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Ignacio Otero

#80 Ignacio Otero, Staff
(PSA Fire Technology Advisor)

As the Advisor for the Fire Technology Program and also an Instructor, it gives me great pleasure to see so many students that are interested in the public safety field.

I recently retired as a Deputy Fire Chief after serving 34 years with Cal Fire & Riverside County Fire Department. Our Public Safety Academy has a bright future; we are in the process of starting a certified fire academy in the Fall of this year and hopefully a

paramedic program in a couple of years. I'm very proud to step up for COD.

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Levi Miller

#79 Levi Miller, Staff
(Recruit Training Officer, BPOT-062)

As a Recruit Training Officer at College of the Desert Public Safety Academy (COD-PSA) I instruct and hold recruits accountable to Academy rules and regulations in our Basic Peace Officer Training (BPOT) program. Our staff ensures our program meets or exceeds standards set forth by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training for California law enforcement.

The BPOT program at COD-PSA strengthens our surrounding communities. Our program produces reserve and full-time peace officers who grew up, live, and are emotionally invested in the communities they serve. Nothing could be more important when it comes to the success of public safety.

As a full-time peace officer myself, nothing makes me more proud than to meet a fellow officer on the beat who is a graduate of COD-PSA.

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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.