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  • Salute to Education


    The Brea Chamber of Commerce is proud to present Salute to Education, a month long celebration of lifelong learning. This program is designed to showcase the benefits of lifelong learning, highlight the tremendous educational opportunities our community has to offer, and to unite the efforts of the business community and local educational institutions in support of the next generation workforce.

    February 2013

    Events will be held throughout the community during the month of February, including:


    Poster Contest

    To kick off the Salute, Brea Olinda Unified School District high school students were encouraged to submit artwork that embodies the spirit of the salute for a poster contest. Submissions were to showcase the relationship between education and a promising future.

    In order to highlight what high quality, creative pieces can be produced when students have an opportunity to receive instruction in the arts, Brea Cultural Arts commissioners were asked to judge the submissions. A winning entry was selected, and will be used in the marketing of all events for the 2013 Salute to Education. Yazin Dibavar, the winning artist, will receive a $250 scholarship for 'Our Glass'. Click here to view the piece.

    Principal for a Day

    Friday, February 15

    Locations and times vary

    Please join us in kicking off the Salute to Education by being principal for the day at a Brea Olinda school. This is an excellent opportunity for business leaders in the community to experience our schools firsthand. Participants will spend the morning shadowing a principal, visiting class rooms, doing morning rounds and discussing the issues critical to our local school system. After lunch on campus, all participants will come together at Farrel's to discuss their experience over dessert.

    Local business leaders interested in participating in this program should contact the Brea Chamber as soon as possible. Space is limited, so please sign up early to ensure your receive a spot! Contact Karalee Watson at (714) 529-3660 for details.

    North Orange County Workforce Development Summit

    Wednesday, February 20  ::  7:30 - 10 AM

    Embassy Suites: 900 E. Birch Street, Brea

    Is your company ready to transition to a 21st century workforce? How will your company respond to the inevitable boomer brain drain? Are you prepared for the changes GenY will bring to your company culture? The ability to attract and retain an effective next generation workforce is vital for long-term growth. Understanding educational  trends, as well as the opportunities and unique challenges facing North Orange County employers will allow you to develop an effective succession plan.

    Presentations include:


    • Doing what Matters for Jobs and the Economy
      Vice Chancellor Van Ton-Quinlivan
      California Community College
    • Workforce Indicators
      Brea Chamber of Commerce
    • Succession Planning to Preserve your Corporate Know-How
      Vu Pham PhD, Partner
      Spectrum Knowledge Inc.


    Register online


    STEAM Fair and Education Expo

    Thursday, February 21  ::  5 - 8 PM

    Brea Olinda High School Auxilliary Gym: 789 Wildcat Way, Brea

    The Chamber is presenting the 2013 STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Math) Fair to emphasize the skills needed for employees to excel in an increasingly technology-based business environment. This event is open to the public and community members are encouraged to attend and see the exciting displays provided by the youth of Brea.

    Explore the benefits of lifelong learning through the tremendous educational opportunities our community has to offer at the Education Expo.


    EXHIBITORS: Limited space still available. Contact Karalee Watson at (714) 529-3660 for more information.

    Summer Job & Internship Fair

    Thursday, February 28  ::  9 AM - 1 PM

    Brea Olinda High School Quad: 789 Wildcat Way, Brea

    JOB SEEKERS: Looking for employment experience? Visit with business with summer job openings and internships.

    EMPLOYERS: No cost to participate! Contact Karalee Watson at (714) 529-3660 for more information.

    Job Shadow

    Ongoing throughout the school year


    STUDENTS: Want to learn what it’s really like to be in the career of your choice? Brea high school students will be matched with local businesses to experience first hand what a day in the workplace is like.

    EMPLOYERS: Job shadow is an excellent opportunity for local Brea Businesses to host a high school student interested in their field. Businesses can sign up to provide three to four hours of time for a local high school student to come to their business and experience first hand what a day in the workplace is like. Scheduling for this program is very flexible, we can accommodate almost any day you are willing to host a student.

    Local business leaders interested in participating in this program should contact the Brea Chamber as soon as possible. Contact Karalee Watson at (714) 529-3660 for details.

    Salute to Education Sponsorship

    Due to the wide variety of events and programs associated with the month long Salute to Education, sponsorship provides an exceptional marketing and public relations opportunity for your business. Exposure across a wide spectrum of groups — from community members to business leaders to educators — offers unparalleled exposure for your business. Sponsorship opportunities are available to fit every budget.


    For more information or custom sponsorship packages, contact Chamber CEO Sharon Wagner at (714) 529-3660.


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