Vital Link Education-Business Consortium

Explore - Discover - Connect

Tustin, CA   |  www.vitallinkoc.org

Mission

Vital Link's mission is to be the link between business and education to prepare students for the successful transition to a meaningful career and help them explore, discover and connect to their future career.

Ruling year info

1995

President

Dr. Brian Dozer

Main address

15401 Red Hill Avenue, Suite F

Tustin, CA 92780 USA

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EIN

33-0632256

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Energy Invitational

The original program founded in 1998 by Professor Michael McCarthy, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCI, is a time trial that tests student-built energy-efficient vehicles. In 2011, Vital Link expanded the college competition to include high school. In 2019, Vital Link expanded it further to include middle school. Students in classes and clubs build their vehicles from the ground up by modifying existing vehicles or from kits using a combination of energy sources. As students build their prototype, they understand electrical and mechanical engineering, aerodynamics, physics, materials science, alternative fuels, statistics, algebra, CAD/3D printing, technology, and fabrication. They also learn about entrepreneurship, marketing, and general management skills.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Low-income people
Students

The RESCUE ROBOTICS COMPETITION challenges students to build and program robots that can help save lives during a disaster. Students learn to program a team of robots and drones that identify victims in a simulated outdoor disaster area, and are then judged based on the number of victims their autonomous robots locate. Rescue Robotics was developed in partnership with UCI to foster computer programming skills in today’s youth.

Population(s) Served

In Vital Link’s RobotOC Competition, the students build and program Vex robots. Many high school administrators approached Vital Link to request a local/regional program that would introduce their students to the exciting world of robotics engineering and programming competitions without the additional financial burden of traveling to national competition locations. Vital Link utilized the Vex Robotics nationally recognized equipment that introduces middle school and high school students to the science of robotics engineering to create a customized Project-Based Learning model for Orange County schools.

Population(s) Served

Students connect with industry professionals, participate in live panel sessions and workshops to learn how to master the tools and skills needed to succeed. This program empowers students to take the initiative in their career pathways. All activities are accessible through the Vital Link App, including virtual information booths from multiple industries, Live online panel sessions with colleges and industry professionals and workshop resources. Students participate in workshops to develop leadership skills during the week-long program, master employability skills, and develop an entrepreneurial mindset.

Population(s) Served

Students have the opportunity to visit local universities and community colleges in person or virtually in 2020-2021 to learn more about the programs and majors these schools offer. Students tour the campus, interact with students and faculty, listen to dynamic speakers, and participate in career-related activities. College Pathway Days support students in finding a college that is best suited for their career goals.

Vital Link is expanding these events to include the Inland Empire (Riverside and San Bernardino counties), beginning with Mt. San Jacinto College and its related school districts and ROP's.

Population(s) Served

The Academies are week-long sessions currently offered during the summer and winter breaks. The industries featured, include solar power, engineering & design, and Drone Flight. Students have the opportunity to learn and participate in hands-on activities throughout the week, engage with mentors in their respective fields, and present their completed projects in a professional manner. The NEXT Academy (Navigate, Explore, EXperience, & Transition) is a week-long immersive experience where students explore several industry sectors to find the best fit for their future selves. This academy consists of various field trips, speakers, workshops, and group activities to help students identify their strengths while creating an education plan and identify potential career options.

Population(s) Served

Students submit artwork in up to four Digital Media Arts categories: Digital Photography, Graphic Design & Digital Illustration, Animation (2D & 3D), Promotional Marketing, and Website Development. The competition's winners for 2021 are listed on the Vital Link website. The focus of this competition is to inspire our youth to express themselves through technology creatively.

Population(s) Served

The Vital Link app provides a wealth of information for students, parents, and educators for various programs and workshops. Vital Link's Explore - Discover - Connect Hub is a one-stop-shop allowing our community to access all the resources that Vital Link can provide. This virtual community offers access to recorded sessions, career technical education, FAFSA information, upcoming events, and much more. Other current communities include Odyssey Day 2.0, a career exploration portal focused on sustainability, our Leadership & Entrepreneurial Mindset (LEM) community, College & Career Exploration Within the Automotive Industry community, and our CTEoc Regional Advisory Boards community where educators and industry leaders connect to discuss trends and skills needed to be successful in related careers.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Adolescents
Young adults
Students
Ethnic and racial groups
Adolescents
Young adults
Students
Ethnic and racial groups
Adolescents
Young adults
Students
Ethnic and racial groups
Adolescents
Young adults
Students
Ethnic and racial groups
Adolescents
Young adults
Students
Teachers

CTEoc is a collaborative that includes all CTE directors from Orange County school districts, ROPs, and community colleges, whose mission is to support K – 14 Districts and CTE programs in all Orange County schools, inspire educators to network and share resources, and connect educational institutions to industry.

CTEoc members participate in collaborative efforts to:

- Leverage resources to provide comprehensive and cost-effective services for school districts.
- Increase the quality of CTE programs.
- Support individual CTE instructors.
- Provide a platform for CTE leaders to connect to share best practices, overcome obstacles, and create solutions.
- Create opportunities for regional competitions and programs for Orange County students.
- Develop relationships with business leaders for networking and industry support.
CTEoc facilitates career pathway-specific Regional Advisory Boards and Professional Learning Communities for CTE educators.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Teachers
Ethnic and racial groups
Teachers

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Vital Link Education-Business Consortium

Board of directors
as of 5/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Bo Wang

Precision Optical

Term: 2020 - 2021

Anne Younglove

Newport Mesa USD

Debra Friedman

Saddleback Valley USD

Phil Pisano

Gina's Pizza

J.S. Coke

Coastline ROP

Renah Walzinger

Saddleback College

Kenneth August

August Law Group, P.C.

Tuan Do

Newfront Insurance

Israel Dominguez

Saddleback College

Kenia Cueto, PHD

North OC ROP

Marilyn Cunneen

Huntington Beach Union High School District

Steve Getman

Insignia Industries

Cathleen Greiner, PHD

Rancho Santiago Community College District

Lisa Haney

Irvine Ranch Water District

Karin Koch

University Lab Partners

Mark Konno

Edwards Lifesciences

Martha Payan-Hernandez

Fullerton College

Lynn Stewart

CalState-Fullerton

Jay Ungos

The Tag Network

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/05/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/05/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.