Colorado Mesa University supporters dedicated to the Montrose campus have until Dec. 31 to meet a challenge issued by CMU President Tim Foster to raise $150,000 for a scholarship endowment specifically for students who attend at the Montrose campus. “We love working with our partners in Montrose,” Foster said. “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.”Foster praised the Montrose community, including Montrose County, the City of Montrose, Montrose Memorial Hospital and the San Juan Healthcare Foundation, for support in raising almost $1 million for the recent renovation of the CMU facilities in Montrose. Foster specifically mentioned a $55,000 donation from Jim and Sharen Branscome, which was used to purchase a SimMan® Essential Patient Simulator, which is a realistic, full-body adult, wireless patient simulator. It offers comprehensive clinical functionality to teach the core skills of airway, breathing, cardiac and circulation management. The campus received a $1.5 million face lift this summer. The 1935 school building is now a state-of-the art higher education learning center. Improvements included the addition of a student computer lab, a meeting room, areas for group and individual study, and a science lab. The CMU Montrose campus recently added a program to train medical office assistants and continues working to meet the region’s need for healthcare 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 CMU Montrose Campus Director Joey Montoya Boese. “With our recent renovation, we can now accommodate between 700-800 students, thus more than doubling the current enrollment of over 300 students.” The Montrose Campus is growing and thriving as part of the CMU system. With more than 330 students currently enrolled in associate of art and bachelor of art completion tracks, general education classes and selected upper division classes. The Montrose Campus is a prime higher education hub for students in southwestern Colorado. A comprehensive university located in the center of western Colorado, Colorado Mesa University provides exceptional educational opportunities on a state-of-the-art campus. As western Colorado’s largest university, Colorado Mesa serves students on its main campus in Grand Junction, its satellite campus in Montrose, its community college, Western Colorado Community College, and via online offerings. Colorado Mesa University serves as the primary intellectual and cultural center in western Colorado and promotes the exchange of ideas that are of regional, national and international importance. Founded in 1925, it’s a dynamic university enrolling more than 9,000 students at the associate, baccalaureate and graduate levels.