Increased Enrollment at Copper Mountain College

    February 1, 2009


    JOSHUA TREE, Ca –Students started returning to class a few weeks ago as Copper Mountain College began gearing up for brimming spring enrollments fueled, in part, by a sluggish economy.

    When the economy bombs, college enrollment booms, and this semester is a prime example for Copper Mountain College.  The preliminary numbers for spring 09 are 1518, up 9% from last year’s 1381 FTES. In addition to more students going to college, CMC has seen an increase in the number of students taking full-time loads from 392 in spring of 08 to 712 this spring.

    As people are laid off or become stalled in their jobs, some choose to go back to college to learn new skills, and community colleges are one of the most accessible and affordable options they have. In California alone 80% of firefighters, law enforcement officers and EMTs are credentialed at community colleges while 70% of the nurses in California received their education from community colleges.

    More students may also be turning to the community college system due to the State University’s limited admissions policies. Students attending California Community Colleges paid an average of $600 in tuition for the 07-08 school year as compared to $3,797 at Cal State Schools and $8,007 in the University of California System.

    Copper Mountain College is trying to make the college opportunity available to more people by offering convenient class locations, on-line and hybrid classes as well as late start and 5-week accelerated courses.  With the average lifetime earnings of a graduate with an associate’s degree at $1.6M, that is $400,000 more than for a high school graduate. Copper Mountain College knows how important it is for residents in the basin to receive an education.

    For more information regarding Copper Mountain College, or for a listing of classes, visit us at or call 760.366.3791.