How are we organized?

Organization of the College

The Board of Trustees has ultimate responsibility for the integrity, quality, and fiscal stability of the District.

The chief administrator of the District is the Superintendent/President, who is also the chief administrative officer of the College. The Superintendent/President serves as the Secretary to the Board of Trustees.

The Vice President of Student Learning is the chief academic officer of the College and is responsible for academic schools, the COD Libraries, instructional support services, career and technical education, and off-campus programs. College of the Desert has five schools: Applied Sciences & Business, Social Sciences & Arts, Communication & Humanities, Health Sciences & Education, and Mathematics & Science. Each school is under the supervision of a dean who is responsible for coordinating the departments within that school. Career programs are coordinated with cooperation from advisory committees consisting of representatives from business and industry.

The Vice President of Student Success is the chief student services officer of the College responsible for Counseling and Counseling services, Institutional Effectiveness and Planning, Institutional Research, student enrollment services including Admissions & Records and Financial Aid, Student Health and Wellness, Student Support Programs and Services, Student Life, Student Leadership, student due process and discipline, and Tutoring and Academic Skills Center and Supplemental Instruction.

The Vice President of Administrative Services functions as the chief financial officer of the college. In addition to budget development and oversight, administrative services is responsible for fiscal services, maintenance and operations, facilities construction and modernization, security and emergency preparedness, and information technology, as well as college auxiliary functions including food services, bookstore, and the golf center.

The Vice President of Human Resources & Employee Relations is responsible for management and operation of all human resources and employee relations functions of the College and for developing and recommending policy, goals, and objectives for human resources.

Extended Campus Locations

There are several College of the Desert locations throughout the eastern and western Coachella Valley where both credit and noncredit college courses are offered.

East Valley

College of the Desert — Indio 

College of the Desert celebrated the grand opening of the Indio Campus, located at 45524 Oasis Street in Indio, in February 2014. Students can complete a number of degree and certification programs without leaving our state-of-the-art facility. College of the Desert – Indio also provides a flexible pathway for students to complete their program by offering day, evening, and weekend classes. Please refer to the current Schedule of Classes for course information and meeting times.

In addition to expanding course offerings, the College has also increased our student and academic support services to include a variety of counseling opportunities: career, transfer, personal, ABE/GED (Adult Basic Education and GED Test Preparation), Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), CARE (Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education), Foster Youth and CalWorks, and general counseling. We offer day, evening, and weekend tutoring. Students may also take their assessment test for both credit and noncredit programming in the day and evening hours. We offer registration and financial aid assistance, veterans’ services, library and learning resources, health services, student life and activities (including ASCOD meetings), a campus bookstore, and many other referral resources and services. For additional information about the Indio location, please call our main office at (760) 776-7200.

College of the Desert — Mecca/Thermal

In providing greater access and higher education opportunities for residents of the eastern valley, general credit courses, basic skills classes, career and technical education programming, and noncredit classes are offered at the College of the Desert – Mecca/Thermal location at 61120 Buchanan Street in Thermal. Please refer to the current Schedule of Classes for course information and meeting times.

In addition to classes, students also receive student support services that include counseling, assessment testing, registration assistance, and academic support services from our Tutoring and Academic Skills Center (TASC), as well as support from our Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) and financial aid assistance. For additional information about our course offerings and hours of services available, please call (760) 396-2010. 

West Valley

College of the Desert — Desert Hot Springs

In the Fall 2016 semester, College of the Desert once again expanded our reach across the Valley and opened our College of the Desert – Desert Hot Springs location at the Edward L. Wenzlaff Education Center, 11625 West Drive in Desert Hot Springs. Here, students can take general education and transfer classes, basic skills coursework, career and technical classes, and Adult Basic Education coursework. For more information about programs, classes, and schedules, visit the “Catalogs & Schedules” tab on the college’s homepage.

In addition to taking classes, students also receive support services to guide them along their journey. Services include admissions and records, financial aid assistance, matriculation support (online application and orientation guidance), assistance with referrals/connection to resources on and off campus, general COD and EDGE information, assessment testing and counseling services (coming soon), academic support services, and workshops. For more information, call (760) 674-7813 or (760) 776-7200.

College of the Desert — Palm Springs

In the Fall 2017 semester, College of the Desert will launch our first college site in Palm Springs with further expansion planned in the coming years. Students will be able to complete general education coursework as well as career and technical education programming. The College also plans to provide student support services. More details will be released in Summer 2017. Please refer to the current Schedule of Classes for starting dates and meeting times for Palm Springs classes. For further information, please call (760) 776-7200.


In addition to our Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs locations, College of the Desert also offers a wide variety of evening and noncredit courses at Palm Springs High School, Desert Hot Springs High School, Rancho Mirage High School, and Cathedral City High School. Please refer to the current Schedule of Classes for course information and meeting times. For more information about our locations, please call (760) 776-7200.