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Glenn King

#187 Glenn King, Class of 1984, Staff
(AA Liberal Studies and Director, Network Service and Telecommunications)

COD taught me to play music and work in electronics, gave me an education, found me a wife and gave me a great job to support my family. What can I say about how important College of the Desert is to its students and community? It’s been a part my life for 40 years…

My life at COD began in 1974 after graduating from Indio High School. I was thinking of a career as a music teacher and became a student in COD’s excellent music program as a woodwind major. To help pay for tuition, I landed a job at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway as a steel worker inspecting cables, tramcars and towers. The pay was great and after a year and a half I decided that I would not continue with my planned teaching career. However, working at the Tram kindled a new interest in electronics and in 1980 I returned to COD to enroll in their Circuitry Analysis program.

Before completing my degree, in 1981 I began working at the Desert Sands Unified School District as an electronics technician. I had left COD a second time but it didn’t take long before I realized I missed taking classes and playing music so once again I found myself back in the COD music department performing in the Jazz band, Symphonic band and whichever musical or entertainment event they had. I still took a couple of standard classes here and there and, in 1984, finally graduated with an AA in Liberal Studies. In 1986 I met my future wife Lisa while performing in a dance show call Jazz in 3D. I played in the band while she danced on stage in Theater One now the Pollock Theatre. In 1988 we were married and are raising 4 wonderful children.

In the late 1980’s, personal computers came into education institutions and as an electronic tech I was asked to open an Apple Computer service center within the Desert Sands maintenance department. That expanded into building Apple local talk networks and Novell networks for PC’s at school sites and administration. In 1994, I was deeply involved in a multi-million dollar project to engineer a district-wide microwave computer network which connected all existing DSUSD campuses together. The project was completed in 1996 and in 1997 it received an award from the Smithsonian Institution for “Visionary Use of Information Technology.”

Then in February of 1998 I found myself back at COD, this time as an employee. The college wanted to upgrade their antiquated computer network and I became the Director of Network Services and Telecommunications. In June of 2000, the COD Alumni Association presented me with the “Alumni of the Year Award”. At the awards ceremony I heard whispers of “I Love You” from the audience as the notorious computer virus of the same name has just wreaked havoc with the campus email system.

Now my children are attending COD, getting their education and planning their careers. Ryan and Sarah have already completed their course work, Regan just started and Danny enters this fall.