Stories For Education


Ed Wells runs night shooting training for Imperial Valley College students hoping to become law enforcement officers. More students declare majors in Administration of Justice than in any other department in the college.


A top student in the law enforcement training program on why she doesn’t want to become a Border Patrol agent.

David Velasco

David Velasco is a student in the Administration of Justice program at Imperial Valley College, the most popular major at the college.

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Calipatria sits in California’s southeast corner, in Imperial County. Many of the town’s residents rejoiced in April, 2011 when Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a requirement that by 2020, the state get over 30 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. They hope the region’s natural resources will lead this hard-hit county into economic recovery, but some here worry that education and training lags behind. (versions aired on The California Report May 2011, and on NPR’s Latino USA Nov 2011)


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Anderson Valley Immigrants Quilt Their Stories

In the grape-growing region of California’s Anderson Valley, a group of Latina immigrants turn stories of hardship into beautiful quilts as part of a group called “Los Hilos de la Vida” or Threads of Life.