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Greater Irvine Chamber’s Soft Skills Program Scaled to Include Offer to Students from all Irvine Colleges, Universities

Monday, September 11, 2017

More than 200 Irvine Valley College students have participated in the pilot phase of the Greater Irvine Chamber’s Career Edge program over the past two years. Career Edge is a simple but important solution to a challenge that Orange County companies face: new employees who lack satisfactory business writing, presentation, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.

Because of the success of the pilot program, Career Edge is now being extended to students enrolled at any college or university located in Irvine.

Volunteer mentors and presenters from a variety of professions facilitate the four-part Career Edge series, which includes topic on business communications and etiquette, as well as interviewing skills.

The scaled Career Edge program begins with it first session on Saturday, Oct. 7, in the Greater Irvine Chamber’s training room, and is focused on Mastering Communication in the 21st Century Workplace. This session will cover a variety of business writing skills necessary for employees to express themselves appropriately and powerfully. The students will also learn how to effectively communicate and connect across generational, gender, age and cultural differences, and to listen in order to build opportunities and consensus. During the session, students will explore situational use of multiple communication channels and technology platforms.

Jonathan Obest of Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, who was a presenter in last spring’s Career Edge session, “Business Etiquette and Effective Workplace Behaviors,” said participating provided him with a good opportunity to give back and help those who will likely be future leaders in the business community.

“It’s great to see students taking advantage of such a valuable program,” he said. “They’ll have skills that put them ahead of others who are at the same point in their careers.”

The instructor for the October 7 session will be Dr. Roopa Mathur, chair and professor, School of Business Sciences, Irvine Valley College, whose motto is, “Never Stop Learning.”

Business professionals interested in becoming a Career Edge mentor or presenter should contact Pepper Russell at or (949) 502-4129.

Category: Chamber News

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