New College of the Desert East Valley Campus Rising in Indio

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Just as summer in the desert arrives, construction of the College of the Desert east valley campus in Indio has kicked into high gear.

What was once a dirt lot in the city’s downtown is slowly morphing into a tall steel structure — the skeleton of a three-story building.

The $16 million construction project, set for completion in spring of 2014, will form an educational community of its own and is expected to be a game changer for east valley residents.

“It’s going to fully function like a community college where students can obtain their associate degree within just that campus itself,” Indio Development Manager Mariano Aguirre said. “It’s going to be very convenient for the east valley — my understanding is that the majority of students (currently) on the main campus are located in the east valley.”

Susana Mendoza, a senior at College of the Desert, travels to the Palm Desert campus on the 111 Sunline bus from Thermal two to three times a week. It takes her an hour and a half to get to class.

The new campus will be a relief for students traveling a long distance, she said.

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