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Vital Link of Orange County Announces 2014 STEM & the Arts Career Showcase, in Partnership with OC Fair Imaginology

Hands-on opportunity for students to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, math and the arts to be held April 11-13 at the OC Fair & Event Center.

Costa Mesa, CA, March 22, 2014 --( Vital Link of Orange County announced today it will host the 2014 STEM & the Arts Career Showcase, in partnership with OC Fair Imaginology, at the OC Fair & Event Center on April 11th, 12th, and 13th. The showcase will be a collaboration of sponsors and exhibitors from the corporate, education, and nonprofit worlds coming together to create an engaging, interactive career exploration experience for students emphasizing careers in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and the arts.

Over 4,000 students and families are expected to attend this free event featuring hands-on exhibits, experiential workshops, speakers, and industry and education displays focused on inspiring middle school, high school, and community college students to explore, discover, and connect to their future careers.

Vital Link’s President and CEO, Kathy Johnson, reminds us that, “Youth today need to see the relevance of the information they are getting in school. Making the connection between what they are learning and how they can apply it to their life and future career is essential. Interactive exhibits, meeting the experts, college demonstrations, and opportunities to build their skills are only a part of what attendees will experience during the three-day showcase.”

The showcase will include: Vital Link’s hands-on career exploration exhibits (for design, engineering, environmental sciences, health sciences, and transportation), industry speakers, industry demonstrations and interactive exhibits, student science and engineering displays, an interactive robotics competition featuring student-built robots, alternative fuel vehicles designed by Orange County high school and college student teams for the 2014 Energy Invitational, digital media arts competition displays, a student-designed fashion show hosted by Fashionomics Live!, a movement workshop led by Tim Stevenson (choreographer for A-list musicians), community college exhibits, STEM-related nonprofit organization exhibits (with information about internships and paid positions), a job recruitment area, live entertainment featuring successful young performers, and much more.

Current sponsors include Bank of America, KSBR 88.5 FM, OC Fair & Event Center, OC Fair Imaginology, Orange County Workforce Investment Board (OC WIB), QBE, Saddleback College, Southern California Edison, State Street, and SunPower.

To learn more about becoming an event sponsor or exhibitor, or to register a class field trip for Friday, April 11, please call Mary Tran at (949) 646-2520. For more information, please visit

About Vital Link of Orange County
Vital Link’s mission is to be the link between business and education to prepare students for the successful transition to a meaningful career. For students, Vital Link provides experiences, resources, and tools to assist them to identify their career options and explore, discover, and connect to their future career. For educators and businesses, Vital Link is the “go to” place for business and education to connect, bringing relevance into the classroom and helping to develop a well-prepared workforce. For more information on Vital Link, please visit

This program is conducted in partnership with the Orange County Workforce Investment Board, as funded through the U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation Fund. This WIA Title I financially assisted program or activity is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. If you need special assistance to participate in this program, call (714) 562-9200. TDD/TTY users, please call the California Relay Service at (800) 735-2922 or 711. Please call 48 hours in advance to allow the Orange County One-Stop Center to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this program.
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Vital Link of Orange County
Mary Tran
(949) 646-2520

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