History of the CMC Foundation
In 1981, the Friends of Copper Mountain College began to raise money to pay for construction of the first phase of the Copper Mountain Campus which was at that time part of the College of the Desert. It started with the sale of a quilt and before long, groups such as the local Rotary Clubs came to the rescue with large contributions. Then-President Ronald Reagan was so impressed by this self-help initiative that he awarded the Friends his Volunteer Action Award for 1984.
Through the following 20 years, the Friends collected donations, mainly from local residents, and disbursed cash through the College for continuing expansion of the campus. These funds provided landscaping, expansion of the parking lot with energy efficient lighting, construction of a warehouse, $200,000 for the purchase of books, periodicals, and media equipment for the new Greenleaf Library.
In 1999, Copper Mountain Campus separated from College of the Desert, Palm Desert, and, through state legislation, formed the new Copper Mountain Community College District. Copper Mountain College obtained its own full accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in June 2001, at which time the Friends changed their name to the Copper Mountain College Foundation.
The Foundation continues to develop its mission of expanding educational opportunities in the Morongo Basin by supporting the programs, activities and facilities of Copper Mountain College.