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Earlier this month, the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce was awarded the Western Association of Chamber Executives (WACE) Outstanding Program Award for Career Edge. Career Edge began as the brainchild of Linda DiMario, executive vice president of Greater Irvine Chamber, and Economic Development and Tourism, and Irvine Valley College (IVC) President Glenn Roquemore. They sought to address the problem many businesses face regarding the lack of soft skills new employees have. The Career Edge program provides soft skills training to students, helping to maximize their success in the workplace. 

The program was developed by the Chamber and IVC’s School of Business Sciences in 2015 to provide enrichment for students by preparing them to communicate and thrive in a business setting. The Career Edge program offers free half-day courses that teach students valuable skills to help them meet the expectations of employers in an ever-evolving workplace. More than 200 IVC students have participated in Career Edge during a two-year pilot phase. Because of the success, the Career Edge program will now be offered to students enrolled at any college or university in Irvine. 

The next Career Edge program workshop will take place on  Saturday, April 7, and will focus on successful business etiquette and workplace behaviors. Students are encouraged to register at