Success Stories

The Foundation Supporting Students 

Since 2012 with individual and business donations, CMC Foundation has funded ATI testing for our Vocational Nursing classes.
ATI is a comprehensive online study, testing and national licensure preparation package. The package includes online testing in a proctored photo of 3 nursing students with instructor environment similar to that of the national licensure exam. This package also includes VirtualATI, an online national licensure customized study and preparation program whereby the student is assigned a coach who works one-on-one with the student to identify content areas requiring attention, coordinates remediation and guides the student’s licensure exam preparation. All students are required to purchase and utilize this package throughout the Program. With generous donations, the students are reimbursed the nearly $900 that they each spent on the package.

Since 2013, every student who has successfully completed the VirtualATI review process and receive the “green light” following licensure exam preparation have completed the exam with a 100% pass rate. Last year, ranked Copper Mountain College’s VN program as the #2 Ranked Vocational Nursing Program in California. Nursing programs were assessed on several factors which represent how well a program supports students towards licensure and beyond. They analyzed past and present first time NCLEX-PN “pass-rates” – weighted by year and CMC rose to the top thanks to you and your support of our students.

These are trying times for all of us, and this is why the Copper Mountain College Foundation (Foundation) is helping the nearly 2,000 students at Copper Mountain College (CMC) in many ways. One way, the Foundation does this, is through funding bus rides for CMC students through Morongo Basin Transit Authority (MBTA).

Morongo Basin Transit Authority picture of a bus mapThis school year the Foundation in partnership with the Morongo Basin Transit Authority is excited to announce FREE BUS RIDES for current CMC students from August 24, 2020 to May 27, 2021, with a valid student ID. The MBTA was awarded a Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) funding grant that will subsidize the student fares for school year 2020-21. “The LCTOP program funds are annual proceeds from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund that is designed to help fund projects that will reduce greenhouse emissions by taking more folks out of their car and onto public transportation” states Mark Goodale, MBTA’s General Manager. The LCTOP was created to provide operating and capital assistance for transit agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emission and improve mobility, with a priority on serving disadvantaged communities. As an approved project, Copper Mountain College students will be able to attend class, use the Greenleaf Library and handle their business on campus without transportation worries.

“Despite the costs that are often required to attend college, higher education is still one of the best investments that students and their families can make, which is why Copper Mountain College Foundation remains committed to helping students succeed anyway they can,” states Sandy Smith, CMCF Executive Director.

Thalia Ormiston, VN received the 2020 Deavah Woodley Memorial RN Scholarship! A full ride scholarship, Thalia graduated from CMC’s VN program in 2019 and started her RN journey last spring. She will graduate in May 2021. She is already making a difference in the lives of many – including her own kids but also in her work with Covid testing. This scholarship is in memory of Deavah who passed away in the Continuing Care Center a few years ago. She was well cared for by CMC nurses and nursing students and thus established an ongoing scholarship to make more nurses!