Capital Programs

One of the units within the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s office is the Facilities Planning Unit, which assists and supports the California Community Colleges’ 73 districts in matters related to infrastructure and capital outlay. In short, capital outlay is money dedicated to acquiring, maintaining, building, repairing or upgrading fixed assets such as land, facilities, machinery and the like. As part of the facilities planning, this unit maintains a Space Inventory Handbook. Within this handbook is outlined the way in which space utilization is tracked and measured, which in turn affects the eligibility of individual district’s access to state bond funding for new or remodeling of facilities.

State Capital Outlay Process

The College is in the process of designing and building a world-class Palm Springs Campus that is truly going to be "Like No Place Else."  The new campus will serve as a regional workforce innovation center, where students can learn and train for jobs and careers in the areas of digital arts, media and film, hospitality and culinary arts, health care, as well as architecture and sustainability. 
Work is also underway to expand the Indio Educational Center, which will include additional classrooms, labs, student collaboration spaces and an Early Childhood Education Center.  The new spaces are designed to accommodate an additional 5,000 students and improve access for students in the eastern Coachella Valley. 
Students in Cathedral City will soon gain access to a 30,000 square-foot Transportation Technologies Facility that will increase learning opportunities beyond auto repair to include new technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells, electric engines, biodiesel systems and hybrids.  When it opens, the state-of-the-art program will answer employers'  calls for highly skilled experts in the field.  The quality of College of the Desert's programs and facilities is no secret, as evidence by the fact that prior to 2020 the enrollment had increased annually for the previous six years.
The Five-Year Construction Plan (also known as the Capital Improvement Program)  includes a priority list of proposed major capital improvement projects approved by the Board of Trustees annually.  The List of Priority Projects included in each Plan includes information on proposed timing, total project cost and funding.
2022 District Projects Priority Order
2023 District Projects Priority Order