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#58 Lauren Drinkwater, Class of 2009
(P.O.S.T. Certificate)

The Public Safety Academy not only prepared me for the career of a lifetime, but it also molded me into the person I am proud to be. Every day of my life I wake up prepared for a new adventure.

Graduating from COD helped me land my dream job as a Palm Springs Police Officer. Since then, I have experienced more than I ever could have imagined. And thanks to the training and experience I received from COD I have been successful in my career.

Without COD, I couldn't say where I would be, maybe still dreaming of a better future. But now my dreams have become a reality.

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Jeff Dow

#57 Jeff Dow
(assignment photography for COD)

I am a photographer who recently had the opportunity to work with the marketing staff and get a real "behind the scenes" view of COD. It was like doing an amplified college tour. I visited many departments, met many college professors and staff members and was truly impressed with the campus and with the quality of the personnel at COD. With this campus setting placed smack dab in the middle of the beautiful Palm Springs area, it is truly a gem in the desert.

Jeff Dow


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#56 Peter Sturgeon
(Employed COD graduates)

I have been building and operating drive thru automotive Oil Change Centers in southern California for over 20 years. Changing oil is a fairly generic service - every auto shop does it. What separates the best from the rest is the customer service element. For great customer service you need a knowledgeable staff; people who have shown that they are willing to learn, have hands on experience and have the soft 'people' skills to provide great customer service.

My go-to pool of great staff? COD's Automotive program! Doug Redman's Automotive program teaches more than just automotive skill, it teaches men and women the skills needed to succeed in the work place.

My success in the Automotive business is, in part, due to the skillful graduates from this great program. Thanks Doug and thanks COD.

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Carlos Botello

#55 Carlos Botello
(Pioneering Wind Turbine Technician class graduate. )

I met Larry McLaughlin, Director of the COD Desert Energy Enterprise Center, while visiting a local job fair in 2009. I was looking for a job because I was recently laid off. Larry happened to be putting a wind turbine technician course together for the college. I pursued it and was able to attend the first course.

With this training, I acquired the essential skills to be able to find work with Frontier Pro Services in Banning, CA. This company, along with my former instructor, Jack Wallace, allowed me to utilize my course skills and apply them in the wind farms.

I'm very grateful to COD for offering this certification course. The information provided prepares students for what they can expect working in wind energy.

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Stefanie Sonico

#54 Stefanie Sonico, Class of 1993

I went back to school to COD when I was 33 years old to get my nursing degree. My life had taken a big turn when my 20 month old son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and I knew I needed a different profession, one that allowed me a more flexible schedule. Besides, with such a young son with diabetes, I wanted the knowledge to better care for him, so I enrolled in COD with hopes of making it into the nursing program.

I still remember that first day of class and how petrified I was, a mother of three starting over, but each class turned into another, then another and then 3-1/2 years later I found myself graduating as an RN. I started at Desert Regional Medical Center as a nursing assistant while still in school and then was hired as an RN in Labor & Delivery.

Today, I am the Nursing Director of Labor & Delivery and one of my greatest joys is giving new nursing graduates a chance and a start - just like I had.

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