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GPS Your Future 2013: More Than Just Numbers

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320 student attendees
27 exhibitors
25 ITEP staff, alumni, and board members
18 speakers
1 non-profit
1 university
1 community college

Who knew that an idea at an ITEP Board of Director’s retreat would’ve grown to this, even after just 4 years of inception? Our 4th Annual GPS Your Future event on October 11, 2013 had more to show off than BIG numbers. We had new additions, a revamped speaker series and stronger emphasis on new education initiatives; and it all happened within hours!

Like in previous years, trade, transportation and logistics were well-represented and well complemented by our new participants in the global business sphere – Avatronex, Prudential, StubHub Center, and Tesoro, just to name a few.

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The growth in exhibitors and participants made for an electrifying exhibit hall and recharged speaker sessions. Global industry professionals spoke about their “road to success” while sharing stories of personal and professional failure and success.

Higher education and technology also played a stronger role during the event. LA Harbor College represented their top programs (Architecture, Culinary Arts and Nursing) and were joined by CSU Dominguez Hills and the Fashion Institute of Merchandising and Design (FIDM). LA Harbor College counselors also led an interactive activity with the use of tablets, and a CSUDH Community College Outreach Officer presented a “how to transfer/get to college” session. Kudos to Sara, Dan and Pilar, our fantastic counselors/speakers! From career exploration to the discovery of an higher education pathway, ITEP students traveled through a road of their own in a matter of hours, and the results again spoke louder than any number.

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“Me, personally, all I wanted to do was go to the Marine Corps – that’s it – since I was about 6. Being here today, I figured out a few things I might want to do, like a marine biologist… or go into law enforcement – FBI, CIA, even a police academy. And it taught me something… if shoot for the moon and I miss, I’ll still land in the stars…” said Fernando, GBAC student at Carson High School.

Our teachers in attendance were also inspired.

“The questions you came up with and the interaction that you had with the adults who were presenting to you today – it was good. I was impressed,” said Holly Bowser, Lead Teacher for Barstow High School’s Mojave XP Academy, as she addressed her students.

“I learned a lot from this experience because of all of you.” And so did we.

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GPS Your Future continues to evolve thanks to our sponsors, supporters and team, and while the numbers will continue to grow (we’ll always strive for this), “bigger and better” will never be great without the time and talent from our business partners. Our students will continue to ask for more exhibitors, speakers and perhaps even cooler swag, but in the end, it’s the revamped or bigger dreams that make our event have plenty of heart. No big numbers can top that.

Want to get involved in GPS Your Future 2014 or other ITEP event? Let us know!

For event photos, check out our Facebook Page.

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Your Investments and a New Future

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Arturo Alcazar, 2013 Carol Rowen 180 Degree Award Winner from Barstow High School, Mojave XP Academy.

It’s three o’clock on a March 20th afternoon and the venue for our 13th Annual Scholarship is half full. The female students retouch their hair and make-up during quick restroom breaks. They hurry back to the dinner floor to place the finishing touches on their academy booths. Table centerpieces created by dinner’s host academy, ITA are positioned neatly between the condiments and table settings placed by MATCH students. Meanwhile, the boys in pressed dress shirts and coordinated ties assist with the “heavy lifting.” To the right of the stage, a GBAC student steams out the last wrinkles found on the Oh Snap! photo booth drapes. By four o’clock, new navy blue polo’s spring up in the middle of the floor. Our new ITEP students, Exploring Careers in Long Beach (from Cabrillo High School) arrive. All students were dressed for the dinner of their high school lives – the “interview” with that future boss and mentor is less than two hours away.

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From left to right: Oscar Reyes (MATCH Academy), ITEP Scholarship Recipient. Carson High GBA students meet Marilyn Roth, ITEP Board Member. Diana Medel (GESA Academy), Martin D. Chavez Scholarship Recipient.

Over 620 of our friends, students and supporters joined us at our 13th Annual Scholarship Dinner, “Investing in Our Youth” at the World Cruise Center in San Pedro. The biggest celebration in ITEP history lasted 3 1/2 hours and yet, so much took place.

