Base Programs Office


    Do you have Base Access?? You can register for classes at the Base Programs Office!!

    CMC's Base Programs Office is located in Building 1530 6th Street - Lifelong Learning Center - on the second floor in room 209. 

    Regular Hours (resume August 3):

    Monday-Friday 7:30a-4:30p

    CMC is closed on all legal and college holidays.

    2015-2016 Academic Calendar

    2015-2016 Holiday Schedule

    Counseling Walk-in Appointment Times

    Zachary Ginder, Base Programs Office – Friday 8:00 am to 11:30am

    Andrea Armstrong, Main Campus – Monday 8:15am to 11:30am

    Jenn Sparling, Main Campus – Thursday 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Gregg Chesterman, Main Campus – Friday 8:15am to 11:30am

    MCAGCC Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base Dress Code

    If you are taking classes aboard the MCAGCC Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base, you must adhere to the Marine Corps Base Dress Code. If you do not adhere to the dress code, you will be in violation of the Marine Corps Base and CMC's Standards of Conduct and may result in your suspension from attending classes aboard the Marine Corps Base and CMC.

    Examples of inappropriate civilian attire worn in public are beach or swim wear, gym or sweat gear, tank tops, short shorts, ripped or torn clothing, garments designed as underwear, clothing with designs of an obscene or suggestive nature, and shower shoes/flip flops. Wearing headgear indoors is never permitted.

    Copper Mountain College (CMC) offers a variety of college credit classes through its Base Programs Office, in a cooperative partnership with the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center MCAGCC) in Twentynine Palms, California. CMC classes are taught at various locations throughout the Combat Center (Base) making it easy for our active duty personnel and other students to attend class.

    CMC's Base Programs Office is located in Building 1530 6th Street - Lifelong Learning Center - on the second floor in room 209. Services available to students include: assessment testing, financial aid, information, counseling/academic advising, and course registration. Students may access Internet resources through a dedicated computer at the Base Programs Office, provided by CMC's Greenleaf Library. A computer lab is also available!

    Please Note: A pass is required to get onto the Twentynine Palms Marine Base facility. Please download and refer to this document, Installation Access Pass, for instructions on how to obtain the pass.

    Major Change in State Priority Registration Policy - Effective Fall 2014

    Registration Priority shall be lost at the first registration opportunity after a student:

    • Is placed on academic or progress probation or any combination thereof; or
    • Has earned one hundred (100) or more degree-applicable semester or quarter equivalent units at the district or other higher education institutions.

    For purposes of this section a unit is earned when a student receives a grade of A, B, C, D, or P. The 100-unit limit does not include units for non-degree applicable English as a Second Language or basic skills. The 100-unit limit does not include units earned through credit by examination, advanced placement, or International Baccalaureate.

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    Major Change in State Course Repetition Policy - October 2012

    The State of California has revised the regulations regarding limits on the number of times a student can repeat a course to improve a substandard grade (D, F) or after withdrawing (W) from the same course.

    Students with the grades of D, F, or W are limited to a total of three (3) enrollments in the same course. After this point, the student cannot retake the course at CMC.

    It is vital that you complete your courses with a “C” or better. Otherwise, you will not be able to retake the course at CMC.

    Deployment and Readmission Policy:

    Military Servicemembers and Dependents

    Authority Cited: 34 CFR §668.18

    Copper Mountain College is committed to being in full compliance with Executive Order 13607, “The Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Servicemembers, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members,” regulations listed in the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding, and all applicable financial aid regulations established by the U.S. Department of Education.


    Military service (or service in the uniformed services) for the purposes of readmission is defined as service, whether voluntary or involuntary, in the Armed Forces, including service by a member of the National Guard or Reserve, on active duty, active duty for training, or full-time National Guard duty under Federal authority (but not State authority), for a period of more than 30 consecutive days under a call or order to active duty of more than 30 consecutive days.

    A service member is someone who is a member of, applies to be a member of, performs, has performed, applies to perform, or has an obligation to perform, service in the uniformed services on the basis of that membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service, or obligation to perform service.

    Notification of Military Service

    Copper Mountain College will promptly readmit a service member with the same academic status as s/he had when last attending or accepted for admission. The student must notify the Office of Student Services of his or her military service and intention to return to school, as follows:

    The student (or an appropriate officer of the Armed Forces or official of the Department of Defense) must give written notice of such service to the Copper Mountain College Office of Student Services as far in advance as is reasonable under the circumstances. This notice does not have to indicate whether the student intends to return to Copper Mountain College. No notice is required if precluded by military necessity such as service in operations that are classified or would be compromised by such notice.

    Any service member in a U.S. military reserve unit should provide a copy of all training orders to the Office of Student Services at least 30 days in advance, or as far in advance as is possible under the circumstances.

    Course Withdrawals and Tuition and Fee Adjustment

    Once sufficient documentation is received, the Office of Student Services will work with the student to complete the necessary documents for course withdrawals and a full adjustment of all tuition and fees for the term. All financial aid funds, tuition assistance, and veteran education benefit payments will be returned to the agencies that provided them in accordance with all federal laws and regulations.

    Notification of Intent to Return to School

    The student must also give oral or written notice of his or her intent to return to the school within three years after the completion of the period of service. A student who is hospitalized or convalescing due to an illness or injury incurred or aggravated during the performance of service must notify the Office of Student Services within two years after the end of the period needed for recovery from the illness or injury. A student who fails to apply for readmission within these periods does not automatically forfeit eligibility for readmission, but is subject to the Copper Mountain College general readmission policies.


