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January 26, 2016

Founding IOC Partner Selected as Top Serial Entrepreneur for 2016

IOC Founding Partner Elim Kay, was recently selected as one of the top serial entrepreneur winners for the 2016 CES Mobile Apps Showdown. You can learn more about his experience in 2016 CES winners share success secrets for the enterprise.
January 11, 2016

IOC Founding Partner Honored as a Woman of Influence

IOC Founding Partner Megan Lynch, was recently named to the L.A. Biz list of honorees for its 2016 class of Women of Influence. The program recognizes women business leaders in the Los Angeles area who innovate, succeed and “pay it forward.”
October 30, 2015

IOC Members Champion Charter Schools

Young Minds in the Balance: Discover how public education is changing in Orange County, who is leading the charge and why community leadership and philanthropic involvement are critical right now. IOC members and Orange County Advisors in Philanthropy (OC AiP) presented “Young Lives in the Balance” featuring Bill Podlich, Andy Horowitz and Dr. Pamela Lawrence Horowitz. They spoke about charter schools as a proven way to help those most at-risk in Orange County’s failing schools. Discover how these nationally recognized visionaries are leading a coalition of parents, teachers, philanthropists and government officials to rewrite the story for children’s education in Orange County, […]
October 15, 2015

Supporting the ChartersOC Initiative

Innovators in Our Community (IOC) and California Charter Schools Association announced a unique partnership on November 7, 2014, to increase the development of additional high-performing and high quality schools in our local orange county communities – ChartersOC. Together these two amazing organizations are working to support the ChartersOC Initiative.
October 2, 2015

A Quality Education for All: Bridging the Opportunity Gap in Orange County

Why Did IOC Partner with the CCSA to create ChartersOC? The creation of ChartersOC was based on the need to address the following educational deficiencies that plague Orange County’s low income learners: 45% of Orange County’s fourth graders are not reading at grade level, this is a critical indicator of a student’s future academic success or failure 254,000 students, more than half of Orange County’s students, are eligible for free or reduced meals, meaning they live below the poverty line. A large number of these students are concentrated in the northern part of Orange County and have limited access to high quality schools. The state has identified 125 failing schools in Orange County Is There a Solution? Why Charter Schools are a Good Answer for the Community We believe the demonstrated success of high quality charter schools speaks for itself. The number of high school graduates completing all college preparatory coursework is 4 times higher at charter schools that it is […]