Free Online Class Available to all Coachella Valley Residents

(GREATER PALM SPRINGS, CA) Visit Greater Palm Springs (VGPS) is pleased to announce it has now made its popular in-person TEAM GPS Champion class available online to anyone in the Coachella Valley. The TEAM GPS Champion training is brought to you by Visit Greater Palm Springs and is in partnership with College of the Desert’s Partnership and Community Education (PaCE) program.  


The TEAM GPS Champion training was designed to build knowledge and enthusiasm for our unique nine-city destination. For those already in the hospitality industry, this class provides helpful tools and resources to create memorable guest interactions and enhance the visitor experience. The two-hour, self-paced training helps participants gain a stronger understanding of the importance of tourism and hospitality in our local economy. This training also unites the tourism and hospitality workforce while creating an equitable environment for everyone to participate in the growth of the tourism economy.  


“We’re excited to expand our TEAM GPS Champion in-person training to be self-paced and fully online with the goal of making this opportunity accessible to all Coachella Valley residents,” said Lauren Bruggemans, Director of Sustainability & Community Engagement for Visit Greater Palm Springs. “We look forward to sharing information that will help participants feel they have a vital role in the thriving tourism economy of the Coachella Valley.”   


Participants who complete the curriculum will gain more knowledge about what the Greater Palm Springs destination has to offer, including hidden gems, signature events and unique local businesses. Additionally, participants receive ongoing education through regular newsletters, access to exclusive networking events and sneak previews of new attractions and tours. This training is provided free of charge to anyone in the Coachella Valley through a full scholarship funded by Visit Greater Palm Springs’ nonprofit arm, the Greater Palm Springs Tourism Foundation.  


Visit for more information on TEAM GPS and to take the course.  




About Visit Greater Palm Springs  

Visit Greater Palm Springs (VGPS) is the official destination marketing organization for the nine-city Southern California oasis of Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella. Founded in 1989 with a mission to positively affect the destination’s $8.7 billion tourism economy and quality of life for its residents, VGPS provides sales, marketing and PR, and destination development activities to grow visitation from potential leisure travelers and event, meeting and convention group markets.   


About College of the Desert’s PaCE Program 

College of the Desert's Partnership and Community Education (PaCE) provides outstanding professional development, workforce training and personal enrichment opportunities. Through open enrollment, individuals can participate in workforce readiness workshops and career certification training programs that prepare the local labor pool for emerging and in-demand industries.  For business partners, PaCE delivers customized, high-quality employee training and education programs that increase productivity, improve skills and enhance organizational efficiency.