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Irvine Career Discovery Day Provides Students with Glimpse into 21st-Century Job Options

Monday, March 12, 2018

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Irvine Career Discovery Day, a workforce development program created through a collaboration with the Greater Irvine Chamber, Vital Link, Google, and Irvine Valley College, was aimed at introducing students to a scope of 21st-century jobs and helping them explore career options, while building a better talent pipeline for Irvine/Orange County companies in need of that talent.

Sponsored by the Greater Irvine Chamber Career Readiness Task Force, Irvine Career Discovery Day launched on March 1. Greater Irvine Chamber President and CEO Bryan Starr welcomed students from University High School, Valley High School, and Irvine Valley College to Google and Blizzard Entertainment.

Overall, more than 200 students, from Irvine Valley College, and high schools in Irvine, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, and Tustin, participated in learning about career options in high-tech industries at the some of the Chamber’s most innovative member companies. In addition to Google and Blizzard, other leading Irvine-based companies hosting students were Cox Automotive, Johnson & Johnson, Parker Aerospace, and Zillow.

The Orange County Register was on hand report on the visit at Blizzard.

Greater Irvine Chamber President and CEO Bryan Starr told the Register, “This is an opportunity for us to bring high school- and junior college-level age students into these kind of 21st-century workplaces where they can see what jobs would be available to them. This is really an initiative … to connect the future workforce with the current employers and the future employers and bridge that gap, where instead of just conceptualizing what their jobs might be in high tech or with a STEM degree, actually putting them in front of them.”

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Image courtesy of Tomoya Shimura, Orange County Register.

Category: Workforce Development

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