Mentors Invited to Facilitate Greater Irvine Chamber’s Award-Winning Career-Readiness Program for OC College Students

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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Are you interested in helping students get an edge as they prepare to enter the workforce? Business professionals are encouraged to volunteer as mentors for students participating in the fifth series of the Greater Irvine Chamber’saward-winning Career Edge program, hosted in collaboration with Google, Irvine Valley College, Webster University, Irvine Campus, and the members of the business community.

Career Edge 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. Volunteer mentors and presenters from a variety of professions facilitate the workshops, which are open to students enrolled at Orange County colleges and universities, and designed to inspire, inform, and empower students in career preparation.

Students who 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 on-the-job performance and success rate.

Facilitators may volunteer for any combination of the following 2019-2020 Career Edge workshops, held at the Greater Irvine Chamber, 36 Executive Park, Ste. 100, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.:

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 - Effective Business Communication

Instructed by Dr. Roopa Mathur, chair and professor, School of Business Sciences, Irvine Valley College

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 - Successful Business Etiquette and Workplace Behaviors

Instructed by Dr. Massiel Pérez-Calhoon, manager of Community and Corporate Relations, Brandman University

Saturday, April 4, 2020 - Practical Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Instructed by Dr. Cathleen Greiner, regional director, Employer Engagement, Business and Entrepreneurship, Orange County, California Community College Chancellor’s Office 

Upon completion of an individual workshop, or the series, students will receive a certificate of completion, and a letter of completion/recommendation from the Chamber. There is no fee for student participation.

More than 300 students have participated in the program since it began in 2015. Career Edge was named the 2017Outstanding Program of the Year by the Western Association of Chamber Executives.

Greater Irvine Chamber Ambassadors will receive 150 points for volunteer mentoring for each Career Edge session.

For more information and to become involved, contact Pepper Russell.

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