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VITAL LINK EDUCATION-BUSINESS CONSORTIUM

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Nonprofit Management, Vocational & Technical Schools

Mission: All students will graduate with an understanding of their career potential and through interactive programs expand their resources to select their future career.

Results: We annually serve over 30,000 students with our hands-on and virtual events.

Target demographics: students identify their career paths

Direct beneficiaries per year: 34,700 students

Geographic areas served: Orange County, CA

Programs: Virtual, hands-on, interactive exhibits; site tours; job shadowing; mentoring; pathway days; competitions, and more!

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Vital Link for several years now, having become a volunteer because I believe the name of the organization tells a truth. That it sits as a necessary, and vital, link between our graduating youth and the business community. Its programs and events all provide tremendous opportunities for our young people to see what is required in various business roles and sectors, and can then prepare themselves better to enter that world when they are finished with their schooling.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization!! They provide so many options for students from exhibitions to student programs, much to learn. BringIng a valuable experience to educational programs across the OC.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The information and educational sessions for educators are so informative! My class also really enjoyed the fieldtrip to Google!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Vital Link OC provides great support to the education and business community of Orange County by connecting the two to increase pipeline opportunities for our future workforce. From regional advisory boards where the business community advises education on current and future needs, to college and career fairs, to student leadership development opportunities. It is a pleasure to be a client and also a board member of this incredible organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Vital Link plays a pivotal role in connecting Education, Business/Industry, and a well-trained workforce. Their dedication to providing young students with high-tech skillsets and opportunities, and providing education partners with industry-related data and feedback provides the perfect platform by which schools/colleges can teach/train and students can be prepared for high-value career opportunities. Vital Link is absolutely the best!! VON

Board Member

Rating: 5

As past Chairman of the Board,this organization has moved forward during this turbulent time with flexibility and ingenuity. It is moving into a virtual world offering career exploration, college nights, industry days and collaborative meetings with industry sectors, colleges and high schools.
An outstanding team of volunteers supports the stellar innovative staff. Three cheers for Vital Link and for the thousands of students lives they serve. It has been a privileged to be a member of this outstanding organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Vital Link is an amazing organization! I have participated in many of their events as a speaker, and as a participant. They reach hundreds of thousands of students and thousands of businesses to bring together education and industry. I have met a ton of amazing professionals and inspired students at their events over the past decade. They are very well organized and capable of hosting successful events large and small. I would highly suggest working with them as a Vital Link to you, your business, or your institution!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our district worked with Vital Link to facilitate our 1st district wide Career Roundup (Fair) in March 2020. It was wonderful to work with Brian and his staff to host this amazing event for our students, families, and community. Students from kindergarten to 12th grade could come and learn about our high school CTE pathways, network with industry representatives, learn about career pathways at our community and 4 year colleges. Students and families could also listen to guest speakers that Vital Link provided as well. It was a pleasure to work with Vital Link to produce this great Career Fair.

Bo W.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Vital Link since 2013 in many roles. My first experience with the organization was as a volunteer with a professional society who was a vendor at Vital Link's premier event, the (then named) STEM and the Arts Fair. Since then, I have gone from a volunteer, to a member of the Programs Committee, to a Board Member, Vice Chair, and I am now the Chairman of the Board. It has been a tremendous honor to serve Vital Link as I truly believe in its core mission of helping students.

What appeals to me about Vital Link is that unlike many other non-profits who's work is on the periphery or on the small scale, Vital Link is entrench on both the 50,000 foot and ground level when it comes to the students. Vital Link's key relationships with the K-12 and Community Colleges, allow it to direct targeted programs for maximum impact. In addition, its staff is fully committed to its mission to serve the students in its community. I have truly proud to be involved in this wonderful organization, and I can't wait to see what is to come in the future!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with this organization for a year now and a member of the board for a few months. The staff is extremely dedicated to their work and have done an amazing job of adjusting to the realities of COVID-19. Most of their events used to be physical, they have had to pivot and rethink how they accomplish their mission of helping students connect with their future careers.

So far, they've done an outstanding job be building out a virtual event platform, keeping in touch with the audiences they serve and providing support for teachers at a time when the educational world has been highly disrupted.