OC World & UCI Forge Innovative Educational Partnership

October 10, 2023

OC World Announces New Collaboration
with UCI’s Center for Educational Partnerships

OC World is proud to announce a new partnership with UCI’s nationally and internationally recognized Center for Educational Partnerships.

The Center’s leader, Dr. Stephanie Reyes-Tuccio, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Educational Partnerships, and Dr. Manuel Gomez, Co-Founder of OC World, have agreed to initiate a special program that will provide professional level internship experiences to UCI students interested in pursuing careers in media and communications.

Selected students will have a unique Orange County based opportunity to engage in professional learning across the entire spectrum of OC World multi-media productions. Opportunities from research to news/narrative writing, from filming to editing and to final broadcast of OC World to 15.5 million viewers from Santa Barbara to San Diego over the KLCS-PBS channel.

“This exciting new partnership will connect UCI to our broader community in a powerful new way, allowing the public to access the latest advances in knowledge and public engagement opportunities across the campus from Science and Health to Humanities and the Arts. This partnership will also create valuable learning opportunities and paid internships to support the success of students interested in media and communications from all disciplines.” said Dr. Reyes-Tuccio.

“This new partnership will open up possibilities and opportunities for UCI students to learn from an internship experience with a professional media organization, right here in Orange County,” said Dr. Gomez. “We want to extend our deep appreciation to Dr. Reyes-Tuccio for her vision and leadership.”

Dr. Reyes-Tuccio will be the opening speaker at OC World’s “Sponsors Appreciation” event 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday 18 October at The Cove UCI. Reservations required.

Joone Kim-Lopez’s Inspiring Journey to OC World

Discover the remarkable journey of Joone Kim-Lopez, host / co-producer of the award-winning KLCS-PBS TV show OC World, and General Manager / CEO of the Moulton Niguel Water District. In an article written by Elysse James for the digital publication Behind the Badge (and re-published in Korea Daily), Joone discusses her journey of immigrating to the United States as a child, facing language barriers and bullying in school, and eventually evolving into a police officer, water district CEO, and public affairs TV show host. “We’re all people at the end,” Joone says in the article. “Especially right now, when society seems so polarized and opinionated, I think it’s good to pause and hear someone else’s perspective in a nonthreatening way…we can take some big topics and distill it to where it just is more connecting.”

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