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I am pleased to join this college and I’m proud to be its new Superintendent/President.
The stated mission of College of the Desert (COD) is to “provide excellent educational programs and services that contribute to the success of our students and the vitality of the communities we serve.”
We are dedicated to a student learning environment built upon honesty, integrity and trust. We strive for the highest standards in all of our programs. Here are some of our strengths:
  • COD has been a leader in workforce and economic development in the Coachella Valley and we will continue that tradition. 
  • As evidenced in our Step Up campaign, College of the Desert alumni are integral to the success of our community.  They work in our hospitality industry, they are our nurses and our public safety officers, they teach our young children, they manage local cities and agencies and are our elected officials.  They are our small business entrepreneurs.  They work in the newest green energy companies. 
  • In 2011, COD was one of only a handful of community colleges in the state to receive reaffirmation of accreditation.
  • Many of our programs have achieved regional and national acclaim, including our Child Development Center, Alternative Energy, Automotive, Performing Arts, Nursing, and Business & Retail Management.
College of the Desert is in the middle of one of the most exciting periods in its 50-year history since being founded in 1958.  It’s all part of Measure B, a $346.5 million bond issue approved by voters in 2004. We entered into the physical construction phase in December 2007.
In November 2009, the COD Board of Trustees adopted the Sustainability Stewardship Policy. Each building project observes the guidelines developed by the United States Green Building Council. To date, the college has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) awards for the following facilities: Public Safety Academy - LEED Silver, Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation Nursing Complex - LEED Silver, and the Donald and Peggy Cravens Student Services Center - LEED Gold. We are confident more awards will follow as projects are completed.
The Measure B bond funds were also used to build the new east valley campus in Mecca/Thermal that opened in the spring of 2009, and will be used for a permanent building in downtown Indio slated to open in the spring of 2014, and a “zero-plus” campus in north Palm Springs to be completed spring of 2015.
These projects, along with our academic programs and services, are designed to accomplish our primary goal which is to provide our students the highest caliber of education that a community college can offer.
Please visit our website to learn more about us and what we do.
Dr. Joel L. Kinnamon