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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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Richard Jenkins honored with ITEP Spirit Award at HAIC Banquet

ITEP proudly presented Dick Jenkins, of Jenkins Environmental Associates, with the ITEP Spirit Award at the HAIC Banquet on July 19, 2012. Amy Grat, CEO of ITEP, Gary Gregory, GESA Chair, and  GESA Advisory Board Co-Chair, Bob Stearns were on hand to honor Dick with this award for his tireless commitment  and support for the Global Environmental Science Academy (GESA).

Mr. Jenkins has been a very active member of Banning High School‘s GESA Advisory Board for more than five years. In addition to participating in monthly planning meetings, he has been a coach in the monthly Industry Coaches Mentoring Program for GESA juniors for the last three years.

Working with the Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce (HAIC), Dick has been instrumental in continuing to help GESA secure funding for their annual Catalina Environmental Leadership Program (CELP) Signature Trip, and for the last two years, he worked with Clay Sandidge to start the Sea Search Program at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium for GESA Marine Biology students.

GESA students are also able to benefit from the Hazardous Waste Materials First Responder Training that Dick helped to set up, and are able to receive Environmental Training and Compliance Certification  (ETAC). It is more than evident that Dick has a heart for the academy students and staff, and he will be missed as he retires from the board.

All the best to you, Dick, and thanks for the memories and for all you have done!

By Harlene Stanley, Program Manager: GBAC, GESA, Mojave XP, SPEA

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Mary Gutierrez is recognized with GESA Spirit Award

By Harlene Stanley, ITEP Program Manager: GBAC, GESA, Mojave XP, SPEA

At the April Global Environmental Science Academy (GESA) Advisory Board Meeting, Bonnie Bair and Harlene Stanley of ITEP,  honored Mary Gutierrez from Valero Wilmington Refinery, with the 2011-2012 ITEP Spirit Award for GESA at Banning High School.

Mary is an active member of the monthly GESA Advisory Board, and has participated or sponsored the on-campus Industry Coaching Program, Environmental Science Guest Speaker Series, multiple Community Service Projects, the Los Angeles Youth at Work Employment Preparation Workshops, and recently hosted nine GESA students for the first Job Shadowing Day at Valero.

Mary’s heart for community service is also reflected by her active participation in Wilmington LIONS Club, as President; the 2012 Wilmington ACS – Relay for Life; LA Holiday Afloat Boat Parade; the Wilmington Heart of the Harbor Holiday Parade; and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce as Secretary to the Executive Board.

Through her willingness to partner and support the ITEP staff and program, and GESA’s Lead Teacher, Margarita Aguilar, Mary has helped to provide motivational activities for the students, and encouragement for the staff. Mary’s outstanding contributions and commitments continue to make a difference in the lives of everyone around her.

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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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Students spend spring break preparing for their future!

Spring Break for students has become synonymous with “partying.” Scenes of young people in bikinis and shorts, playing in the sand, and staying up all night are not unusual. This year, spring break means something different to 30 ITEP students, who have decided to PREPARE for their future, rather than PARTY.

Through the new ITEP Job Shadow Pilot Program, students from  GESA at Banning High School, SPEA at San Pedro High School, and  GBAC at Carson High School will have a first-time experience at ITEP’s Industry Partners’ facilities to discover some of the career opportunities that are available locally, and to see the skills and experience that is expected in a professional environment.” We wanted the students to be actively engaged so that they can learn firsthand what it takes to succeed in these industry settings,” commented Harlene Stanley, ITEP Program Manager.

More than 50 juniors competed for the 30 limited spots overall at the three academies. Students were selected based on  how well they completed the job application process including cover letter writing, resume preparation, interviewing and professionalism. For GESA juniors, each completed three Employment Preparation workshops for the LA Youth at Work Certification Program (Resume, Job Application, Interviewing Skills). GBAC and SPEA juniors each completed four on-campus Employment Preparation workshops (Resume, Cover Letter, Job Application, Interviewing Skills), with workshop materials developed by Harlene Stanley.

The selected juniors will be shadowing at some amazing companies: GESA students will be shadowing a Calscience Environmental Chemistry Laboratory, Valero Refinery, SA Recycling, or the US Coast Guard. GBAC students will have their “shadow” opportunities at Shell Pipeline, NYK/Yusen Logistics, Watson Land Company, or Custom Goods Logistics Warehouse, Distribution and Transportation Services. SPEA students will have their “shadow” time at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, US Coast Guard, West Basin Container Terminal (WBCT), or JMC2 Civil Engineering.

All selected students will receive 5 hours of community service, which is a requirement for academy graduation, and will develop and submit a report on their job shadowing experiences – detailing the skills necessary to succeed in these careers. They will also have the opportunity to see how high school helps pave the way for their goals, and how additional education can help them to achieve even higher possibilities.

This has truly been a team effort between ITEP, ITEP academies and ITEP industry partners to develop this program. We look forward to this becoming an annual event for juniors to give them this “real-world” experience, and encourage them to graduate, be job-ready and college prepared!

Stay tuned to hear what ITEP’s industry partners though about the program and what the students learned through their experience!

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GESA students present Recycling Awards to industry partners!

The Global Environmental Science Academy (GESA) at Banning High School knows the importance of taking care of the environment and recognizing industry partners who have helped them along the way. GESA students have been active in recycling E-Waste, scrap metal, plastic bottles and aluminum cans for more than three years, and have worked with ITEP Business Partners SA Recycling, Environmental Conversion Recycling and Tesoro to recycle these materials.

At the January GESA Advisory Board Meeting,  GESA  Student Council members were happy to present Ken Pacheco from Tesoro an Appreciation Award for their “Cans for Kids” program. Since 2009, Tesoro has given GESA more than $3,000 for recycling cans.

SA Recycling was also given a large display of pictures with student appreciation comments for their partnership in the on-campus recycling of plastic bottles, as well as for their participation in the Advisory Board, Industry Coaching, Guest Speaking and Facility Tours.

Thank you Environmental Conversion Recycling, SA Recycling and Tesoro! We couldn’t do it without you!

(from L to R) are Nancy Felix, recycling partner from SA Recycling, Carolina  (11th Grade Student Council), Ken Pacheco from Tesoro, and Veronica  (11th Grade Student Council).

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Pilots, Pirates, Aztecs AND Colts invade Terminal Island for a day of career discovery

On National Pearl Harbor Day, more than 265 ITEP Academy students from Banning, San Pedro, Carson and Barstow High School arrived at the US Coast Guard base on Terminal Island for a day of exploration and excitement in discovering the almost unlimited career opportunities within the United States Coast Guard. For some students, this was their first time seeing the Pacific Ocean.

After a few words from USCG Commander Andrew Clyburn, students rotated through five stations: Marine Safety and Security, Team K-9 Unit, CGC George Cobb, Base Support Unit Clinic San Pedro, Small Boat Station LA – LB, and the Coast Guard Recruiting Office LA. Students explored the CGC George Cobb, learned about scuba safety gear, watched as working dog Ryder and his handler did an explosives search demonstration, and competed in a push-up contest won by GBAC Lead Teacher Ms. Pettus-Alexander.

ITEP is very grateful for the close partnership it enjoys with the Coast Guard and appreciates the willingness of officers and enlisted personnel to participate in academy advisory boards, on-campus presentations, and student coaching. Most of our students would not realize the opportunities available in their own backyards if not for the determination of the Coast Guard to present awe-inspiring tours like you do. Special thanks to Lieutenant Arthur Loughran, Captain Roger Laferriere, and Commander Andrew Clyburn. Thank you Coasties!

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