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Matt Monica

#157 Matt Monica, Class of 1968
(Liberal Arts General Education for Transfer Alumni, and Faculty Member)

In 1965 I was discharged from the Marine Corps. I wanted to pursue a career and heard about College of the Desert. Little did I know that COD would change my life. I reluctantly went to COD, because I didn’t think I was college material. I was blessed by being helped by Counselor Ron Green. He inspired me and before I knew it I was enrolled in classes. I graduated with my AA in 1968 and went on to earn a BA and MA. Thanks to COD, my life literally changed.

I was privileged to be hired as Director of Veterans Affairs at COD in 1973. I had a tremendous career at COD for 33 years and have served on the Desert Sands School Board for 26 years. Without COD, I know I would not have accomplished what I have. My wife Mary Ann and I are proud Lifetime Members of the COD President's Circle.