Career Edge


Career Edge


Career Edge is a collaboration with the Greater Irvine Chamber, Google, Irvine Valley College, Vital Link, and the business community to help better prepare today's participants for tomorrow's jobs. Participants in Career Edge will have an advantage during their job search and will bring distinctive and marketable skills to the jobs they land, greatly increasing their success rate and on-the-job performance. Since the program began in 2016, Career Edge has served more than 500 participants from across Southern California.

Hard skills

may get you the interview, but you need soft skills to get and keep the job.

Angela Copeland, Career Coach and Author


Upon completion of the series, participants will receive:


Certificate of Completion


Letter of Completion/Recommendation from the Greater Irvine Chamber


Social media recognition for participation and completion of course work


Opportunity to meet with business leaders and mentors

Register Now For The Next Series

The next series of Career Edge workshops, spanning from April 15 to May 6 are divided into four different classes, each focusing on a specific aspect of soft skills training.

April 15, 2023 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Career Management & the Job Search Process

Katy Curameng, Ed.D.

Director, career planning development, University of Massachusetts Global

Here you will learn new ways to craft relevant, targeted and meaningful resumes reflective of your skills and experience. Re-align your thought process surrounding job search methodologies and techniques and expand your mindset with new exercises. We’ll introduce the best current social media practices and preview the professional and personal assessments to be completed by participants for review during the 3rd workshop. Participants are asked to bring laptops (if available) for class exercises.
April 22, 2023 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Wellness & Self-Care

Massiel Perez-Calhoon, Ed.D., M.A.T.

Adjunct faculty, University of Massachusetts Global, and CEO of Do Well At Being You

Discover the value of putting yourself first! You need to be the best version of yourself to move forward. Learn the simple but effective ways to activate your personal power with a mind shift. Branding – what is it, why you need it, and how to put it into play. 
April 29, 2023 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Professional & Personal Assessments

Edward De La Torre, Ed.D

Assistant director of operations, Chapman University, and lecturer, Cal State Fullerton

Explore the various types of personal and professional assessments and how to use them to determine your unique personality type, emotional intelligence strengths and communication style. These personalized findings can be used to help you build effective relationships in the workplace and further your professional career path.
May 6, 2023 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Ready, Set, Interview!

This final workshop will be taught by the series’ three instructors: Dr. Katy Curameng Dr. Massiel Perez-Calhoon Dr. Edward De La Torre
Hone your interviewing skills and focus on why you are the best candidate for the job. Get immediate feedback from H.R. professionals and business mentors.

Presented by


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,This program is made possible by volunteers who give generously of their time and expertise.


Bryan Starr

President & CEO, Greater Irvine Chamber

Career Readiness

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