Tomorrow’s Jobs ≠ Today’s Education

Linking Today’s Learning with Tomorrow’s Economy

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Hotel Irvine

The Orange County STEM Initiative in partnership with the Orange County Business Council hosted a critical conversation about the current STEM skills workforce gap facing Orange County businesses and strategies that local businesses are making to help build and support the current and future STEM pathway.


Program Highlights



Carla Vargas, Orange County United Way


How STEM Education Impacts My Life

Julian Rodriguez, 10th Grade, Magnolia High School


The Increasing Importance of Growing STEM in the

Orange County Economy

Wallace Walrod, Orange County Business Council


Priming the Pump: Cultivating Pathways to Develop Orange County’s Future STEM Workforce

Moderator: Matthew Jenusaitis, OCTANe

Mary-Ellen Blair, Kaiser Permanente

Cynthia Lenahan, Edwards Lifesciences

Jolie McLane, A Hundred Tiny Hands

Jeff Hittenberger, Orange County Department of Education

Dean Gregory Washington, UCI Henry Samueli School of Engineering


Taking Action: What Can Your Business Do to Help Build Critical Pathways for Orange County Students?

Linda Christopher, Orange County STEM Initiative