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A Student's Poem We're Using To Usher In Spring
A Student's Poem We're Using To Usher In Spring

We first caught a glimpse of Ben's unique story from the Desert Sun article last year He was then 24, and an English major at College of the Desert. His passion for writing, poetry, literature – and old typewriters was highlighted. (Story Link below.) So we asked Ben to share a few words celebrating new, growth, and starting anew. "Begin," seems to send us on our way... 

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KCOD Radio Station Earns 17 National Awards
KCOD Radio Station Earns 17 National Awards

KCOD, College of the Desert’s student radio station, won 17 Golden Microphones at the 78th annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s national awards ceremony on Saturday night in New York City.

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This Dad Went From Battlefields to Solar Fields - COD Scholarships Matter
This Dad Went From Battlefields to Solar Fields - COD Scholarships Matter

This Dad Packed Up A U-Haul And With His Wife and Two Young Children Headed West

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First-Generation at COD
First-Generation at COD

Many students at COD struggle to achieving a degree or certificate. The challenges confronting our students are not due to an inability to learn or understand. Upon starting college find they have a whole new set of unanticipated barriers: academic, social and cultural, as well as their own internal self-doubt that often bring them to a stop.

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Student Success Initiatives At Work:  Andres M. Sanchez Quiroz
Student Success Initiatives At Work: Andres M. Sanchez Quiroz

Scholarships, books, and a computer provided the support this Marine veteran needed when he returned to the valley to attend College of the Desert.

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Performing Arts Takes 6 Awards
Performing Arts Takes 6 Awards

As College of the Desert (COD) Performing Arts prepares for its last weekend performances of the musical Rent, the department recently  announced the Desert Theatre League has given six awards for COD productions in the 2014-2015 season.

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COD Faculty Gain High-Tech Training Resource On Campus
COD Faculty Gain High-Tech Training Resource On Campus

The Berger Faculty Innovation Center will serve COD faculty and instructors with cutting-edge technology they can use to create new curriculum, incorporate technological advances into the classroom, and add innovation to their teaching—all leading to improved student success outcomes.

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First-in-Familiy in College  What Does That Mean?
First-in-Familiy in College What Does That Mean?

At College of the Desert, first-in-family college students, or first-generation students, make up 84% of the student body. 

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Largest Graduating Class in COD History
Largest Graduating Class in COD History

Student success initiatives helped College of the Desert deliver its largest graduating class in history this past May, 2015, conferring 1,100 degrees and certificates for the 2015-2016 academic year.  

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New Nurse Graduates Pinning Ceremony 2015
New Nurse Graduates Pinning Ceremony 2015

College of the Desert (COD) will celebrate the newest nursing graduates on Friday, May 22 during a colorful pinning ceremony at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. Approximately thirty students have earned the Associate Degree in Nursing and are now eligible to take the licensing examination to become registered nurses. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. 

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Graduation at COD 2015
Graduation at COD 2015

The annual graduation ceremony on May 22, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Boone Field, located on the Palm Desert Campus, is the highlight of the year for College of the Desert’s (COD) faculty, staff and especially the students.

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Don't Miss The Award-Winning Comedy Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike
Don't Miss The Award-Winning Comedy Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike

Regret and sibling rivalry fan the flames of laughter in this wickedly wonderful Chekhovian mash-up that equally tickles both the casual theatergoer and the ardent student of the Russian classics.

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Donor and Student Scholarship Reception Grows
Donor and Student Scholarship Reception Grows

More than 230 deserving COD scholarship recipients and more than 50 generous scholarship donors were brought together to meet face-to-face.

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Jack   A laugh-out-loud twist on the timeless classic.
Jack A laugh-out-loud twist on the timeless classic.

The spring semester brings new life to one of the most famous fairy tales ever told as The C.O.D. Dramatic Arts Company presents JACK, February 27th – March 1st in the Pollock Theater

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The Need For Speed And Career Exposure
The Need For Speed And Career Exposure

Roughly 12 students in COD's automotive programs spent a recent Sunday afternoon inside the exclusive gates of the Thermal Club. There, the students had the opportunity to meet with motorsport professionals to learn what lies behind the scenes in motorsport careers.

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COD Students Tie for First in Math Competition
COD Students Tie for First in Math Competition

College of the Desert’s Arturo Palomino and Joseph Moeller - both MESA students - defeated dozens of other community college students in the southern CA area to the region’s top place in the program’s third annual Math Challenge.

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Aaron Bonner, Student (Political Science)
Aaron Bonner, Student (Political Science)

Have you ever wondered how different your life would be if you were to attend college? Can you imagine the people you would meet? Have you thought about what experiences you would encounter and how many doors might open for you? Well, I have, and that is why I enrolled in College of the Desert.

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Richard Cardinale, Student (Liberal Arts/Nursing)
Richard Cardinale, Student (Liberal Arts/Nursing)

I moved from New Jersey to the Coachella Valley in 2008 and six months later I was taking classes at College of the Desert. In my first career life I was working with computers when computers were first being developed.

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