Project Description

Connie and Jim Calaway

Connie and Jim Calaway at their home in Carbondale.

Connie and Jim Calaway at their home in Carbondale. Photo Ed Kosmicki

Why We Give

Connie and Jim Calaway have been passionate about Colorado Mountain College since they moved to Carbondale, CO in 1993. Just a few of the ways the Calaways have supported the college include underwriting annual events,  supporting student scholarships, providing guidance to the college as a whole, and both serving as members of the CMC Foundation Board. In addition, Jim is the founder and currently serves on the CMC Board of Overseers. For over a decade, the Calaway Honors Series brought performers to stages across the CMC district to raise awareness for the college. The final season took place in 2013.

What have been a few of the rewards of supporting Colorado Mountain College over the years?

The reward has been a great personal satisfaction to me and Connie because we’re so interested in education and CMC does a good job for our community.

What excites you most about the Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College?

In general, I am interested in showing our students a vision of the future so they can have better careers. Old media is dying but new media is growing. Walter Isaacson was the Managing Editor of TIME Magazine, President of CNN News, and for the past 10 years, president of the Aspen Institute and a world class biographer and we’re lucky enough to have him. The Isaacson School for New Media is a great example that a major university would be proud to have in their program.

From your perspective, what sets Colorado Mountain College apart from community colleges across the nation?

In March of 2014, CMC President, Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser joined Jim Calaway as a presenter of distinction for the Roaring Fork Cultural Council.

In March of 2014, CMC President, Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser joined Jim Calaway as a presenter of distinction for the Roaring Fork Cultural Council.

I have been connected with CMC now for 20 years and what I have watched it do is grow to be one of the greatest community colleges in the nation. We have been ranked #17 when compared to community colleges across the nation in graduation and retention rates.*

I’ve been working with past presidents and have been enjoying working with Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser to make this the incredible institution that it is.

*A recent CNN/Money report rated Colorado Mountain College as one of the top 20 out of nearly 800 community colleges from around the nation for successful graduation and transfer rates. Among Colorado’s two-year colleges, CMC was ranked No. 1. Read more here.