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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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Safe, Secure & Fun: GSS goes behind-the-scenes with Securitas at Universal Studios

GSS students had the ultimate Hollywood experience May 12, 2012 at Universal Studios Hollywood. Thanks to Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. 30 students were able to tour the action-packed amusement park and get a behind-the-scenes look into the complex world of securing Universal Studios’ sprawling, 386-acre property visited by 30,000 visitors per day. GSS students got the full VIP treatment, getting to ride Transformers: The Ride-3D before it opened to the public.

GSS students are well aware of security related careers at the Port of Los Angeles and GSS Advisory Board member Ernie Mendoza, Business Development Manager for Securitas USA wanted to show something different that would motivate and inspire. “It’s important for the students to interact with professionals they can relate to and who work in exciting venues like a major theme park, it gets them excited about their possible future in this career.” GSS learned how the security officers utilized technology, training, and other resources such as teamwork and communications to deliver a customized and complete security solution. Security team members; Watch Commander Axel Herrera, Lt. Jorge Calderon, Officers Marcia Mejia, Deloris Nixon and Hugo Rodriguez, answered many questions and offered generous insight.

This fantastic experience for GSS students is part of a larger partnership between ITEP and Securitas USA. In addition to Ernie Mendoza’s role with GSS, ITEP is also grateful to Ivory Phillips, Area VP for Securitas USA, who sits on the ITEP Board of Directors. Securitas USA is dedicated to their community and is passionate about helping youth. Ernie notes,”Securitas is committed to improving the quality of life and enhancing the communities where our company operates. Students are our future and it is imperative that they are surrounded by people who believe in them and want to see them succeed.”

Thank you, Ernie, for securing this opportunity for GSS; and the Universal Studios Security Team for guiding and mentoring the students. Special thanks to Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. for sponsoring the trip and continuously supporting ITEP. We couldn’t do it without you!

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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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This ITEP Program Isn’t Just A Summer Job, It’s About Self Development…

They may be young, but don’t call them kids.  Or children, for that matter.  According to Martin Chavez, Human Resources Division Officer for the Port of Los Angeles and Director of the 2011 ITEP/POLA Summer Internship Program, the fifty-four young men and women participating this year should be called students and held to this standard in terms of seeking knowledge and personal responsibility.  “A kid is a baby goat…something less than human and not deserving of our respect or investment. Our students need to see themselves as worthy.”  Chavez helps his students achieve this goal by constantly holding them to the highest standards and employing a “tough love” approach.  The result has been 12 years of successfully helping students realize their potential and learn to take pride in themselves, while acquiring hands-on work experience. “This program isn’t just a summer job, it’s about self development” said Chavez.

Since its launch in 2001, the ITEP/POLA Internship Program has grown from 15 companies and 15 International Trade Academy (ITA) students to this year’s class of 54, which includes participants from all four ITEP Academies at Banning High School.  This year 35 companies and organizations are participating. In addition to the Port of Los Angeles, which alone takes 14 interns in nine of its departments, other selected maritime industry employers include ACTA, APL, Cal Cartage, SA Recycling, Moffatt & Nichol, U.S. Coast Guard, and Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals.  For the first time this year, the Program will welcome three Global Business Academy (GBA) interns from Carson High School to participate in the Friday workshops.

An exciting development this year is the addition of Gabriela Perez as the new Intern Coordinator.  Perez will take over for Cynthia Jaime who set the bar in terms of program implementation and became a fixture among the Banning students. In her final year at UCLA, Gabriela is a product of the ITEP/POLA Internship Program. In 2006 she interned in POLA’s Financial Management division. Chavez noted, “I always hoped to close the loop, see a student complete the program, attend college, and  give back to the program.”  Over the past four years at the annual Internship Culmination Ceremony, students have given their heartfelt thanks to Jaime’s dedication and commitment to ensuring their success in completing the program. Soon Gabriela Perez will be receiving her own kudos from students.

Working alongside Chavez and Perez this year is Eli Romero, Program Specialist in the Youth Opportunity Center of the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network.  Eli has done a phenomenal job in recruiting employers for the program, as well as assisting students to be successful in their internships.

