COD celebrates opening of DHS campus

BY SONALEI AMADOR

STAFF WRITER

Desert Community College District Board Chair Mary Jane Sanchez-Fulton preparing to cut the ceremonial ribbon
Desert Community College District Board Chair Mary Jane Sanchez-Fulton preparing to cut the ceremonial ribbon.   Photo by Sonalei Amador

On Oct. 13, COD celebrated the grand opening of the Desert Hot Springs campus with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

The new campus is located at the Edward L. Wenzlaff Education Center, 11625 West Drive, Desert Hot Springs.

The ceremony began at 9 a.m. in the multi-purpose room of the Edward L. Wenzlaff Education Center. Opening words were made by COD President Joel Kinnamon, Ed.D. Also speaking at the ceremony were Desert Community College District Board Chair Mary Jane Sanchez-Fulton, Desert Hot Springs Mayor Scott Matas, and retired Palm Springs Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Christine Anderson.

Following the speeches, the ceremonial ribbon cutting was held outside in front of the new college facility.

The new campus is composed of three rooms that are outside the fence behind the education center’s basketball court. Each room serves a different purpose. One room is a standard class room in which students will attend classes, another room is a computer lab, and the final room is a student services center.

The student service room is a hybrid space with a bank of computers for studying or completing online coursework, a lounge area, Admissions and Records Services, Financial Aid Services, Matriculation Support (Online Application & Orientation), and assistance with referrals to additional student support services.

Also offered on the campus is a GED/HS Diploma Program ran by Frantz Reyes. He provides the students with assistance whenever they need help with their coursework. He said that his students’ dedication and desire to succeed make him passionate about his role there at the campus.

The facility opened this semester with a variety of class offerings, 15 in total.

The campus is currently open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with plans to expand hours, classes and support services.

 

 

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