College of the Desert confirms construction of Palm Springs campus later this year

The Palm Springs College of the Desert campus is set to open its doors in 2027. This announcement was made tonight at meeting held at the James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center in Palm Springs. The College of the Desert says construction is expected to begin this November. “You have my word,” commented Laura Hope, interim…

College of the Desert New West Valley Campus becomes a reality

In the West Valley, a new College of the Desert Campus is being developed to provide expanded opportunities for students. Located right across the street from Palm Springs High School, COD’s new West Valley Campus should be open for classes by the start of the Fall 2027 semester creating expanded dual enrollment opportunities for PSUSD…

TODAY’S DATA PROVES PALM SPRINGS REMAINS BEST LOCATION FOR COD’S WEST VALLEY CAMPUS [OPINION]

PALM SPRINGS — The West Valley Campus for College of the Desert (COD) is being built for everyone who wants to learn, whether that be for traditional and non-traditional students or workers attempting to get certified in their vocation. The West Valley Campus must be ideally located mainly for Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City and…

The Desert Sun 2/15 – COD investigation finds Trustee Rubén Pérez violated ethics rules; board issues warning

Outside attorney found Pérez campaigned during classroom appearance, made divisive comments at board meeting A divided College of the Desert Board of Trustees voted Thursday to issue a warning to Trustee Rubén Pérez, finding that he inappropriately used a classroom appearance to campaign for his own re-election and, on another occasion, made disrespectful comments about…

UKEN REPORT 2/15 – COD TRUSTEE AREA 1 RUBÉN ARÍAZTLÁN PÉREZ FORMALLY WARNED ABOUT ACTIONS

PALM DESERT — Following a third-party investigation, College of the Desert Board of Trustees voted 4-2 to formally warn Area 1 Trustee Rubén AríAztlán Pérez about his past actions and words. Moreover, the entire board was put on notice about treating colleagues with respect. “As board chair, I will be asking President Hope to schedule…

KESQ 1/26 – City Council gets a look at new progress on College of the Desert Palm Springs campus

The Palm Springs City Council received an update Thursday night on the status of the long-awaited College of the Desert campus in Palm Springs. Interim Superintendent/President Laura Hope and Director of Education Center – West Valley Dr. Scott Adkins led a presentation, which featured the most updated construction renderings of the campus that is set to…

The Desert Sun 1/26 – College of the Desert president ‘very’ confident Palm Springs campus will open in 2027

When College of The Desert’s president was asked by Palm Springs’ mayor Thursday how confident she was the long-delayed Palm Springs campus will open in 2027 as scheduled, she replied with one word. “Very,” said Laura Hope, the interim president and superintendent, who started at the school last year. Hope provided that timeline near the…

College of the Desert Trustee Bea Gonzalez consistently votes against funding for the West Valley Campus. Students are now speaking out, asking why she is blocking their education.

West Valley students, which includes Desert Hot Springs. Palm Springs, Cathedral City and the surrounding areas were promised a COD campus nearly 20 years ago. What they have today are a couple of trailers, which occasionally offer a class or two. Students without their own transportation often spend over 1.5 hours commuting by bus to the…

UKEN REPORT 12/4 – ROADRUNNER MOTORS PROGRAM ADVANCES IN CC

COLLEGE OF THE DESERT ROADRUNNER MOTORS PROGRAM EXPECTS TO SERVE 8,379 FULL, PART-TIME LOW-INCOME STUDENTS OVER 7-YEAR PERIOD CATHEDRAL CITY — What former College of the Desert President Martha Garcia attempted to do in October 2021 with a single news release has failed miserably.  Garcia attempted to move the Roadrunner Motors program, which consists of…

10/2 – Special to the Desert Sun – Ron Oden: ‘Our dreams will be realized with COD’s West Valley plans’ (subscribers only)

To summarize, Ron Oden has pledged to be a watch dog as a COD trustee and a member of our shared desert community, for our upcoming West Valley campus projects. Excerted from Ron Oden: If you take away a young person’s education, you take away an important asset that will shape their future – an…