ITEP thanks everyone who has helped make this program successful, including the 35 employers who are hosting our interns. Chavez notes, “We can’t turn students around in two months, but we can give them a whole lot of ideas to turn themselves around. Hopefully every student learns something and carries it with them.

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Congrats Class of 2011 and welcome to the ITEP Alumni Family!

Congratulations to all our 2011 grads.  We have grads from Banning High School from as far back as 2002! That’s about 1,500 graduates! Now we welcome the first ITEP seniors to graduate from our San Pedro, Carson, and Barstow Academies!

San Pedro High School – San Pedro, CA

Earth Alert Academy (Earth Alert)
capacity: 500 students
Earth Alert engages students to be aware of both local and global environmental issues that affect their daily lives. By infusing classroom curriculum with speaker series and industry programs and activities, Earth Alert encourages students to think critically about environmental issues. Academy students are connected to passionate leaders in environmentally themed companies and are given both educational and professional opportunities to serve their communities.

Carson High School – Carson, CA

Global Business Academy (GBA)
capacity: 75 students
GBA was launched for the 2008-09 school year, modeled after best practices and programs developed at ITEP’s academies. Currently GBA offers a variety of activities such as teamwork/leadership building field trips such as TopSail, speaker series with industry leaders, curriculum enrichment activities such as the International Economic Summit and an internship program through the City of Carson.


Barstow High School – Barstow, CA

Mojave XP Logistics Academy (Mojave XP)
capacity: 75 students
From 2007, ITEP has worked with Barstow’s community leaders, activists, board of education administrators, Barstow College, and school officials to develop Barstow’s first logistics academy. Situated along Southern California’s main trade route, the city of Barstow offers strong professional and educational opportunities for high school graduates. Mojave XP strives to not only improve graduation rates and grades, but also to improve student attitudes and academic culture.


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ITEP students experience career tours of U.S. Coast Guard Base

Photos by Harlene Stanley and Richard DeMaria

Another rare ITEP experience for high school students

San Pedro, CA -On Dec. 1st, five buses carrying more than 200 ITEP academy students from Banning High, San Pedro High and Barstow High arrived at the US Coast Guard base on Terminal Island for what would be a day of exploration and excitement in discovering the almost unlimited career opportunities possible with this branch of the military.

Online job sites, like Monster.com, have identified a career with the Coast Guard as one of the top ten “most exciting careers” available in the U.S.

Students from the Global Safety and Security Academy, Global Environmental Science Academy, Earth Alert Academy, and Mojave XP Logistics Academy were able to experience this excitement up close as they took part in demonstrations that put them right in the middle of the action.
After being greeted by USCG Captain Roger Laferriere, and ITEP CEO, Amy Grat, the students were split into groups and rotated to the various locations on the base by “Coasties.”

The Health Services Clinic gave students an opportunity to learn what it takes to be an Emergency Medical Technician, and to examine and prepare to transport someone who was wounded.

The Law Enforcement Sector gave students the experience of using the equipment and weapons needed to keep our coastlines safe. Search and Rescue demonstrated how the Coast Guard is able to rescue those who are in peril in the waters.

Students were also able to explore the kind of ultra technology used in a Coast Guard helicopter, or “Helo,” and could talk to pilots who flew these hi tech copters.

Other demonstrations and presentations included Living Marine Resources, Hazardous Waste Materials, and Canine Training, Student response was very favorable, with some students saying that they were going to consider joining the Coast Guard after graduation.

This event has become a annual signature trip for these academies, because of the impression that it makes on students.

ITEP is very grateful for the close partnership it has had with the Coast Guard for several years, and appreciates the willingness of officers and enlisted personnel to take part in academy advisory boards, on-campus presentations, and student coaching.

International Trade Education Programs introduces high school students to careers in international trade, transportation and logistics. ITEP unites business people and educators to prepare students for a meaningful place in the world of tomorrow.

Through the work of our academies, we help meet the needs of the international trade community while providing exceptional opportunities to ITEP graduates.

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