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Events and News relating to the ITEP San Pedro Earth Alert Academy at San Pedro High School in San Pedro. For more information on this Academy, contact Program Manager Harlene Stanley at harlene@itepinc.org

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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Earth Day 2013: More Than Just One Day for San Pedro Students

San Pedro High School students from the Global Environmental Studies / Earth Alert Academy (SPEA) united their peers and friends to give Mother Earth not just one Earth Day, but two! The Annual SPEA Earth Day Celebration began with a green clean-up event on Saturday, April 20, 2013 thanks to our new partner, All Green Recycling. With the company’s incredible support, more than 25 high student volunteers and teachers organized the 4th Annual SPEA E-Waste Recycling Fundraiser. Not only did SPEA students reduce their carbon footprints in the South Bay, but also raised $533 for academy expenses.

So was Earth Day Part One successful? You tell us…

SPEA diverted over 8,000 lbs. of total electronics from entering landfills and prevented 11,576 lbs. of carbon emissions from polluting the atmosphere. This is equivalent to 446 trees saved, 1,964 gallons of gasoline, 16,777 plastic bottles recycled, and 77,175 aluminum cans recycled.

SPEA students and volunteers help out during the 2013 E-Waste Recycling Fundraiser at San Pedro, made possible by All Green Recycling.

SPEA students and volunteers help out during the 2013 E-Waste Recycling Fundraiser at San Pedro High School, made possible by All Green Recycling.

Part two of the celebration began on Monday, April 22nd and transformed San Pedro High School into an interactive center for green careers. Over 700 students attended on-campus presentations put together by 16 of our industry partners from Bird Rescue, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, DWP, US Coast Guard and the West Basin Container Terminal, just to name a few. The presentations introduced students to local and global careers in environmental management, safety, response and rescue.

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SPEA Advisory Board Chair and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Director, Mike Schaadt, shares a prop which demonstrates the large offspring of a BOFFFF (Big Old Fat Fecund Female Fish).

“I liked all the presenters and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium presentations the most. I learned that we can all help the Earth by going to beach cleanups and similar activities,” said Giselle, SPEA student.

“I liked the presentations because they helped give us an idea of different career options we can take – that was helpful,” stated Chris, San Pedro High School junior.

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Los Angeles Department of Water and Power representatives discuss the wastewater treatment and water reclamation process.

Our presenters also enjoyed their classroom time with San Pedro students.

“Talking about the things that they can do – it was a bit of an A-ha moment for the students. They realize that what they do and that one person can make a difference,” said Jeff Greg, Marine Science Technician for the US Coast Guard.

Dr. Kiersten Darrow, Research Curator for the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium used her time with the students to discuss grunion hatching and opportunities within the Marine Aquarium such as internships, volunteer opportunities, beach cleanups, and other community service projects.

“Again, it’s the connection. It’s nice that they see us in their classrooms – they know that we want them in particular,” said Dr. Darrow.

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Ports America employees lead the class in a mock Jeopardy game.

Meanwhile on the other side of campus, Ports America formed student teams in an engaging mock Jeopardy game filled with environmental topics and fun facts.

“It’s important for companies like ours to be here… it gives the students an opportunity to engage and relate with professionals within an industry that’s right down the street from… and it gives them the opportunity to ask us questions and see what we do,” said Christina Boden, Regional Safety Manager for Ports America.

From clean-up to career exploration, SPEA students turned an ordinary Earth Day celebration into a two-day event that will have long-term, positive effects on the planet and the ambitions of our youth.

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A few of our amazing Earth Day presenters and ITEP supporters.

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Job Shadow Day 2013: Students Take Local Steps Toward Global Dreams

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SPEA students climb their way up to explore the West Basin Container Terminal and Port of LA.

Spring break 2013 will be another one for the records for ITEP students. “Time off” for our high schoolers meant more than just beach time, movie dates or sleeping in. A total of 60 students from three ITEP-supported academies at Carson, San Pedro and Phineas Banning High Schools, set a new attendance record in the most unlikely of spring break destinations – the business world in their backyards.