    The student will be readmitted with the same academic status. This status is defined as being admitted to the same program to which the student was last admitted, or if that exact program is no longer offered, the program that is most similar to that program, unless the student chooses a different program. The student will be readmitted at the same enrollment status, unless the student wants to re-enroll at a different enrollment status. The student will be enrolled with the same number of credit hours previously completed, unless the student is readmitted to a different program to which the completed credit hours are not transferable. The student will be readmitted with the same academic standing. The cumulative length of the absence and of all previous absences from the school for military service must not exceed five years. Only the time the student spends actually performing service is counted.

    Copper Mountain College [CMC] is not required to readmit a servicemember if it determines, after reasonable efforts, that the servicemember is not prepared to resume the program at the point where he or she left off, or is unable to complete the program. In addition, CMC is not required to readmit a servicemember if it determines that there are no reasonable efforts it can take to prepare the servicemember to resume at the point where he or she left off, or to enable the servicemember to complete the program.

    Please note that readmission requirements do not apply to servicemembers who will be absent from class due to planned training/field exercises. These instances must be worked out on an individual basis with the course instructor.

    Tuition and Fees

    If the student is readmitted to the same academic program, for the first academic year, Copper Mountain College will assess the same tuition and fee charges as when the servicemember left, unless military benefits will pay the increase, but not more than what is being charged to other students; and for subsequent academic years or for a different program, Copper Mountain College will assess tuition and fee charges that are no more than the institution is charging other students.

    Full or Closed Classes

    When a course reaches its maximum capacity, students cannot be added to the course. Maximum capacities for classroom courses are based on the maximum fire code capacity per each room where the course will be taught. Maximum capacities for online courses are based on faculty contracts and cannot be adjusted. Students who find that desired courses are closed are encouraged to check the Schedule of Classes to select an alternative section of those courses.

    Wait Listing

    Once a class is full, the next person trying to enroll will become the first person on the wait list and be the first person to be offered a seat in the class if someone drops or becomes an "instructor drop" for non-attendance. Coyote Tracks (student database) tracks who is next in line to be offered the open seat in the class.

    In order to be wait listed in a class, you must have a campus email address via the MyCMC portal. If you are the first person on the wait list and a seat becomes available, you will be notified via email, you will then have until the end of the business day, to come into Admissions & Records and register for that class or you can register for the class online through the MyCMC portal until 11:59 pm if no holds are on your student account.  There are no exceptions to this rule.

    Wait List Restrictions: Students are restricted to being either in a section or on one wait list for a section of that course. However, a student can be on a wait list for a Chem class and on a wait list for an English class, as these are not the same course. No multiple wait listing for the same course within different sections is permitted, but they can be wait listed on multiple separate courses.

    Students cannot "crash" a class! This is why we have wait listing.

    Auditing a course is not permitted.

    Criminal Background Checks

    Some academic programs at the College require a criminal background check.  Students should be aware that the results of the background check may have an impact on academic program eligibility or clinical/community site placement.  You may be denied access to a program on the basis of the results of the background check.  The College is required to comply with licensing requirements and with policies of our partner agencies.  If you have a felony or a misdemeanor in your background, please see your program director to discuss the impact on your academic and professional career.

    Course Offerings

    Health Sciences Information Sessions on Base - Dates

    Fall 2015 Registration Information

    Spring 2016 Information

    How to read the Class Schedule: Locations and building codes

    ~ Schedule Worksheet


    CMC Campus Map

    Bell Center Rooms

    Joshua Springs

    MCAGCC Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base

    Twentynine Palms High School

    Yucca Valley High School

    GI Bill Education Benefits

    How do I become eligible for GI Bill Education Benefits?

    CMC does not determine a student's eligibility for GI Bill Education benefits. You may visit the VA website at or

    What GI Bill Education benefits does CMC offer?

    CMC is authorized to certify for Chapter 30, 31, 33, 35, 1606, and 1607.

    Who do I contact for GI Bill Education Benefits?

    Please visit the CMC Veterans Services webpage or your Veterans Services representative at CMC is Lynda Burns. Feel free to contact her with any questions at or 1-866-366-3791 ext. 5803.

    College Credit for Advanced Placement (AP) This is a full listing of credit toward CMC's Associate degrees, CSU, UC, and IGETC. 

    College Credit for CLEP

    This is a full listing of credit toward CMC's Associate degrees for transfer to CSU only. CLEP is not accepted by UC nor does it apply to IGETC.

    Base Programs Office Staff

    Pamela Kersey, Ph.D.
    Dean for Instruction
    760-366-3791 ext. 5245
    Located at the Main Campus

    Zachary Ginder
    Base Programs Coordinator
    760.366.3791, ext. 5294

    Raelene Wharff
    Admissions & Records Specialist
    Base Programs Office
    760.366.3791, ext. 5102 / 4368

    Summer Grenzow
    Admissions & Records Technician
    Base Programs Office
    760.366.3791, ext. 5891 / 4368

    Office Location

    Building 1530 6th Street - Lifelong Learning Center - 2nd floor Room 209
    Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center
    Twentynine Palms, CA 92278
    Fax 760.830.4157

    2015-2016 Academic Calendar

    2015-2016 Holiday Schedule

    Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

    Copper Mountain is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Institutions. For more detailed information see: