With a theme for the day of “Trends in Technology & Innovation”, the Leadership Tomorrow, 2016 Education Day will be fast-paced and varied. Starting off the morning at the Cove – UCI Applied Innovation, there will be an interesting panel discussion with public school district professionals and a public foundation participant as well. Districts represented include the Newport Mesa and Tustin Unified School districts. Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro will represent Newport Mesa Unified and Robert Craven will represent Tustin Unified. Kellie Pedergest, of the Irvine Public School Foundation will share how they make a tremendous difference, supporting local public schools with the help of the community.
Matt Bailey, Chief Collaboration Strategist/Director for UCI Applied Innovation will provide information about how the Cove serves as an “entrepreneurial incubator” for new Orange County business ideas, especially related to technology.
Staying on the UCI campus but entering an entirely different field of study and innovation, the LT class will travel to the UCI Mind Center and learn about new, cutting-edge research and current developments in the areas of memory and memory-related diseases. A digital presentation and tour of the center will be provided by the Chief Administrator, Andrea Wasserman, assisted by Chelsea Cox, Education Coordinator.
Traveling to our local Orange County United Way headquarters in Irvine, Sergio Contreras, the UW Director of Education & Work-Based Learning will enlighten the LT class as to how Orange County is working to bridge the gap in education between different socio-economic groups within our county.
Making the final short trip, we will travel to the ATEP – Advanced Technology & Education Park in Tustin, for a tour and presentation by Corine Doughty, the Dean of Instruction, Economic & Workforce Development. The mission of ATEP is to offer applied education and training programs in current and emerging technological careers driven by innovative business, industry and education partnerships.