Story by Brian Woods
Victor Valley College participated in a regional installment of “Operation Confidence,” an ongoing nonprofit initiative which seeks to empower disabled veterans across the state.
The event took place at California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) on January 30 and included a presentation, panel discussion and representative meet and greet.
“Confidence” was a collaborative effort between the CSUSB Veterans Success Center, Los Angeles Mission Community College Veterans Resource Center and VVC’s own Veteran Services.
The event served as an “introduction to San Bernardino” and aimed to provide county veterans with employment opportunities and other supportive services.
VVC Superintendent/President Dr. Daniel Walden attended the event, representing the college on the Confidence Advisory Board.
Walden spoke among a panel of other community leaders, discussing future workforce development plans and emphasizing the importance of building Veteran-community relationships.
CSUSB President Tomás Morales welcomed other guests and officials to the Yasuda Center, including San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood.
Lovingood, a United States Air Force veteran, continues his ongoing efforts to provide veterans with outreach opportunities. This includes the annual High Desert Veterans Resources Fair held every spring.
“Confidence” Executive Director Consuella Mackey provided the event’s closing remarks, thanking guests and reiterating the fundamental principles that drive the grassroots, nonprofit organization.
“We are honored to have your participation,” Mackey said. “Our mission is to assist disabled homeless veterans by empowering them … and making a difference in the lives of our forgotten, most deserving American heroes.”