Colorado Mountain College seeks 4-year degree program

Claire Helmick, a student at Colorado Mountain College’s West Garfield campus in Rifle, checks on a vial of fruit flies Thursday in biology class. A Rifle firefighter, Helmick said she’d like to eventually pursue a four-year degree in fire science. But she has three children and said she wouldn’t be able to move elsewhere for schooling. If Colorado Mountain College could offer a four-year degree program, “it would definitely help,” Helmick said.



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Claire Helmick, a student at Colorado Mountain College’s West Garfield campus in Rifle, checks on a vial of fruit flies Thursday in biology class. A Rifle firefighter, Helmick said she’d like to eventually pursue a four-year degree in fire science. But she has three children and said she wouldn’t be able to move elsewhere for schooling. If Colorado Mountain College could offer a four-year degree program, “it would definitely help,” Helmick said.

When Colorado Mountain College employee Erin Furman heard her employer wanted to begin offering four-year degrees, she immediately began thinking about going back to school. “I…




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