#138 Falon McLachlan, Class of 1984, Transfer to University of California, Santa Barbara
AA HOME ECONOMICS 1983
AA INTERIOR DESIGN 1984)
Community College can help all ages benefit from the opportunity to learn and discover.
I missed the chance to attend college directly out of high school due to financial and family demands. Our family moved from Los Angeles to Palm Desert in 1976. I soon started taking classes at C.O.D.
I first worked toward a Certificate in Child Development. My goal was to establish a Montessori School in the desert, similar to the one our daughter attended in Santa Monica. Again, economic and family demands made that effort impractical. I next acquired a Certificate in Alterations, always working and caring for family while taking classes. Originally, I hoped to become a teacher. I worked on an AA in Home Economics. The Home Economics course materials required a class in Interior Design, which led me to a career that brought together my artistic talents and skills in homemaking. I still enjoy my work in the field of design!
I received my AA in Home Economics in 1983, followed by my AA in Interior Design in 1984. I think my story shows the power of education to lead someone into a career. I found my future because of the College of the Desert!