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YOU CAN attend College of the Desert in the East Valley

College of the Desert began enrolling students August 4 for fall classes which begin on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

The College is dedicated to reaching out to the entire Coachella Valley to make access to classes easier. The campus in the Mecca/Thermal area opened in February of 2009 at 61-120 Buchanan, near the intersection of Avenue 62 and Buchanan, to better serve students farther east and south of the Indio campus.

At this campus, students can study Basic Skills to prepare them for college work, general courses that will allow them to complete an associate degree, prepare them to transfer to a four-year institution, and receive support services to assist them. It serves an average of 500 students every semester.

COD’s Director of Educational Centers Scott Cooper, said, ”The Mecca Thermal campus offers students a smaller, more family-like environment. The Tutoring and Academic Skills Center offers tutoring and assistance with homework and the front office prides itself on treating students in a welcoming manner. This is truly a wonderful place to take your courses.”

This semester, the Mecca/Thermal Campus will be open Monday through Friday and will offer more sections than ever before. Subject areas include English, Reading, Art, Fire Technology, Math, Health, Psychology, History, Speech, and Administration of Justice. Locate a list of classes here.

Counseling services are available two times per week and the wait to see a counselor is shorter in Mecca. Onsite registration is also available on the campus.

Mecca Thermal campus.jpgThis campus also offers a full academic skills center lab and tutoring in math or writing. The Tutoring and Academic Skills Center provides a quiet place to study, access to a computer, and everything students need to succeed in their studies.

The Mecca/Thermal Campus is the main location for the TRIO/EVC program which serves low-income, first generation college students and provides individual and group services to 140 students so that they develop the skills and motivation necessary to transfer and achieve a bachelor’s degree. The TRIO/EVC program number is (760) 396-2390.

The campus is also easily accessible on the bus. Effective September 8, Sunline Transit Line #91 will serve the campus Monday-Thursday, 7:30am-5:52pm. On Fridays, the last Line #91 bus will leave the campus eastbound at 1:34pm and westbound at 12:52pm. Line #95 also serves the campus with 4 eastbound/westbound trips per day.

For returning students, registration began on Monday, August 4. New students began online registration on Monday, August 18. Students who plan to begin taking classes at COD this fall should get started now. Everything is online and the Counseling Center is open to answer questions. There are numerous services designed to ensure that students are successful including financial aid, tutoring, study skills workshops, career counseling, and many more. 

For more information, please visit the website at, or call the Counseling Center staff at the Mecca/Thermal campus at 760-396-2010.