February Career Edge Workshop to Offer College Students Insights for Early Business Success

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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The Greater Irvine Chamber, in collaboration with Google, Irvine Valley College, Webster University, and the business community, will host students from Orange County colleges and universities for the Feb. 2 Career Edge workshop, Practical Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, to be instructed by Dr. Brian Dozer, director of Webster University, Irvine Metro Campus.

“Critical thinking and problem solving are essential skills in the 21st century. Dr. Brian Dozer is just the right person to coach attendees in these vital areas of expertise,” Linda DiMario, executive vice president of the Greater Irvine Chamber said.

Courses are designed to inspire, inform, and empower students as they prepare to enter the workforce.

The award-winning Career Edge program is a simple but important solution to a challenge that Orange County companies face: new employees who arrive with the knowledge and technical skills necessary but lack satisfactory business writing, presentation, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. Workshops are facilitated by volunteer mentors and presenters from a variety of professions.

Students that participate in Career Edge will have an advantage during their job search and will bring distinctive and marketable soft skills to the jobs they land, greatly increasing their success rate and on-the-job performance. Upon completion of an individual workshop, or the series, students receive a certificate of completion, and a letter of completion/recommendation from the Chamber. There is no fee for student participation.

February’s Career Edge course is the second installment of the fourth annual series of the career-readiness workshops. The April 6 workshop, Successful Business Etiquette and Workplace Behaviors, will be instructed by Dr. Massiel Pérez-Calhoun, manager of Community and Corporate Relations, Brandman University.

Workshops are held at the Greater Irvine Chamber, 36 Executive Park, Ste. 100, on Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

More than 250 students have participated in the program since it began in 2015. Career Edge is offered to students enrolled at any college or university located in or around Irvine. Career Edge was named the 2017Outstanding Program of the Year by the Western Association of Chamber Executives.

For more information, contact Pepper Russell at prussell@irvinechamber.com or (949) 502-4129.

Category: Chamber News, Partner News, Workforce Development