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Learn new things at Copper Mountain College.  Community education is for you and from you.  We’d love to have you share your skills by teaching your neighbors (see below).

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(except Knife Skills)

Spring 2024 Courses:

Community Education Spring 2024

The History of Hi Jolly and the Great Camel Experiment in the Southwest

Steve Brown


 Wednesday March 20, 2024 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. $5 RM. 101

 Spend an evening on a fast-paced romp through 19th century American history, the Ottoman Empire, Crimean War, Critical Race Theory, Manifest Destiny, slavery, the Civil War, and, of course, camels, and their legendary camel driver, Hi Jolly. Journalist/historian Steve Brown takes us back to the 1850s and spins the true story of legendary camel driver Hi Jolly and the “camel corps” of the U.S. Army during the years leading up to the Civil War and beyond, in a fast-paced tale of the Middle East and the American West.


A Night on the Old Spanish Trail

Steve Brown


Wednesday April 17, 2024 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. $5 RM. 101

Join journalist/historian Steve Brown for a journey down the Old Spanish Trail, from Santa Fe to Los Angeles, where we’ll learn about the Mexican city of LA in the early and mid-1800s, the trade on the trail (including the slave trade), and the historical American figures who played a part in its use – and abuse. We’ll meet up with the Native chief and legendary horse thief, Walkara, John Fremont, Kit Carson, and others, with a special focus on the Old Spanish Trail from Mountain Springs, Nevada, through the Mojave Desert. The documentary that Brown has written and produced for public broadcasting and the FNX (First Nations Experience) network, History and Change on the Old Spanish Trail: Mountain Springs to Salt Creek, will be screened as part of the presentation.



Sara Mahan


6-7:30 p.m. 4/2,4/9,4/16,4/23,4/30, 5/7 $55 Bell Center community room

 This course is suitable for all yoga levels and all yoga bodies and will emphasize building strength and stability in foundational yoga poses. Focus will be on applying therapeutic principles of alignment so that each student can find their fullest expression of each pose. Breathwork, restorative yoga, strength moves, mobility exercises, and self-massage may be incorporated. Each class will end in savanna (relaxation pose) and guided meditations may be offered. Students are encouraged to bring their own yoga mat, two yoga blocks, a strap and if they have it, a yoga blanket or bolster.


Intro to Conversational ASL (American Sign Language)

Celene de Miranda


April 4, 11,18 and 25 5:30-6:30 p.m. $20 Rm. 103

Have you always wanted to learn American Sign Language? Here’s an opportunity to learn some ASL basics in a relaxed and welcoming environment. I’ve worked as a certified Sign Language Interpreter for over 25 years, and I love creating a learning environment where participants are encouraged to build on their curiosity and enthusiasm so they can communicate in basic Sign Language when they encounter Deaf people in the community.  Bring your questions and together lets have some fun.


Knife Skills

Dereck LaGuardia


 April 18, 2024, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Freedom Plaza 29 Palms

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of knife handling, sharpening, and maintenance. Discover the secrets behind professional chopping, dicing, mincing, and slicing techniques that will not only save you time but also transform your cooking. Under the expert guidance of our seasoned Chef instructors, you will explore the anatomy of knives.


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Register for a class through the Office of Admissions & Records, located in the Office of Student Services in the 300 Quad, at 760.366.3791 ext. 4232. They’ll give you a statement, which you can pay in the Business Office or by calling the Cashier’s Office at 760.366.5312  Payment is due before the first day of class.


Interested in Teaching Your Neighbors?

We welcome new community education instructors. Tell us about your topic and what you need to join our ranks. Classes can be offered in person or online. You determine the fee per student, and, upon completion of the course, you receive 70% of the total enrollment fees. Send us your proposal to review! (Click this box for the proposal form.)

Important information for Community Education Instructors!

All proposals are subject to an approval process. Upon completion, submission, and approval, we will work with instructors to design a schedule. Be sure to include a resume, short biography, and any relevant certifications; it may help with the approval process.

Please communicate via our email address:

Location Availability: Courses may be offered online or face-to-face.

Student Enrollment and Fees: The instructor determines the fee for the course. Copper Mountain College has a minimum class enrollment of three students for the class to run; however, the instructor may set a higher minimum enrollment. A student roster will be emailed to you prior to the first class.

Instructor Payment: Upon completion of the course, the instructor will receive 70% of the total student enrollment fees. An invoice will be emailed to you for your signature stating the number of students enrolled and the total amount of payment due.

Return the signed invoice via email to or you may mail the invoice to:
Copper Mountain College
Attn: Academic Services, Room 115
PO Box 1398
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Sign Up for Our Online Driver Education Training

We’ve partnered with Somastream Interactive to offer a 30-hour California driver education program that is fully approved by state authorities. The program costs $30 to complete. After successful completion of the course, you’ll be ready to contact the DMV and get your permit.

ed2go: Take In-Demand & Self-Paced Classes

Through our partnership with ed2go, we offer classes designed to prepare you for in-demand careers. Classes range from Accounting Fundamentals to Real Estate Investing. Learn more and enroll in one of these affordable, convenient, and fast classes today.

Contact Student Services

Office of Student Services
300 Quad
6162 Rotary Way
Joshua Tree, CA 92252