Story by Kris Lovekin and photos by Kurt Miller / Inland Empire/Desert Regional Consortium

Blythe — March 2019. It was in Los Angeles, while he was attached to metal beams on a high rise under construction, that Brian Wilson realized he was not really happy as an ironworker. …

By Kris Lovekin / Inland Empire/Desert Regional Consortium

Nancy Soto, who is studying cosmetology at Riverside City College, wants to open a new kind of salon for children with special needs. / Photo by Kurt Miller

Riverside — August 2018. The hair salon of her dreams has silent shears, neutral smells and a calm and patient staff, so that children with autism might feel safe during a haircut.

“My sister works with children who have autism, and they…

Moreno Valley College Instructor, Kasey Nguyen helps a student. Photo by Kurt Miller.

Moreno Valley — August 2018. Kasey Nguyen’s skill set is in high demand. She can explain the difference between a Raspberry Pi and a Beaglebone Black, both small computer operating systems that provide extra computer programming power at a low price. …

By Kris Lovekin / Inland Empire/Desert Regional Consortium

Jessica Vasquez works on composites in aviation maintenance / Photo by Kurt Miller

Small hands and the ability to fit into small spaces may be a resume booster for Ontario resident Jessica Vasquez. At 25, she has made her way to Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, where she is studying Aviation Maintenance.

It is not…

By Kris Lovekin / Inland Empire/Desert Regional Consortium

Mt. San Jacinto College student and former U.S. Marine, Daniel Bailey / Photo by Kurt Miller

Daniel Bailey deployed three times to Iraq as a U.S. Marine. He was happy to serve and loved his Marine family. But a shoulder injury put an abrupt halt to that part of his life. For a time he felt lost.


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