Career Edge Workshop Helps College Students Hone Employer Sought Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills

Sunday, February 03, 2019

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Two dozen students from Orange County colleges and universities attended the Greater Irvine Chamber’s Feb. 2 Career Edge workshop, Practical Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, instructed by Dr. Brian Dozer, director of Webster University, Irvine Metro Campus.

Dr. Dozer, who serves as co-chair of the Greater Irvine Chamber’s Business and Workforce Development Committee, introduced the group to ethics, ethical issues, and how personal ethical considerations can change the way one makes important decisions. 

“Critical thinking and problem solving are essential skills in the 21st century. Dr. Brian Dozer is just the right person to coach attendees in these vital areas of expertise,” Linda DiMario, executive vice president of the Greater Irvine Chamber said.

The Chamber’s career readiness program, Career Edge, is presented in collaboration with Google, Irvine Valley College, Webster University, and the business community. Courses are designed to inspire, inform, and empower students as they prepare to enter the workforce.

Serving as volunteer mentors for the February workshop were Carlos Oregon, Thinkbox Technology Group; Gurkan Suzer, Trelodex International Trade & Consulting; Dr. Cathleen Greiner, Rancho Santiago Community College District; Cynthia Lenahan, Edwards Lifesciences; Brian Andersen, Telecomprehensive Solutions; Thomas Lotts, The Lotts Agency; Malek Moubasher, Mentor Global Consultants; T. J. Kinion, LearningFuze, LLC; and Christina Kim, Realty One Group.

The award-winning Career Edge program is a simple but important solution to a challenge that Orange County companies face: new employees who arrive with the knowledge and technical skills necessary but lack satisfactory business writing, presentation, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. Workshops are facilitated by volunteer mentors and presenters from a variety of professions.

Students that participate in Career Edge will have an advantage during their job search and will bring distinctive and marketable soft skills to the jobs they land, greatly increasing their success rate and on-the-job performance. Upon completion of an individual workshop, or the series, students receive a certificate of completion and a letter of completion/recommendation from the Chamber. There is no fee for student participation.

The next workshop, Successful Business Etiquette and Workplace Behaviors, will be instructed by Dr. Massiel Pérez-Calhoun, manager of Community and Corporate Relations at Brandman University. The course will be held on Saturday, April 6, at the Greater Irvine Chamber, 36 Executive Park, Ste. 100,  8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

To register for the April 6 workshop and for more information, click here.

More than 250 students have participated in the program since it began in 2015. Career Edge is offered to students enrolled at any college or university located in or around Irvine. Career Edge was named the 2017Outstanding Program of the Year by the Western Association of Chamber Executives.

For more information, contact Pepper Russell at or (949) 502-4129.

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