Students Complete Greater Irvine Chamber Workforce Development Program, Exhibit Ethics

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

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Nearly 30 students, from Irvine High School and Portola High School, completed the semester-long Greater Irvine ChamberEthics Forum program, created for students by the Chamber’s Business and Workforce Development Committee (BWD) in partnership with Irvine Unified School District and Vital Link.

The program is designed to teach students by introducing, instructing, and promoting the process of ethical decision making, using common ethical dilemmas to determine criteria and to respond appropriately. Students learn why critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creative problem solving are critical to ensure successful situational outcomes.

“The world we live in is filled with problems that have a lot of gray areas, and being able to navigate through those situations by applying ethical decision-making models to them is a skill that students will use for the rest of their lives,” said Brian Dozer, president of Vital Link, who as co-chair of the Chamber’s BWD, leads the program. “I am always extremely impressed by the quality of the students we work with at our high schools. They are very focused and I find that they bring a developed and nuanced approach to their exploration of different ethical dilemmas.”

The final piece of the project included a report of the students’ findings to their teacher. Two teams of students presented their projects virtually to the attendees of the May Business and Workforce Development Committee meeting, covering the topics of media misinformation, and concentrated animal feeding operations.

Other topics covered during this semester’s program were:

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Pharmaceutical pricing and access
  • Drug addiction – criminal act or health concern?
  • Medical ethics
  • Government spending

This spring semester installment of the program, scaled to serve multiple schools, was conducted under the supervision of teachers Jon Resendez and Courtney Smith.

For more information about the Ethics Forum, or how to get involved in the Business and Workforce Development Committee, contact Pepper Russell.

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