Greater Irvine Chamber Partners with Irvine Public Schools Foundation to Help Build Future Workforce

Monday, December 04, 2017

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Great schools don’t just happen, it takes a community of dedicated supporters to make an impact. To this end, the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) to raise awareness and funds to secure a 21st century workforce through quality education in Irvine. 

“It is truly inspiring to see the Irvine community continue to come together in support of educational excellence for the over 34,000 students in our district,” said Neda Eaton, president and CEO, IPSF, “Through our partnership with the Greater Irvine Chamber, we are able to create opportunities for students to explore interests and better prepare them for the careers of the future.”

Irvine is a city built around education, quite literally, with neighborhoods planned and developed with schools at their heart. So it is no surprise that education is a priority in the community. Students consistently score at the top of state standardized test rankings, and schools are routinely recognized both regionally and nationally, for excellence in everything from math and science, to music and writing. 

However, Irvine still faces challenges. Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) is one of the fastest growing school districts in the country, with the number of students projected to increase nearly 30% over a 5-year period. Keeping up with this growth means building capacity – both in facilities and staff – at a breakneck pace. Additionally, IUSD is one of the lowest funded districts per pupil, receiving nearly $5,000 less per student than the national average.

But despite the obstacles, Irvine schools set the standard for educational performance. It is only with the dedication and commitment of the entire community that schools are able to achieve such sustained success in an increasingly challenging educational environment. Creative partnerships with the City of Irvine, local businesses, community leaders, and Irvine Public Schools Foundation, have provided additional sources of funding that help sustain and enhance crucial programs that might otherwise not be possible. 

Since 1996, Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) has been committed to its mission of enriching the educational experience of each child in every school, donating a staggering $68 million in grants and programs to IUSD.

Contributions made through the Greater Irvine Chamber to IPSF with help fund innovative programs such as the Irvine CubeSat STEM Program. Recently, with support of Orange County-based companies including FivePoint, Microsemi, Ingersoll Rand/Trane, Cisco, Google, the Arnold & Mable Beckman Foundation,Resilient, and Thales, the program offered teams from six local high schools the opportunity to assemble, test, and launch miniature satellite, called a CubeSat, into space with guidance from mentors at industry-leading organizations like NASA JPL, Tyvak, and the Ecuadorian Space Agency.

“Programs such as the Irvine CubeSat STEM Program are shining examples of the dedication and collective effort that has enabled Irvine schools to excel, setting the bar for educational innovation in Irvine as we move into the future. Our partnership with the Irvine Public Schools Foundation advances the Chamber’s goal of ensuring highly-skilled, 21st century workplace for Irvine’s future,” said Bryan Starr, president and CEO of the Greater Irvine Chamber. “We are proud to support IPSF, and I encourage everyone that has a stake in Irvine’s continued prosperity to join in the effort.”

To contribute, contact Neda Eaton at, or visit


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