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Dual Enrollment: College of the Desert

Panelist Tips

  • Students and parents need to familiarize themselves with Cal Grants. Free tuition and fees for those who are eligible based upon a student’s sophomore and junior year grades, family size, and parent income.

  • Cal Grants apply to UC, CSU, California community colleges - not out of state. They do not pay for full tuition at CA privates but they help.

  • Students - Create a brag sheet
  • Encourage your student, wherever they go - to talk to their professors, ask for help - professors want to help! If afraid to reach out to a professor, take a friend who is in the same class.

  • Get a job on campus!

  • Hang in there parents! Hang in there students! You can do this!

Career academies and CTE pathways are a core component of the Regional Plan for College and Career Success’ strategy to assure the Coachella Valley has a well-prepared and workforce-ready talent pipeline to help our students and economy thrive into the future. Data shows that 98% of Career Academy and Pathway students’ graduate high school with an overall GPA of 2.76 and 55% enter college the fall immediately following graduation. Combined, all three K-12 school districts host 47 career academies and pathways, serving 8,000+ students with strong district and on-site support for teachers and students. Click links below to learn more!

Coachella Valley Unified School District
Contact: Marie Perotti, CTE Coordinator
Career Academy and CTE Programs Link:

Desert Sands Unified School District
Contact: Kevin Bibo, Director of College and Career Readiness
Career Academy and CTE Programs Link:

Palm Spring Unified School District
Contact: Deanna Keuilian, Director of 9-12/College & Career
Career Academy and CTE Programs Link: