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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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President of LA Harbor College and Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority CFO Join ITEP Board of Directors

Marvin Martinez
Los Angeles Harbor College

Marvin Martinez is President of Los Angeles Harbor College. Previously, Mr. Martinez was the first Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development (“E&WD”) for the Los Angeles Community College District (“LACCD”). As Vice Chancellor, he was responsible for providing leadership in the development and support of workforce development programs with all nine colleges in the district. During his tenure, LACCD raised more than $20 million in economic and workforce development grants. For the past 12 years and prior to his role as LACCD’s Vice Chancellor of E&WD, Martinez worked as Vice-President of Planning and Development at Santa Monica College and Dean of Business & Industry. Mr. Martinez began his career at Cerritos College in 1989 as the Director of Economic Development and Coordinator of the Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act (VATEA).

Mr. Martinez earned a Master of Arts in Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Learn more about Los Angeles Harbor College at www.lahc.edu

Jim Preusch

James Preusch
Chief Financial Officer
Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority

James Preusch initially became involved with ACTA as a part of his role as CFO of the Port of Los Angeles. Serving as Treasurer of the ACTA JPA, from 1989 to 1999, Mr. Preusch assembled the financing team and crafted the multi-sourced funding plan to pay for the $2.4 billion grade separation and rail trench project. He spearheaded negotiations with the US DOT, leading to a flexible $400 million loan that supported much of the up front costs of the project. Mr. Preusch also worked extensively with the rating agencies and bond insurers to build credibility and understanding of the ACTA project, leading to successful bond ratings, and bond insurance. He led the financing team in the sale of almost $1.2 billion in senior, subordinate, taxable and tax-exempt debt, and together with the ACTA management and other members of the financing team negotiated the terms of a $347 million grant from LA MTA. Mr. Preusch also assisted in the 1994 railroad right-of-way negotiations, leading to property acquisition transactions of $386 million. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Preusch served as co-financial adviser to ACTA. He rejoined ACTA as its CFO in September 2004, and since that time has revitalized ACTA’s accounting and financial reporting, and provided extensive financial modeling support leading to successful settlement of the railroad transloading dispute.
Learn more about ACTA at www.acta.org

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