ITEP’s Second Annual Job Shadow Day took place on March 25, 2013. Students spent five hours shadowing and learning from technicians, researchers, engineers, and management in the trade, transportation and logistics industries. ITEP Advisory Board Members welcomed students at 16 different facilities. Among them were Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, CalScience Environmental Laboratories, City of Carson, JMC2 Engineering, Ports America, US Coast Guard, Valero Wilmington Refinery, Watson Land Company, West Basin Container Terminal (WBCT), and Yusen Logistics.

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GBAC student learns about Watson Land Company operations and industrial development.

Students climbed cranes at Ports America terminals, observed the US Coast Guard’s canines in action and participated in local government meetings, just to name a few of the exciting hands-on opportunities.

“This Job Shadow Program was very beneficial to me because it gave me an insight to the various positions within NOAA that I didn’t know about,” stated Talore, SPEA senior who visited NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). “It definitely opened my eyes to the different career opportunities and possibilities that are available.”

“My favorite part of the site visit was seeing a trained dog in action finding explosives,” said Osvaldo, SPEA junior who spent his day with the US Coast Guard. “I learned a lot of the different ranks in the USCG, and I’ve gotten a clear view of what I would be interested in doing when I join.”

Students prepared for the annual event by completing four workshops on resume writing, job application and cover letter basics, and interviewing skills. The final round involved interviews conducted by ITEP industry Advisory Board Members. The preparation paid off well in the end.

“The students were all professionally dressed and attentive,” stated Mary Gutierrez, GESA Advisory Board Member from Valero Wilmington Refinery. “We enjoyed hosting them and look forward to doing it again next year… I’m impressed with the way ITEP instills in their students the confidence to be comfortable around authority figures.”

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GESA students became scientists at CalScience Environmental Laboratories.

After exploring the Port of Los Angeles with West Basin Container Terminal, San Pedro student, Uriel reported, “I now know the basics of how they keep the port running, and how it comes together like a puzzle.”

How many high school students have the opportunity to don hard hats and walk among cranes and containers to view the inner workings of our global trade infrastructure? How many students get to see the relevance of their science and math classes as they examine petri dishes and work alongside lab scientists? How many of our 16-year-olds get the chance to sit in the corner office and consult with top-level executives? Not enough!

However, thanks to the support of our industry and school partners, and the hardworking ITEP team, 60 students were able to obtain an in-depth look into some of the most exciting and lucrative jobs in their communities and beyond. The exploration begins at the local level – in a city’s backyard – and leads to a global path and career. Join us in making more discoveries happen!

Contact us today to host a future Job Shadow Day , or ask how you can help create additional college and career dreams.

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Ports America welcomed our GESA students with open arms – thank you!

To view more photos from ITEP’s Second Annual Job Shadow Day, head over to 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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SPEA Goes Global in their Backyard

Our blog has been a bit quiet during these past weeks – apologies to all our readers! December and January flew by, and February isn’t slowing down. The ITEP team likes to keep things exciting to say the least. We just completed our GPS Your Future event, the 2013 ITEP Board Retreat and now are prepping for our Annual Scholarship Dinner.

Below is a quick overview of the amazing field trip that wrapped up our 2012. We promise more recaps in the coming days.

WBCT Luncheon and Tour – December 2012
West Basin Container Terminal LLC  (WBCT) was the destination and this time it was San Pedro High Earth Alert students (SPEA) who navigated their uncharted neighborhood. The event began with a luncheon filled with good old-fashioned barbecue, plenty of desserts and an amazing employee raffle.

SPEA students lunched with WBCT staff – clerks, managers, longshoremen, etc., and of course, Pirate Santa. All proceeds from the raffle directly benefitted ITEP’s SPEA academy – a cool $3,400. GO WBCT and SPEA!

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Top: 12th grade SPEA students, Tierrah and Hailey post with WBCT’s “Pirate Santa.” Middle: A view from WBCT’s Marine Tower. Bottom: Russell “Rusty” Mahakian, Vessel Superintendent discusses cargo operations with SPEA.

Students then began their tour and entered the Marine Tower (the center of all cargo operations). The building houses the clerks, computers and live imaging of containers “on the go”.

SPEA students then stood directly underneath a 1600-ton crane capable of moving 30-35 containers an hour. Overall, WBCT processes 15-20,000 containers per week. A special shout-out to our tour guide, Russell “Rusty” Mahakian, Vessel Superintendent for WBCT. Rusty did a great job of getting our SPEA students dreaming and talking.

