INDIO, CA (December 1, 2016) – On November 2, 2016, the Indio City Council approved a Memoranda of Understanding with College of Desert to expand its existing campus in downtown Indio. The college will be constructing a second building, also fronting Oasis Street, of approximately 40,000 sq. ft. The new building will house classroom and lab space, student services and administrative offices. The additional building will allow the college to double the number of students served from 4,000 to about 8,000. The project is scheduled to be completed in Fall 2020.
“We are thrilled to have COD expand its Indio campus to provide even more educational opportunities for our students and continue our strong partnership with the college,” said Mayor Glenn Miller. “Downtown Indio is definitely ‘On the Rise’ as we continue to see more investment in the area – it has become a wonderful place for students to learn.”
COD is the second fastest-growing community college district in the state and graduated its largest class in spring 2016. It serves over 14,000 students and is the number one source of transfer students to California State University, San Bernardino Palm Desert.
College of the Desert Superintendent/President, Joel L. Kinnamon said, “This expansion is one more example of the college’s commitment to the students in the East Valley, and an exciting next step in our partnership with the City of Indio.”
The COD also recently opened a campus in Desert Hot Springs, and plans to expand its campuses in the east and west valley.