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Gloria Rodriguez

#78 Gloria Rodriguez, Staff
(Donor to the college through the Dr. Carreon Foundation)

The Dr. Carreon Foundation is proud of the iconic “International Fountain of Knowledge” at College of the Desert, which was dedicated to our organization’s founder, Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreon, a Coachella Valley pioneer and philanthropist, in 1984.

The Dr. Carreon Foundation, dedicated to improving the educational opportunities for local Mexican-American students, has invested in a scholarship endowment at the college because COD is a vital part of our community. For some, it is a steppingstone to a University and for others, it is an institution to gain valuable skills to make them more competitive and successful in the workplace.

Our scholarship recipients have attended COD and gone on to be productive members of our community.

The “International Fountain of Knowledge” represents the Dr. Carreon Foundation’s dedication to education and our commitment to College of the Desert.

We hope you too will “Step up for COD” through contributions and by believing in and supporting our students.

Gloria Margarita Rodriguez

Executive Director

Dr. Carreon Foundation

Empowering Our Youth Through Education

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#77 Thomas McNunn, Transfer to California State University Los Angeles
(Culinary Arts)

Ok, I'm not right out of high school. The last time I went to college was 60 years ago! Yep, that's right. I'm 81 and just registered for the Culinary Arts Program because I love to cook! I'm probably the oldest student registered; if not, I want to meet my senior!

I needed lots of help to register as I don't use the computer (I rely on my wife). It took a couple of trips to the campus but working with Kerry in the Counseling Office made my registration easy....even when having to request a prerequisite waiver for the class I'll be starting later this month.

So I'm officially registered, got my student identification, parking pass, and textbook. Now all I have to do is figure out how to get to my classroom on time!

Thanks for everyone's assistance at COD! I'm now proud to say I am one of your students!

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James Hathaway

#76 James Hathaway, Transfer to UCR
(Transfer student)

I spent my childhood sculpting rocks into fountains with my Dad. But an internship while at College of the Desert with Dr. Peter M. Scheer opened my eyes to the art of facial surgery. Now I've finished my courses at COD which enabled me to go on for my four year and my medical degree. In a few years I’ll be stepping right back here, this time as a surgeon myself. 

Mark Nickerson

#75 Mark Nickerson

Tending and caring for my farms and produce just grew into doing the same for my community. Luckily, you don't need a green thumb to grow the next generation of leaders. All you need is College of the Desert. That's why I stepped up for COD.

Chris Madigan

#74 Chris Madigan, Staff
(Director, Public Safety Academy)

Following a 28 year career with the California Highway Patrol, I was hired as Director of the COD Public Safety Academy in 2010. I could not have imagined a better way to put my public safety experience back to work.

The Public Safety Academy is a "state of the art" training facility with outstanding faculty and staff. It is our mission to provide the highest quality training and professional development to our communities’ current and future Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, and Emergency Medical Service personnel. Such an important responsibility is indeed an honor and a privilege.

I know I speak for all PSA staff and faculty in stating it is our firm desire to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of our students, and ultimately in the safety of the communities we serve.

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