Spring Break for students has become synonymous with “partying.” Scenes of young people in bikinis and shorts, playing in the sand, and staying up all night are not unusual. This year, spring break means something different to 30 ITEP students, who have decided to PREPARE for their future, rather than PARTY.
Through the new ITEP Job Shadow Pilot Program, students from GESA at Banning High School, SPEA at San Pedro High School, and GBAC at Carson High School will have a first-time experience at ITEP’s Industry Partners’ facilities to discover some of the career opportunities that are available locally, and to see the skills and experience that is expected in a professional environment.” We wanted the students to be actively engaged so that they can learn firsthand what it takes to succeed in these industry settings,” commented Harlene Stanley, ITEP Program Manager.
More than 50 juniors competed for the 30 limited spots overall at the three academies. Students were selected based on how well they completed the job application process including cover letter writing, resume preparation, interviewing and professionalism. For GESA juniors, each completed three Employment Preparation workshops for the LA Youth at Work Certification Program (Resume, Job Application, Interviewing Skills). GBAC and SPEA juniors each completed four on-campus Employment Preparation workshops (Resume, Cover Letter, Job Application, Interviewing Skills), with workshop materials developed by Harlene Stanley.
The selected juniors will be shadowing at some amazing companies: GESA students will be shadowing a Calscience Environmental Chemistry Laboratory, Valero Refinery, SA Recycling, or the US Coast Guard. GBAC students will have their “shadow” opportunities at Shell Pipeline, NYK/Yusen Logistics, Watson Land Company, or Custom Goods Logistics Warehouse, Distribution and Transportation Services. SPEA students will have their “shadow” time at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, US Coast Guard, West Basin Container Terminal (WBCT), or JMC2 Civil Engineering.
All selected students will receive 5 hours of community service, which is a requirement for academy graduation, and will develop and submit a report on their job shadowing experiences – detailing the skills necessary to succeed in these careers. They will also have the opportunity to see how high school helps pave the way for their goals, and how additional education can help them to achieve even higher possibilities.
This has truly been a team effort between ITEP, ITEP academies and ITEP industry partners to develop this program. We look forward to this becoming an annual event for juniors to give them this “real-world” experience, and encourage them to graduate, be job-ready and college prepared!
Stay tuned to hear what ITEP’s industry partners though about the program and what the students learned through their experience!