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    Faculty of the Year 2017

    From military forces
    to college courses,

    Professor Doussett continues to serve.

    It’s been a long and very interesting journey to where I am today, but it’s all been worth it to be able to make a difference at College of the Desert.

     

    I served as an Arabic linguist and sergeant in the U.S. Army, where I spent five years in places such as Georgia and Egypt. Those years helped me find my calling. In the Army, I had the opportunity to develop a program for soldiers who were injured or needed help passing the physical fitness exam. I realized then that I wanted to help people in a health and wellness capacity.

     

    The most difficult transition for me was coming out of the military, having a family and two young kids, and trying to get back to school. I finally took the advice of family and friends to start small, so I began taking a couple online courses at San Bernardino Valley Community College. It took me several years as a part-time student to transfer to Cal State San Bernardino and start attending full-time. It never became easier, but I found more people who supported me along the way. 

     

    I can’t say enough about the counselors, instructors, fellow students, and family who helped me through the process. The Veteran’s Counseling Services helped me stay on course.

     

    As for what led to teaching? Something clicked. It’s really that simple. I knew I loved the teaching part but still wasn’t exactly sure it was the direction I wanted to go until I ended up interning at COD in the Kinesiology Department. The students, the atmosphere, the discussions.That was it for me. I knew I wanted to teach college students. It felt like home. And it still does.

     

    I am proud to step up for COD, which has helped me pursue my career and can help you, too.

     

    Courtney Doussett

    Ed.D. Professor, Kinesiology

    COD Story #256

     

     

     

    You are the rest of our story.

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