Community Colleges

Why attend COD?
It’s affordable! Seniors graduating from a high school located within the Coachella Valley can sign up for EDGE and plEDGE. The plEDGE program provides two years of free tuition and fees at COD if a student commits to the following:

More reasons to attend COD:

California Community Colleges


Looking for a new experience outside the valley?
You can learn about ALL of California’s 123 community colleges on www.cccco.edu.

Tip: If you are looking to transfer to a large school such as San Diego State University, make sure you check the SDSU website for the community colleges in San Diego that have agreements with SDSU; some are associated with Cal State San Marcos and some with SDSU. Do your research!

Many California Community Colleges offer a variety of career and technical education programs and can often be more affordable than a career college, depending upon your course of study. Community colleges offer different programs.

For example, Crafton Hills College, in nearby Yucaipa, offers radiologic technology, the training needed to become an x-ray technician. At Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, you can earn a certificate in aviation and maintenance technology. Mt. San Antonio College, located near Cal Poly Pomona, offers air traffic control training and courses to become a registered veterinary technician. Explore the career and technical programs offered by California Community Colleges at www.cccco.edu.

If you are interested in healthcare careers, check out the CA Health Workforce Initiative (CA-HWI) through the CA Community Colleges. They have an excellent website with pathway information. https://ca-hwi.org/career-pathways/exploring-health-careers/

Many students start at community college then transfer to a university to complete their degree. As an example, a student can complete an Associates Degree program in Hospitality at College of the Desert, then transfer to California State University San Bernardino and complete their Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management.