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And in the Last Quarter of 2015…

The last months of 2015 have flown, and 2016 is off to a fantastic start as we count down to the 16th Annual Scholarship Dinner, Oceans of Opportunity, set for Thursday, April 7, 2016. Save the date!

However, before we dive further into 2016, we’d like to share some of the great stories that made the last quarter of 2015 memorable. We thank you for everything you’ve done to help. ITEP students ended 2015 on a high note.

OCTOBER 2015

ITEP-2015 GPS FUTURE-CSUDHOur largest student outreach event, GPS Your Future, enabled almost 600 ITEP students to explore careers in maritime, finance, security, STEM, and the local trades (just to name a few) in an expanded expo hall and breakout sessions at CSU Dominguez Hills. Our industry partners shared insights with ITEP-supported career pathways in Barstow, Carson, Downey, Gardena, Harbor City, Los Angeles, San Pedro, and Wilmington. In total, 31 exhibitors, 34 speakers, and 9 sponsors joined us for the 6th annual career exploration event.

We would like to thank our event sponsors: California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), California Community Colleges – Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy hosted by Long Beach City College, Watson Land Company, Los Angeles World Airports, Real Property Collaborative, Los Angeles Harbor College, Bank of America, Comerica, and Santa Monica College.


 

ITEP-JA-Finance Park-Gardena High SchoolMore than 70 ITEP students from Gardena High School’s Global Leadership Academy learned the importance of financial responsibility at the Junior Achievement of Southern California Finance Park! In a real-life setting of stores, shops, and financial institutions, students learned about every day budgeting and the importance of making sound financial decisions.

Thank you, Junior Achievement of Southern California, for the opportunity to participate in this great event and for your continued support and partnership.


 

ITEP-DUSD-CCPT-2015ITEP began working with the Downey Unified School District (DUSD) to support the transformation of their career education programs district-wide. MADE: A Career Initiative launched in October 2015 and brought together the entire DUSD (elementary, middle, and high schools), the city of Downey, local businesses, and ITEP.

DUSD is a recipient of the California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) grant, and has subcontracted with ITEP to provide intermediary services such as internships. Our team is currently working with the DUSD and local partners to lead the development of an internship program that will be exclusive for Downey area youth.

“We are excited to expand upon the strong reputation we have built working with our LAUSD schools and move into a district-wide consultant role for Downey,” said Amy Grat, ITEP CEO.


 

ITEP-welcome banquets-Banning High SchoolEvery fall, ITEP freshmen receive a formal introduction to their pathways through Welcome Banquets. For Phineas Banning High School, this meant hundreds of new and bright faces in 5 pathways! All new students received a brief overview of ITEP, and opportunities/events available to them. The events also allow freshmen to practice their networking and team-building skills through activities and one-to-one interactions with ITEP staff and industry partners that serve as advisory board members, speakers, mentors, and internship providers.


 

ITEP-California Maritime Academy-Banning High School-Port of LATwenty-six ITEP students from Banning High School’s Global Safety & Security (GSS) Academy participated in the annual five-day trip to California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) in Vallejo, CA. Our 10th and 11th grade students imagined many maritime dreams, and completed basic safety training alongside Steve Mangold from the Port of Los Angeles, ITEP volunteer and GSS advisory board member.

Thank you, Metro Ports, for funding this field trip for 10 years running!


 

ITEP-PASHA-Banning High School-ITA-NYLF-2015Eighteen ITEP students from Banning High School’s International Trade Academy (ITA) traveled to Washington, D.C. for the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF). This year’s theme was National Security – Diplomacy, Intelligence & Defense. The six-day program prepared students for careers in defense, intelligence, and the diplomatic corps through a career fair, work site visits, and real-world simulations

We’d like to express our gratitude to Jeff Burgin and the entire PASHA team, who have sponsored this trip for the past 14 years!


NOVEMBER 2015

ITEP-Kevin Oliphant-Sedgwick-Carson High School-GBLGKevin Oliphant from Sedgwick visited ITEP students from Carson High School’s Global Business Law and Government (GBLG) pathway. Thirty-three students from GBLG’s Virtual Enterpise learned about Kevin’s career track, and received information on budgeting, financial analysis, and forecasting.

Thank you, Kevin and Sedgwick for investing in our students.


 

ITEP-Linked Learning-United Way-City National Bank-Dorsey High School-BCAMITEP and its Linked Learning partner, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, connected 26 students from Dorsey High School’s Business and Culinary Arts Management (BCAM) pathway with 8 City National Bank employees to learn about their career tracks in culinary arts, marketing, finance, digital production, event planning, and IT. Events like these that show students that bankers are not the only prominent figures in a financial institution.

A special thank you to City National Bank for showing students the way up! We are also grateful for our extraordinary partner, United Way.


 

ITEP-Carson High School-ESET-Tesoro-Republic ServicesITEP students from Carson High School’s Environmental Science Engineering and Technology (ESET) pathway mixed things up by coordinating a different type of welcome banquet for their freshmen. The “Prep For Success” Retreat welcomed 120 freshmen and 30 seniors to the South Coast Botanical Gardens. The all-day retreat allowed students to learn more about ESET and build their communication, leadership, and team building skills. These freshmen are on their way to high school success!

We would like to thank Tesoro and Republic Services who sponsored student swag for the event. We’d also like to acknowledge our host, the South Coast Botanical Gardens and last, but not least, Ms. Tammy Bird, lead teacher at Carson High School, and all staff/chaperones who support our students and staff year-round.


 

ITEP-LAWA-Day of Discovery-Carson High School-ESETTwenty-five ITEP students from Carson High School’s Environmental Science Engineering and Technology (ESET) pathway attended Day of Discovery presented by the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). Students interacted with more than 26 aviation-related companies and heard from General Kevin P. Chilton, Space Shuttle Endeavour Pilot, and Space Shuttle Atlantis Commander.

We’d like to thank LAWA for coordinating and inviting us to this wonderful event. We’d also like to acknowledge General Chilton for sharing his story about driving the Endeavour into space, and giving our students a special shout-out during the event.


 

ITEP-Jorge Martinez-Global Pro Logistics-Gardena High School-GLAITEP students from Gardena High School’s Global Leadership Academy heard from Jorge Martinez of Global Pro Logistics, and learned about Microsoft Office skills necessary to excel in any workplace. The presentation was part of “Ctrl+Alt+Del,” Workshop 2 of our 2016 Internship Program. In total, 134 potential interns will compete with their peers for summer internships this year!

Thank you, Jorge and Global Pro Logistics for dedicating time and resources to Gardena High School.


 

ITEP-22nd Annual Policy Conference-POLA-POLB-Carson-GardenaTeachers from Carson and Gardena High Schools joined ITEP staff at the Pat Brown Institute’s 22nd Policy Conference, “The Ports of LA and Long Beach: Links in a Chain.” The event is aimed at bringing additional light to the ports and supply chain world – industries that are unexplored by many, yet do so much to drive our local economies. We learned much in speeches from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, as well as the numerous industry panels.


 

ITEP-USCG-Day of Discovery 2015-Photographer RHuezoOur 7th Annual Day of Discovery event took place at the U.S. Coast Guard base in Terminal Island and proved to be our largest to date! More than 320 ITEP students from Barstow, Carson, Gardena, Phineas Banning (Wilmington), and San Pedro High Schools attended. New participants included Narbonne High School (Harbor City) and Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School (Carson) along with a new ITEP-supported business-themed pathway in San Pedro High School.

A total of 10 displays/demonstrations were available for exploration and represented U.S. Coast Guard careers in the areas of Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Medicine, Emergency Response, and Navigation.

We were also thrilled to welcome the Daily Breeze on the base. The paper included a short photo gallery of the event on their webpage. You can view it here.

Click here to view more event photos on our Facebook Page!

Special thank you to LTJG Shaun Doyle, Captain Jennifer Williams, and the rest of our Coastie friends at the U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach.


