Donation will allow Colorado Mountain College to expand in Grand County |

Donation will allow Colorado Mountain College to expand in Grand County

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News

A donation from a Grand County resident to Colorado Mountain College has built the opportunity for a CMC state-of-the-art computer lab in Grand County.

“This computer lab is really going to change what we can offer,” said Regina Ricketts, CMC’s Grand County coordinator based in Steamboat Springs.

Ricketts has started exploring available properties in the Granby area to establish a local office. Once moved in, CMC will be able to expand class offerings in Grand County, Ricketts said, such as any online course offered by the college network.

Computer classes may be available to the community as soon as this fall, Ricketts said. From there, the computers could aid in offering business classes from CPA, EMT and real estate certification to computer desktop publishing and accounting.

Colorado Mountain College has seven campuses in the north-central Colorado Rockies, including Routt, Summit and Eagle counties.

CMC’s recent presence in Grand County has been through English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, General Education Development (GED) classes and early-childhood education certification classes, all at the West Grand High School and at the Granby Library.

The ESL classes provide the Latino community information about subjects such as banking, churches, public health services and local law enforcement, Ricketts said.

For GED classes, CMC now has a GED testing center in Grand County at West Grand High School. Before, students had to travel to out of the county to take the test. Grand County’s first GED class of seven students ” from ages 18 years to 60 years ” passed finals April 24 and are graduating.

The GED program is also conducted in the Grand County Jail, where one person is ready to take the test to graduate, according to Ricketts.

CMC has received a $10,000 Temporary Aid to Needy Families grant through the Department of Social Services and in partnership with Grand County libraries is using the funds to buy English- and Spanish-language library books geared toward job betterment and parental education.

And besides finding a storefront for a computer lab, next on CMC’s list is to conduct a community needs survey to better gauge what types of continuing education are truly desired in the area.

“If it fits within our mission, we certainly want to meet the needs of the community,” Ricketts said.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail