Tim T. Nakamura is currently the Director of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness for College of the Desert. But Tim has been coming to COD since he was ten years old. In the late 80’s and early 90’s there was a Japanese language school offered on Saturdays here at COD. The class was held in LA 13 and his parents sent him there to learn how to speak Japanese. He continued to attend Japanese classes at COD on Saturdays until he was about 15 years old. A few years later after graduating from Palm Desert High School, Tim put those Japanese language skills to the test when he was hired to serve as a Japanese Interpreter for a Japanese Paramedic exchange program. Tim is an Alumnus from College of the Desert and holds two Associate degrees in Liberal Arts and Police Science. He is also a graduate of Victor Valley College and obtained an Associates in Respiratory Therapy as well as Loma Linda University’s Emergency Medical Care Bachelors of Science program. In addition to those undergraduate degrees, Tim also possesses a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University and a Master’s degree in Education from Pepperdine University. Tim is currently working on his dissertation for his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
Tim is a United States Army Veteran. He served as a medic and non-commissioned officer until he left active duty in 2008. Tim is also a graduate of the Ben Clark Training Center Peace Officer Academy. He has served as a Level I Reserve Deputy Sheriff for the Imperial County Sheriff's Office providing solo patrol for Imperial County for the past five years. In the time that he has been here at COD, Tim has also served as the Interim Director of the Public Safety Academy where he continues to teach for the Basic Peace Officer Training program and the Emergency Medical Responder course.
“My academic interests arose out of my matriculation through my experience at COD. It is such a rewarding and humbling experience to be able to give back to COD by returning as an adjunct faculty and director. COD has always been a part of my life. I am proud to say that my diverse education and career experiences began here and I look forward to many more years at COD. Little did I know that when I took the road less traveled, it not only made all the difference but that it would lead me back to COD.”