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Mojave XP Board Member Reuel Herron Wins ITEP Spirit Award

ITEP is proud to present Reuel Herron, Branch Manager of Desert Community Bank in Barstow, with the ITEP Spirit Award, in honor of his outstanding contributions and commitment to the students and staff of the Mojave X-Press Logistics Academy (Mojave XP) at Barstow High School during 2010-2012.

Reuel has been a very active member of the Mojave XP Advisory Board for the last two years, and, in addition to participating in the monthly advisory board meetings, he was also one of the first Coaches in the monthly Industry Coaches mentoring program for Mojave XP juniors this year.

For the last two summers, Reuel opened the doors of the Desert Community Bank for the Advisory Board Summer Planning Sessions, and has supported other on-campus and off-campus events. It is clear that he cares for the academy students and staff, and he will be missed as he leaves for a new position out of the area. All the best to you, Reuel!

At the meeting, we welcomed Rosella Bernal, new VP/ Branch Manager for the Barstow Branch, who will represent Desert Community Bank on the Advisory Board – thanks, Rosella!

 

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

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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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ITEP Shares Maritime Education Best Practices With JAXPORT

On May 14 and 15, ITEP and the Port of Los Angeles hosted a group of educators, port officials and business partners from Jacksonville, Florida to share best practices in promoting maritime career pathways.  JAXPORT’s Community Outreach Manager, Joanne Kazmierski, along with eleven members of the NE Florida Education – Business Partner Consortium, a group made up of school district and state college leaders were given insight into how ITEP and the Port effectively partner to introduce local youth to careers in trade, transportation and logistics.

During the visit, ITEP’s CEO Amy Grat briefed the group on the ITEP 10-Point program model for effectively engaging industry.  Port of Los Angeles HR Director, Martin Chavez and Internship Coordinator, Gabriela Perez shared best practices from the highly successful ITEP/POLA Summer Internship Program.  The group also visited Phineas Banning High School and was given a student-led presentation on the four maritime-focused academies supported by ITEP.

The grand finale of the visit was a luncheon meeting at APM Terminals where ITEP Board Members Gerry Fisher of Freeman Freeman & Smiley, Caroline Brown of Comerica Bank and John Ochs of APMT shared insights on the personal and professional motivation for business leaders to become involved with programs such as ITEP.

ITEP looks forward to continuing the discussion with JAXPORT and the NE Florida Education-Business Partner Consortium.   In addition to helping raise organizational visibility, such nationwide collaboration between ports and educators plays an important role in ensuring the continued growth and success of the goods movement industry.

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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 Titanic Resurrected: ITA Law Day 2012

The Titanic Resurrected

By Jose Sanchez & Erika Vega ITA Class of 2014

On a bright and early Saturday morning, 27 ITA students resurrected the Titanic at the offices of Keesal Young and Logan for Law Day 2012. ITA Advisory Board member Jennifer Meeker, Nossaman LLP, along with Lisa Barnett, RJS Law, and Samira Seidu with the San Diego District Attorney, led the students through a case preparation and trial. ITA juniors and seniors gave up their Saturday to participate in this exercise and Ms. Seidu took notice: “The fact that these students showed up on a Saturday morning and presented a jury trial that same afternoon was truly impressive.”

In the trial of Estate of Hans Jensen v. The White Star Line, each student was assigned a different role and the morning session was devoted to getting prepared. The students were separated into the following groups: Defendants, Plaintiffs, Witnesses, Juries, and Reporters. Ms. Meeker played the judge. Both the defendants and the plaintiffs worked in small groups with Ms. Meeker and Ms. Seidu to come up with a clear case that they would use in court. The plaintiffs gave their opening statement “The Titanic’s Captain WAS responsible for Jensen dying!” while the defendants strongly disagreed and argued that the “Titanic’s Captain was NOT responsible for Jensen’s death.” ITA senior Bryan Tahuite gave this advice: “stick to the words and never give up.”

The room was quiet and very intense while the plaintiffs and the defendants bravely stated their arguments. The jury remained alert, sustained focus and respectfully gave their full attention to both parties. With the help of Ms. Barnett, the jury of 10 deliberated while everyone waited patiently for the results. After what seemed like forever, the jury came to their conclusion: “White Star Line is NOT responsible for the death of Jensen.” The defendants won for having a stronger case!

After the trial was over, students had the chance to ask the three attorneys questions about practicing law. While they learned about different fields and different career opportunities in law, they also learned that you cannot chew gum in a court room and were told that a person was once charged $500 because their cell phone rang during a trial.

