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Coastie for a Day: Careers at a Berth and Beyond

It’s not every day that you get to meet an intelligence specialist, an electrician, a recruiter, and a K9 unit all on the same day. However, that’s exactly what ITEP students were able to do during ITEP’s Day of Discovery at the U.S. Coast Guard Base, Los Angeles-Long Beach. Students from Barstow, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, and Phineas Banning High Schools spent the day in San Pedro to explore careers offered by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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ITEP students explore a U.S. Coast Guard “helo” after it lands on the Los Angeles-Long Beach base during our “Day of Discovery.”

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ITEP students visited stations throughout the base to explore U.S. Coast Guard careers. At this station, students received a demo on the Coast Guard’s role in handling oil spills.

Check out more photos from our recent Day of the Discovery here and don’t forget to LIKE our Facebook Page!

In collaboration with the Coast Guard’s Partnership in Education (PIE) Program and thanks to the great support from PIE Coordinator LTJG Kristen Bradley, ITEP students began their field trip by watching a Coast Guard “helo” (helicopter) land on the base.

After receiving a very warm welcome from the Sector Commander and Captain of the Port Jennifer Williams, students then explored stations throughout the base to learn about search and rescue, emergency response, law enforcement, medical services, navigation, and the branch’s K9 unit. ITEP students were also introduced to Coast Guard Officer Programs available to college students.

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Our great Coastie plays the role of an injured patient while ITEP students work together to place a neck brace on him.

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ITEP students explore the U.S. Coast Guard Boat Station to learn about search and rescue and navigation.

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At this particular station, ITEP students learn about law enforcement and security practices within the U.S. Coast Guard.

When asked what he loved most about ITEP and activities like Day of Discovery, Cristian said, “Getting to meet new people, honestly. Getting to know their stories and all that – how they came to be where they’re at and what they had to go through to become who they are now. That’s what I love the most.”

“I learned a lot about the Coast Guard… You have a lot of opportunities available for you. There’s a little bit more freedom than any other branches… I really, really like this place,” he added. Cristian is a current ITEP Junior from Barstow High School’s Mojave Express Logistics Academy (MXP).

 We thank our Coasties for showing ITEP students that there are men and women in uniform who care about their futures and the endless careers that wait for them at a berth and beyond.

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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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Exploring Careers in Long Beach (ECLB) Completes Its First Year with a Culmination and Competition

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Thank you Long Beach Memorial Medical Center for being a gracious supporter and host of ECLB!

ITEP’s newest program, Exploring Careers in Long Beach (ECLB) completed its first year at Cabrillo High School – Go Jaguars!

On June 7th, fourteen ECLB students joined by parents, ECLB advisory board members and ITEP staff came together at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center to participate in a celebration and competition.

It was a culmination like no other, thanks to program sponsors like APM TerminalsTesoro, Bandai Foundation, and so many others.

In preparation for the event, ECLB sophomores split up into six groups to showcase the knowledge acquired during their time in the program. Each group represented one of the following industries: education, environmental science, global shipping, healthcare, innovation and entrepreneurship, and transportation.

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Event Chair, Jesse Urquidi of P2S Engineering checks out the Environmental Science exhibit designed by ECLB students.

Students prepared presentations and designed table-top exhibits; and in the middle of the prep work – printing, cutting, gluing, practicing speeches, not a single navy blue, ECLB polo was left without a tug of the collar.

ECLB “grads” were nervous, but ready.

During the first hour of the culmination, industry judges from visited each student group table to select the best project based on industry knowledge, life skills learned and career opportunities within the industry. We were fortunate In the end, there was only one winner – the Innovation and Entrepreneurship team.

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ECLB Culmination judges (Darick Simpson, Long Beach Community Action Partnership; Marianne Venieris, CITT/CSULB; Sharifa Batts, Ports America; Tony Williamson, TTSI; Bonnie Bair, ITEP) visit the Transportation exhibit to hear a student presentation.

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Judges visit the ECLB Healthcare exhibit.

Big congratulations to Bottreychip, Brenda, Jeth and Valentino for their hard work. Each winning team member received bragging rights and a $100 cash prize. Could we have a future Steve Jobs in the midst?

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The winning ECLB team, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, show off their Benjamins. Far left: Amy Grat, ITEP. Far right: Stacey Jones, CH2M Hill; Matt Brown, Cabrillo High School.

Then there were the parents, who mingled with industry partners and cheered their sophomores on – they would see their children cross the stage twice during their time as high school parents.

All students received the first official ECLB certificates of completion. In addition, four special awards were presented to Cabrillo High over-achievers. We’re looking at you, Ivan, Naima and Valentino!

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Ivan Ibarra, ECLB Student, receives a Workshop Perfect Attendance Award. Three other students also received special recognition awards.

So what’s next for ECLB?

All first-year ECLB students will move into the second phase of the program that will involve welcoming and mentoring new ECLB students – these juniors will be the new ITEP ambassadors!

