Volunteer Facilitators Sought for Greater Irvine Chamber Career Edge Workshop for College Students

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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Business professionals interested in community service are invited to help facilitate students from Orange County colleges and universities as they participate in the Greater Irvine Chamber’s Career Edge workshop, Successful Business Etiquette and Workplace Behaviors, on Saturday, April 6, at the Greater Irvine Chamber, 36 Executive Park, Ste. 100,  8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

“Facilitators from the Irvine business community play an important role in engaging students in the Chamber’s Career Edge program. Facilitators can draw from their professional experience to help inspire and guide students to develop soft-skills, which are highly sought by employers,” said Linda DiMario, vice president, Greater Irvine Chamber.

The workshop will be instructed by Dr. Massiel Pérez-Calhoon, manager of Community and Corporate Relations at Brandman University.

The award-winning Career Edge career-readiness program 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. The 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.

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 about becoming a volunteer facilitator for Career Edge, contact Pepper Russell at prussell@irvinechamber.com or (949) 502-4129.

Category: Chamber News, Workforce Development