(Tony) Clerc came from Paris, France, to the Coachella Valley at the age of 12.
Following graduation from high school, he enlisted in the Army to see the
world. When his service was over, like so many veterans, he turned to College of the Desert (COD) and found a supportive environment for his transition to
civilian life. He discovered his passion for history, politics, and
international studies at COD, graduated, and eventually went to Boston University
for his Master’s degree in Political Science, specializing in International
Relations. Now he teaches political science and history at College of the
you look, College of the Desert is changing lives. Whether students take a few
classes, obtain a certificate, or complete the first two years of their college
education and transfer on, COD is making a difference in students’ lives and
our community every day.
are dedicated to a student learning environment built upon integrity and academic
rigor while embracing diversity. We strive for the highest standards in all of
our programs. Here are some of our strengths:
has been a leader in workforce and economic development in the Coachella Valley
and we will continue that tradition.
evidenced in our Step Up campaign, College of the
Desert alumni are integral to the success of our community. They work in our hospitality industry. They
are our nurses and our public safety officers. They teach our young children. They
manage local cities and agencies and are our elected officials. They are our small business entrepreneurs and
they work in the newest green energy companies.
of the Desert has hired 11 new full-time faculty members who began teaching
this fall. This action demonstrates not only the rebound of the state’s
economy, but our commitment to offering the courses needed by our students to
reach their college and career goals.
of our programs have achieved regional and national acclaim, including our
Child Development Center, Alternative Energy, Automotive, Performing Arts,
Nursing, and Business & Retail Management.
of the Desert is in the middle of one of the most exciting periods in its
50-year history since being founded in 1958.
In 2004, local voters approved a bond measure which has resulted in new
buildings, updated infrastructure, remodeled buildings and the addition of a
permanent building in Indio, a campus in Mecca/Thermal, and plans for a campus
in Palm Springs, as well. Everywhere you look you see change on our campus
designed to support student learning and success.
November 2009, the COD Board of Trustees adopted the Sustainability Stewardship
Policy. Each building project observes the guidelines developed by the United
States Green Building Council. To date, the college has earned Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) awards for a number of buildings and we
are confident more awards will follow as projects are completed.
projects, along with our academic programs and services, are designed to
accomplish our primary goal which is to provide our students the highest
caliber education that a community college can offer.
college Board of Trustees and I have formulated a 24-month plan that will guide
us along this path. The agenda has five focus points: 1. Student Success, 2.
Planning and Governance, 3. Fiscal Stability and Infrastructure, 4. Teamwork
and Organizational Development, and 5. Economic, Workforce Development and
Community Outreach. The specifics are on our website (click
college is significantly uplifted by the College of the Desert Foundation which
embarked on a capital campaign in March of 2014 to raise $3 million for
educational programs, scholarships, technology needs, and student services.
They not only met their goal, but doubled it! Funding priorities for the
campaign originated from the vision and strategic goals of the college.
explore our website to learn more about us and what we do. You’ll see that from
our faculty to our Foundation, everywhere you look, College of the Desert is
Joel L. Kinnamon, Ed.D.