From the Vault: Class is in Session |

From the Vault: Class is in Session

One b/w film negative of construction happening at the site of the Spring Valley campus of CMC (Colorado Mountain College) near Glenwood Springs, May 1967. Mt. Sopris is visible in the background.
Joan Lane |

“Colo. Mt. Jr. College opens Oct. 9,” announced The Aspen Times on Aug. 10, 1967. “Authorized by voters in the five-county district in November, 1965, Colorado Mountain Junior College, with campuses at Glenwood Springs and Leadville, will begin classes on Oct. 9. College officials call their courses ‘learner-centered study.’ Courses include art, astrogeophysical technology and resort management. The college will operate on the trimester system with fall, spring and summer terms. Costs per term run from about $500 for district students to about $830 for out-of-state residents. According to Public Information Officer Martin Vanderveen, former editor of The Aspen Times’ sister newspaper, the Glenwood Sage, several area residents are enrolled. One of them is Caren E. Atterbury of Aspen who will study on the Glenwood campus. Each campus is expected to have 300 students initially. Located at Spring Valley, 12 miles south of Glenwood and 36 miles northwest of Aspen, just off Highway 82, the Glenwood or West Campus comprises 588 acres. The land was donated by area ranchers led by James Quigley. College officials refer to the Spring Valley site as one of the world’s most beautiful campuses. They feel others are aware of the site’s attractions. Nearly 3,000 applications were received for the about 38 faculty positions.” The photo above shows construction at the Spring Valley campus in May of 1967, with Mount Sopris in the background.

This photo and more can be found in the Aspen Historical Society archives at

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