Experience
Vital Link of Orange County


Events

2017 STEM and the Arts Career Showcase
Dates: April 21, 22 & 23
Location: OC Fair and Event Center
88 Fair Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Energy Invitational
Date: May 6, 2017
Location: UCI - Lot 16
Time: 10 AM - 3 PM

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Careers by Choice
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Our History

Vital Link was founded in 1989 in response to a need indicated by national studies that America’s high school graduates must strengthen their job skills to successfully compete in a global economy. To help students better prepare for the workforce, Vital Link developed curriculum that provides students with a way to access and identify their current soft skills and achievements through personal evaluation and activities.
 
In 2004, Career Exploration Programs were developed to introduce students to real-world activities and professional role models, taking students out of the classroom and bringing them into the business world.  The Programs assist students to link their education to career pathways by providing a unique opportunity and to observe professionals in action and to obtain hands-on experience in a range of industries.  In 2010, Vital Link introduced the Career Exploration Exhibits which go “on the road” to schools throughout Orange county and beyond. Over 30,000 students participate in all of these programs annually.

Vital Link took a leadership role in the facilitation of regional support services to Career Technical Education instructors at the high school, Regional Occupational Program and Community College level. Through Vital Link’s efforts, resources and information from the business community are brought to the education community to keep curriculum and classroom material current and relevant.

Goals

Vital Link Moving Forward

As Vital Link enters its 24th year of service, we offer program materials that include new and relevant industry areas such as Robotics, Medical Technology and GIS Technology.  In addition to the Career Exploration Programs, Vital Link offers Interactive Mobile Exhibits that feature hands-on exhibits and activities in the high demand fields of Sustainable Energy, Green Careers and Medical Careers. A companion curriculum connects the activities and demonstrations to a career exploration opportunity to help students to make a connection to their career options.  These exhibits are available to schools and after-school programs at their facilities for career fairs and special classroom projects.