An Oasis of Diversity and Opportunity

Creating a Global Workforce

In Southern California it would be difficult to find a more ethnically and geographically diverse setting than the desert region that falls within the service area of the Desert Regional Consortium. It would also be difficult to find more varied employment options than those offered in this same region. Combined, these diversities create an oasis of global workforce opportunities for those living in the region as well as those considering relocating to the region.

All ethnicities are represented and complemented by the members of the assorted tribal nations. Career options and opportunities include, but are not limited to: hospitality, construction, education, health, agriculture, alternate energy, golf, tennis and festivals. The desert region has also been recognized internationally for its commitment to music and film.

The Desert Regional Adult Education Consortium consists of districts/members from the Coachella Valley Unified School District, College of the Desert, Desert Sands Unified School District, Palm Springs Unified School District and the Riverside County Office of Education.

As our visions and missions continue to evolve we are guided by one inalienable principle – first, foremost and always focused on the individual student – on the student now, on the student moving forward – and on the student secure in a future that embraces the evolving global workforce.

The Coachella Valley forms an important component of the Inland Empire, Southern California’s fastest growing region – and participates in the projected employment boom – with employment growing at a rate of 2.7%, twice that of Los Angeles County and almost three times that of Orange County.

Driving east from the urban center of Los Angeles on I-10, one passes through San Bernardino and Riverside, past the Native American casinos, factory outlet stores and date shake stands until one comes to the wind farms in the shadow of Mount San Gorgonio.

Welcome to the future where desert siroccos are harvested and turned into electricity, and welcome to the desert communities of Coachella Valley: Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Indio. These communities are diverse and vibrant.

And, finally, welcome to the work of the Desert Regional Consortium and its focus on expanding and improving programs, services, options, opportunities and outcomes for our adult students.