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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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Campus clean up is a step towards a successful career

The idea that a Campus Clean Up activity was going to help the Barstow High School Mojave XP Sophomores prepare for a successful career was a confusing one at first.  But they now understand that many important jobs in our community have to do with the importance of maintaining the roads, streets, parks, and other important aspects of the infrastructure of any community.

Mr. Ronnie Zamora, the Superintendent of Public Works for the City of Barstow, was the guest speaker at the first Campus Clean Up Event for the academy this year.  He volunteered his time to speak to about 30 sophomores on Tuesday, October 25th in the BHS Library.   These students chose to stay after school to hear him share about the jobs available in Public Works and other departments of the City of Barstow.  He answered questions about how to look for jobs online, what each job pays, what type of education and experience is needed for each job, and his own sense of satisfaction with his career choice.

Afterwards, students picked up rakes, hoes, and brooms and had a good time cleaning up the BHS campus.  Some students got a late start at cleaning because they had more questions they wanted to ask.  Mr. Zamora, who has been involved with the Mojave XP Academy in the past, moved easily into casual conversations with the students and provided a great learning experience for these BHS Mojave XP sophomores.

By: Harlene Stanley, Program Manager

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GESA sophomores welcomed with a big top and an even bigger check!

There was a special surprise at this year’s Global Environmental Sciences Academy (GESA) Welcome Banquet. Under a big top with carnival games and decorations, GESA greeted the new sophomore class and received a generous donation from Valero of $20,000.

For the first time this year, ITEP was among the 13 Harbor-area organizations to receive funds raised from the 2011 Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children Golf Classic. With their donation of $20,000, Valero has committed to sponsoring GESA’s Signature Trip, the Catalina Environmental Leadership Program (CELP). Steve Faichney, Risk Management and Government Affairs Manager, was on hand to present GESA with the check.  “ITEP’s focus in preparing the next generation of a job-ready and college-prepared workforce is critical to all industries in and outside the harbor area. Valero is proud to serve in an effort to grow the ITEP Academies… we’re committed to do that” said Faichney.

Valero has been a longstanding and dedicated community partner in Wilmington and a supporter of ITEP since 2008. In addition to sponsoring ITEP’s Annual Scholarship Dinner, Valero employees have volunteered as mentors, classroom speakers, mock interviewers, and represent the company on several of ITEP’s academy advisory boards including ITEP Board member Mary Gutierrez, Lab Supervisor, who serves on the GESA Advisory Board and Steve Faichney, who serves on the Board of Directors.

After the check presentation, GESA students and faculty had the opportunity to meet and greet GESA Advisory Board members including Gabriela Perez, Internship Coordinator for the Port of Los Angeles, Nancy Richardson, TopSail Youth Program, Martin Chavez, Human Resources Division Officer for the Port of Los Angeles, Yair Crane, Managing Director of Next Global Stage LLC ,  and GESA Advisory Board Chair, Bob Stearns Client Services Director for Calscience Environmental Laboratories, Inc.

The GESA welcome banquet was a spectacular start to the new school year. Thanks to the generous support of Valero, GESA will be able to continue the opportunities and events unique to GESA. Thank you, Valero, for your outstanding support too ITEP and GESA.  You are helping us graduate our GESA students job-ready and college-prepared in an even bigger way.

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Earth Alert Academy Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Earth Day

Earth Alert Academy Perspective from
Harlene Stanley, ITEP Program Manager

The students and staff from the ITEP Earth Alert Academy at San Pedro High School, celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day 2010 in April, with major on and off-campus events that generated interest and awareness for the “Green Generation.” More than ever before, young people are getting involved in taking steps in their schools, homes and neighborhoods to protect the environment by recycling plastic bottles and aluminum cans, volunteering for coastal clean-ups, and exploring the possibility of entering into green jobs and careers in the future.

To celebrate this event, 40 San Pedro academy students were able to tour the US Coast Guard Base on Terminal Island and discover how the Coast Guard not only actively participates in search and rescue efforts, but also in the protection of natural resources by eliminating environmental damage associated with maritime transportation, fishing, and recreational boating. Recent news about Coast Guard efforts to clean up the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico highlight the determination these men and women have when it comes to caring for the environment.

Earth Alert students were also able to visit SA Recycling to see how scrap metal is recycled, as well as how automobiles are broken down and recycled. Students were able to see up-close that recycling helps to protect our natural environment and save precious resources. SA Recycling has also joined forces with the Earth Alert Academy to set up an on-campus recycling fundraising program for plastic bottles and aluminum cans – definitely taking steps in the right direction.

Other on-campus events included the exhibition of the Los Angeles PORT Mobile TransPORTer, a 53-foot fully-contained, mobile exhibit featuring exciting, hands-on activities for students. Telling the story of the Port of Los Angeles, the TransPORTer exhibit featured interactive displays focusing on the history, jobs, cargo, equipment, environmental programs and future of the nation’s number one container port.

Guest Speakers from local organizations included Mike Schaadt, Marine Aquarium Administrator of the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, who had a presentation on “Careers in Marine Biology and Oceanography,” as well as displaying live grunion for students to interact with.

Students were able to get information from the Bird Rescue Center, the second of two new California oiled wildlife centers. Represented by Mr. Dave Weeshoff, who spoke about the center located in San Pedro, and operated by the International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) and overseen by the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN). IBRRC has cared for over 140 species of wild birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

Nancy Felix, from SA Recycling, spoke to students about “Air Quality Improvement,” and SA’s, Craig Andrich, demonstrated how SA recycles scrap metal.

The US Coast Guard was represented by LTJG John Strickland, who spoke on “Environmental Careers in the Coast Guard,” and Alex Warwood, with a display of Coast Guard opportunities and careers.

Lieutenant Commander Peter Fischel, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, showed how NOAA works with the Coast Guard, who helps them with logistics as they coordinate necropsies on whales.  NOAA uses that information in the quest to mitigate whale/ship interactions.

The day-long event concluded with students having the opportunity to complete written pledges for “A Billion Acts of Green,” Earth Day’s way of mobilizing the power of people to create change by taking small steps. Each student was encouraged to write down at least one thing they would do to help protect the environment.

Cassandra, a 10th grade student from San Pedro’s Earth Alert Academy, when speaking at the ITEP Annual Dinner on Earth Day, said, “Now we’re ready to seize every opportunity presented to us to help make a positive change. Whether it’s at San Pedro High School, or somewhere else in the world, all that matters is that we’re helping make the world a better place. Thanks to our gifted teachers and administrators, who have opened our hearts and our minds to the environment. We are thankful for what we have learned, and are excited for whatever it may be that San Pedro has for us next. So get ready, because once you get us started, we’ll never stop!”

Go Green Generation!

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