About

We train our apprentices with real-world projects.

Our Mission and Vision

The Portal is a California non-profit corporation (501 (c) (3)). We hire and train apprentices in crucial skills that startups need, and give them the real-world experience by putting them on projects where they can practice and hone their skills. We shape the future of the local entrepreneurial community by empowering people and organizations to realize their potential. We cultivate individuals to meet the evolving needs of organizations by administering innovative training, apprenticeships, and job placement programs that focus on real-world experiences.

Our Purpose

The Portal began in 2013 to address two problems in the Orange County business community:

  1. Startups and businesses need access to quality, affordable resources to help them build out their ideas and continue growing their business.
  2. Students have problems finding jobs because many entry-level positions require previous experience.

 

We provide agency services powered by students and led by industry professionals. Startups and other companies can work with The Portal at a much lower rate than contracting an agency or outsourcing oversees. Our students are guided closely by industry professionals to form full technical and marketing teams.

Experential Learning

THE PORTAL STORY

  

Led by Self-Starters

The Portal, from the operation of the organization to the management of the apprenticeship programs, is led by our apprentice interns. We fully believe in giving our interns the opportunity to step up and lead, with our industry leaders guiding our apprentices in the right directions.

Entrepreneurship and Opportunities

The Portal is dedicated to training quality apprentices while giving them the opportunity to gain experience in entrepreneurship and what it takes to build a business.

Real-World Projects

We provide affordable digital marketing services to startup businesses to give these students a chance to practice their skills on real-world projects.

Quality Work

Apprentices in our digital marketing department are trained by industry professionals and get hands-on experience while working on client projects, giving businesses access to quality, professional work at a fraction of the cost.

Our Journey

The Portal was founded with the goal of closing the skills gap and giving students the opportunity to gain real-world experience.

2014

The Portal was founded with the goal of closing the skills gap and giving students the opportunity to gain real-world experience.

2014

The Portal launched its development apprenticeship program.

2015

The Portal launched its development apprenticeship program.

2015

The Portal’s first training cohort was completed, and we entered a period of growth in establishing the development program.

2016

The Portal’s first training cohort was completed, and we entered a period of growth in establishing the development program.

2016

The Portal launched its content marketing program.

2017

The Portal launched its content marketing program.

2017

The Portal launched its digital marketing program. Our first campaign went live in July, where we created our own ads to market our own program.

2018

The Portal launched its digital marketing program. Our first campaign went live in July, where we created our own ads to market our own program.

2018

What We Stand For

OUR CORE VALUES

  
  • We stay hungry and humble.
  • We take ownership.
  • We set clear expectations.
  • We collaborate often.
  • We have fun.

Core Team

Edwin Choi - Director of Digital Marketing

Michael Le – Director of Legal & Strategy

Kimber Smith-Filder – Content Marketing

Justine Young - Business Operations Manager

Nicole Wong - Digital Marketing Manager

Student Apprentices

Jasmin Arredondo - Accounting
Riley Tatum – Developer
Sophia Huang - Digital Marketing
Daly Leung - Digital Marketing
Bryan Le - Digital Marketing
Ian Han - Digital Marketing
Julia Wong - Digital Marketing
Michelle Doo - Digital Marketing
Sehyun Joseph Kim - Digital Marketing

Industry Advisory Board

Partnerships

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