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Rifle CMC will be ready for class

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colo. ” Walking through the hallways of Colorado Mountain Col­lege’s new West Garfield County campus in Rifle, you might think there’s still a lot of work to do before students fill the classrooms on Sept. 10.

You’d be right, too.

There is a lot of work left to be done, but that doesn’t concern campus dean Pam Arsenault.

“Come by [on Sept. 10], and we’ll be open at eight in the morning,” she said with a confident grin. “We will have classes that Monday.”

The facility has been in the works for more than two years and has quickly come together for the college. It will allow not only a better ” state-­of-the-art ” learning environment, but also will allow for growth of stu­dent populations.

“We’ve gone from a mom-and-pop shop to a big box,” Arsenault joked. “This is a facility that will allow us to provide the quality education that we can to better prepare the students for a four-year university.”

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Last year, the Rifle CMC campus on Railroad Avenue had approximately 2,495 enrolled stu­dents. But not all attended class at the Rifle campus. Some studied at loca­tions like Rifle High School and Rifle Middle School and another facility in Parachute. On top of that, there were an additional 980 students in the ener­gy industry training program, accord­ing to Arsenault.

“This new facility is going to allow us to bring all of our programs togeth­er at the one facility,” Arsenault said.

The new facility will accommodate that population handily with 17 classrooms, each with a capacity to accommodate up to 24 students. The old facility, at around 28,000 square feet of space, had only 11 ” instruc­tional” rooms, according to Arsenault.

The new CMC is enough for an addi­tional 500 students, she estimat­ed.