A C H I E V E M E N T KCOD received another 11 awards for being among the top three in various categories. The team was among just three stations nominated in the highly competitive award for Best Community College Radio Station in the nation. It was KCOD’s second consecutive nomination in the station’s six-year history. You can listen to KCOD at 1450 AM, via theTuneIn Radio app on smart phones and online at www.kcodcoachellafm.com, where you can also find their schedule of diverse offerings, which includes electronic dance music (EDM), Coachella and Stagecoach artists’music, alternative music, and local CoachellaValley acts and interviews with community leaders and local big-name bands. KCOD, College of the Desert’s student radio station, won 13 Golden Microphones at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s national awards ceremony in March in NewYork City. KCOD Coachella FM won first place for the Best On-Air Schedule that represents the station’s overall programming and content and the Best Training Manual that Station ManagerToni Bakal created for new students. (Top L-R) Jesus Magana, Aaron Jones,Toni Bakal, Frank Desaro, Joe De Hoyos, GiselleWoo. (Bottom L-R) Nicholas Edward, Micaylee Johnson College of the Desert Selected to Compete in Prestigious Nationwide Competitions The DesertTheatre League honored College of the Desert with seven trophies at the 30th annual Desert Star Awards in October at Sun City Palm Desert. “A FunnyThing Happened on theWay to the Forum”received six trophies, including the prestigious Outstanding Production Musical award for the 10th year in a row. Other honors for the musical were: • Janet Miller - Outstanding Director • ScottT. Smith - Outstanding Musical Director • Lou Galvan - Outstanding Lead Actor • Garnett Smith - Outstanding Supporting Actor • Kathy Gillespie and BarbaraWeisel - Outstanding Costume Design The College’s production of “Biloxi Blues” also won an award with Nicholas Sloan taking home the Outstanding Supporting Actor trophy. Performing Arts Earns Seven Desert Theatre League Awards KCODWins13NationalGoldenMicrophoneAwards During 2017 College of the Desert was named one of 10 finalists for the prestigious 2018 Bellwether Award as well as named one of 150 public two-year colleges nationwide to compete for the prestigious $1 million Aspen Prize. “We are very proud of our students’successes, our constant self-analysis, and our continuous improvement as an institution of quality higher education”said Superintendent/President Joel L. Kinnamon, Ed.D. “We have a great story to tell and we can’t wait to share it nationally.” Awarded every two years since 2011, the Aspen Prize recognizes institutions with outstanding achievements in four areas: learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students. As one of 10 finalists for the prestigious 2018 Bellwether Award in two different categories (Instructional Programs and Services & Planning, Governance & Finance) the college will present at the Community College Futures Assembly in January 2018 in Florida. Award winners will be announced at the event. A C H I E V E M E N T 4