 

ITEP-United Way LA-Homewalk 2015ITEP staff participated in United Way’s 2015 HomeWalk and raised $1,042 to help end veteran homelessness in Los Angeles. Go ITEP team and United Way!


DECEMBER 2015

ITEP-2nd annual ITA Business Entrepreneurship Expo-Banning High School-ITAITEP students from Phineas Banning High School’s International Trade Academy (ITA) kicked off the 2nd annual ITA Business Entrepreneurship Expo. The event was created to prepare ITEP students for this year’s Virtual Enterprise Business Competition, set to take place in February. Students split up into teams and were given 60 seconds to pitch their businesses to a panel of judges. Each judge evaluated student groups in the following areas: marketing/sales, HR, elevator pitches, business plans, and website design.

We’d like to thank our business volunteers and supporters who contributed to the event’s success: Los Angeles Maritime Institute, Phillips 66, Port of Los Angeles Port Pilots, and Yusen Logistics.


 

ITEP-Narbonne High School-Business and Technology Pathway-Holiday Mixer 2015First the harbor, and now Harbor City! In early December, we celebrated our newly added Business and Technology career pathway at Narbonne High School with a holiday-themed mixer.

This new career pathway will follow the ITEP model and bring career awareness, career exploration, career training, and paid work experience to 418 students in the first year! Additionally, curriculum will be aligned to meet the pathway needs as well. Read more about the event here.

We’d like to acknowledge Los Angeles Harbor College, the Harbor City/Harbor Gateway Chamber of Commerce, LAUSD school district, and Narbonne High School teachers (especially our new lead teacher, Mrs. Carol Shaw-Loose) and staff for all their support and hard work. We’re ready to accomplish great things with these bright Gauchos!


 

ITEP-Ports America-West Basin Container Terminal-San Pedro High School-GEHFor the 3rd year, West Basin Container Terminal LLC (WBCT) and its parent company, Ports America, welcomed ITEP students from San Pedro High School’s Global Environmental House (GEH) to their terminal for a holiday luncheon, employee raffle, and exclusive tour. Students lunched with WBCT staff – clerks, managers, longshoremen, etc. Moreover, all proceeds raised from the employee raffle directly benefit our Pirates- $6,101 in total!

For many harbor area students, this was their first time exploring the working world that enables thousands of goods to move in and out of the Port of Los Angeles – and it’s all in their backyard.

We’re extremely grateful to call Ports America a lead partner. Their generosity goes above and beyond the classroom and into the community where so many of our youth are curious to explore their future careers. Thank you, WBCT and Ports America!


 

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We are so grateful for the outpouring of generosity from our supporters to the 2015 year-end fundraising campaign. This year’s contributions wildly exceeded our expectations – your donations surpassed the 2014 campaign by more than 500%! What an incredible way to end the month and year! Thank you!


 

ITEP-staff-Carson-Christmas 2015The stories and successes you are reading about here were made possible because of you. Your support has fueled our continued growth – we moved to a larger office space last summer and our team continues to grow to support the 88% increase of students in our network over the last school year.

We look forward to partnering with you in 2016 to inspire more college and career dreams.

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Five Things Students Learned at Our Annual “GPS Your Future” Event

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Expo hall at CSU Dominguez Hills filled with ITEP students during ITEP’s 6th Annual “GPS Your Future” event.

Take charge of today and plan for tomorrow. Earlier this fall, this is exactly what over 580 ITEP students did during our annual GPS Your Future event, held at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). Here are the 5 things our students learned during the event:

1. It’s never too early to network
ITEP students explored our biggest expo hall to date! With more exhibitors this year than ever before (31 total), students had the opportunity to explore a variety of booths manned by great event sponsors and supporters like the Port of Los Angeles, Bank of America, Long Beach City College, SoCalGas, DoubleTree Hotel Carson, and trades represented by Ironworkers Local Union 416 and Pile Drivers Local 2375.

Hard hats and suits came together to educate our young leaders on life after high school and career options in their communities. Students who envisioned following one career path left the day curious to explore a new track. One ITEP student from Phineas Banning High School revealed that he was always interested in becoming an engineer, but after speaking with a U.S. Coast Guard representative, he is considering a new career.

