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Career Edge

career edgeThe award-winning Career Edge program is a collaboration with the Greater Irvine Chamber, Google, Irvine Valley College, Vital Link, and the business community to help better prepare today's students attending Orange County colleges and universities for tomorrow's jobs. Students that participate in Career Edge will have an advantage during their job search and will bring distinctive and marketable skills to the jobs they land, greatly increasing their success rate and on-the-job performance.

Upon completion of the series or individual workshops, students will receive:

  • Certificate of Completion
  • Letter of Completion/Recommendation from Chamber
  • Social media recognition for participation and completion of course work
  • Opportunity to meet with business professionals


Effective Business Communication

Saturday, October 24, 2020
8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.


Learn the variety of business writing skills necessary to help you gain support for your ideas and express yourself appropriately and powerfully; how to effectively communicate and connect across generational, gender, age, and cultural differences; how to listen in order to build opportunities and consensus; and explore situational use of multiple communication channels and technology platforms. 

Instructor: Roopa Mathur, Ph.D., professor, School of Business Sciences, Irvine Valley College (IVC); Ph.D. in management (information systems management), M.S. in computer information systems; B.S. in electrical engineering, has taught numerous courses in computer information management, management, and engineering; and courses at IVC in different modalities, including face-to-face, hybrid and 100% online. Dr. Mathur loves teaching. She says,"Teaching is what I do for fun!" Formerly employed by McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) as an Avionics Engineer working on the C-17 aircraft. Dr. Mathur’s motto is “Never Stop Learning.”  #GrowthMindset

Successful Business Etiquette & Workplace Behaviors

Saturday, February 20, 2021
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.


Learn how to adapt and leverage your workplace environment; explore basic business practices, etiquette, and those professional attitudes and characteristics that will define you; improve your ability to influence, perform, and manage people, expectations, and situations; navigate the demands and expectations of a fast-paced and evolving workplace; explore a variety of workplace cultures and test your abilities to adapt. 

Dr. Brian Dozer

Instructor: Dr. Brian Dozer, president of Vital Link, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to preparing students for their future careers through experiential learning opportunities in career and technical fields, serves as adjunct faculty teaching management, organizational behavior, and leadership courses at Webster University Irvine, where he previously was executive director. Dr. Dozer is the co-chair of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce’s Business & Workforce Development Committee. Prior to transitioning into the education sector, he spent 20 years in advertising and marketing with various media organizations. He holds a Doctor of Management degree from Webster University and earned an MBA from Pepperdine University.


Practical Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Saturday, April 17, 2021
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.



During this final session of the three-part series, learn the value of building critical thinking skills; how to apply these skills to individual and organizational situations and scenarios; explore the ethics and core values associated with decision-making; gain confidence in tackling problems, developing alternatives, and assessing solutions and risk; improve your decision-making capacity. 

cathleen greiner

Instructor: Cathleen Greiner, Ph.D., is the regional director for Employer Engagement, Business and Entrepreneurship, Orange County, at California Community College Chancellor’s Office. She has a proven career in higher education as a teacher, dean, and vice president, engaging critical community and educational partners and building bridges between business employers and education. A faculty member for the Western Association of College and University Business Officers, she facilitated a proof of concept workshop series combining business, demographic sectors, and employability: "Cybersecurity, Veterans and Women Returning to the Workplace + Employability Skills," and is part of the team that developed Career Edge with the Greater Irvine Chamber. Dr. Greiner holds a B.S. in economics, M.S. in educational policy and management, M.A. in philosophical and systematic theology, and a Ph.D. in higher education policy and administration.

Are you interested in helping students get an edge as they prepare to enter the workforce? To learn how to become a mentor in the Career Edge program, contact Pepper Russell at (949) 502-4129.

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