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. 

    Road Closure Notice: 6th Street (in front of the Lifelong Learning Center aboard the MCAGCC) will be closed from Brown St. to Sturgis Rd. due to underground electrical construction. The expected dates of closure are June 15th-29th.  The Lifelong Learning Education Center and CMC Base Programs offices will continue to be open, however parking will be limited during the time of construction.  It is recommended to arrive early for your class and/or appointments in order to secure parking. 

    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.

    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: