Copper Mountain College Students Tutor In Local Schools

    October 22, 2008

    JOSHUA TREE, Ca – Every week during the school year, student tutors head out from the Copper Mountain College campus to schools in the Morongo Unified School District and Child Development Centers.

    CMC has found success in its America Reads/America Counts program. Two semesters into the program, and Copper Mountain College has already placed 15 students in 9 Morongo Basin schools.  These students serve as reading and math tutors in the schools and provide high quality mentoring that can enrich the learning opportunities for both the college and elementary school students.

    “This program is a win/win for the Morongo Unified School District  and Copper Mountain College.  We have students struggling with going to college, paying for books, paying for gas and needing a job to help themselves and their families.  Through the Federal Work Study program they are able to polish their employment skills, receive an hourly wage and provide a community service to the schools.  I work closely with the elementary school principals and teachers, who have been very thankful for the extra help our tutors provide to their students.”    Sheri Holbrook, Title V Coordinator CMC.

    Each of the college students who participate must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and go through approximately 10 hours of training with the Title V program at Copper Mountain College.  The tutors are Federal Work Study students and paid through the America Reads/America Counts program. In addition, each student must be fingerprinted and meet certain employment requirements.

    Among the most energetic tutors are those planning to teach as a career. One of the participants, Jonathan Croom a CMC student and 21 year Morongo Basin resident is one of the many tutors who have thrived through this program. Jonathan has been working with a class at Friendly Hills Elementary School for the past seven months.  While Jonathan’s aspirations include becoming an elementary school teacher, he said he participates in the program, “because it is fun, and he enjoys his time at the school” which is also his elementary school alma mater.

    Since participating Jonathan has been working with 2nd and 3rd graders in Ms. Bernadini’s class. She said that, “Jonathan is a blessing, and he has such a great way of working with the students. He picks up on each child’s needs, challenging them yet giving them guidance.”

    The children in the class get to work in small groups with each tutor allowing more individualized attention.  Students working with Jonathan said, “we love having him help us in our class because he can help us find the answers and have fun with learning games.” Kayla Blair, 2nd grade.

    For more information regarding America Reads/America Counts please contact Diana Morris at 760.366.3791 extension 5815. For general information on Copper Mountain College please visit us at