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A Drive to Learn Lands a Career at Desert European Motorcars
A Drive to Learn Lands a Career at Desert European Motorcars

After being honored with multiple scholarships, Faustino followed the advice of friends who urged him to develop a career in something he was passionate about…

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Numbers Added Up
Numbers Added Up

When Heather Enos graduated from Palm Desert High School,  going away to college wasn’t a financial reality for her. She explored her options at College of the Desert (COD), and was pleased to discover the flexibility of class schedules allowed her to work full-time while fostering her future career path, as well.

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Notable achievements!
Notable achievements!

Jesus Palominos always dreamed of a career in music but never thought it was possible – particularly because he is legally blind.

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Nest in the Desert
Nest in the Desert

When Dodi Henry emigrated from her home in Bosnia in 1974, she sought freedom and a new life. She

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A Top 10 Leader at the Top of High Tech.
A Top 10 Leader at the Top of High Tech.

This entrepreneur and proud alumnus of College of the Desert (COD) has taken his passion for computers all the way to the top of the high tech industry.

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Culinary Alum Enjoys a Taste of Success
Culinary Alum Enjoys a Taste of Success

Juggling an average of 22,000 student meals each day, Stephanie Bruce credits her preparation at College of the Desert for a successful culinary career.

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Seeds for Success Rooted at COD
Seeds for Success Rooted at COD

Scott Sohn wanted to be an architect. Little did he know when he enrolled in a plant design course at College of the Desert (COD) that his life and career path would be changed forever. 

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The numbers added up for this soon to be accountant.
The numbers added up for this soon to be accountant.

From the locker room to the boardroom, Mayra Orozco was determined to succeed.

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From Classroom, to Emergency Room, to Courtroom.
From Classroom, to Emergency Room, to Courtroom.

When Sheila Trexler graduated from the nursing program at College of the Desert (COD) in 1973, she could have never imagined the twists and turns her career would take.

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Local musician singing the praises of COD.
Local musician singing the praises of COD.

Legions of loyal fans flock to each and every John Stanley King performance in the Coachella Valley. But it wasn’t always that way for this local choir boy who found his future at College of the Desert (COD).

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COD Inspired Passion for Public Service that Leads to the White House
COD Inspired Passion for Public Service that Leads to the White House

From Student Body Vice President at COD to appointed by the President of the United States.

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COD Alumna Tricia Gehrlein is Working to Implement the Clinton Health Matters Initiative Locally.
COD Alumna Tricia Gehrlein is Working to Implement the Clinton Health Matters Initiative Locally.

College of the Desert alumna Tricia Gehrlein has seen first-hand the power of higher education to overcome obstacles and change lives. 

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Giving Today To Change Lives Today - COD Alumnus Steps Up With $50,000.
Giving Today To Change Lives Today - COD Alumnus Steps Up With $50,000.

COD Alumnus Noris Paul stepped up with a $50,000 endowed scholarship as his way of giving back to the College that he says gave so much to him.

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College of the Desert Opens the Door to the Roles of a Lifetime for Theater Alumna
College of the Desert Opens the Door to the Roles of a Lifetime for Theater Alumna

Actress Alison Lohman got her start as a performer in musical theater productions with College of the Desert (COD).

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COD Alumna Colleen Walker Retires As Riverside County Undersheriff
COD Alumna Colleen Walker Retires As Riverside County Undersheriff

As a COD Alumna, Undersheriff Colleen Walker has retired her position after becoming only the second woman to reach that rank since the Department was created in 1893.

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Suddenly... you get a break!  The Rocky Horror Show at COD
Suddenly... you get a break! The Rocky Horror Show at COD

The students of the College of the Desert Theatre Arts department are shivering with ANTICI…(wait for it)…PATION as they bring to life one of pop culture’s greatest creations - The Rocky Horror Show. If only we were amongst friends... or sane persons! Like our President's Circle Members who can enjoy two complimentary tickets. 

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COD Women's Golf Win State Championship
COD Women's Golf Win State Championship

College of the Desert Womenb's Golf held on to win the California Community College Athletic Association state championship Monday  on the Morro Bay golf course. It is the fifth state title for Desert but the first title in 15 years.

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Student-Run Radio KCOD Wins National Recognition
Student-Run Radio KCOD Wins National Recognition

KCOD CoachellaFM, was recognized as a finalist in three competitive categories at the 75th Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) Conference and Awards March 6-8, 2015, in New York City.

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Octavio's Story Success From Mentor and Internship
Octavio's Story Success From Mentor and Internship

Octavio Rocha always wanted to be an architect but had to overcome multiple obstacles on the way to achieving his academic and career goals. 

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A Stop Start Story Of Success; Hortencia Diaz
A Stop Start Story Of Success; Hortencia Diaz

During my freshman year of high school I decided to drop out of school and look for a job. I always regretted my decision but didn't feel I had what it took to go back and secure an education.

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Rafael Lopez - From COD Days To DJ Craze
Rafael Lopez - From COD Days To DJ Craze
Rafael Lopez, who looks 25 but is actually just north of 30,  has become arguably the Coachella Valley’s most popular DJ. DJ Day, who plays regularly at the Ace Hotel, has a couple great albums and big following in Europe. But Alph also tours and he always represents the 760 at Coachella.
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Mark Moran, Class of 1969-1971
Mark Moran, Class of 1969-1971

I graduated from Palm Springs High in 1969 with just OK grades. I wasn't sure that College was for me. My first day of classes I was called into the College President's office, Roy McCall, where he told me that PSHS had informed them that I was a rebel rouser and a trouble maker. (I marched in PS for Civil Rights and organized the first sit-in at PSHS prior to my Junior Year.)

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Steve Sisco, COD Renewable Energy Training Program Graduate
Steve Sisco, COD Renewable Energy Training Program Graduate

At College of the Desert’s Renewable Energy Training Program I learned all aspects of solar energy. Once I received my certificate, I was hired by First Solar to help build the Desert Sunlight Solar Project near Desert Center.

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Carlos Botello - Pioneering Wind Turbine Technician class graduate.
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.



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Broadway singer, Jennifer Singer, thankful for the guidance at COD
Broadway singer, Jennifer Singer, thankful for the guidance at COD

I am thrilled to be one of the performers in the upcoming “One Enchanted Evening V,”

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New Roadrunner Club iPad Winner Announced
New Roadrunner Club iPad Winner Announced

Meet Jeanette, COD Alumnus, Class of 2012, Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts, Humanities, and Communication.

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More than 100 alumni join the Roadrunner Club
More than 100 alumni join the Roadrunner Club

Roadrunner Club launches its inaugural year with more than 110 new COD graduates and alumni members. Roadrunner Club was established by the Foundation in 2011 to provide a new entry-level giving opportunity to join the College of the Desert family.

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Deanna Thomas Clark, Class of 1964, A.A. Broadcasting
Deanna Thomas Clark, Class of 1964, A.A. Broadcasting

I was in the first class that attended for two years and obtained a degree there. I was active in extracurricular activities and received the Outstanding Leadership award my freshman year. Following graduation, I attended Coe College where I majored in history and received my B.A. in 1966.

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Stefanie Sonico, R.N.
Stefanie Sonico, R.N.

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, 

 

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