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.
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.
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.
Director of Desert Scene,
The Desert Sun’s Society Section
#138 Falon McLachlan, Class of 1984, Transfer to University of California, Santa Barbara
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!
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.