New Instructors and Curriculum Added, Mentors Needed for Career Edge, the Greater Irvine Chamber’s Award-Winning Workforce Development Initiative

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

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The Greater Irvine Chamber’s award-winning workforce development program, Career Edge, returns for its seventh year with new instructors and courses, including an additional session focused on landing a job.

2021-2022 Curriculum:

Nov. 13, 2021: Practical Critical Thinking & Problem Solving taught by Edward R. De La Torre, Ed.D., assistant professor, University of Massachusetts Global

Jan. 15, 2022: Successful Business Etiquette taught by Massiel Pérez-Calhoon, Ed.D., manager of Community & Corporate Relations, Brandman University

Feb. 19, 2022: Effective Business Communication taught by David P. Bugay, Ph.D., professor of business, Irvine Valley College

Mar. 12, 2022: Resume Writing & Mock Interviews taught by Drs. Bugay, De La Torre, and Pérez-Calhoon

“Programs like Career Edge help prepare students for early career success and provide 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 volunteers who give generously of their time and expertise.”

Chamber members are eligible to participate and are needed as session mentors.

Sessions are held on Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at the Greater Irvine Chamber, 36 Executive Park, Suite 100, in Irvine, and are open to students attending any college or university in Orange County. Pre-registration is required. 

Students who participate in Career Edge will have an advantage during their job search, bring distinctive and marketable skills to the jobs they land, and increase their success rate and on-the-job performance. Upon completion of the series or individual workshops, students will receive:

  • Certificate of Completion
  • Letter of Completion/Recommendation from the Greater Irvine Chamber
  • Social media recognition for participation and completion of coursework
  • Opportunity to meet with business leaders and mentors

Career Edge is presented by the Greater Irvine Chamber in partnership with Google, Irvine Valley College, Vital Link, and the business community to help better prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs.

For more information on Career Edge and to serve as a volunteer mentor, contact Pepper Russell.

Category: Workforce Development, Events, Career Edge, Greater Irvine Chamber, Orange County, Education Excellence