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#138 Falon McLachlan, Class of 1984, Transfer to University of California, Santa Barbara

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!