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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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Gale Hackshaw

#73 Gale Hackshaw, Class of 1995

One day in midlife, the courage to return to college overtook me. A few years later, I flipped the tassel on my valedictorian cap and became the therapist I dreamed of being. I’m happy to now give back to the college that gave "its all" to me. Thank you College of the Desert.

#72 Imelda Garcia, Student
(Early Childhood Education)

I returned to college after completing the most important job in my life; motherhood. My two older boys (twins age 25) each completed their undergraduate studies and received their Bachelor Degrees four years ago. They each have excellent careers. My little one (age 20) is a few months away from his Associates Degree with plans to transfer to the University in pursuit of his Bachelor's Degree.

My husband and I felt that now with our children becoming educated, productive young men in society, it was time for me to accomplish a few goals outside of the home. Therefore, I am currently enrolled at COD with an immediate goal of obtaining my Early Childhood Education (ECE) State Permit, which I am a few months away from achieving. Secondly, I hope to complete my studies towards my Associates Degree in ECE and eventually, continue my studies at our local CSUSB campus.

So far, COD and staff have provided an excellent learning environment, making my transition from "stay-at-home mom" to student appear very easy.

So much so, that I was voted President of the ECE Club. Thanks COD!

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Raul Rodriguez

#71 Raul Rodriguez, Class of 1991

It had always been a dream of mine to play in the major leagues and COD baseball gave me a shot. While that dream wasn’t meant to be, it was the college’s business classes that helped me field a successful career in broadcast television. I owe it all to COD. That’s why I "Stepped Up".