Contributions sought for CMU scholarships on Montrose campus

Contributions will be accepted through Dec. 31 as part of an effort to raise $150,000 for scholarships to students who attend Colorado Mesa University in Montrose.

If the campaign is successful, those contributions will be matched in establishing an endowment, said CMU President Tim Foster. “We love working with our partners in Montrose. If you can raise $150,000, CMU will match those funds and establish a $300,000 endowment to generate scholarships for students at the Montrose campus.”

Thanks to community support, nearly $1 million was raised to fund the recent renovation of CMU facilities in Montrose, Foster said. The City of Montrose, Montrose County, Montrose Memorial Hospital and the San Juan Healthcare Foundation all joined in that effort, he said.

A $55,000 donation from Jim and Sharen Branscome which was used to purchase a patient simulator that helps teach students the core skills of airway, breathing, cardiac and circulation management, Foster said.

The CMU campus in Montrose under went a $1.5 million face lift this summer to turn a 75-year-old building into a modern learning center.

The improvements included the addition of a student computer lab, meeting room, areas for group and individual study and science lab.

The CMU Montrose campus recently added a program to train medical office assistants and continues to work to meet regional needs for health care professionals.

“Recent Department of Labor statistics estimate that two-thirds of all future jobs created in the United States will require post-secondary education,” said Joey Montoya Boese, director of the CMU Montrose campus. “With our recent renovation, we can now accommodate between 700 to 800 students, thus more than doubling the current enrollment.”

A total of more than 330 students are enrolled in general education and upper division classes and bachelor of art degree completion tracks.