2. Let the fear go and ask questions
Students (and even some professionals) are often afraid to ask questions. Our thoughts sometimes get the best of us and we hold back and the exploration process stops. GPS Your Future was created to spark curiosity and give students a forum to begin navigating and discovering a brighter future. In order to help the exploration process, all ITEP students and exhibitors participated in a “Ticket to Success” activity. Each student received a “ticket” that was filled with a sticker every time they asked a compelling question to an exhibitor. At the end of the event, the top three students who collected the most stickers received a reward. Shout out to Gardena and Dorsey High Schools for asking terrific questions and making the most of our expo hall!

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An exhibitor rewards an ITEP student with a sticker for the “Ticket to Success” activity during ITEP’s 6th Annual “GPS Your Future” event.

3. Always dress for success
Will Rogers said it best: “You will never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Even as a high school freshman, you never know whom you might meet at your next field trip or an event like GPS Your Future. ITEP students took note and dressed as young professionals, not typical freshmen. Even our exhibitors and speakers commented on how impressed they were with our students. Check out how sharp they looked!

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ITEP students pose for a picture during ITEP’s 6th Annual “GPS Your Future” event held at CSUDH.

4. Love what you do, always
Our students heard firsthand life lessons from our keynote speaker, Anthony Pirozzi, Director of Systems Integration, Test and Launch at Boeing. Mr. Pirozzi also serves on the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commission and is a San Pedro High School alum. His love for electronics and STEM started at a very young age while fixing televisions with his father. Today, he launches satellites into space.

“I didn’t know I was going to do this… I can put a satellite in space, but I still can’t fix a television. When you’re in something that you love, you find a way to continue to grow and with that comes different rewards,” exclaimed Pirozzi.

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Keynote speaker, Anthony Pirozzi from Boeing, addresses students during ITEP’s 6th Annual “GPS Your Future” event.

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Jesse Gomez from Boeing, addresses students during ITEP’s 6th Annual “GPS Your Future” event.

Another Boeing employee, Jesse Gomez, shared the stage with Mr. Pirozzi. Mr. Gomez is a System Engineering Lead and a big STEM proponent. His road to success began while serving in the U.S. Army as a Flight Operations Specialist. Thank you, Boeing for introducing ITEP students to STEM and promoting the success of all youth.

5. Be enthusiastic
Our students were in the best environment to practice great eye contact and firm handshakes. The expanded expo hall allowed for many one-on-one conversations and small breakout rooms provided an intimate classroom atmosphere so that even the most shy attendee felt welcomed. This year, we also utilized CSUDH’s Financial Market Trading and Business Simulation Lab, which enabled students to feel like they were in the middle of Wall Street. A 22-foot-wide LED ticker tape and 110-inch video wall displayed current news from the Dow Jones Industrial Average. We’re sure tomorrow’s stockbroker was allured and impressed!

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Two engineers from Tesoro discuss their road to success during a breakout session at ITEP’s 6th Annual “GPS Your Future” event. Thank you, Tesoro!

Whether it’s a job in finance, the goods movement, STEM, or hospitality, GPS Your Future makes options visible and attainable for ITEP students. The event is just the beginning of many career dreams. The rest is yet to be written, so stay tuned.

To view additional event photos, please visit our Facebook Page here.

A special thank you to our event sponsors: CSU Dominguez Hills, California Community Colleges-Doing What Matters for Global Trade and Logistics hosted by Long Beach City College, Watson Land Company, Los Angeles World Airports, Los Angeles Harbor College, Real Property Collaborative, Bank of America, Comerica, and Santa Monica College. 

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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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NFL Player R.J. Stanford Tells Gardena High Teens to Never Quit

This post was originally published on the Daily Breeze and written by Brian Charles. Read the article here.

Miami Dolphins Cornerback, R.J. Stanford addresses ITEP students from Gardena High School's Global Leadership Academy (GGLA). (Photo credit: UPS)

Miami Dolphins Cornerback, R.J. Stanford addresses ITEP students from Gardena High School’s Global Leadership Academy (GGLA). (Photo credit: UPS)

Miami Dolphins cornerback R.J. Stanford doesn’t believe in quitting, though he had plenty of chances to in his life.

