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6162 Rotary Way
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
p. 760-366-3791
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Copper Mountain Community College

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Copper Mountain College, one of the smallest members of California’s community college system, has been a unique educational institution since the early days of its planning. In the early 1980s, residents of the desert area surrounding Joshua Tree, California began to work on making this tiny campus – then part of the College of the Desert – into its own institution. Much has changed since 1984, when President Reagan recognized this achievement by the foundation, but Copper Mountain College remains an educational institution committed to building an independent and strong college for students with the help of the community.


As a California Community College, the school offers two-year degrees and certificates, with the option for students to transfer and complete a four-year degree at a baccalaureate institution.

Automotive Technology programs include certificates in Transmissions, Air Conditioning, Automotive Electrical Systems, Brake Technology, Emission Control, Engine Performance & Rebuilding and Alignment & Suspension. Students can also get 2-year degrees and certificates in Adobe Applications, HTML Content Development and Dreamweaver Web Content Development.

The Health Sciences Department offers the Associate Degree Nursing Program, the Vocational Nursing Program, the Nursing Assistant Program, the Home Health Aide Program and training as an Emergency Medical Technician.

In addition, 2-year programs in the Arts & Sciences may be available depending on the level of enrollment and appropriate staffing. Students may begin pursuing degrees in Art, English, Anthropology, Theatre Arts, History, Mathematics, Psychology and more. The administration recommends checking on the school’s current schedule for up-to-date information on classes being offered.

Accreditation comes from the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

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Students must demonstrate residency (minimum one-year in state of CA) to attend at in-state tuition prices. Otherwise, out-of-state prices will apply. Students can complete the application for admission online. High school students may attend classes with school approval.

Proof of high school diploma or GED/Home School equivalence must be demonstrated by students to receive college credit. After the application is received, students will be required to take assessment tests to determine class placement and course of study. Once these steps take place, students will go to an orientation session and enroll in courses.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to all students who qualify under the federal guidelines. The first step to financial aid awards is completing the FAFSA online. Afterwards, students will be asked to complete a Financial Aid Data Sheet. Applications will be accepted after January 1st and the deadline for California grants falls in early March. Other awards may have deadlines earlier in the year, so students are encouraged to observe all dates carefully.

Federal and state grants (not requiring repayment) may be awarded to students with need. In some cases, supplemental grants can help pay for living expenses. Student and parent loans with deferred interest, along with Work Study jobs, may also be available to students who qualify.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6290th for the average student loan amount.
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Students at Copper Mountain become part of a close-knit community known for its laid-back, desert style. Aside from Student Government Clubs, there are literary and Christian groups established on campus, along with a student newspaper called the Coyote Informer. The Associate Students schedule regular happenings on behalf of the student body.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Local Community

Located just outside of the Joshua Tree National Park area, the campus is set in a very interesting environment. Plenty of opportunities for hiking and sightseeing exist just off campus. There is also a tortoise sanctuary right near the center of campus, which had forced the college to change its plans for the athletic and fitness center.

Information Summary

Ranks 292nd in California and 3039th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.11
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Surrounding communityDistant rural area (between 5 to 25 mi. away from an urban area)
Total Population8,137 (4,018 urban / 4,119 rural)
Households3,472 (2.29 people per house)
Median Household Income$25,700
Families2,061 (2.91 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingSmall two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District608

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4300th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,104 $1,104 $5,688
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1 $1 $1
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $237
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $2,815 $2,815 $7,399
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,250 $18,250 $22,834
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,090 $7,090 $11,674

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $865 $1,105 $865 $1,105 $5,089 $5,665
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,656 $1,665
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,863 $10,962
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,853 $3,105
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,114 $4,401

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 11 54 7 2 139 1 233
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 1
Art/Art Studies, General 1 3 4
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 1 2
Business Administration and Management, General 1 2 9 14
Business/Commerce, General 1 1 2
Child Care Provider/Assistant 1 1
Computer Science
Criminal Justice/Police Science 1 1 12 15
Economics, General 1 1
English Language and Literature, General 1 2
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 1 1 2 4
History, General 4 5
Information Technology 3 10 14
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 5 19 4 1 51 87
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 2 10 2 11 25
Mathematics, General 2 2
Philosophy 1 1 2
Political Science and Government, General
Psychology, General 1 4 6 13
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 9 10 1 20
Social Sciences, General
Sociology 2 6 9
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 7 10

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 483rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $86,550 ($88,714 male / $74,112 female)
Number of FT Faculty 41 (20 male / 21 female)
Number of PT Faculty 160
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $986,672

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