Overview and Description of the Regional Area

Riverside County spans nearly 7,300 square miles and has a population of 2,292,507 (US Census, 2013). Over 73% of the county population is over 18 years of age. The ethnic make-up of the county is diverse with 38% White (non-Hispanic), 47% Hispanic, 7% Asian, and 7% Black. Based on US Labor Statistics data, the average annual wage was $39,105 countywide (2011). Countywide, nearly 21% of adults do not have a high school diploma, 21% have a Bachelor’s degree or higher and 22% of residents are foreign-born.

White (non-Hispanic)


The Southwest Riverside County Adult Education Consortium serves a 1,700 square mile area in central and southwestern Riverside County. It stretches 45 miles east to west to include the communities of Banning, Beaumont, Idyllwild, San Jacinto, Hemet, Perris, Sun City, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Murrieta, Menifee, Temecula, Aguange, and Anza. It has a population of approximately 626,000. Economic activity includes a varied agricultural industry, light manufacturing, tourism and a thriving service sector meeting the needs of the region’s growing population.

Since April of 2014, the Southwest Riverside County Adult Education Consortium planning process
has been guided by the following principles:

  • Focus on the needs of the region (vs. individual districts)
  • Ensure that students can complete a program of study (including graduation)
  • Be true to principles of AB 86 (legislation/jails)
  • Be guided by data through a process of consensus and feedback/input from constituents (students, teachers, community)
  • Be administratively efficient
  • Leverage resources and be inclusive of consortium members and partners
  • Keep stakeholders well informed and maintain transparency
  • To the extent possible, protect human resource interests and create transition plans
  • Ensure that clients are receiving all necessary services