Welcome to College of the Desert

Welcome, Roadrunners!

You’re here at a really exciting time in our history.

I’m proud to say we’re one of the fastest-growing community colleges in California. From Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs in the west to Indio, Mecca, and Thermal in the east, with our Palm Desert Campus in the middle, we’re committed to helping you attain your education- and career-oriented goals. That hasn’t changed since our inception in 1958.

To help us best manage such growth and to continue offering you more courses, programs, certificates, and degrees, we asked Coachella Valley voters in November 2016 to further invest in us with a $577.8 million construction bond. And they answered, overwhelmingly supporting that effort, which will allow us to build the remaining phases of a new Palm Springs Campus that will feature a film institute and hospitality academy; add classrooms in Desert Hot Springs, Indio, and Mecca/Thermal; create a Jobs Center to connect students with employers; and upgrade career training facilities for engineering, healthcare, science, and technology.

And through our new plEDGE program, we’re committed to providing free tuition in the 2017-2018 school year to those local high school students who graduated in Spring 2017—without using any taxpayer money whatsoever.

We’re proud of our many accomplishments, and we look forward to helping you achieve your goals at College of the Desert, whether you’re pursuing an associate degree or a certificate, or simply enhancing your skills.

And if you’re looking to transfer to a four-year institution or want to find a job after your time here, we can help you with that as well.

We’re really excited that you’ve chosen to join us at College of the Desert, and we can’t wait to help you pursue your academic and/or career enhancement paths.

Joel L. Kinnamon, Ed.D.
Superintendent/President