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  • Bill Chunowitz: College Education Benefits All

    As Bill Chunowitz sees it, College of the Desert’s success is the Coachella Valley’s success. That is why he and his wife, Joanne, have been ardent supporters of the College since 2014. “Most of the students end up staying here and working after graduation, so everybody wins,” said Chunowitz, president [...]

  • Cynthia Williams’ Pledge Aids Student Emergency Fund

    As our community continues to confront the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, College of the Desert students who are in urgent need of help with food, rent, childcare and more have been able to get relief from the Student Emergency Fund. Many students at College of the Desert and their [...]

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MacKenzie Scott Foundation Gifts $18 Million to College of the Desert

College of the Desert has received $18 million from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, the largest one-time grant in the College’s 60+ year history. In her virtual announcement, MacKenzie Scott stated; Because community-centered service is such a powerful catalyst and multiplier, we spent the first quarter of 2021 identifying and evaluating equity-oriented non-profit teams working in areas that have been neglected. The result was $2,739,000,000 in gifts to 286 high-impact organizations in categories and communities that have been historically underfunded and overlooked. Higher education is a proven pathway to opportunity, so we looked for 2- and 4-year institutions successfully educating students who come from communities that have been chronically underserved. “At College of the Desert we also recognize that higher education is a pathway to opportunity, and we have made a substantial investment in our EDGE/plEDGE program to support that opportunity for our community,” said Interim Superintendent/President Jeff Baker. “This amazing donation [...]

EDGE & PLEDGE Programs

Through the College of the Desert Foundation, the College is able to provide students the opportunity to succeed and better prepare themselves academically through programs like EDGE and plEDGE. EDGE offers hands-on assistance in areas such as financial aid, enrollment, student success workshops and much more. In addition, EDGE offers a series of informational workshops that showcase the College’s academic and student support programs that are free and open to current, new or incoming students. The plEDGE program provides two full years of FREE tuition and fees to recent local high school graduates. If you would like to contribute to student success at College of the Desert, please consider donating to the EDGE and plEDGE programs by visiting www.codfoundation.org. #CODFoundation #CollegeoftheDesert #CreateTomorrow #StudentSuccess #EDGE #plEDGE

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