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Leadership Coachella Valley visits COD and Foundation
Leadership Coachella Valley visits COD and Foundation

Leadership Coachella Valley visited College of the Desert March 15. The participants spent a full day learning about education and non-profits in the Coachella Valley. They also had the opportunity to hear from experts in those fields.

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College of the Desert Class of 2013 Graduation Success
College of the Desert Class of 2013 Graduation Success

College of the Desert's annual graduation ceremony was filled with color and pageantry, short speeches, and the traditional caps and gowns and distribution of hard-earned diplomas. For the first time, this year’s ceremony  included acknowledging the hard work of the students who earn certificates in their chosen fields of study.

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Women of Distinction 2013 Luncheon & Recognition
Women of Distinction 2013 Luncheon & Recognition

The Academic Angels of College of the Desert Foundation announced their honorees for 2013. Following are this year's honorees and their contributions to College of the Desert and the Foundation. 

 

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Relocation Plans for College of the Desert Palm Springs Campus
Relocation Plans for College of the Desert Palm Springs Campus

City of Palm Springs and College of the Desert Announce Plans to Relocate West Valley Campus to Palm Springs Mall.

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College of the Desert Palm Springs Campus Relocation Q & A
College of the Desert Palm Springs Campus Relocation Q & A

Questions and answers relating to the City of Palm Springs and the Board of Trustees of the College of the Desert (COD) announcing plans to move the much anticipated new West Valley Campus from its current proposed location to a new site in the heart of the city at the Palm Springs Mall.

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Growing The Valley Celebration
Growing The Valley Celebration

COD Foundation hosted more than 150 agriculture industry friends, faculty and current students in celebration of COD's newly renovated agriculture building,

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Fifth Annual Youth Robotics Camps Are Underway At COD
Fifth Annual Youth Robotics Camps Are Underway At COD

Technically minded middle school students are getting the opportunity to develop an understanding of robotics and practice creative problem solving while building their own robot.

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Federal Grant To COD Means Education and Career Training for In-Demand Jobs
Federal Grant To COD Means Education and Career Training for In-Demand Jobs

College of the Desert has been awarded a federal grant for Inland Empire Career Training programs.

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COD Faculty: Champions of Student Success
COD Faculty: Champions of Student Success

College of the Desert math professor Leif Jordan, Ph.D. knows first-hand the challenges students face as they struggle to pursue higher education and a better life.

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Join Us For Jazz
Join Us For Jazz

The community is welcome to join us for Jazz at the Pollock featuring faculty, students, and guest artists performinmg in our intimate Pollock Theatre.

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Modernist architect Donald Wexler dies at 89.
Modernist architect Donald Wexler dies at 89.

While Donald Wexler may have been best known for his innovative work in designing and developing elegant and simple steel homes, we have always been particularly fond of his work developing our Palm Desert campus home. 

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Supporting Student Success - Jose Simo, Counselor
Supporting Student Success - Jose Simo, Counselor

Day in and day out, student success drives what we do. And many of us do more…

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Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. And Beyond.
Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. And Beyond.
College of the Desert celebrated its history and shared recent progress of new facilities and classrooms to accommodate and expand academic and career opportunities for students, during a first-of-its-kind addess by COD President Joel L. Kinnamon.
 
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Sustainability and Energy at COD
Sustainability and Energy at COD

In November 2009, the Board of Trustees of College of the Desert adopted the following Sustainability Stewardship Policy to affirm that...

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Student Success Initiatives Highlight -- High School Student Engagement
Student Success Initiatives Highlight -- High School Student Engagement

President Kinnamon, in his State of the College address, underscored both the challenges and opportunities inherent in increasing the number and the rate of local high school students who are prepared for college.

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Record Number of Degrees and Certificates Conferred by College of the Desert
Record Number of Degrees and Certificates Conferred by College of the Desert

A record-breaking number of students, over 1,100, have completed the required coursework for graduation and over 450 are expected to participate in the ceremony.

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By Connecting To Her Past She Helps Others Connect To Their Future
By Connecting To Her Past She Helps Others Connect To Their Future

Kim Dozier, Ph.D. came from a family of educators. From her great grandmother, to both her grandmothers, and her mom. That’s really unheard of today. So, naturally, Kim didn’t want to be a teacher.

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Trustees unanimously voted to place bond on November ballot.
Trustees unanimously voted to place bond on November ballot.

