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College of the Desert approves plan to open temporary Palm Springs campus

College of the Desert announced plans to open a temporary Palm Springs Campus for the college’s Spring 2018 semester.

The College of the Desert Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to approve leasing 4.15 acres owned by Palm Springs Unified School District at 1300 E. Baristo Road.

The campus will feature 11 classrooms and computer labs, as well as administrative, student support and security services.

“It has long been College of the Desert’s intention to create a vibrant Palm Springs Campus to provide western Coachella Valley residents greater accessibility to college classes,” said COD Superintendent/President Joel L. Kinnamon, Ed.D. “Thanks to Palm Springs Unified School District, this is a great first step in that direction as we at the college continue to pursue a long-term site at the former Palm Springs Mall at Baristo and Farrell Drive.

“This is a win-win-win for students, College of the Desert and Palm Springs Unified,” Kinnamon said. “Opening these classrooms allows our west valley students to attend classes close to home and work as we acquire, construct and open our permanent campus over the next few years. We look forward to fulfilling our promise to our students and the Palm Springs community.”

The agreement still awaits a Nov. 28 vote by the PSUSD Board of Education.

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