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WBCT staff and SPEA group stand underneath a 1600-ton crane. The cranes move along the terminal and operate 30-35 containers per hour.

I want to go to school, study business and start my own company. I would love to work here (at the ports) too. I grew up with this. I love this place,” stated Hailey, 12th grade SPEA student.

The conversation continued as all students together with WBCT staff came together to hear Paxton Bowman, Terminal Manager, answer questions and share advice.

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Roundtable discussion with Paxton Bowman, Terminal Manager for WBCT (far right).

“The waterfront is uncharted territory for many. People don’t know what goes on at these terminals. There are various moving parts and it’s evolving… In the last 20 years, we’ve seen a larger presence of women… some of best drivers we have are females” stated Paxton, who talked about the unknown job opportunities at the ports and immediately caught the attention of our female students.

With conversations and interest at its peak, we couldn’t think of a better way to end a field trip or 2012, but then the goodie bags rolled out. Gift cards, smiles and swag filled the room and students left the terminal with new appreciation for the cranes and containers they see almost every day.

The tour was just one of the many ways WBCT and its parent company, Ports America, make a huge impact on Harbor Area youth. From the “aha!” moments on a field trip to the deeper dives into careers, Paxton and his team are there for ITEP students year-round as mentors, guest speakers and role models. Also, the $3400 donation from this employee raffle combined with corporate sponsorship from Ports America is a much-needed and valuable investment in our community and youth.

“Money is like manure. It’s useless unless you spread it around to help young things grow,” said Paxton.

Thank you, WBCT!

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Two SPEA students pose with their new swag from WBCT.

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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 results are in! ITEP Spring Break Job Shadow is a success!

By: Harlene Stanley, ITEP Program Manager

Spring Break 2012 – This year, 27 students from 3 high schools had unique and special memories of what they did on their Spring Break Vacation, because they were selected to participate in this year’s ITEP Job Shadow Program.

On April 4, 2012, each student had 5 hours of on-site experience at one of 12 different Advisory Board Members’ facilities where they had the opportunity to learn about local career opportunities, the professional skills necessary to succeed in various job functions, and the leadership and teamwork skills needed to thrive in a professional setting. Currently, three of the Job Shadow students are in the interview process for a summer internships. Job Shadowing is definitely on its way to be coming an annual ITEP event!

Both Site Coordinators and students were very happy with the results, and had the following to share about their experiences:

Jessica Neil: GBAC Advisory Board Member from Shell Pipeline reported, “The employment preparation workshops well prepared these students for the job shadow experience. They asked intelligent questions, had good manners and were excited to gain exposure.”

Ruby: GBAC Junior, wrote “I learned so much and I love the fact that all the employees have a really great positive attitude towards their work. I felt very welcomed at the Shell Pipeline Facility.”

Pax Bowman: a member of the San Pedro Earth Alert (SPEA) Advisory Board from West Basin Container Terminal (WBCT), evaluated the program by saying that, “the ITEP support and communication was excellent leading up to the Job Shadow Day… Our Job Shadow Applicant was well prepared and able to engage with the staff, which made his visit more productive.”

Ivan: SPEA student, “I was fortunate to be selected for the Job Shadow Program this year. We had to go through a process of creating a resume and cover letter, and what we needed to do for an interview. Then we had to do research on the company we wanted to Job Shadow and interview with them. It was really helpful and good information. Then I went there on Spring Break – no ‘party’ for me! I learned a lot about how important they are to the job world and to the environment.”

Mary Gutierrez: Global Environmental Science Academy (GESA) Advisory Board member from Valero: “My favorite moment was when the student sitting next to me at lunch said he wished it was a week-long event so he could learn more about the other jobs that the Refinery Leadership Team was mentioning.”

Lt George Kolumbic: United States Coast Guard, “It was a great learning experience… I think it says a lot about the students that they came on their Spring Break to learn about the Coast Guard, and I really have appreciated the opportunity with these students who care about their future and really want to be here.”

Luis: GESA Junior said, “I learned that I could join the Coast Guard and still go to college, and they will pay for my college, and I could become a teacher.”

To read more about the program click here!

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