“No white flags,” he said to a crowd of teenagers at Gardena High School on Wednesday. “Don’t surrender.”

Not the fastest or the biggest, the 25-year-old from Chino didn’t make it to the NFL just because of the number of eye-popping big plays he made during his time at the University of Utah.

No, it was old fashioned perseverance that carried the one-time D student through college and to professional football.

“Failure doesn’t exist when you don’t quit,” Stanford said to the more than 500 at-risk students from the Gardena Global Leadership Academy at Gardena High School.

The academy prepares students for careers in international trade. Many who attend the school come from low-income families and are considered at-risk teens. Each month, speakers from the world of business, politics and entertainment lecture the students on how to push through to success.

GGLA teacher, Ms. Lakisha Clark accepts a signed Miami Dolphins football from R.J. Stanford. (Photo credit: UPS)

GGLA teacher, Ms. Lakisha Clark accepts a signed Miami Dolphins football from R.J. Stanford. (Photo credit: UPS)

Stanford’s “never-quit” mantra was born out of struggle, and in some cases self-imposed obstacles that tripped him up on the way to the NFL.

A natural athlete, Stanford wasn’t nearly as committed to his studies. “I wasn’t dumb, but I was a little lazy,” he told the students.

Early on at Chino High School, Stanford scored poor marks on his report card, began running with the wrong crowd and partied a little too hard. “I was that kid sleeping in the back of the classroom,” he said.

Colleges that initially showed some interest in Stanford began to have second thoughts about offering him a football scholarship. That’s when his mother, LaShawn Stanford, didn’t quit on her son. She decided to show up to school and sat in his first-period class.

“R.J. showed up to first period 20 minutes late with a bag of McDonalds,” she said.

La Shawn Stanford (UPS and ITEP Advisory Board Member for GGLA) became more involved when her son's grades began to slip and even visited him during school. (Photo credit: UPS)

La Shawn Stanford (UPS and ITEP Advisory Board Member for GGLA) became more involved when her son’s grades began to slip and even visited him during school. (Photo credit: UPS)

He got the message from his mom. After that, his grades improved and he was offered a scholarship to the University of Utah.

In 2010, he was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round of the NFL draft. He played two years with the Panthers before signing with the Dolphins in 2012.

With a week off from NFL action, Stanford flew back across the country to spend time with his mother, who still lives in Chino but serves on the board of directors of the Gardena Global Leadership Academy.

“The kids are constantly looking for role models and inspiration,” said Rob Vickery, chairman of the Gardena Global Leadership Academy board. “R.J. had some challenges and I thought he was a good person for kids to meet.”

Stanford’s talk with the students was anything but the typical lecture to at-risk kids. For example, he quizzed the students on how they plan to attain their goals.

“What does it mean to be a professional?” he asked.

The students’ hands flew up.

Most said being a professional means getting paid for your work rather than doing it for free.

Stanford agreed but added a little more detail to what being a professional truly means to him.

“A professional does something until they can’t get it wrong; an amateur does it until they get it right.”

Even with his success on the gridiron, Stanford told the students that football has never been the ultimate measure of his success.

“Football is only a platform. How well you do in school will decide how well you will do in life,” he said.

As her son stood on the stage talking to the students, LaShawn Stanford was beaming with pride.

“I am so glad to see R.J. go in the direction I had hoped he would go in,” she said. “He’s very involved with the community, very involved with his church. He goes to Chino High School in the offseason and trains with the players.”

Perhaps explaining why it’s important for him to give back, Stanford told the students about a gift, a tool set, his grandfather willed to him. The gesture was both touching and served as a lesson for him.

“Let me not wait till I am on my death bed to leave people my tools.”

The Stanford family receives a warm welcome by ITEP students in Gardena's Global Leadership Academy (GGLA). (Photo credit: UPS)

The Stanford family receives a warm welcome by ITEP students in Gardena’s Global Leadership Academy (GGLA). (Photo credit: UPS)

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View more event photos on the ITEP Facebook Page.