A successful night marked the beginning of a new chapter for ECLB and we welcome all who wish to be part of the next ECLB journey. Join our ECLB Advisory Board, host a future workshop or make a donation. Want to be involved in another way? Let us know.

Help Cabrillo High students explore careers in Long Beach and cross another culmination stage. Student dreams can only get bigger and that’s not bad for Long Beach or the support groups that stand behind them.

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The lovely ECLB ladies from the Colleges & Education group. Good job!

We would like to thank all sponsors, supporters, ECLB advisory board members, ITEP staff, volunteers, ECLB students and parents for helping us launch our first after-school program and ECLB culmination ceremony and competition. Special recognition to ECLB Advisory Board Chair, Stacey Jones of CH2M Hill and Event Chair, Jesse Urquidi of P2S Engineering.

Thank you all for nurturing the little idea that could. 

For additional ECLB Culmination photos, visit the ITEP 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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Delivering Goods and Dreams: SWAG Explores Careers in Transportation

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View of the ICTF (Intermodal Container Transfer Facility) at Union Pacific Railroad in Long Beach, CA.

A trip on the big, yellow school bus took SWAG (Students with Ambitious Goals) participants from Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo High School through an adventure in the world of transportation and logistics. Could freight be fascinating? Both students and teachers thought so. The SWAG group divided into two small groups and began their two separate journeys on a chilly, Tuesday afternoon. The first group was dropped off at TTS-I (Total Transportation Services, Inc.) in Rancho Dominguez, CA. The second SWAG group visited Union Pacific Railroad in Long Beach, CA.

“It was cool because you see everything that comes with getting things transported across the US,” stated Regina, Cabrillo High sophomore and SWAG participant. Regina hopes to major in engineering, specifically sound engineering. She admits that although the trip didn’t directly relate to her desired major, it gave her plenty to think about.

“The SWAG program helps me with engineering. By looking at many areas, it gives me more ideas about what I want to be in the future,” stated Regina. “Everything is hands on and it’s self-motivating. If you want it, you go for it.”

At TTS-I, students and staff were given a warm welcome by Tony Williamson, Director of Business Development and Marketing and Timothy Watts, Director of Warehouse Operations and the group’s official tour guide.

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SWAG participants and teachers from Cabrillo High School view TTS-I’s new zero emission, hydrogen-powered truck.

The first stop included a view inside the company’s new zero emission, hydrogen-powered truck. The SWAG group was able to see and feel the inside of the truck and its instrumental panel. Over 100 of these “green” trucks are expected to hit the highways of Los Angeles (CA) and Houston (TX) by the end of the 2014.

The group then enjoyed a tour of an NEC Logistics warehouse where they viewed a variety of products – paper cups, molasses, glitter toy balls and shoes. “The kids and teachers were very engaged during the warehouse tour because they were able to witness the flow of freight in the US,” stated, Tony Williamson. “72 percent of freight in the US comes through the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles – these are the gateway to the nation.” As for TTS-I, the campus sees close to 200,000 shipments every year from locations worldwide.

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SWAG participants and Cabrillo High Schools teachers explore an NEC Logistics warehouse.

The last stops included a visit to dock where trucks are loaded and unloaded continuously, and a view of the TTS-I yard or “parking lot” for all company trucks. The tour completed with a hearty lunch and plenty of TTS-I swag to go around.

“Many students are not aware of the possible jobs/careers out there. By going on trips like this, they get a better understanding of how the world works and have more jobs/majors in college to consider. The amount of steps that it requires for something to get from the factory/farm to our shelves is amazing. The biggest impact for me was the incredible amount of coordination that is required between the different parties at each step,” stated Cabrillo High School teacher, Chelsea McCormick.

Over at Union Pacific Railroad, Cabrillo High sophomores met Andy Perez, the company’s Director of Port Affairs Corporate Relations. After enjoying pizza and refreshments, the SWAG group caught a bird’s eye view of the company’s ICTF (Intermodal Container Transfer Facility). Every day, containers are transported from the ports and taken to this facility. From here, the containers are double-stacked and await their journey via train through the Alameda Corridor and to various destinations in the US.

The SWAG group also traveled to the company’s tower – “the control room” for Union Pacific where they met the hard-working team that controls and monitors the items that come into Union Pacific 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The field trip sparked the curiosity of Brenda, another SWAG participant and aspiring lawyer.

“It gets me thinking about becoming a lawyer in this industry. I can benefit from all this later,” stated Brenda. This young sophomore is dreaming big and thinking big as well.

“The whole reason for being a lawyer is to help those that cannot be helped. I’m the first one (in my family) to go to college, so it’s my responsibility to assist others so that they give back. I started from scratch so I have to set the bar higher for others.”

It’s amazing what a field trip and freight can stir within the minds of young adults. They truly have swag and represent SWAG in the best way. We would like to send a huge “thank you” to our supporters and partners for making another great outing possible.

Now it’s time to plan the next field trip which will introduce SWAG to careers in building trades. Our gracious host will be the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers). Stay tuned!

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