospitals and clinics
  • Making CMC facilities available where they might be needed during this health crisis
  • Activating the No Barriers Fund in the CMC Foundation to support students facing financial hardship that prevents them from staying in school
  • Making tutoring services available to help local parents with homeschooling
  • Distributing donated laptops to students who need them
  • Providing internet service to students and families without broadband access
  • Offering complimentary business consulting/training for local businesses affected by the pandemic.