When I was laid off from a dead-end job in the gaming industry, I heard that College of the Desert had a program in renewable energy so I contacted Larry McLaughlin to see when the next class was available. I attended the next ten and a half week program at the Desert Energy Enterprise Center (DEEC) in Palm Springs, completed the course and received a certificate. Because of this training, I went on to do volunteer work for Grid Alternatives, a non-profit that provides free solar systems for low-income homeowners. There I acquired additional skills that allowed me to get a job in the solar industry. I began as an installer and now I am a system designer. I'm very grateful to COD for offering this certification course. It changed the direction of my life.