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#38 James Reed, Student
(Golf Management)

I've been an avid golfer for quite some time. Then it hit me; I love to teach golf so why don't I do something with it.

I was looking at attending one of those private golf schools to gain my credibility. As I was driving down Fred Waring, I noticed that the golf institute was right next door to the college. The next day I went to the college to register for golf management and it has been a great experience ever since.

I am now considering adding another major. Thank you COD for your encouragement and the opportunity to realize my dream.

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Steve Richards

#37 Steve Richards, Student
(Nursing program)

I am a retired army veteran with 25 years of service. After retiring, I joined the Sedgwick County Sheriffs Department in Wichita, Kansas for five years. I moved to this area in 2005 in hopes of finding something worthwhile.

College of the Desert gave me the answer.

I have great professors that support me to make my new found transition all the better. Now I know that College of the Desert is just the beginning....bring it on!!!!

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Jerry Patton

#36 Jerry Patton, Staff

I joined the employee ranks of College of the Desert in 2004 as the Chief Business and Finance Officer and retired as President in June 2012. I had visited the desert often and heard of the quality academic programs. During my time at the college, I continued to admire the students, faculty and staff. The dedication and devotion of the faculty and staff to students is one of the primary functions that make the students so successful in their pursuit of life long education as well as employment. My own professional career and personal life were enriched with friendship and interaction with employees and students. The impact of the College on the Coachella Valley's economic development is vital to the quality of life and quality of the economy. It was a pleasure to serve the institution and I am proud of its accomplishments.

Aaron Bonner

#35 Aaron Bonner, Transfer to U.C. Davis
(Political Science)

My experience at C.O.D. was extremely rewarding and exciting. I was able to meet and interact with wonderful staff, administrators and professors, and I developed meaningful relationships with my fellow classmates and colleagues.

Prior to earning my associate degree in political science, C.O.D. provided me with great learning opportunities. For example, I learned how the legislative process worked in theory as well as in practice, and I even had the chance to learn from former legislative leaders. C.O.D. also provided me and many of my colleagues with the opportunity to attend leadership training conferences, skill building seminars, and to learn in a comfortable, friendly environment.

As former president and founder of the C.O.D. Political Awareness Club and student trustee, C.O.D. equipped me with the tools needed to be an effective leader. As a result, our club was a huge success and we hosted several events for the students as well as the local community. Moreover, as a student trustee, I made sure students’ voices were heard and the college continued to support student success.

C.O.D. also prepared me with the skills to move forward and transfer to U.C. Davis, where I majored and received my bachelor’s degree in political science and became a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Sigma Alpha Honors Societies.

I am honored that C.O.D. believed in me and equipped me with the skills that are necessary to become a successful student. Moving forward, I intend to continue to utilize everything I learned from C.O.D. and share my great experiences with the rest of the world. It is my desire to return to C.O.D. to work as a professor, so that I can give back to the community that gave me more than I could have ever imagined.

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Robert Chell

#34 Robert Chell
(College of the Desert Foundation Board President)

I am a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at The College of Florham of Fairleigh Dickinson University. After forty years in higher education, the last thing that I thought I would do in retirement was to return to a college. However, that is just what I did!

I am the Board President of The College of the Desert Foundation. Why? The answer is that given the state of our economy, the role of the Community College has gained even greater importance. People need jobs! However, many lack the necessary skills for them. In addition to preparing students to further their education, College of the Desert prepares students for present and future job opportunities. Indeed, they develop a portfolio of marketable skills. It is my belief that if we are to successfully weather our current economic crisis we need an educated work force that possesses the necessary skill sets for our present and future economy.

I am happy to be in a position to help support this mission. I believe it is the responsibility of all community members to support COD. It is an essential component of our community.

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