Success Stories

The Foundation Supporting Students 

Since 2012 with individual and business donations, CMC Foundation has funded ATI testing for our Vocational Nursing classes.
ATI is a comprehensive online study, testing and national licensure preparation package. The package includes online testing in a proctored photo of 3 nursing students with instructor environment similar to that of the national licensure exam. This package also includes VirtualATI, an online national licensure customized study and preparation program whereby the student is assigned a coach who works one-on-one with the student to identify content areas requiring attention, coordinates remediation and guides the student’s licensure exam preparation. All students are required to purchase and utilize this package throughout the Program. With generous donations, the students are reimbursed the nearly $1500 that they each spent on the package.

Since 2013, every student who has successfully completed the VirtualATI review process and receive the “green light” following licensure exam preparation have completed the exam with a 100% pass rate. Last year, ranked Copper Mountain College’s VN program as the #2 Ranked Vocational Nursing Program in California. Nursing programs were assessed on several factors which represent how well a program supports students towards licensure and beyond. They analyzed past and present first time NCLEX-PN “pass-rates” – weighted by year and CMC rose to the top thanks to you and your support of our students.

These are trying times for all of us, and this is why the Copper Mountain College Foundation (Foundation) is helping the nearly 2,000 students at Copper Mountain College (CMC) in many ways. One way, the Foundation does this, is through funding bus rides for CMC students through Morongo Basin Transit Authority (MBTA).

Morongo Basin Transit Authority picture of a bus mapThis school year the Foundation in partnership with the Morongo Basin Transit Authority is excited to announce FREE BUS RIDES for current CMC students with a valid student ID. Copper Mountain College students will be able to attend class, use the Greenleaf Library and handle their business on campus without transportation worries.

“Despite the costs that are often required to attend college, higher education is still one of the best investments that students and their families can make, which is why Copper Mountain College Foundation remains committed to helping students succeed anyway they can,” states Sandy Smith, CMCF Executive Director.


Since 2002, the Foundation has chosen a new Greenleaf Scholar each year to receive a four year “full ride” scholarship – A scholarship that gets them through their associate degree at CMC and then a bachelor’s degree at a Cal State or UC school – A scholarship that encourages them to finish their education and then come back to the Morongo Basin and use that education here in our community for the betterment of our neighbors. The Foundation Board takes the stewardship of this endowment very seriously. Mr. Greenleaf entrusted the Friends of Copper Mountain College, now the Foundation, with $2.5M to help local deserving students achieve their educational goals. That legacy is entwined in the 20 students who have been Greenleaf Scholars over the year. 2022 brings us Juliana Jimenez from Yucca Valley.