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#188 James Tidd II
(Alumnus, attended 2002 - 2005)

Hi, my name is Jimi and I enrolled at College of the Desert (COD) after exiting the military in 2002. My original intent was to major in computer programing or something along those lines as I knew the direction in which technology was heading. COD did not offer courses at the time and the closest I could get to working with computers was Digital Design and Production.

While attending COD, I was working as a security guard at night, which allowed me to attend classes by day. I also had a family of four at home to take care of during that time. After three years of hard work, having not yet graduated, I left COD and continued to pursue a career in the field of security. In 2008 I was hired as a Security Manager for a country club in Indio, California. With a management position in security, I left the Digital Design and Production field behind forever, or so I thought.

In 2010 a former employer who I had worked for as a security guard while attending COD, contacted me asking if I would interview for the position of Creative Director in their Administration Department. They knew I had gone to COD in the past and knew I had taken the courses for the position they were trying to fill. After the initial interview, they offered me the position. I did not decide right away, but returned home and talked it over with my family. After careful thought and lots of prayer, my family and I made the decision that I would leave the security field behind, and move forward in this new venture.

The knowledge and insight I gained from COD has continued to bless me throughout the years, even to this day. I have been the Creative Director at Palm Desert Greens Country Club now for the past four years. I maintain my church's website, and I continue to grow in different aspects of my life. I can honestly say that God has truly blessed me and my family.

I would like to thank the following faculty members at COD for their help and support during my time there as a student:

Donni Prince - Veterans Specialist, David Acquistapace - Associate Professor Digital Design and Production, Judith Cook - Art Professor, Rick Rawnsley - Associate Professor English. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to ensure that I left with more knowledge than I came in with. I'm grateful to have shared part of my life with each of you.

Thank you.