Career Edge

Career Edge bannerThe 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 the Greater Irvine Chamber
  • Social media recognition for participation and completion of coursework
  • Opportunity to meet with business leaders and mentors

Workshops held at
Greater Irvine Chamber
36 Executive Park, Suite 100, Irvine

Pre-registration is required. See below.


Successful Business Etiquette

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022
8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

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

Massiel Perez CalhoonINSTRUCTOR:
Massiel Pérez-Calhoon, Ed.D.
Adjunct Faculty,
University of Massachusetts Global


Dr. Pérez-Calhoon has served as adjunct faculty for the School of Arts and Sciences and School of Education at Brandman University, where she completed her doctorate. She holds a master’s in teaching from University of California, Irvine, and studied at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She has a Single Subject Credential in Spanish and a Language Learner authorization: Bilingual, Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development certificate. Previously, Dr. Pérez-Calhoon taught K-12 grades. Additionally, she is a self-care/wellness coach.

Effective Business Communication

Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022
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; and how to listen in order to build opportunities and consensus. Explore situational use of multiple communication channels and technology platforms. 

David P. Bugay, Ph.D.
Professor of Business,
Irvine Valley College


Dr. Bugay has spent more than two decades holding positions in higher education and almost a decade in K-12 education as principal and administrator. An organizational behaviorist, he has served on numerous boards, including the Association of California Community College Administrators, Association of Chief Human Resource Officers, and International Higher Education Teaching Learning. He is a frequent presenter on topics ranging from tough decisions, managing change, hiring, and communication. He has published several books with his latest on tough decision making entitled, Backbonology: Tough Decisions at Work. He has a video channel with a focus on the classes he teaches which can be found at David P Bugay on YouTube.

Practical Critical Thinking
& Problem Solving

Saturday, March 12, 2022
8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Learn the value of building critical thinking skills and 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.

Edward De La Torre

Edward R. De La Torre, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Global


Edward R. De La Torre, Ed.D., has been an instructor in higher education for over a decade. He has taught courses in business, education, and leadership, including business statistics, leadership theory, principles of management, organizational behavior, human resources, and industrial & organizational psychology. 

Dr. De La Torre  is a published author and an associate editor in peer-reviewed journals on interpersonal dynamics, communication, and other business topics. His research includes health and wellness priorities as they relate to personal grit and mindset, and the effect of peers groups on student success. 

Dr. De La Torre earned a Doctorate of Education in organizational leadership from the Chapman University system. His dissertation examined millennial communication styles in the workplace. He holds an MBA and B.A. in business & psychology from California State University, Fullerton.

Resume Writing & Mock Interviews

Saturday, April 23, 2022
8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Students must attend all previous workshops in the Career Edge 2021-2022 series to attend this final workshop. Learn how to craft an attention-getting resume and cover letter that will help you land the job you want. Hone your interviewing skills and learn how to calm your nerves by focusing on your abilities and why you are the best candidate for the job. Get tips on researching the company where you are applying to work, what to wear to the interview, and best practices for greeting and thanking interviewers.


This final workshop will be taught by the series' three instructors: 
Edward R. De La Torre, Ed.D.
Massiel Pérez-Calhoon, Ed.D.
David P. Bugay, Ph.D.


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.