Over 260 ITEP students came to face with future mirror images of themselves – the transportation executive, public official, business owner and philanthropist. On the other side of the guest list, over 350 trade, transportation and logistics professionals shook hands and conversed with their investment, our ITEP students. Guests senses were amplified with firm hand shakes, the knotting of a scholarship recipient’s tie by a sponsor, the nervous student voice at the beginning of a practice speech and a family-style meal prepared and served by MATCH Academy students.

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Clockwise: Soren Nielsen (Dachser Transport) talks with an ECLB student from Cabrillo High School. MATCH student begins to serve dinner guests. ITEP students pose with Amy Grat, ITEP CEO, Cynthia Ruiz, Deputy Executive Director of External Relations for the Port of Los Angeles and Mario Bermudez, President of Figueroa Capital Group.

Behind each adult presenter and speaker stood a rising student and star. One of our dinner VIPs, Los Angeles City Councilman, Joe Buscaino introduced our first student speaker, Maria Navarro. Maria shyly approached the stage. Her petite frame let out a firm tone and in between bright smiles, she won the cheers of her academy (GESA) and the crowd – she had nailed it and the celebration had begun. Our 8 ITEP scholarship recipients followed. Their faces were happy and anxious in the limelight. Then came our LA Air Cargo Association Scholar, Silvia Cardona of ITA, FTA/LAFFCBA Scholar, Ruby Silva of GBAC and HAIC Scholar, Ruth Lopez of GSS.

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Clockwise: Maria Navaro (GESA), “Invest in Youth” student speaker poses with John Howland, ITEP Board Member and Dinner Chair from Cerrell Associates. Diana Jauregui (ITA), “Think Globally Earn Locally” student speaker. LA City Councilman Joe Buscaino addresses dinner guests.

Suddenly, with hands filled with certificates it all became real. ITEP students took their seats feeling different – they were scholarship recipients, winners, and future college students. Soon after, the spirit of a “Toro” filled the room. The Chavez family took the stage and accepted the 2013 Bill Stein Memorial Leadership Award on behalf of the late CSUDH alum and Port of Los Angeles employee, Martin D. Chavez. Behind them stood a memorable photo of Martin. His spirit was present as we presented three new Martin D. Chavez scholarships.

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Family members of Martin D. Chavez take the stage to accept his Bill Stein Memorial Leadership Award.

Then came the night’s “it” moment: the standing ovation received by Arturo Alcazar, our Carol Rowen 180 Degree Award from Barstow High School. With inspiration at a new high, Tom Good from Matson took the stage to introduce the last student speaker and scholarship recipients: Diana Jauregui from ITA (our last student speaker), Nguyen Pham from GGLA, Paola Aguirre from ITA and Viviana Vela from GESA. All 4 students received Matson Scholarships, the first four of a three-year commitment from this extraordinary shipping line.

Arturo returned to the stage to introduce our “Educator of the Year” and his principal, Derrick Delton. Happy tears were seen across the room as Derrick delivered his speech. Barstow High School came out a winner!

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Barstow High School Principal, Derrick Delton speaks to dinner guests after accepting the ITEP 2013 “Educator of the Year” award.

To close the night, Tesoro, our 2013 “Keeper of the Flame” awardee sent Dan Carlson, Vice President of Marketing and Refining, to the stage to become the night’s advocate for ITEP and our youth. Thank you, Tesoro!

“We are proud to not only be sponsors but also partners of the ITEP programs. Being partners of an educational program that emphasizes the importance of skills and educational demands in our industry sector gives students the preparation and exposure to endless possibilities in careers that are not only viable, good paying but also transferable to many sectors. For this reason we are not only excited to be partners but also appreciative for the recognition,” stated Brissa Sotelo, External Affairs Manager of Tesoro.

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To our supporters and sponsors, we thank you for investing in our students and ITEP. Your generosity made an ordinary school night special. Masters and protégés met, college and career dreams emerged while others were solidified. The journey for many is just beginning.

To view more 2013 Scholarship Dinner Photos, please visit the ITEP Facebook Page here.

To our 2013 ITEP Scholarship Dinner Sponsors
A heartfelt thanks to all for your immense generosity!

To our 2013 Scholarship Recipientscongratulations to all of you. You have made ITEP and your community proud!

 

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ITEP Students Give Back with Heart

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GESA students get ready to walk the parade route.

