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And in the Last Quarter of 2015…

The last months of 2015 have flown, and 2016 is off to a fantastic start as we count down to the 16th Annual Scholarship Dinner, Oceans of Opportunity, set for Thursday, April 7, 2016. Save the date!

However, before we dive further into 2016, we’d like to share some of the great stories that made the last quarter of 2015 memorable. We thank you for everything you’ve done to help. ITEP students ended 2015 on a high note.

OCTOBER 2015

ITEP-2015 GPS FUTURE-CSUDHOur largest student outreach event, GPS Your Future, enabled almost 600 ITEP students to explore careers in maritime, finance, security, STEM, and the local trades (just to name a few) in an expanded expo hall and breakout sessions at CSU Dominguez Hills. Our industry partners shared insights with ITEP-supported career pathways in Barstow, Carson, Downey, Gardena, Harbor City, Los Angeles, San Pedro, and Wilmington. In total, 31 exhibitors, 34 speakers, and 9 sponsors joined us for the 6th annual career exploration event.

We would like to thank our event sponsors: California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), California Community Colleges – Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy hosted by Long Beach City College, Watson Land Company, Los Angeles World Airports, Real Property Collaborative, Los Angeles Harbor College, Bank of America, Comerica, and Santa Monica College.


 

ITEP-JA-Finance Park-Gardena High SchoolMore than 70 ITEP students from Gardena High School’s Global Leadership Academy learned the importance of financial responsibility at the Junior Achievement of Southern California Finance Park! In a real-life setting of stores, shops, and financial institutions, students learned about every day budgeting and the importance of making sound financial decisions.

Thank you, Junior Achievement of Southern California, for the opportunity to participate in this great event and for your continued support and partnership.


 

ITEP-DUSD-CCPT-2015ITEP began working with the Downey Unified School District (DUSD) to support the transformation of their career education programs district-wide. MADE: A Career Initiative launched in October 2015 and brought together the entire DUSD (elementary, middle, and high schools), the city of Downey, local businesses, and ITEP.

DUSD is a recipient of the California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) grant, and has subcontracted with ITEP to provide intermediary services such as internships. Our team is currently working with the DUSD and local partners to lead the development of an internship program that will be exclusive for Downey area youth.

“We are excited to expand upon the strong reputation we have built working with our LAUSD schools and move into a district-wide consultant role for Downey,” said Amy Grat, ITEP CEO.


 

ITEP-welcome banquets-Banning High SchoolEvery fall, ITEP freshmen receive a formal introduction to their pathways through Welcome Banquets. For Phineas Banning High School, this meant hundreds of new and bright faces in 5 pathways! All new students received a brief overview of ITEP, and opportunities/events available to them. The events also allow freshmen to practice their networking and team-building skills through activities and one-to-one interactions with ITEP staff and industry partners that serve as advisory board members, speakers, mentors, and internship providers.


 

ITEP-California Maritime Academy-Banning High School-Port of LATwenty-six ITEP students from Banning High School’s Global Safety & Security (GSS) Academy participated in the annual five-day trip to California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) in Vallejo, CA. Our 10th and 11th grade students imagined many maritime dreams, and completed basic safety training alongside Steve Mangold from the Port of Los Angeles, ITEP volunteer and GSS advisory board member.

Thank you, Metro Ports, for funding this field trip for 10 years running!


 

ITEP-PASHA-Banning High School-ITA-NYLF-2015Eighteen ITEP students from Banning High School’s International Trade Academy (ITA) traveled to Washington, D.C. for the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF). This year’s theme was National Security – Diplomacy, Intelligence & Defense. The six-day program prepared students for careers in defense, intelligence, and the diplomatic corps through a career fair, work site visits, and real-world simulations

We’d like to express our gratitude to Jeff Burgin and the entire PASHA team, who have sponsored this trip for the past 14 years!


NOVEMBER 2015

ITEP-Kevin Oliphant-Sedgwick-Carson High School-GBLGKevin Oliphant from Sedgwick visited ITEP students from Carson High School’s Global Business Law and Government (GBLG) pathway. Thirty-three students from GBLG’s Virtual Enterpise learned about Kevin’s career track, and received information on budgeting, financial analysis, and forecasting.

Thank you, Kevin and Sedgwick for investing in our students.


 

ITEP-Linked Learning-United Way-City National Bank-Dorsey High School-BCAMITEP and its Linked Learning partner, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, connected 26 students from Dorsey High School’s Business and Culinary Arts Management (BCAM) pathway with 8 City National Bank employees to learn about their career tracks in culinary arts, marketing, finance, digital production, event planning, and IT. Events like these that show students that bankers are not the only prominent figures in a financial institution.

