The College was founded in 1958 and has steadily grown both in physical size and in the number of programs offered in the years since. Now with five campuses and numerous satellite locations, the College focuses on student success by offering unparalleled academic instruction and career technical education tailored to the workforce needs of community partners.
Most college of the Desert alumni continue to live and work in the area, contributing more than $243 million a year in economic benefits each year based in large part on the skills they learned at College.
A majority of College of the Desert students qualify for financial aid, making the Foundation’s support critical to their success. Donor support allows the College to offer the plEDGE and EDGE programs, which provide two years of free tuition to graduates of Coachella Valley high schools, preparation for college-level math and English, and ongoing support.