Award-Winning Career Edge Program Increases Reach with Virtual Series
Monday, April 26, 2021
The Greater Irvine Chamber’s award-winning Career Edge program was adapted as a virtual program in response to Coronavirus safety measures. Digitization of the program made it accessible to more students across a wider geographic area. More than 100 students from 20 colleges, universities, high schools, and academies in Orange County and a larger part of California attended the 2020/2021 three-part series.
Career Edge participants attend Irvine Valley College, Northwood High School, and University High School in Irvine; Anaheim High School, Cambridge Virtual Academy, North Orange Continuing Education, Loara High School, and Magnolia High School in Anaheim; Cypress High School, Huntington Beach High School, Katella High School, and Oxford Academy in North Orange County; Beckman High School in Tustin; as well as Cerritos College, Fresno City College, L.A. City College, Riverside City College, Santa Ana College, Ventura College, Victor Valley College, and UCLA.
The digitally formatted series began in October 2020 with Effective Business Communication taught by Roopa Mathur, Ph.D., professor, School of Business Sciences, Irvine Valley College, and continued with the February 2021 session Successful Business Etiquette & Workplace Behaviors taught by Brian Dozer, D.Mgt., president of Vital Link, and concluded on April 17 with Practical Critical Thinking & Problem Solving taught by Cathleen Greiner, Ph.D., regional director Business & Entrepreneurship, California Community Colleges Orange County Region.
Career Edge 2020/2021 Mentors:
- Brian Andersen, Telecomprehensive Solutions
- AnaLaura Becerra, Destination Irvine
- Christopher Bissonnette, Holistic Financial Planner
- Brian Dozer, Vital Link
- Bill Edwards, Edwards Global
- Caecilia Gotama, Bridge-to-Connect.org
- Jaclyn Kung, University California, Irvine
- Thomas Lotts, Thomas Lotts Agency
- Dave Lucey, Destination Irvine
- Brian Page, Voiceover Actor
- Brian Montes, Scaleocity Works
- Carlos Oregon, Thinkbox Technology Group
- Pepper Russell, Greater Irvine Chamber
“Programs like Career Edge help prepare students for early career success and provides employers with workers who have the needed soft skills that are often supplemental to what is taught in the classroom. It’s a win-win,” said Bryan Starr, president and CEO, Greater Irvine Chamber. “This program is made possible by Chamber member volunteers who give generously of their time and expertise.”
Career Edge is presented by the Greater Irvine Chamber in partnership with Google, Irvine Valley College, and Vital Link.
For more information on Career Edge and to serve as a volunteer mentor, contact Pepper Russell.
Category: Greater Irvine Chamber, Workforce Development