A special thank you to City National Bank for showing students the way up! We are also grateful for our extraordinary partner, United Way.


 

ITEP-Carson High School-ESET-Tesoro-Republic ServicesITEP students from Carson High School’s Environmental Science Engineering and Technology (ESET) pathway mixed things up by coordinating a different type of welcome banquet for their freshmen. The “Prep For Success” Retreat welcomed 120 freshmen and 30 seniors to the South Coast Botanical Gardens. The all-day retreat allowed students to learn more about ESET and build their communication, leadership, and team building skills. These freshmen are on their way to high school success!

We would like to thank Tesoro and Republic Services who sponsored student swag for the event. We’d also like to acknowledge our host, the South Coast Botanical Gardens and last, but not least, Ms. Tammy Bird, lead teacher at Carson High School, and all staff/chaperones who support our students and staff year-round.


 

ITEP-LAWA-Day of Discovery-Carson High School-ESETTwenty-five ITEP students from Carson High School’s Environmental Science Engineering and Technology (ESET) pathway attended Day of Discovery presented by the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). Students interacted with more than 26 aviation-related companies and heard from General Kevin P. Chilton, Space Shuttle Endeavour Pilot, and Space Shuttle Atlantis Commander.

We’d like to thank LAWA for coordinating and inviting us to this wonderful event. We’d also like to acknowledge General Chilton for sharing his story about driving the Endeavour into space, and giving our students a special shout-out during the event.


 

ITEP-Jorge Martinez-Global Pro Logistics-Gardena High School-GLAITEP students from Gardena High School’s Global Leadership Academy heard from Jorge Martinez of Global Pro Logistics, and learned about Microsoft Office skills necessary to excel in any workplace. The presentation was part of “Ctrl+Alt+Del,” Workshop 2 of our 2016 Internship Program. In total, 134 potential interns will compete with their peers for summer internships this year!

Thank you, Jorge and Global Pro Logistics for dedicating time and resources to Gardena High School.


 

ITEP-22nd Annual Policy Conference-POLA-POLB-Carson-GardenaTeachers from Carson and Gardena High Schools joined ITEP staff at the Pat Brown Institute’s 22nd Policy Conference, “The Ports of LA and Long Beach: Links in a Chain.” The event is aimed at bringing additional light to the ports and supply chain world – industries that are unexplored by many, yet do so much to drive our local economies. We learned much in speeches from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, as well as the numerous industry panels.


 

ITEP-USCG-Day of Discovery 2015-Photographer RHuezoOur 7th Annual Day of Discovery event took place at the U.S. Coast Guard base in Terminal Island and proved to be our largest to date! More than 320 ITEP students from Barstow, Carson, Gardena, Phineas Banning (Wilmington), and San Pedro High Schools attended. New participants included Narbonne High School (Harbor City) and Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School (Carson) along with a new ITEP-supported business-themed pathway in San Pedro High School.

A total of 10 displays/demonstrations were available for exploration and represented U.S. Coast Guard careers in the areas of Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Medicine, Emergency Response, and Navigation.

We were also thrilled to welcome the Daily Breeze on the base. The paper included a short photo gallery of the event on their webpage. You can view it here.

Click here to view more event photos on our Facebook Page!

Special thank you to LTJG Shaun Doyle, Captain Jennifer Williams, and the rest of our Coastie friends at the U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach.


 

ITEP-United Way LA-Homewalk 2015ITEP staff participated in United Way’s 2015 HomeWalk and raised $1,042 to help end veteran homelessness in Los Angeles. Go ITEP team and United Way!


DECEMBER 2015

ITEP-2nd annual ITA Business Entrepreneurship Expo-Banning High School-ITAITEP students from Phineas Banning High School’s International Trade Academy (ITA) kicked off the 2nd annual ITA Business Entrepreneurship Expo. The event was created to prepare ITEP students for this year’s Virtual Enterprise Business Competition, set to take place in February. Students split up into teams and were given 60 seconds to pitch their businesses to a panel of judges. Each judge evaluated student groups in the following areas: marketing/sales, HR, elevator pitches, business plans, and website design.

We’d like to thank our business volunteers and supporters who contributed to the event’s success: Los Angeles Maritime Institute, Phillips 66, Port of Los Angeles Port Pilots, and Yusen Logistics.


 

ITEP-Narbonne High School-Business and Technology Pathway-Holiday Mixer 2015First the harbor, and now Harbor City! In early December, we celebrated our newly added Business and Technology career pathway at Narbonne High School with a holiday-themed mixer.

