Adult Basic Education

Adults who enter the high school completion program are able to transfer credit received from previous high schools they may have attended, as well as to obtain credit for military service, technical school attended, and work experience.

COD's Adult Education also offers a program to prepare students for the General Education Development (GED) test.

Classes are offered in the morning and evening at the Palm Desert Campus and in the evening at our new Indio campus.

To enroll, visit the Admissions page on this website and click "Getting Started" and fill out your application.

The GED test will be offered at our PaCE Center located in the Westfield Shopping Center Mall in Palm Desert.


For further information on schedules, cost and other details about the actual GED test, you may call (760) 776-7420 or go on the State Office of Education's website.


Adult Basic Education Programs (ABE)

Registration for Adult Basic Education classes is on an open-entry, space available basis.

  1. Click "Getting Started" on the Admissions webpage and complete an online application.

  2. Register and pay for classes via Web Advisor.

Adult Basic Education Labs

Palm Desert - DAY LAB

Room COMM 110
Mon/Wed. 07:30 a.m. to 03:30 p.m.
Tues/Thus. 07:30 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.

Palm Desert - DAY ENGLISH

Room COMM 108
Mon/Wed. 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Palm Desert - DAY MATH

Room COMM 108
Tues/Thus 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Palm Desert - NIGHT LAB

Room COMM 110
Mon.-Thus. 05:00 p.m. to 07:30 p.m.


Room COMM 108
Mon/Wed. 05:00 p.m. to 07:30 p.m.


Room 204
Tues/Thus. 07:00 p.m. to 09:30 p.m.


Room 204
Tues/Thus. 04:00 p.m. to 06:30 p.m

On-campus Evening Program

05:00 p.m.- 07:30 p.m. Self-Paced Lab Communications Building - Room #110

Off-campus Day Program at the Eastern Valley Center - Mecca

Not currently active - see future class schedule

Off-campus Evening Program at the Eastern Valley Center - Indio

07:00 p.m.- 09:30 p.m. Self-Paced Lab EVC- Room #204

Self-Paced Study

The following list includes some of the courses available to students for self-paced study:

  • English, American Literature, Typing/Keyboarding
  • Reading, World Geography, American Government
  • Basic Math, U.S. History, World History
  • Algebra, Economics, GED Preparation
  • General Science, Health Issues
  • Physical & Life Sciences, Fine Arts: Art/Music/Theatre