Extended Campus Locations
There are several College of the Desert locations throughout the eastern and western Coachella Valley, where credit, non-credit and not-for-credit college courses are offered.
College of the Desert — Indio
The College of the Desert Indio Campus is located at 45524 Oasis Street in Indio. The site opened in February 2014 and has seen tremendous growth over the past six years. We are proud to provide students with full degree and certificate options at our state-of-the-art facility. Students can complete programs in the areas of Child Development Education, Liberal Arts, Psychology, Communications, Administration of Justice, and select business pathways. Our flexible schedule allows students to select from the day, evening, and weekend classes. Please refer to the current Schedule of Classes for more information. In addition to degrees, students may also participate in career training programs offered by the College’s PaCE or Partners and Community Education program. Training includes Clinical Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician, Veterinary Assistant, and Pharmacy Technician. For more information, please refer to the PaCE Career Training Programs website.
The faculty and staff at the Indio Campus are also pleased to provide students with access to robust and wrap-around student support services. For example, students may see a counselor for assistance in several areas, including career exploration, transfer support, and personal counseling. Counselors from special programs in the areas of Adult Basic Education and GED Test Preparation guidance, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), CARE (Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education), CalWorks, and Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) are also available to support students. On-site bilingual in Spanish staff are also available to help guide students through the application and registration process (for credit and non-credit programs), as well as issue student ID cards, take fee payments, and offer in-person financial aid assistance.
At College of the Desert, we understand students have more happening in their lives than just school. Mental health services, student life activities including ASCOD meetings, FIND Foodbank distributions, a food pantry, workshops, and more, a campus bookstore with all of your supply needs, and many other referral resources and services are available to help connect students with vital support systems. Last, but certainly not least, to help students meet their educational goals, we offer day, evening, and weekend in-person and 24/7 online tutoring, and access to library and learning resources. For additional information about the Indio location, please call our main office line at 760.776.7200.
College of the Desert — Mecca/Thermal
Furthering the College’s mission of providing greater access and higher education opportunities for residents at all ends of the Coachella Valley, College of the Desert opened its Mecca/Thermal Campus location in the Spring 2009 semester. Since that time, the campus has expanded not only in size but also in scope. Once face-to-face programming resumes, COD is pleased to commit to providing our Eastern Coachella Valley students with a guaranteed two-year General Education (GE) schedule at the Mecca / Thermal Campus. Upon completion, students earn a Certificate of Achievement meeting the GE requirements to transfer to many four-year institutions including the California State Universities (CSU) and the University of California (UC) schools. Students may choose from a combination of convenient Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday morning and afternoon block schedules. Flexible time slots allow students to take a full-time course load while also incorporating major coursework during the day, evening, or weekend at our many campus locations, or online. Early afternoon classes also allow high school students to engage in concurrent enrollment and earn college credit while attending high school. College of the Desert – Mecca/Thermal is located at 61120 Buchanan Street in Thermal. Please refer to the "Catalogs & Schedules" for course information and meeting times. For additional information about our course offerings and hours of service, please call 760.396.2010 or email mailto:OffCampusSites@collegeofthedesert.edu.
East Valley High School Locations – Coachella Valley Unified School District and Desert Sands Unified School District
In addition to our East Valley Campus locations noted above, College of the Desert also offers a variety of dual and concurrent enrollment courses in partnership with both Coachella Valley Unified School District and Desert Sands Unified School District. Please refer to the current Schedule of Classes for course information, location, and meeting times. For more information about our locations, please visit our COD locations website or email OffCampusSites@collegeofthedesert.edu.
Evening College Pilot at the Coachella Library: Expanding Opportunities and Access
College of the Desert Evening College Pilot Program at the Coachella Library, located at 1500 6th Street, is forged through a partnership among COD, the City of Coachella, and the Coachella Valley Adult School. The ultimate goal of this partnership is to expand opportunities and access for more residents of the Coachella Valley. Starting in the Fall 2020 semester, the pilot included a two-year Monday and Wednesday evening schedule that guarantees the courses needed to complete a general education certificate of completion. The College plans to offer the second cohort starting in the Fall 2021 semester. Enrollment preference will be given to East Valley residents and Coachella Valley Adult School students. In the summer 2021 term, an EDGE program will be provided for students registered in the Coachella Library GE coursework, making all Evening College participants eligible for COD’s two-year tuition-free plEDGE program. For more information, email OffCampusSites@collegeofthedesert.edu or call 760.776.7200 and speak with the administration office.
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/plEDGE information and workshops, testing accommodations from our Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS), Food Pantry, and academic support services in our Student Services Suite including a Tutoring and Academic Skills Center (TASC) and Course Textbook Reserves. For more information, call 760.568.3175 or 760.674.7800.
College of the Desert — Palm Springs Temporary Campus
In the Spring 2018 semester, College of the Desert launched our first college site in Palm Springs (Temporary Campus) located at 1300 East Baristo Road with further expansion planned in the coming years. Students will be able to complete general education coursework as well as career and technical education programs. 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/plEDGE information and workshops, testing accommodations from our Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS), Food Pantry, Student IDs, and academic support services from our Learning Resource Center including Tutoring and Academic Skills Center (TASC) and Library Support Services and Course Textbook Reserves. For more information, call 760.674.3784 or 760. 674.7800.
High School Locations - Palm Springs Unified School District
In addition to our Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs locations, College of the Desert also offers a wide variety of evening credit and non-credit courses at Palm Springs High School, Desert Hot Springs High School, Rancho Mirage High School, Mt. San Jacinto 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 760.776.7451 or 760.674.7800.
Future Site- Roadrunner Motors- Cathedral City
Roadrunner Motors will be deliberately located in Cathedral City near its Auto Center to maximize student participation and to create a pipeline for jobs in the region. The location is within the largest concentration of automobile dealerships, repair shops, parts stores, body shops, and car rental agencies in the Coachella Valley. COD will help provide the training and skills needed for community members to access well-paying local jobs.