This new career pathway will follow the ITEP model and bring career awareness, career exploration, career training, and paid work experience to 418 students in the first year! Additionally, curriculum will be aligned to meet the pathway needs as well. Read more about the event here.

We’d like to acknowledge Los Angeles Harbor College, the Harbor City/Harbor Gateway Chamber of Commerce, LAUSD school district, and Narbonne High School teachers (especially our new lead teacher, Mrs. Carol Shaw-Loose) and staff for all their support and hard work. We’re ready to accomplish great things with these bright Gauchos!


 

ITEP-Ports America-West Basin Container Terminal-San Pedro High School-GEHFor the 3rd year, West Basin Container Terminal LLC (WBCT) and its parent company, Ports America, welcomed ITEP students from San Pedro High School’s Global Environmental House (GEH) to their terminal for a holiday luncheon, employee raffle, and exclusive tour. Students lunched with WBCT staff – clerks, managers, longshoremen, etc. Moreover, all proceeds raised from the employee raffle directly benefit our Pirates- $6,101 in total!

For many harbor area students, this was their first time exploring the working world that enables thousands of goods to move in and out of the Port of Los Angeles – and it’s all in their backyard.

We’re extremely grateful to call Ports America a lead partner. Their generosity goes above and beyond the classroom and into the community where so many of our youth are curious to explore their future careers. Thank you, WBCT and Ports America!


 

ITEP-thank you

We are so grateful for the outpouring of generosity from our supporters to the 2015 year-end fundraising campaign. This year’s contributions wildly exceeded our expectations – your donations surpassed the 2014 campaign by more than 500%! What an incredible way to end the month and year! Thank you!


 

ITEP-staff-Carson-Christmas 2015The stories and successes you are reading about here were made possible because of you. Your support has fueled our continued growth – we moved to a larger office space last summer and our team continues to grow to support the 88% increase of students in our network over the last school year.

We look forward to partnering with you in 2016 to inspire more college and career dreams.

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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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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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ITEP explores careers in Long Beach with S.W.A.G!

Teens pondering the universal question, “What do I want to do with my life?” often have no clue where to begin, much less how to set and reach their goals.  Luckily, for a small group of Long Beach youth, the journey to find a career is about to get a little easier…and a lot more fun!

Starting Fall 2012, ITEP is excited to launch a new program: Exploring Careers in Long Beach.  This after-school career exploration program will provide youth with opportunities for personal development and hands-on exploration of key industries and employers in greater Long Beach.

Exploring Careers in Long Beach is being piloted as Students With Ambitious Goals (aka S.W.A.G.) with 50 sophomores from Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo High School, where administrators and teachers are eager to offer experiential linked learning opportunities for their students.  Assistant Principal Matthew Brown notes, “when schools are working hard to make high school relevant, it is amazing to have a program that truly shows our students what opportunities exist right in their own back yard. And, with businesses getting directly involved, it helps schools more effectively align with what students should be learning to succeed in local industries.”

Through a progressive program of twice-monthly excursions, S.W.A.G. participants will explore hot jobs in cool industries such as Global Trade, Transportation, Health Care, Environmental, Energy, Engineering, Law and Government, as well as explore career opportunities available in the skilled trades and through entrepreneurship.  Youth will build meaningful connections with industry leaders who will guide them in their career exploration.

ITEP has partnered with Exploring/Learning for Life to organize Exploring Careers in Long Beach as an official explorer post and has built a volunteer Advisory Board made up of Long Beach business, education, workforce and community leaders who will guide its strategy and direction.  ITEP Board Member and Exploring Careers Advisory Board Chair, Stacey Jones of CH2M HILL notes, “The Exploring Careers program will give us [ITEP] a great opportunity to broaden our industry-based educational programs into Long Beach, to provide high school sophomores with hands-on experience learning about the highest-demand industries in Long Beach, and to expand their understanding of the real career choices out there.”

S.W.A.G.’s Kick-off Orientation for students and parents in late September will feature a keynote presentation by Damon Dunn, Long Beach business and civic leader, who will share his own journey from abject poverty to stunning success.

In October, S.W.A.G. will highlight the Global Trade industry, beginning with a life expectations session led by representatives from Matson, NYK Line, and the Port of Long Beach, hosted at Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network.  Later in the month, participants will follow up with a visit to each company’s facilities at the Port, where they will board a container ship and meet industry representatives who will share their exciting careers the shipping and logistics industries.

