The Orange County Bridge |2| Engineering Program is a cohort-based learning community at Saddleback College and Santa Ana College that focuses on increasing the participation of unrepresented minorities, women, and veterans in the field of engineering. The program will help participants explore careers in engineering and place them on an academic pathway to become engineers. Participants will take classes together, receive academic counseling, tutoring, intensive math preparation, and paid engineering internships. Participants will also be prepared to transfer to a four year engineering program (CSU Fullerton, UC Irvine) to continue their academic pathway.
The Silicon Valley Engineering Tech Pathways (SVETP) promotes an integrated and accelerated system of K-14 STEM career pathways targeted to high demand careers in computer science, engineering technology and advanced manufacturing, designed to address critical gaps in current educational and career pathways. SVETP will create a new, industry/employer engaged seamless transition from career technical education to high demand, high wage careers in three Industry Sector Pathways: Information and Computer Technology, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing. Although Silicon Valley is the nation's center for STEM careers, far too many young adults and students are not motivated to pursue or equipped to succeed in key regional employment. In addition to a lack of focused career orientation, defined career pathways, and needed academic and social support, a key challenge is the high threshold of math and science skills required to enter post-secondary STEM education and career pathways.
Network Kinection associates collaborated with medical device company, Masimo to create and implement a full internship program strategy. This specific program was focused in southern California across 6 separate universities. A strategy including info sessions, customized career development events, an average of 12 internships per year and more yielded a strong company brand on target campuses leading to a continuous pipeline of entry level talent.
Connecting Veterans to careers in technology with career counseling, training, support services, internships, and job placement to create a pathway of success.
Through a combination of these services and engagement of businesses in the greater Orange County area, students obtained internships and full time job opportunities in fields of their choice including: Network Administration, Tech Support, IT Consulting, Systems Analysis and more.