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Bert Bitanga

#239 Bert Bitanga, Transfer to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Staff
(Tenured fulltime faculty)

The starting point of my career that has come full circle began on the College of the Desert campus in 1985. The experience of being a student here was a pivotal point in my life. I enrolled in many interesting courses where I met caring and inspirational faculty who sparked my interest in someday becoming a teacher.

Upon transferring from COD, I pursued a major in Architecture at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and graduated in 1992. I immediately returned to the Coachella Valley and secured a position at a local architectural firm. After a decade of practicing architecture, I was given the opportunity to teach a drafting course at COD as an adjunct faculty. Eventually, the full time position became available and I decided, just as an exercise in the interview process, to apply. I was surprised yet thrilled to receive the telephone call from the president of the college to offer me the position. I had returned to the College of the Desert with the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of students. Little did I know that I would be the one who would be greater impacted.

After thirteen years as a tenured faculty member, I feel blessed to be a part of the COD family where the passion for student learning and student success is realized everyday. The experience of sharing my knowledge is the most rewarding and joyful feeling and I believe that I’ve learned just as much from the students as they have learned from me.