As this is a pilot program, there are still many opportunities to get involved.  ITEP is actively seeking sponsors to help us defray program costs.  Special thanks to Tesoro for coming on board as our very first corporate sponsor! We are also still looking for volunteers to help with monthly excursions and host site visits.  

For more information contact Program Coordinator, Gabriela Perez at gabriela@itepinc.org

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GBAC Entrepreneurs: Oh Snap!

During the 2011 fall semester, Global Business Academy Carson (GBAC) students at Carson High School started their own business through a class project that turned into a sustaining company with the help of GBAC Advisory Board members. Below is the story written by Matthew, Vice President of Marketing for Oh Snap!

 

GBAC Virtual Enterprise Business Simulation

Virtual Enterprise is a high school class that simulates a real business situation, from developing the financial statements to the virtual paychecks. During the Fall Semester of 2011, GBAC students decided to choose a photo booth company for their business project called, “Oh Snap! We don’t just take pictures – we make memories.”

Business partners from the GBAC Advisory Board, including Watson Land Company, Shell Pipeline, and Custom Goods, came to the class and presented various topics for students that would help them with Marketing, Human Resources, Purchasing, and Public Relations/Branding.

On April 16th, 2012, the class competed in the San Diego Trade Fair against schools all around the Southern California area, such as Irvine and Santa Monica. This was our first trade fair, and many of the students were nervous because it was their first time in San Diego.

We competed in Booth Design, Salesmanship, Financial Statements, Commercial, Billboards, and finally Sales Catalog. Booth Design is where we set up our booth and made it as presentable as possible. Salesmanship is how we talked to customers and how we convinced customers to buy our product. Financial Statements is a collective of our purchasing and our budget. The Commercial was a 30 second video that attracts the attention of our target audience. Finally, our Sales Catalog had all our packages and plans we sold to our customers.

We placed second in Salesmanship and Billboard. It was a wonderful thing, and we were quite surprised because it was our first time competing in a trade fair with over 50 different competitors.

Thank you ITEP, for speaking and guiding our business to success. Without you we may not have gone as far as we have.

 

 

About Us:
Oh Snap!™ isn’t your everyday regular photo booth, nor is it run by your average group of people. The idea of Oh Snap!™ was formulated by students from Carson Senior High School and we have done our best building it from the ground up with the guidance of adults, including members of the GBAC Advisory Board. Our goal is to bring a whole new photo booth experience to our customers from a young adult’s point of view.

Mission Statement:

Oh Snap!™ is a portable photo booth business that brings smiles to people and captures the memories of one’s fondest moments. We provide a variety of services that can enhance one’s photo booth experience and create unforgettable memories. We are determined to provide our customers with the best possible experience and guarantee a memory that consists of joy and happiness.

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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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ITA and GGLA “Apprentices” Practice Their Pitches

Dressed for success and ready to compete, sixteen upperclassman from Gardena High School’s Global Leadership Academy (GGLA) and Banning High School’s International Trade Academy (ITA) were picked up from school in stretch limousines and whisked downtown to the 26th floor boardroom of the U.S. offices of Lloyds Banking Group, where they squared off in an “Apprentice”-style case competition between Team Disney and Team Apple. The prize was something that even The Donald would agree is invaluable: the skills and self-confidence to pitch a company today…and themselves tomorrow.

Channeling the energy already present in their cross-town football rivalry, Banning and Gardena students battled in the boardroom to prove their business prowess. Each team had been assigned to research either Disney, Apple, or McDonalds and identify the unique selling points (USP’s) for each company. The team with the strongest argument would be chosen as the winner. After being assigned a company, each team worked swiftly to put together a convincing presentation.

Under the careful eyes of Rob Vickery, North America Regional Director for Lloyds TSB International (GGLA Advisory Board member) and Akary Busto, Vice President of Corporate Account management (ITA Advisory Board member), students crafted their selling points to create a persuasive pitch. The aim was to let students take the lead to bolster confidence within the group. “I want to reach those kids at the back of the class that have potential but are too afraid to speak up” said Rob.

Although the competition was intense, the “apprentices” quickly developed a mutual respect for one other and even took the opportunity to do a little networking. By the time the limos pulled up to take them back to campus, everyone agreed that they were all winners. So did the judges, who declared both teams equally deserving of victory.

ITEP is extremely grateful to Rob Vickery, Akary Busto and Lloyds Banking Group for offering our students this phenomenal experience to push themselves to compete and to succeed. “This learning experience has been like no other. I enjoyed communicating with the Gardena students and learning about Lloyds Banking Group,” remarked ITA junior Diana. Thank you Lloyds in helping our students on their journeys!

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