New College of the Desert Indio campus nears completion

The new College of the Desert campus nears completion and is expected to open February 24 (Lenin Silva/The Chaparral)
The new College of the Desert campus nears completion and is expected to open February 24 (Lenin Silva/The Chaparral)

Luis Medina
Campus life

The new College of the Desert (COD) Indio building will open on February 24. The architectural design of the building has three-stories. The first floor entrance will feature an atrium, and open concepts lobby with multi-purpose space that could be used as a conference center, or be divided into 4 classrooms. The second floor will have five, 44-student capacity classrooms, an active learning lab, and an administrative office. The third floor will have five classrooms, each also with a 44-student capacity, and an administration/staff lounge, as well as a student center. Additionally, the third floor will have a faculty lounge, and two laboratories,  each with roof access.  The building will provide natural daylight to the corridors and other internal spaces. A parking lot is expected to be built adjacent to the new campus and surrounding streets.

Over 3,000 students are projected to enroll annually, each pursuing careers in such endeavors as Agriculture, Alternative Energy, Art, Early Childhood Education, Biology, Business Management, Chemistry, Criminal Justice,  Computer Science, Engineering, Graphic Design, Journalism, Law, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, and Transportation Technology. The curriculum will complement the general education courses in English, Math, World Literature, Criminal Justice, Introduction to Art, Earth Science, which are offered at the main COD Campus in Palm Desert.

Counseling, Assessment Testing, Math and English tutoring, and an Academic Skills Center Computer Lab will be offered in the new Indio building also.

The new site is located in downtown Indio at 45-524 Oasis St.

Funds for the construction came from the Measure B bond. In 2004, voters overwhelmingly approved Measure B, effectively authorizing COD to allocate $346.5 million of the capital generated by the bond to expenses related to the new Indio campus. Voters agreed to fund the new COD building, surrounding infrastructure retrofitting, the new facilities. By law, the capital generated by the bond can only be used for acquisitions of land and construction, including office equipment and furnishing. Legally, none of the bond money may be used to compensate professors or administration official’s salaries.

Leave a Reply