What does community service mean to high school students? One normally expects to hear the descriptions of ‘obligation’ or ‘responsibility.’ However, what if the answer came with a pleasant surprise? What if service to the community also celebrated the rich diversity of a Harbor neighborhood and prompted the desire to do more? The standard theme of giving back during the holidays took on a different and powerful meaning in Wilmington, California.

ITA students, Flor and Mayra pose for a quick photo.

ITA students, Flor and Mayra pose for a quick photo.

It happened on Sunday, December 9. Ninety-six students from Banning High School volunteered at the 25th Annual Heart of the Harbor Holiday Parade in Wilmington, and proudly represented all four ITEP-supported academies: GESA, GSS, ITA and MATCH. Wilmington streets filled with floats, marching horses, performers and school/community bands. The festive ensemble traveled through Avalon Boulevard, from ‘E’ to ‘M’ Street and included several ITEP students who walked in the parade with their academy banners and those from various sponsors. Meanwhile, GSS monitored the parade crowd and several GESA students provided snacks to volunteers.

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GESA students from Banning High School show their academy pride.

For Julia, 11th grader and GSS student, participating in the Wilmington Parade gave her the opportunity to share her pride for her program. “It means a lot to me because it’s the first year I’m in GSS, and it’s great to help the community. I like the program. I would tell my peers and younger people to volunteer because you will have those memories that you did something good for the community and made it better.”

11th grader and ITA student, Flor defined community service as a way to give back on the front end while learning professional skills for the future. “Community service means giving back and being in front of the community. It’s a good thing – you learn how to approach different people and how to act professionally.”

Of course, there was also the mention of community pride. “Being proud of your community is also a part of community service. Don’t just think of community service as a physical activity.”

A GSS student walks along the Banning High School drill team.

A GSS student walks along the Banning High School drill team.

“It’s better to give than to receive. We all cooperate to let people know that we can make a change. We need to fix the world – organize and clean the planet so we can start doing bigger things,” stated Luis, 12th grader and GESA student who definitely placed an environmental focus on his answer of what community service means to him.

Luis also opened up about the opportunities GESA and volunteering has provided. “You see the world in a different perspective. You also learn to talk to people. I was very timid at first, but then I ran for VP of the GESA academy and won. This year, I was elected as president.

Later in the parade, we caught up with Luis who was riding a skateboard with another GESA student. They laughed and joked as they approached the start line of the parade with their GESA banner – just another set of ordinary teenagers, full of heart and very capable of accomplishing great things. Community service didn’t end here. These students have more to explore and offer. It’s up to us to not just follow their lead, but keep them strong and motivated.

ITEP students ready to march with a Port of LA banner.

ITEP students ready to march with a Port of LA banner.

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MATCH Experiences the Professional Side of Fruit

MATCH-visits-Dole-img1Do you remember the first time you came across the Dole sticker on a banana or other piece of fruit? The memory isn’t a strong one for most – it’s a minimal detail that is expected and unnoticed at the same time. The blue, red and yellow logo has found a natural place in the surfaces of many fruits and if you think about it a little further, visions of plantations and fields come to mind. Among all this imagery, the business side of Dole becomes a little difficult to imagine, yet it exists. Dole is not just a banana company, but a Fortune 500 company and ITEP supporter.

MATCH-visits-Dole-img2Thirty MATCH students from Banning High School traveled to Dole Food Headquarters in Westlake Village (CA) to experience the best of Dole, as a food company and professional entity. The students along with MATCH lead teacher, Janet Furuya, learned that careers at Dole are anything but dull.

“It’s great to show our students different career options and present to them what the corporate world can offer. A lot of these students think they can only work in restaurants, so we wanted to show them there are so many more opportunities available if they work hard and pursue their passion,” stated Janet.

Students met Diana Jansson-Hamilton, Director of Global Trade Compliance and the company’s CFO, Keith Mitchell. The speakers introduced MATCH to the brand story behind Dole, the fresh fruit supply chain and the many job opportunities available – from shipping bananas to writing about them in social media.

Of course, the trip to Dole was not complete without a visit to the company’s own test kitchen. MATCH students tasted the newest company product, Dole Fruit Smoothie Shakers, and had the opportunity to create their own signature Dole juice blends. Product quality tests that check for density, color and taste also took place – a tough job, but MATCH students stepped in with ease to complete the task. Donna Skidmore, Director of Consumer Affairs and Vasso Panag, Laboratory Manager of Dole Packaged Foods were instrumental in making this portion of the trip interesting and interactive – we thank you!

