AOCDS Partners with UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business


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Santa Ana, CA – October 23, 2017

The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs is excited to announce its partnership with the University of California, Irvine Paul Merage School of Business. This collaboration will meet two needs: it will help our deputies and D.A. investigators better prepare for retirement through a series of investing courses provided by UCI and it will allow an underserved incoming ninth or tenth grader in one of our 13 contract cities to take part in the LIFEvest Financial Literacy Program.

The LIFEvest program was started in 2011 as a one-week pilot program and has turned into a highly sought-after summer residential program for young men and women across Southern California. It was designed to instill a strong desire for understanding financial matters, encourage admission into a four-year college or university, and inspire confidence and success in all areas of life.

UCI LIFEvest Financial Literacy Program Steering Committee Chair Laurie Dubchansky, CFP® says she’s proud to support the Center for Investment and Wealth Management, and its programming. “We teach life planning and financial literacy within a 7-day residential program. While our fundraising is dedicated to this program, we volunteer in the community to bring quality education to those asking to further their financial knowledge. We are proud to give back to those who serve us well, as it is their protection that enables our continued work.”

AOCDS President Tom Dominguez adds that he’s excited about this partnership and looks forward to seeing how it grows in the future. “This is a win win for the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs and the UCI Paul Merage School of Business. We want to do everything we can to help our peace officer members be financially prepared for retirement. UCI professionals will give them the knowledge and background they need to make smart investment decisions. We also take great pride in knowing that by sponsoring a young, promising student with limited opportunities, we’re allowing the individual to gain crucial information that will help them thrive in life.”

Our first investing class for AOCDS members is set for tomorrow, October 24th, and the 2018 LIFEvest program is already gearing up. Candidates for LIFEvest will be suggested by leaders at local organizations, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Operation Jump Start and KidWorks, starting in November with applications due by April 1, 2018. The steering committee at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business will then choose the scholarship winners. The camp takes place this summer on the UCI campus – the program for young men will be held July 8th-14th and the program for young women will be July 22nd-27th. We look forward to being there to meet the youngster we’re sponsoring.

For more information on UC Irvine’s LIFEvest Financial Literacy Program and how it can empower a teen you know with a pathway out of poverty, go to If you’d like to get involved or help sponsor a student, contact Lee Anne Maki at or call 949-824-8470.

The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs represents more than 2,800 active, retired and extra-help deputy sheriffs and district attorney investigators who proudly serve the more than 3.1 million people who call Orange County home. Its members cover the contract cities of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Stanton, Villa Park and Yorba Linda, along with the unincorporated areas of Orange County and the harbors of Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Dana Point.

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