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Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute Keystone and Vail, Colorado

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General Information

Public, coeducational, two-year college. Rural campus. Founded in 1967. Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Program Information

Offered since 1993. Accredited by American Culinary Federation Accrediting Commission. Program calendar is divided into semesters. 3-year associate degree in culinary arts (with apprenticeship).

Program Affiliation

American Culinary Federation.

Areas of Study

Baking; beverage management; buffet catering; controlling costs in food service; convenience cookery; culinary French; culinary skill development; food preparation; food purchasing; food service communication; food service math; garde-manger; international cuisine; introduction to food service; kitchen management; management and human resources; meal planning; meat cutting; meat fabrication; menu and facilities design; nutrition; nutrition and food service; patisserie; restaurant opportunities; sanitation; saucier; seafood processing; soup, stock, sauce, and starch production.


Bake shop; bakery; 6 cafeterias; 4 catering services; 10 classrooms; coffee shop; 2 computer laboratories; 4 demonstration laboratories; 12 food production kitchens; 5 gourmet dining rooms; learning resource center; 12 lecture rooms; library; 12 public restaurants; snack shop; teaching kitchen.

Student Profile

75 full-time.


12 total: 2 full-time; 10 part-time. 8 are industry professionals; 2 are culinary-certified teachers. Prominent faculty: Kevin Clarke, CC, JD; Paul Serzacca, CEC; Todd Rymer, CEC. Faculty-student ratio: 1:15.

Special Programs

ACF apprenticeships at resorts in Keystone and Vail, culinary competitions.

Typical Expenses

In-state tuition: $1032 per year full-time (in district), $43 per credit hour part-time (in district), $1728 per year full-time (out-of-district), $72 per credit hour part-time (out-of-district). Out-of-state tuition: $5544 per year full-time, $231 per credit hour part-time. Program-related fee includes $850 for tools and texts.

Financial Aid

In 2004, 6 scholarships were awarded (average award was $800). Employment placement assistance is available. Employment opportunities within the program are available.


Coed and apartment-style housing available. Average on-campus housing cost per month: $350–$450. Average off-campus housing cost per month: $1000.

Application Information

Students may begin participation in June and September. Application deadline for fall (Vail) is July 1. Application deadline for summer (Keystone) is January 15. In 2004, 100 applied; 30 were accepted. Applicants must interview; submit a formal application, letters of reference, an essay, academic transcripts, Accuplacer test scores, or ACT/SAT scores.



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Culinary Institute
831 Grand Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Telephone: 800-621-8559
Fax: 970-947-8324
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