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#12 John Tigner, Transfer to California State University Los Angeles
(Alcohol and Drug Studies)

After 25 years away from education, a year and a half of being homeless, and getting clean and sober, I just knew that returning to school would better my life. I finished my studies at COD and gave the commencement speech at my graduation (2008). I was then off to LA to pursue a further education. I transferred to Cal State LA and am currently enrolled in the Masters Program in Psychology. I recently received a promotion to Program Manager at Skid Row Housing Trust.

Two instructors had a significant impact on my career and education choices; Dr. Pat Britton and Dr. Barbara Card made the study of the human condition exciting and rewarding to me. Lastly, as a Veteran, Donni Prince, was instrumental in getting me the funding and support I needed to succeed.

COD provided me with an environment in which to challenge myself and grow. There isn't a better Community College in California.

John Tigner

Program Manager

Skid Row Housing Trust