A heartfelt thank you to GGLA students, faculty and advisory board members for organizing this special event, especially La Shawn Stanford (UPS), Rob Vickery (BNY Mellon) and the rest of the Stanford family.

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GGLA Graduation Rates Highest Among Gardena High School Seniors

The good news is in and it comes from Gardena, California.

Our Panthers are making us proud! The school-wide graduation rate for Gardena High School’s senior class of 2013 stood at an impressive 80%. Now add an ITEP sponsored academy into the student mix, and the rate jumps to 85%!

GGLA students network with UPS executives during ITEP’s 2013 Scholarship Dinner.

Gardena High’s Global Leadership Academy (GGLA) not only boasted a higher graduation rate among all seniors, but was also the Small Learning Community (SLC) with the largest graduating senior class. See stats below.

Small Learning Communities with Grad Rates:

Architecture, Construction, Computers, Engineering, & Robotics (ACCER): 73%

Sports, Health and Public Service (SHAPS): 80%

Arts, Media, and Entertainment (AME): 83%

ITEP Academy: Gardena Global Leadership Academy (GGLA): 85%

 “We want every student at Gardena High School to gain proficiency in every subject and become fully prepared for college.  The Global Leadership Academy helps students improve academically and socially.  It also helps students develop career goals and gain confidence in themselves.  The teachers in our Global Leadership Academy are doing an excellent job to help our students achieve at high levels.  Their hard work is having a positive effect on the entire school,” said Gardena High School Principal, Dr. Russ Thompson.

The high school also saw improved California Standards Tests scores in the areas of English 9, English 10, Algebra 2, Summative Math, Chemistry, and World History.

We’d like to congratulate Gardena High School – students, teachers and administrators for their academic success. By allowing us to work in their campus and with their talented Panthers, we’re working together to make LAUSD schools better and bring additional pride to the community.

GO Panthers!

GGLA students and Advisory Board Members take a fun pose during ITEP’s 2013 Scholarship Dinner.

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APL/NOL Awards $5,000 in Scholarships to Gardena High GLA Students

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Nguyen and Kristie, Gardena High School, Global Leadership Academy students and APL/NOL Scholarship Recipients.

It all began in 2010. The extraordinary partnership between NOL (Neptune Orient Lines), its subsidiary, APL (American President Lines) and ITEP led to a $40,000 donation to support our programs and scholarships.  At that time, the generous donation was divided among eight ITEP academies, including the first round of scholarships, which were awarded during our 2011 Scholarship Dinner.

Now in 2013, two worthy seniors are equally sharing the last of the $5000 APL/NOL Scholarship.

We are honored to announce Kristie Choe and Nguyen Pham as the 2013 APL/NOL Scholarship Recipients. Both Kristie and Nguyen belong to Gardena High School’s Global Leadership Academy (GGLA). Kristie will be attending UC Berkeley this fall to study Business, while Nguyen will attend El Camino College with plans to transfer to a University of California after to major in aerospace engineering.

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GGLA advisory board with APL/NOL scholarship recipients. (Left to right): Jamie Gutierrez (LAWA), Jay Marks (The Jay Marks Group), Susie Emami (ITEP), Lakisha Clark (Gardena High School), Nguyen (student), Kristie (student), Captain Sam Jebananthan (APL), La Shawn Stanford (UPS), Steve Pasienski (Toyota).

The GGLA students received their official APL/NOL certificates at the latest GGLA Advisory Board Meeting. Captain Sam Jebananthan, Senior Labor Manager for APL was present to congratulate the Gardena High seniors.

“I’m very happy to be part of a company that recognizes students as a real value to the community,” said Captain Jebananthan.

Our students were pleased and grateful – they were on the right track and appeared more motivated to approach the finish line at the end of their academic road. The APL/NOL scholarship was their “checkpoint”.

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Captain Sam Jebananthan from APL (middle) with the young scholars.