The Desert Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously voted to place a $577,860,000 local education bond measure on the November 2016 ballot. The bond measure will provide critical capital funding which will allow the College to expand, modernize and meet the increasing demands for higher education and career training throughout the Coachella Valley.

 

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He Started Classes at COD When He Was 10. Now He's COD's Director of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness
He Started Classes at COD When He Was 10. Now He's COD's Director of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness


Tim T. Nakamura is the Director of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness at College of the Desert. But Tim has been coming to COD since he was 10 years old.

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Get To Know More About COD
Get To Know More About COD

There’s so much more to learn about your community college. See more, click here Get To Know COD

 

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Thank You For Your Investment!
Thank You For Your Investment!

Thank You For Your Investment In COD and Student and Valley Success!!

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#6 Among Americas Most Scenic Community Colleges
#6 Among Americas Most Scenic Community Colleges

College of the Desert given a ranking as one of the most scenic community college campuses in the nation. 

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Stella Baker, Student, Staff (Adjunct librarian/student learning digital design skills)
Stella Baker, Student, Staff (Adjunct librarian/student learning digital design skills)

I’m a writer and a librarian. I’ve got academic degrees and certifications and all the “stuff” that says I’ve achieved my education and success. Therefore, I’m beyond what COD has to offer. Right? Wrong.

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College of the Desert Receives Excellence in Geriatric Education Award By The Hearst Foundation.
College of the Desert Receives Excellence in Geriatric Education Award By The Hearst Foundation.

College of the Desert has earned the inaugural award for Excellence in Geriatric Education Award by the Hearst Foundation. The award is granted to schools of nursing that demonstrate exceptional instruction and innovation in this key area of nursing education.

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President's Message, September 2012
President's Message, September 2012

It took just a matter of hours to feel the pace on campus shift into full speed as fall semester kicked off August 27. It was impressive to watch COD’s traditional welcome tents take their places around campus.

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Veterans Center Opening
Veterans Center Opening

The new Center includes: A Full-Time Specialist who serves as the School Certifying Official who assists students and their families to access their VA benefits, processes VA paperwork, and provides information about academic programs and degree requirements.

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Thomas Jones, Staff (Research)
Thomas Jones, Staff (Research)

I began my educational experience with COD in 1994. One could say I was on the “20 2-year Program.” I took classes at the EVC, which we also called, “Indio High School.” I was taking math classes for fun- no real goal.

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Jerry Patton and His Time at COD
Jerry Patton and His Time at COD

Jerry Patton reflects on his eight years of service at College of the Desert. Patton will retire his post as COD President in June. Jerry Patton has a disarming way about him.

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COD Receives Basic Firefighter Academy Accreditation
COD Receives Basic Firefighter Academy Accreditation

College of the Desert (COD) has received approval from the California State Fire Marshall’s Office to begin a fully accredited Basic Firefighter Academy beginning August 28, 2012, at the new Roy Wilson Fire Training Center in Thousand Palms.

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Leif Jordan Went From G.E.D. to Ph.D. Thanks to COD
Leif Jordan Went From G.E.D. to Ph.D. Thanks to COD

I dropped out of high school in 1986. By the end of the 80’s my opportunities were very limited...That changed in 1990 when I stepped onto the campus here at College of the Desert.

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Dr. Joel Kinnamon Selected as the new College of the Desert Superintendent/President
Dr. Joel Kinnamon Selected as the new College of the Desert Superintendent/President

The Desert Community College District Board of Trustees announced this morning their selection of Dr. Joel Kinnamon as the new College of the Desert Superintendent/President effective July 9, 2012. Dr. Kinnamon is coming to COD from Chabot-Las Positas Community College District where he was serving as Chancellor of this two-college district.

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Dr. Joel Kinnamon began his duties as Superintendent/President of College of the Desert this week.
Dr. Joel Kinnamon began his duties as Superintendent/President of College of the Desert this week.

Dr. Joel Kinnamon officially began his duties this week as the seventh Superintendent/President of College of the Desert and Desert Community College District.

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Math Science Technology Center Opens for Fall 2012 Semester
Math Science Technology Center Opens for Fall 2012 Semester

Summer 2012 saw the completion of construction on the Math Science Technology Center (MSTC). Information Technology and Institutional Research (ITIR) along with the faculty for math and science and the Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) program moved into their new space and offices.

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