Weekly roundup: Ocean View students complete exclusive business program, education career fair approaches, and more

Ocean View High School students with Life Science Intelligence founder, Scott Pantel.
(Courtesy of Life Science Intelligence)

Four juniors and four seniors from Ocean View High School were selected to participate in a six-week business academy hosted by Life Science Intelligence.

Reported by the Daily Pilot, the medical device-focused marketing research and events company based in Huntington Beach hosts its yearly entrepreneur business academy to help local students build their professional skills while gaining mentorship advice from industry professionals.

Company founder Scott Pantel told the Pilot that the program typically signs on four students. However, all eight applicants from the Ocean View Business Academy were too impressive not to be chosen.

This group of interns had the opportunity to learn from experts on topics that include marketing, sales, accounting, finance and communications. As part of their final project, students will present their individual pitch on an imaginary medical device company they have thought up.

Ocean View senior Evyn Lewis told the Pilot that this was the perfect opportunity for him to learn more about entrepreneurship.

“They’re very good about teaching stuff in a way that high school students will understand,” Lewis said. “They were very approachable, not intimidating at all. It was a great environment for us to experience, and to learn in.”

Each student will each receive a certificate and a laptop after completing the program. One student will be selected for a paid internship and win a $2,000 educational scholarship.

Here are the other stories we’ve been following over the past couple weeks:

  • On Tuesday, Jan. 10, the Orange County Department of Education will host its 2023 Winter Career Fair for those interested in serving students through various roles, from speech and language professionals to instructional assistants, across 17 school districts.
2018 OCDE career fair
  • Kaiser Elementary School third-graders got to meet Vanessa Bryant and family to demonstrate what they have learned from “The Punies” Lesson Series, created by OCDE in partnership with the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation.
Vanessa, Natalia and Capri Bryant play a board game with third grade students.
(Photo credit: Presley Holloway)
  • Ahead of the winter break, students age 18 to 22 arranged and delivered holiday-themed floral bouquets for school employees as part of the Seamless Transition Enrichment Program, or S.T.E.P., in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
  • Los Alamitos Unified School District students are learning essential life skills while helping staff members throughout the district check grocery store items off their lists through the Adult Transition Program’s new Instacart service.
  • Capistrano Unified School District Deputy Superintendent Clark Hampton will assume the role of interim superintendent, replacing former Superintendent Kirsten Vital Brulte, who held the position since 2014.
  • Amid heavy rain, wind and snowfall over the New Year’s holiday weekend, school campuses across Northern California have fallen victim to damages caused by downed trees, flooding and power outages.
  • At Wednesday’s Orange County Board of Education meeting, parents and former students requested further information about recent allegations of misconduct at the Orange County School of the Arts, also known as OCSA.
  • Tustin High School is mourning the loss of beloved water polo coach Francisco “Paco” Gonzalez, who died on Monday at age 28.
  • The superintendent and assistant superintendent of education for the Orange Unified School District were placed on paid administrative leave following a 4-3 vote by the education board during a special meeting Thursday.
  • Edison High School is mourning the loss of math teacher Aaron Pines, who died last month after a long battle with cancer. As head varsity baseball coach at Los Amigos High School, Pines led the team to their first league title in the history of the program last season.

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