Congressman and Retired Colonel Paul Cook has Retired from his Teaching Position at Copper Mountain College.

    March 1, 2013


    After thirteen years of teaching Congressman & Retired Colonel Paul Cook has officially retired from his Full-time Tenured Faculty position at Copper Mountain College.

    Congressman Cook taught history and political science at CMC from 1999 until being elected to the California State Assembly in 2006.  While at CMC, he served as Academic Senate President, ASCMC advisor, and was a very popular faculty member among the students.

    During his 26 years of service to the Marine Corps, Congressman Cook was a veteran of the Vietnam War, awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star medal for valor, and reached the rank of colonel before his retirement in 1992.  His commitment to education extended beyond his service at CMC and included teaching at CSUSB, and UCR.  His service to the community included a position on the Yucca Valley Town Council and, ultimately serving as the Town’s Mayor.  Prior to joining the U.S. Congress, he was elected to the California State Assembly.  Congressman Cook’s assistance was instrumental in obtaining financing and the installation of the much needed traffic signal on Rotary Way and Highway 62 which was viewed as a critical safety issue for CMC students.

    Copper Mountain College is thankful to Congressman Cook for his service to the college, many achievements, and vested interest in the Morongo Basin.  CMC faculty, staff and students wish all the best of luck to Congressman Cook with his endeavors.

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