OC Students to Explore Career Paths at Irvine-based Tech and Life Science Companies

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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Nearly 300 students from Orange County high schools and community colleges are set to visit Irvine-based technology and life science companies for the second annual Irvine Career Discovery Day on Feb. 5, hosted by the Greater Irvine Chamber along with nonprofit partners Irvine Public Schools Foundation, United Way Orange County, and Vital Link.

“This is an opportunity for students to see first-hand the exciting 21st century career paths available to them here in Irvine,” said Bryan Starr, president and CEO, Greater Irvine Chamber. “Irvine Career Discovery Day is part of our workforce development initiative. The Chamber’s mission is to advance the economic vitality of greater Irvine. Preparing our future workforce is key to fulfilling that mission.”

The career exploration event introduces students to the possibility of pursuing technical careers and closes the gap between education and the workforce. Students are provided the opportunity to connect with professionals within the industries of participating companies, and seek guidance on resume building and other ways to prepare for a technological career. 

Participating tech and life science partners are Edwards Lifesciences, EON Reality, Google, Kelley Blue Book – Cox Automotive, Parker Aerospace, Vincit California, and Zillow. At each site, students will hear from professionals about details of their career paths and the steps taken to get to where they are today. Panel discussions, Q&A sessions, and a tour of each site are also on the agenda.

About Irvine Public Schools Foundation

Founded in 1996 by concerned parents and community leaders, Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) sponsors enrichment programs and provides financial support to ensure educational excellence in Irvine schools. In addition, IPSF excels at uniting local corporate and community partners, parents and residents in raising funds to nurture student potential. Each year, IPSF provides millions of dollars in funding to Irvine Unified School District to support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education, small-group learning, afterschool and summer programs, grants for classroom innovation, and support for mental-health initiatives, athletic trainers and school nurses.

About Orange County United Way

Orange County United Way focuses on long-term solutions to the most critical interconnected challenges facing local children and families and delivers more than 50 Community Impact programs countywide. FACE 2024, the organization’s 10-year community-wide action plan, aims to cut the high school dropout rate in half, increase healthy youth by one-third, cut the percentage of homeless or unstably-housed children and families in half, and reduce financial instability by 25 percent. United Way is doing more to make long-term measurable difference in the lives of children and families in Orange County.

About Vital Link

Vital Link is a non-profit organization dedicated to preparing students for future careers through experiential learning opportunities. Vital Link offer programs that introduces students to the world of robotics, design engineering and manufacturing, medical careers, performance engineering, computer programming, and much more. Through these hands-on programs, the organization inspires students to feel confident and excited to pursue a fulfilling career.Vital Link's mission is to be the link between business and education to prepare students for the successful transition to a meaningful career.

To learn more about the Chamber’s workforce development and career exploration work, contact Jessica Yip.

Category: Workforce Development, Chamber News, Partner News