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Inaugural State of the College Message For The Community -- You Can Be Proud!

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 address by COD President Joel L. Kinnamon.
The occasion was the inaugural “State of the College” event on January 28, 2016, at which Dr. Kinnamon highlighted a selection of accomplishments from the 2014-15 academic year and took attendees on a dazzling virtual tour of facility expansions and exciting plans and programs for the coming year and beyond. 

Nearly 60-Years Of Higher Education

President Kinnamon provided an overview of the nearly 60-year history of College of the Desert. He shared challenges, opportunities for improvement and key metrics for success at the College as part of a snapshot of changes underway to expand important student success initiatives. The goal of these initiatives is to expand efforts to help students successfully reach their academic and career goals.
Dr. Kinnamon addresses a crowd of elected officials, community leaders, employers, donors and friends at the first "State of the College" address on the campus of COD.
During his address, Dr. Kinnamon stressed the impact the College generates throughout the community. A recently updated economic impact report reveals College of the Desert generates over $300 million in increased economic activity in the local area and provides a strong return on investment for taxpayers and the community as a whole. And that impact sustains more than 5,000 jobs. As well, COD alumni positively impact hundreds of thousands of lives, reverberating across the valley and the state with a $1.2 billion return in career earnings. 

“This economic impact study confirms what local residents, community leaders and businesses have known for more than 50 years. College of the Desert is a significant, ongoing contributor to the Coachella Valley’s growing economy and quality of life,” said Dr. Kinnamon.

Measure B Bond Expands Student Success

In recent years, the College has seen Measure B and community funded construction conclude on a number of major projects and welcomed a number of new classrooms and facilities, including a new Gymnasium, Ag and Horticulture Areas, Early Childhood Education Center expansion and many others. These new buildings feature state-of-the art equipment, labs, a Faculty Learning Center and student meeting spaces in a variety of specialized programs. The evolution of the college’s Measure B bond projects is stunning to observe.
COD now has new and renovated state-of-the-art facilities across the entire campus:
  • New Science and Math Building
  • Don and Peggy Cravens Student Services Building
  • New Data Center, serving as the district’s technological hub;
  • New and upgraded athletics venues
  • Automotive shop expansions
  • And more.

With “jobs of the future” at the forefront, these facilities are already transforming the learning and teaching of academic centers and core subjects.

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Partly in response to an improving budget picture and to respond to growing community needs, the College is also adding a number of new faculty, including counselors, to meet growing demands.
Indio Mayor Glenn Miller, President Kinnamon, and Lupe Ramos Watson Indio Council Member
President Kinnamon thanked and recognized the city of Indio and the community for support to build the new College of the Desert Indio Education Center which opened in 2014 and shared that enrollment had filled the new campus with over 3,000 students from the day it opened. Expanded classrooms are also planned for Mecca Thermal and Desert Hot Springs.
Through collaboration with the leaders of K-12 and Cal State systems and other partners, COD is planning new and expanded offerings for the Coachella Valley that connect transfer and workforce-development courses directly to employers.
The College generates a significant share of the valley’s workforce. As much as 80% of graduates stay or return to live and work in the area. 

“College of the Desert plays an important role in creating a better quality of life for our region in terms of higher-paying jobs for local residents and a stronger economic climate for business and industry,” President Kinnamon concluded.

“The results of our collective efforts are everywhere you look in our valley.”

President Kinnamon and Palm Springs Mayor       Rob Moon

The West Valley Campus

President Kinnamon provided an update on the College of the Desert West Valley Campus project in Palm Springs, including a vision for new partnerships with industry to build integrated programs in conjunction with hoteliers and restaurateurs in the city and a new Film and Television Institute in collaboration with Palm Springs International Film Festival.
At the conclusion of the event the College launched two new projects. Renovation of the Hilb Library Learning Resources Center will begin in just a few months. Jeane and Justin Hilb, for whom the building is named, were present to celebrate the announcement.
In addition, the College unveiled plans to renovate and rebuild the iconic Fountain of Knowledge and invited all COD alumni to play a part in the campaign that will be co-chaired by COD Alumni Ricardo Loretta and Kate Spates.
Members of COD's student government with Dr. Kinnamon.

“None of this great work could be possible without the continuing support of the people in our community,” Kinnamon emphasized.

“We recognize the value we bring to the community and know this would not be possible without your vote for ballot measures or the generous donors who step up for our students and our college year after year.”

“I am excited about the future of your community college,” Dr. Kinnamon stated.

“Our success is tangible and unmistakable everywhere you look on campus and throughout our thriving community.

Together, WE CAN Change Lives.”