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Irvine Valley College Launches Business Information Worker Pathway

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The OC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held their monthly meeting at the IDEA at ATEP

Irvine Valley College (IVC) will launch the Business Information Worker (BIW) certificate program this fall with the help of a new partnership with the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The one-year BIW certificate includes course topics such as business communication, word processing and organizational behavior. The program is designed to meet the demands of today’s administrative professional workforce by developing skills in communication, customer service, keyboarding and office software programs.

“We are excited to work with Orange County businesses and organizations to help grow the future workforce," said Dr. Roopa Mathur, professor of Computer Information Management and chair of the School of Business Sciences at IVC. "The BIW certificate program will help our students develop in key areas of digital fluency so they can be successful in their careers."

In addition to providing hard and soft skills needed for administrative professionals, the program will also provide opportunities for students to network with each other, as well as faculty and staff. BIW students will receive career readiness training, including job search support, internship opportunities and interviews toward full-time employment, thank to funding from the Strong Workforce program.

The BIW certificate will be offered in a two-semester schedule. Students begin this fall semester with a core set of classes earning 9 units, then continue on in the spring semester to complete the full 18.5 units needed to earn the BIW Certificate of Achievement. The first BIW cohort is expected to start in the fall 2018 semester, though some students have already started taking courses toward the certificate of achievement. 

The Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is helping to recruit students into the program by promoting it to their members and contacts via events, their website and social media channels. The chamber will also provide monthly engagement activities for the cohort, including job readiness workshops, such as resume writing or interviewing.

“We are excited for this new education pathway,” Mathur said. “We know what skills businesses are looking for in administrative employees and we are grateful to Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for their support and dedication to workforce development."

For more information on the BIW certificate, go to www.ivcbiw.com.​

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