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Jerry Carmona

#141 Jerry Carmona, Class of 1981
(AA Degree from College of the Desert.)

I was born and raised in Indio, CA and graduated from Indio High in 1978 and from College of the Desert in 1981. While attending College of the Desert, I was student Assistant Coach for the Women's Basketball under Coach Frank Garcia. We reached the Southern California Championship Game in 1981. I also was an Intramural Tennis and Basketball Champion at College of the Desert.

From College of the Desert I went directly to Long Beach State where I studied Political Science and worked as Student Assistant to the Athletic Director. I worked directly with the football team and basketball team while attending CSULB and traveled all over the country with the athletic programs. I graduated with a BA in Political Science from CSULB in 1984.

I eventually earned my Teaching Credential for teaching students with moderate and severe disabilities at CSUSB. I now enjoy working closely with student athletes to ensure their experience at College of the Desert is rewarding and lifelong.

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Hector Rafael Rocha Barron

#140 Hector Rafael Rocha Barron, Student
(Culinary Arts and Related Services Management)

I am an International Student from Mexico. COD has given me the opportunity of growing continuously.

Finishing my education at COD is my second biggest dream-achievement. My first big achievement is my University degree as an Industrial Engineer.

I am hoping to graduate in the Spring 2013.

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Betty  Francis

#139 Betty Francis
(Computer Course Student)

When my husband gave me a computer for my 60th birthday, I referred to it as “that thing.” When he said he would teach me how to use it, I counter-offered “a friendly divorce to avoid all the misery.” , But, then I compromised by signing up for a COD evening computer course. It changed my life. After three semesters, I was fully qualified when a surprise job offer led me to my current position. You're never too old to learn.

Betty Francis

Director of Desert Scene,

The Desert Sun’s Society Section

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#138 Falon McLachlan, Class of 1984, Transfer to University of California, Santa Barbara
(CERTIFICATE/ALTERATIONS 1978 AA HOME ECONOMICS 1983 AA INTERIOR DESIGN 1984)

Community College can help all ages benefit from the opportunity to learn and discover.

I missed the chance to attend college directly out of high school due to financial and family demands. Our family moved from Los Angeles to Palm Desert in 1976. I soon started taking classes at C.O.D.

I first worked toward a Certificate in Child Development. My goal was to establish a Montessori School in the desert, similar to the one our daughter attended in Santa Monica. Again, economic and family demands made that effort impractical. I next acquired a Certificate in Alterations, always working and caring for family while taking classes. Originally, I hoped to become a teacher. I worked on an AA in Home Economics. The Home Economics course materials required a class in Interior Design, which led me to a career that brought together my artistic talents and skills in homemaking. I still enjoy my work in the field of design!

I received my AA in Home Economics in 1983, followed by my AA in Interior Design in 1984. I think my story shows the power of education to lead someone into a career. I found my future because of the College of the Desert!

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#137 Janette Price-Fletcher, Class of 1982
(A.A. Business Administration A.A. General Business)

I have been a teacher in Southern California for twenty years and began my education journey at COD. I studied business at COD, but soon realized that teaching was the right path for me. I have used the skills gained in my business courses every single day as a teacher. Not one class was wasted.

I had the pleasure of having excellent instruction and the encouragement of many fine professors and staff at the college. I am currently in the process of earning two Masters degrees -- one in education and the other in humanities. I am an "A" student in both universities and proud to say that my academic path began at a California Community College.

Thank you COD and all the staff and instructors who assisted me in achieving my goals.

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