Counseling & Student Success and Support Program

    Student Success and Support Program (formerly Matriculation)

    The purpose of the Student Success and Support Program process at Copper Mountain College is to increase student success through:

    • admission
    • assessment
    • orientation
    • academic advisement

    A student who falls under one or more of the following categories, is a part of the Student Success and Support Program:

    • pursuing an AA or AS degree at Copper Mountain College (regardless of the number of units a student enrolls in)
    • planning to transfer to a four-year college or university
    • pursuing a Certificate of Achievement
    • pursuing a Certificate of Proficiency

    A student under the Student Success and Support Program must complete the following in order to participate in registration:

    • take the assessment test
    • attend new student orientation and meet with a counselor or faculty advisor for approval of his/her class schedule

    Students who are not part of the Student Success and Support Program and want to enroll in an English; reading; and/or math course or any other course which has a writing; reading and/or math skills prerequisite, must demonstrate their eligibility through either course work completed or assessment results.

    Student Orientation

    Orientation is mandatory for ALL college students. It introduces the students to critical information for student success. It provides valuable information about financial aid, students' rights and responsibilities, types of degrees, certificates, college policies & procedures, and support services are presented. At the end of orientation, counselors will assist students with class selection.

    Students who have earned an associate's degree (or higher) or previously attended college may be eligible for a "Student Success and Support Program Waiver" which will exempt you from attending orientation.

    Student Orientation sessions are offered during the summer, as well as November-January. You may call Admissions & Records at 866-366-3791, ext. 4232, or 760-366-3791, ext. 4232, to schedule an appointment for orientation.

    Student Orientation - Group

    Initial Student Education Plan (SEP)

    SEP Workshop


    Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor each semester. Counselors are available for assistance in:

    • making career choices
    • choosing majors
    • dealing with study problems
    • developing social and interpersonal skills
    • self-understanding and solving personal problems that are affecting their educational progress

    Emphasis is placed upon assisting students in their growth and accepting responsibility for their decisions and actions. Counseling services are a fundamental and integral part of the Student Success and Support Program and the total educational process at the community college. Recognizing that each student is unique, counseling faculty believe their primary responsibility is to respect students' individuality, encourage personal development, and foster a climate in which each student attains academic success.

    Counseling services are an essential part of the District's educational mission which includes:

    • assist in interpreting assessment results
    • review past academic performance
    • acceptance of units from other institutions
    • evaluation of coursework from other institutions
    • identify educational objectives
    • create a Student Education Plan (SEP)

    Degrees & Certificates

    General Education Requirements

    For Counseling Walk-in Appointment Times, Please Contact A&R at 760-366-3791, ext. 4232

    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.

    Contact Information

    There are four general counselors on staff: Andrea Armstrong, ext. 5881 (, Gregg Chesterman, ext. 5883 (, Cassandra Nafziger, ext. 5867 (, Vacant, ext. 5882 (email). You may contact A&R to schedule an appointment with either one of them: 866-366-3791, ext. 4232.

    Copper Mountain College
    6162 Rotary Way
    P.O. Box 1398
    Joshua Tree, CA 92252

    (760) 366-3791, ext. 4232
    (760) 366-5257 fax

    Office Location
    Student Services is located in the 300 Quad, next to Bruce's Coyote Kitchen.

    Regular Hours:

    Monday-Thursday 8:15a-5:00p
    Friday 8:15a-3:00p

    We are closed on all legal and college holidays.

    2016-2017 Academic Calendar

    2016-2017 Holiday Schedule - TBA