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Dole professionals in Human Resources, Industrial Relations, Marketing and Social Media also addressed the students. Michael Contreras, Digital Marketing Manager, outlined the company’s social media strategy in an impressive presentation. The company uses various social platforms to connect with consumers and build a “Dole community.” Bananas and fruit as a whole were seen in a completely different light. In the end, there was plenty of swag, inspiration and bananas to share. Thank you, Dole.

To read more about MATCH and their visit to Dole, check out our latest newsletter. Sign-up to receive one today and learn about ITEP happenings and the many students that make our communities proud. For more photos on our visit to Dole, check out our Facebook page.

The ITEP team would like to send a warm and special thanks to Diana and Griselda Rapp for coordinating a once-in-a-lifetime Dole experience for our hard-working MATCH students.

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API scores are up!

ITEP congratulates all five high schools  we work with on increasing their API Scores! The Academic Performance Index is an achievement gauge for California public schools based on standardized test results. Carson High School alone improved their score by 37 points for an official API score of 689, the highest score among LAUSD South Bay High Schools! Way to go, Colts! This great achievement is a product of the successful community partnerships among the schools, ITEP, and its industry volunteers.  Together, we are helping our young people think globally and earn locally. Our students rock!

Carson High School API Score for 2012 – 689 (Improvement of 37 over last year’s score 652)

Banning High School API Score for 2012 – 682 (Improvement of 23 over last year’s score 659)

Barstow High School API Score for 2012 – 696 (Improvement of 22 over last year’s score 674)

San Pedro High School API Score for 2012 – 716 (Improvement of 5 over last year’s score 711)

Gardena High School  API Score for 2012 – 633 (Improvement of 15 over last year’s score 61)

“I would like to express my gratitude to ITEP for their support throughout the years at Banning High School and Gardena High School. The support that you give students in the Small Learning Communities through  Community Advisory Boards, career presentations, summer internships, team building activities, and student recognition are the reasons our students stay on task to graduate. The partnership established with ITEP has allowed the resources to create an environment that is personable and nurturing. It is an experience that all students involved in an ITEP Academy will remember for a lifetime. The students that have benefited from the ITEP Academies are making positive contributions in the PORT because of your organization. We salute you, and thank you as we move into yet another exciting year of partnership.” -Rudy  J. Mendoza Principal, Phineas Banning High School

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The D-Q 5: Going back to take it all… An awe inspiring comeback!

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An Awe-Inspiring Comeback!

By: Felicia Herrera, T.A, Banning High School Graduate of 2005

Working with high school students is like being on a roller coaster; there are ups, downs, spins, turns and unexpected winds and twists. A good example would be my personal experience with working with this year’s FHA-HERO, a group of students who are part of a chapter here at Banning High School. FHA-HERO is a student organization that focuses on all the different area of home economics, from Culinary Arts Display, Energy and Resource Conservation, Job Application and Interview, Applied Technology, to Fashion Design.  Within this organization students learn leadership skills, professionalism, responsibility and many other traits that help them become excellent members of society. Through FHA- HERO, students are also able to compete at regional, state, and national levels.

As I recall at this year’s competition, I’m sitting at the edge of my seat, waiting for the award ceremony to begin. Camera at hand, butterflies in stomach, and knees shaking; remembering how we did this time last year.

Last year, what we thought was going to end up in high spirits ended up being unbelievably devastating. All of our students were disqualified! It wasn’t because they were late or being irresponsible, but because of missing the customary dress check before the ceremony started. To our misfortune we were waiting in the wrong room. By the time we realized it, they were fifteen minutes late. The worst part is that shortly after they had to sit and witness other students receive what should have been their potential trophies and scholarships.  The first three hours of the bus ride home weren’t the most blissful. However, being the determined students they are, they chose not to give up. They decided they were not going to let this unfortunate incident defeat them; they were going to come home and get started on projects for next year’s competition that would surely knock the judge’s socks off  and bring home the gold! They were known as the “D-Q 5(Disqualified Five)…Going Back to Take it All” and that’s exactly what they did!