All three attorneys were thoroughly impressed by the students. “I was impressed with how hard-working and engaged the students were in the legal system.  I look forward to participating again next year! said Ms. Barnett. Jennifer Meeker was impressed with their hard work and professionalism.”I have served on the ITA Board for over a year now and the students wow me each time I meet them. They were professional, engaged, and hard-working. I would welcome the opportunity to work with each and every one of these students in the future.”  ITA showed a lot of potential and Ms. Seidu encouraged the students to pursue careers in law. “I hope these students choose to pursue legal careers because the profession would be lucky to have them.”   

The students had a lot of fun and learned a lot through the process. They learned how to trust their teammates and how to work together. ITA would like to thank Jennifer Meeker for putting this event together, and with the help of Lisa Barnett and Samira Seidu, teaching us about the field of law, and giving us a chance to resurrect the Titanic.

In advance, students were assigned different roles to prepare for the trial. ITA Juniors Jose Sanchez and Erika Vega were assigned to be Court Reporters. Throughout the trial, Jose and Erika jotted down notes, interviewed participants and took photos. above is the article they co-authored commemorating the 1st Annual ITA Law Day.

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Lisa Barnett is a senior associate with RJS Law located in San Diego, which specializes in resolving civil and criminal tax controversies with the IRS and California state tax agencies.  RJS Law has significant prominence within the San Diego community through established relationships with current and former clients as well as an established track record of success dealing with federal and state government officials.  Ms. Barnett also volunteers her time as Treasurer and Board Member of the Jarrett Meeker Foundation.

Jennifer Meeker is a litigation associate with the law firm Nossaman LLP, which is an all-service national law firm with 150 professionals working seamlessly within California and across the United States.  The Firm has a history of serving clients in the Port area including the Port of Los Angeles, the Port of Long Beach, the City of Long Beach, Valero and Tesoro, and worked extensively on the Alameda Corridor Project in addition to other projects.  Ms. Meeker serves on the board of the Jarrett Meeker Foundation and on the International Trade Academy advisory board. Ms. Meeker organized the Law Day, prepared the mock trial based on a wrongful death suit arising out of the sinking of the Titanic, helped the defense team prepare its case and acted as judge. 

Samira Seidu is a deputy district attorney with the San Diego District Attorney’s Office where she prosecutes domestic violence cases.  In addition, Ms. Seidu is a board member of the Jarrett Meeker Foundation and also coaches a  San Diego area high school mock trial team.

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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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SPEA Celebrates 42nd Earth Day Anniversary

By: Harlene Stanley, ITEP Program Manager


The students and Advisory Board members from the ITEP San Pedro Earth Alert Academy (SPEA) at San Pedro High School, celebrated the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day on Friday April 20, 2012, with on-campus presentations and demonstrations that generated interest and awareness for the “Green Generation.” More than ever before, young people are getting involved by 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 careers in the future.

To celebrate this event, 10 members of the US Coast Guard Base on Terminal Island, gave presentations that showed students the importance of their missions in the protection and stewardship of natural resources by eliminating environmental damage associated with maritime transportation, fishing, and recreational boating.

More than 45 presentations and demonstrations during the day gave students a wide range of topics and points of interest to consider. Guest Speakers from local organizations included Advisory Board Chair, Mike Schaadt, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Administrator, who, along with two other scientists from the aquarium, gave presentations on “Careers in Marine Biology and Oceanography,” as well as displaying a live grunion lab for students to interact with.

Pax Bowman, an ITEP Partner from West Basin Container Terminal (WBCT), presented the “Enviro-Jeopardy Game,” modeled after the television game show. Students showed how much they knew in areas  including:Earth Day, Recycling, Port Related Environment, and What Not to Do. Student teams became very competitive with each other, and were quite involved in capturing the most points to win the game.

In addition, Nancy Felix, from SA Recycling, spoke to students about “Careers in Environmental Management,” and had a presentation about how SA recycles scrap metal. Attorney Vivi Heger spoke on Environmental Law, and Dr Raymond Wells presented a community college approach to Programs in Marine Biology.

Student Council members were able to secure more than 200 signed commitment cards during the day-long event, 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. The statements made by these high school students, show how much they care about the environment, and what they plan to do to help.

 

I wonder how many of us can pledge the same things that these high school students have?

“I will try not to leave trash anywhere so it doesn’t lead to our oceans or pollute,” said SPEA student, Juan G.

“I will reuse and save my bottled water…I also pledge to carpool to school,” R.C.

“I will use the bag I was given at thestore and that will help save plastic bags,” D.A. wrote.

And, other statements made by students include,

“Take shorter showers…”

“Turn off lights when not using it…”

“Walk, instead of ride…”

“Grow more plants!” What are the rest of us willing to do?

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