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Community Matters: Education Support

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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Despite Orange County’s top-rated school districts and schools, many students and their families experience obstacles in accessing quality education opportunities offered in the county. Challenges include socioeconomic disadvantages, access to adequate nutrition, disabilities and learning impediments, gender and ethnicity biases, language barriers, immigration status, and homelessness and foster-living situations.

According to the Orange County Department of Education, Orange County is home to 27 school districts, more than 600 schools and 20,000 educators serving more than 500,000 students. 

Irvine Unified School District educates a diverse student population numbering more than 36,000 (transitional, K-12), in 24 elementary schools, one early childhood learning center, four K-8 schools, six middle schools, five comprehensive high schools, and one alternative high school.? 

The following are some of the organizations providing education support in Orange County. Connect with them directly for opportunities to become involved in alleviating obstacles to quality education for thousands of children in the county:

The Greater Irvine Chamber supports student success through several of its initiatives and programs, including:

  • Career Edge, a soft-skills program for students enrolled at Orange County colleges and universities.
  • Career Discovery Week, a job exploration event for Orange County high school students.
  • Financial Forum, teaching the basics of financial literacy and an introduction of the stock exchange to Irvine middle school students.
  • Ethics Forum, teaching Irvine high school students the methods and practical aspects of critical thinking and ethical behavior.
  • A partnership with UCI Samueli School of Engineering supporting their recently launched internship program, which includes student participation in the Chamber’s Career Edge program as a requirement of internship.

These programs and other work is done through the Chamber’s Business and Workforce Development Committee, which includes several task forces focused on specific programs.

For more information about the work of the Greater Irvine Chamber’s Workforce Development Committee and how to become involved, contact Pepper Russell.

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