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 College library, instructional support services, career-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 Math & 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 student enrollment services, student support programs and services, student leadership, and student due process and discipline.

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, 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 campus locations throughout the eastern and western Coachella Valley where college credit and noncredit courses are offered.

Indio Campus

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 entire degree and certification programs in this new  state-of-the-art facility. The Indio Campus provides flexibility pathway for students to complete their program by offering day, evening, and weekend classes . In addition to expanding course offerings, the College has also expanded services provided on site to include counseling, academic support services (tutoring), assessment testing, registration, financial aid, Veterans services, and many other referral resources and services. For additional information call (760) 776-7200.

Mecca-Thermal Campus

In providing greater access and higher educational opportunities for residents of the eastern valley, both credit and non-credit English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered at the Mecca-Thermal campus located at 61120 Buchanan Street in Thermal. In addition to college classes, counseling, assessment testing, registration, academic support services, and financial aid information are available. For additional information on course offerings and student services at the Mecca-Thermal campus, please call (760) 396-2010.   

Western Valley Classes

In order to provide local access to college classes for students living in the western Coachella Valley, College of the Desert offers a wide variety of evening and non-credit courses at Palm Springs High School, Desert Hot Springs High School, and Cathedral City High School.

Please refer to the current Schedule of Classes for starting dates and meeting times of Western Valley classes. For further information please call (760) 776-7200.