College of the Desert

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43500 Monterey Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260

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College of the Desert is an essential part of the world’s largest system of higher education. The college was founded in 1958 and opened its doors for the first time in September 1962. As a two-year college, it offers transfer students an affordable option for starting college and transferring to a four-year institution.

College of the Desert provides resources and programs to meet the diverse needs of its students.

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Financial Aid

Learn about financial aid options to help pay for your education.

Transfer Center

Preparing students to transfer to participating four-year colleges and universities.

Career Education

Providing career training courses, certificates and direct pathways to employment.

A2MEND Chapters

Enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students.

Black Student Union

Challenging, enlightening and encouraging awareness and excellence in Black students.

NextUp

Offering services and support for eligible current and former foster youth.

UndocuLiaisons

Giving answers and support to undocumented students of all nationalities and backgrounds.

VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER

Providing various types of aid, benefits and support for current servicemembers and veterans.

BASIC NEEDS (FOOD, HOUSING, AND TRANSPORTATION)

Get additional support to help remain focused on your education and your success. Find information on basic needs support services such as food pantries, housing, tutoring and transportation.

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College of the Desert offers more than a degree. They offer a path to the life you want.

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Accounting

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Accounting
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Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems
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Construction Inspection

Building Inspection Technology
Certificate of Achievement

Registered Nursing

Licensed Vocational Nursing

Vocational Nursing
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Vocational Nursing
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Psychology, General

Child Development Administration and Management

Early Childhood Education Site Supervisor
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Family Child Care
Certificate of Achievement

Civil and Construction Management Technology

Construction Management
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Construction Management
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Construction Management
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Real Estate Development
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Plant Science

Agriculture Food Safety
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Agriculture Irrigation Technician
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Agriculture Office Assistant
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Agriculture Office Professional
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Agriculture Pest Management
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Agriculture Plant Science
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Agriculture Technician
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General Agriculture
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Plant Science
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