2:18pm

Tue April 19, 2011
Education

Colorado Mountain College to Offer Four-Year Degree

Colorado Mountain College, one of the state’s community colleges, announced today plans to offer two types of bachelor’s degrees.

Starting this fall, CMC, which has 11 locations in cities like Rifle and Aspen, will offer two four-year degrees in business administration and sustainability studies. The change is largely driven by demand. Colorado Mountain College spokesperson Debra Crawford says last year the school had its highest attendance on record: about 25,000 students.

“Our service area is the size of Maryland,” she said. “Until now there is no baccalaureate-degree granting institution physically present in these 12,000 square miles.”

Across the country, community colleges are seeing sky-high attendance as people look for affordable degrees and continuing education options.

During the 2008-2009 school year in Colorado, attendance increased by more than 18 % compared to the previous year. Meantime, state funding decreased by 1.4 %.