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College of the Desert classes coming to Palm Springs

By in Press Enterprise on November 19, 2017

By City News Service

College of the Desert has announced that a temporary Palm Springs campus will begin offering classes in January for more than 600 students.

The announcement follows approval from the College of the Desert Board of Trustees to lease 4.15 acres owned by the Palm Springs Unified School District at 1300 E. Baristo Road.

The site is just down the street from the former Palm Springs Mall, where college officials hope to someday erect a permanent West Valley campus that will serve around 3,000 full-time students.

“It has long been College of the Desert’s intention to create a vibrant Palm Springs campus to provide western Coachella Valley residents greater accessibility to college classes,” college Superintendent and President Joel Kinnamon said. “Thanks to the Palm Springs Unified District, this is a great first step in that direction as we at the college continue to pursue a long-term site.”

The agreement, which calls for 11 classrooms, computer labs, administrative services buildings, student support and security services, still awaits a final vote Nov. 28 from the Palm Springs Unified Board of Education.

However, school district and city officials praised the move as a way of offering higher education to high school graduates living in the Palm Springs area.

“Having a Palm Springs temporary campus will serve many of our Palm Springs Unified graduates, and we are excited to be able to lease this property to help COD fulfill this great need,” said PSUSD Superintendent Sandra Lyon.

Palm Springs City Manager David Ready was equally enthusiastic.

“The city of Palm Springs is gratified the College of the Desert and Palm Springs Unified School District have partnered together to begin educating students on the west end of the Coachella Valley in 2018. This is an excellent use of the now-vacant site and we thank them for implementing this collaborative idea.”

Kinnamon described the temporary campus […]    

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