Industry Partners are the lifeblood of the International Trade Education Program’s eight ITEP academies. The participation of men and women from local business and community organizations is key to the success of each academy. Our partners help to raise students’ awareness of career possibilities and options, and demonstrate that we have a vested interest in their future. ITEP appreciates each of our partners!
This year, two local business partners have gone the extra mile to support academy students and staff. For their outstanding efforts and accomplishments, they are receiving the ITEP SPIRIT Award.
Bonnie Bair, ITEP’s COO, presented Don Herman with the SPIRIT Award at Shell’s Ribbon-Cutting event on June 15th. Don is the Area Manager from Shell Pipeline, and is a member of the Global Business Academy Advisory Board for Carson High School. Don is always ready, willing and able to support the academy students and staff. He organized and contributed to the “Apple for the Teacher” project to ensure that academy teachers received much-needed classroom supplies, provided classroom speakers and small group mentors for the students, scheduled and organized a facility tour, and participated in the Action Plan Committee to help motivate students and increase board participation. Don’s winning attitude is contagious to all who come in contact with him.
ITEP salutes these two men who continue to demonstrate their passion to help and support ITEP’s mission to provide job-ready, college-prepared high school graduates. Carol Rowen, ITEP’s CEO, presented David Thornburg with the SPIRIT Award at the GESA Advisory Board meeting on June 24th. David is the Director of Public Affairs from SA Recycling, and is a member of the Global Environmental Science Academy (GESA) Advisory Board for Banning High School. During this last school year, David worked with the academy’s Lead Teacher to start an on-campus recycling program for student fundraising. He also became a corporate sponsor to present 49 GESA seniors with logo jackets. In addition, he supplied students with a facility tour, provided SA employees to be a part of the small group mentoring program, and recommended another staff member to become a part of the San Pedro Earth Alert Advisory Board. David is extremely community-minded and definitely believes in finding opportunities to give back.