“It’s not just a recognition, but it’s an evaluation for myself to see where I’m getting to, where I am in my pathway and what level I’m in. It’s a support – a mental support for myself to lead me through whatever comes in between me and my future,” said Nguyen who hopes to attend UCLA, his “dream school.”

We were further impressed by the words of Nguyen’s classmate and other APL/NOL Scholar, the future Bear and businesswoman.

“GGLA has been the mentor that’s always kept me on my road to success… I couldn’t wait until 10th grade, when I could actual join GGLA… it’s like my lighthouse, keeping me straight in my path,” said Kristie.

The ambitious senior also discussed her post-college graduation plans, which involve giving back to her community and other cities similar to her hometown. Maybe we’ll see Kristie at a future ITEP Executive Board meeting?

“I want to come back after being successful and help other students like me, who come from underserved families and underserved communities who can’t afford to go to these fancy colleges and who have never had that support…” she added.

Both Kristie and Nguyen will cross their high school stage, and then a university platform. The end result is… well, it’s meant to be seen.

“I want to be an entrepreneur, so I have lots of big ideas. I have lots and lots of goals, but let’s just say I want to be international.”

Spoken like a true ITEP student.

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The UK Comes to LA with British Consulate’s Visit to Gardena High School

On May 1st, over 25 students from Gardena’s Global Leadership Academy (GGLA) ventured across the pond  to the United Kingdom from the comfort of their third period Government class.

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GGLA Advisory Board Chair and Director at BNY Mellon, Rob Vickery, shares UK fun facts with students.

The UK came to GLA in the form of a special visit by Ying Yee, Deputy Consul-General for the British Consulate in LA. With the help of GGLA Advisory Board Chair, Rob Vickery, who is also the Director of Wealth Management at BNY Mellon, our high-profile visitor immersed GGLA  into the UK culture and an introduction to international careers. Students learned about the role of the British Consulate in Los Angeles and throughout the world, and the importance of learning emerging languages like Mandarin and Spanish.

Did you know that over 300 languages are spoken in Great Britain?

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Ying Yee, Deputy Consul-General for the British Consulate in LA talks about the Foreign Service and international careers.

Gardena High School students played both tourists and hosts. In the days leading to Ms. Yee’s presentation, students prepared for the private group discussion by organizing marketing pitches for Great Britain and learning the basics of global economics. Now the time had come to present, and despite a few ‘ums’ and shaky voices, you couldn’t help but feel proud of our young people, representing their school to their global visitor wearing bow ties and business skirts.

A temporary escape from the ordinary classroom laid the foundation for a global perspective.

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Two Gardena High School students present to their special guest and classmates. Subjects covered by students ranged from the life of Winston Churchill to the UK Legislative Branch.

“I think one thing I learned is that by making connections now, they always lead to other connections later down the path… The future looks bright,” said Cameron, student presenter and Gardena High School senior.

“I want to go into bio-engineering,” added Cameron. The tall, JROTC officer said this proudly, but now had a global view of the job. “… Maybe helping out a different country’s government in terms of science, policies – helping their people get what they need. I feel as though that would be a very good field for me.”

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Cameron, JORTC cadet and Gardena High School student, talks with Ms. Yee and GGLA support staff.

Then there was Helen, who was contemplating the medical field. Ms. Yee’s speech on international careers and the Foreign Service seemed to come at a fitting time. As a senior, she was captivated by the promise of travel and assistance to other individuals, possibly through a future role in an embassy.

“…It really opened my eyes to a whole new different world that I wasn’t aware of… It actually made me change my mind on what I want to do… I like helping people… and I always thought a way to help a person was through the medical field. Now I’m thinking of psychology or religious studies to learn about other cultures,” said Helen.

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Gardena High School students network with Ms. Yee after her presentation.

An imaginary trip of sorts was the beginning of something bigger.

“I’m really glad my classmates got involved, and I thought it was a privilege, so thank you,” said Helen with a bubbly smile.

ITEP students are natural-born explorers and travelers.

Help us build the next set of global citizens and scholars. Visit the ITEP website to see how you can get involved. 

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