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

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

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.

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.