Colorado Mountain College Dedicates the J. Robert Young Alpine Ascent Center

Bob Young speaks during the dedication with Carrie Hauser, president of CMC, by his side.

The Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Spring Valley campus sits on over 800 acres of land gifted to the college by local ranching families, more than 50 years ago. 

Recently, a new building was dedicated at the campus: the Alpine Ascent Center, which  bears the name of Colorado philanthropist and Alpine Bank founder and Chairman Bob Young, in recognition of his support of CMC. CMC President Dr. Carrie Hauser greeted students, alumni, employees and friends who gathered to celebrate and learn of the naming gift made by Young. “This building is a place of welcome, and a ‘one-stop shop’ to support students from their first day on campus through to graduation,” she said. 

“And so it is most appropriate and humbling that Bob Young – one of Colorado’s most welcoming entrepreneurs, who has grown his business alongside CMC to serve our ever-changing communities – has honored us with a lead gift to support our capital campaign, launching the next chapter and a bright future for this beautiful campus,” Hauser said.

Colorado Mountain College has a long-term relationship with Alpine Bank and the Young family, dating back over 46 years to when the bank was founded, said Young. “We felt that the college and the bank would create an excellent partnership as we serve a similar geographic region,” he said. “Notably, my three daughters are CMC graduates. We are so proud of CMC and have never once regretted investing in this excellent institution. Alpine Bank and the Young family are happy to be part of CMC’s success.”

The J. Robert Young Alpine Ascent Center, which was open for the Aug. 26 start of classes, is a new student services hub. It serves as a main point of entry for the campus, as well as the starting point for prospective students. It contains a new campus store and coffee shop, as well as versatile classrooms and meeting spaces – including a gathering space featuring a fireplace.

Founded in 1965, Colorado Mountain College provides a diverse range of learning opportunities at its 11 campuses and learning locations throughout the state’s north-central mountain region, as well as online. From high school students earning college credit, to adults learning English or preparing for a high school equivalency exam or GED, to students of any age earning certificates or associate and bachelor’s degrees, to local residents passionate about lifelong learning, Colorado Mountain College plays an intrinsic role in the lives and communities it touches. Learn more at

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