For 50 years, College of the Desert has served as the Coachella Valley’s center for higher education, occupational and technical training and lifelong learning. College of the Desert Foundation helps support COD as it grows in response to the community's needs, to keep the Coachella Valley working and to maintain and improve the region's quality of life. Today, College of the Desert opens the door to brighter futures and expanded opportunities for more than 13,000 students in the Coachella Valley annually.
College of the Desert Foundation and COD's stories of success more than likely touch your life every day. Our alumni work, live and play throughout Coachella Valley. They are your doctors and nurses, fire and police professionals, hospitality and retail workers, political leaders, landscapers, accountants, lawyers virtually every field of business and industry.
Your support of College of the Desert Foundation, our goals and mission make these stories possible. Thank you.
College of the Desert Foundation helps ensure COD can provide the educated workforce that serves as the engine for the region’s economic growth. Our impact is significant throughout the valley. We are training and educating the next generation of clean technology professionals, childcare providers, allied healthcare workers, architects, golf professionals and programmers to build the next web-based platforms.
Through College of the Desert Foundation you can make a difference in the lives of students and the quality of life we enjoy in the Coachella Valley. Whether you are a parent, student, alumni, faculty member, business partner, philanthropist or investor, foundation or organization, part- or full-time resident, or just a fan of COD… your donation or membership to the College of the Desert Foundation will have a lasting impact.
Whether you're alumni, a student, faculty member, business partner, donor or just a fan of the college, chances are you have a COD story to share. So tell us your story and we may even feature it in our our virtual yearbook.
College of the Desert Foundation couldn't have asked for better role models or benefactors. Both Wayne and Maureen Johnson started their higher education in the California Community College system before going on to complete their degrees at four-year universities.
Thank You To President's Circle and Business Council Members
This year's President's Circle and Business council Recognition was a beautiful evening hosted by Jim Carona and Chip Tom at Heather James Fine Art. The event was catered by Lulu’s California Bistro with music provided by the College of the Desert Jazz Septet. Members enjoyed amazing art as well as meeting COD's new President Dr. Joel L. Kinnamon.
Rotary Club of Coachella East improving educational in eastern Coachella Valley.
College of the Desert Foundation is proud to have a community partner in the Rotary Club of Coachella East. The club's community service focus is helping improve literacy and education advancement in the eastern Coachella Valley.
Windermere Real Estate Southern California Establishes Student Scholarships
College of the Desert Foundation welcomes Windermere Real Estate Southern California into our family of businesses making a difference in higher education by setting up a scholarship fund for COD student success.
We are proud to welcome 25 new members to the President's Circle. Our members invest their ideas, talents, creativity and expertise for the benefit of the college and community. We hope you'll consider joining President's Circle too.
The singer who writes the songs that “make the whole world sing” has Stepped Up For COD to establish the Barry Manilow Scholarship at College of the Desert Foundation and expand access to arts, education and music for local students at COD.
Mark Nickerson - COD Foundation Board Member and President's Circle Donor
Mark Nickerson is the Managing Partner of Prime Time International. Based in the Coachella Valley since 1997 (with roots dating to 1987), the company is the largest year-round grower, packer and shipper of multi-colored peppers in the United States