After months of hard work, all nighters, sweat, blood, burns, and tears, those same five students, now seniors, along with two others, accomplished the unthinkable. When the ceremony finally started I practically sprinted to the front of the room and waited for the winners to be announced. Before I knew it, tears began to fill my eyes as I heard every single one of our students’ names being called! Banning High School’s FHA-HERO Chapter placed the highest on almost every category they competed in!

Below is the list of this year’s winners:

Competition/ Category

Student/ Competitor

Place/ Award/ Prize

 

Decorated Wedding Cakes

Lipsia Rosales

1st Place

 

Appetizers

Jacqueline Rodriguez

$1000.00 Scholarship to Johnson and Wales

 $100.00 Cash

 

 

Culinary Arts Display

Jacob Griffith

Glen Hernandez

1st Place

And $100.00 Cash

2nd Place

 

 

 

Breads Display

Jonathan Alvarez

Michael Haynes

1st Place and “ Best of Show”

$1000.00 Scholarship to Johnson and Wales And $100.00 Cash, Plus an additional $250.00 for “Best of Show”

3rd Place, $100.00 Cash

 

 

Fashion Designer Recycled Garment

Jasmine Barajas

3rd Place, $100.00 Cash

As you can see the last two years have been a crazy roller coaster ride with the biggest down, yet the greatest up. The Banning High School FHA-HERO Chapter may have fell down and tumbled but they did not crumble! Against all odds, they picked themselves back up and had an awe-inspiring comeback!

I am proud to say that the Banning High School FHA-HERO Chapter of 2012 is personally one of the best groups of students I have ever had the pleasure to work with. After this whole experience, I have been tremendously inspired into not giving up on my dreams. I will personally continue to go to school and become a Home Economics Teacher and hopefully, in time, have my own FHA-HERO Chapter.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BANNING HIGH SCHOOL FHA-HERO CHAPTER OF 2012! YOU DID IT!!!

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Building dreams one scholarship at a time!

If every dream is built one step at a time, ITEP students took one giant leap on March 22, 2012 at the 12th Annual Scholarship Dinner, Building Dreams. Held at the World Cruise Terminal in San Pedro, nearly 600 students, teachers, and industry partners cheered on 12 ITEP seniors as they received well deserved scholarships and awards that will help them continue their success and dreams after high school.

Along with eight ITEP scholarship winners, Violet Paredes from GSS Academy won the HAIC Scholarship, and Alberto Limas from GESA won the LACBFFA Cecilia Castellanos Memorial Scholarship. Dennis Lord from Southern California Gas Company presented a scholarship to Nicole Diaz, a GESA Senior, and Dan Benoit, on behalf of the LACBFFA and FTA, presented the Rising Star! Award to Karima Dyes from Gardena High School’s Global Leadership Academy. The Carol Rowen 180 Degree Award went to Kaipo Soriano-Weeks, a hardworking and dedicated senior from GBAC at Carson High School.

ITEP was thrilled to present our Keeper of the Flame award to BNSF Railway, a longstanding supporter of ITEP and Mojave XP at Barstow High School. Trini Jimenez, Director of Government Relations and ITEP Board of Directors member, accepted the award along with Lawrence Dale, a retired BNSF employee and Mojave XP Advisory Board member. “We at BNSF are proud to be associated with such a remarkable organization. We look forward to continuing to support ITEP’s goal of building dreams and connecting students to jobs.” George Kolarov from Banning High School was recognized as ITEP’s Educator of the Year, and Tom Good from Matson received the Bill Stein Memorial Leadership Award.

MATCH and the Los Angeles Harbor College Culinary Arts Programstudents outdid themselves with their dazzling culinary creations. Led by MATCH Advisory Board member Chef Giovanni “Chef Gio” Delrosario, LAHC students delighted the crowd with scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, and MATCH dished up a wonderful pasta dinner with an impressive array of cupcakes and edible arrangements for dessert.

All in all, this year’s event was a stunning success, breaking all previous fundraising records. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, ticket takers and silent auction bidders, over $180,000 was raised to support the mission and programs of ITEP. Heartfelt thanks go out to our top sponsors — Port of Los Angeles, Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals, and Metro Ports – as well as to the dedicated members of ITEP’s Dinner Committee, led by Bill Collier, and the ITEP Board and Advisory Boards who devoted countless time and energy toward making this event successful.

 

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Video blog story by BNSF Railway

 

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