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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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President of LA Harbor College and Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority CFO Join ITEP Board of Directors

Marvin Martinez
Los Angeles Harbor College

Marvin Martinez is President of Los Angeles Harbor College. Previously, Mr. Martinez was the first Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development (“E&WD”) for the Los Angeles Community College District (“LACCD”). As Vice Chancellor, he was responsible for providing leadership in the development and support of workforce development programs with all nine colleges in the district. During his tenure, LACCD raised more than $20 million in economic and workforce development grants. For the past 12 years and prior to his role as LACCD’s Vice Chancellor of E&WD, Martinez worked as Vice-President of Planning and Development at Santa Monica College and Dean of Business & Industry. Mr. Martinez began his career at Cerritos College in 1989 as the Director of Economic Development and Coordinator of the Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act (VATEA).

Mr. Martinez earned a Master of Arts in Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Learn more about Los Angeles Harbor College at www.lahc.edu

Jim Preusch

James Preusch
Chief Financial Officer
Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority

James Preusch initially became involved with ACTA as a part of his role as CFO of the Port of Los Angeles. Serving as Treasurer of the ACTA JPA, from 1989 to 1999, Mr. Preusch assembled the financing team and crafted the multi-sourced funding plan to pay for the $2.4 billion grade separation and rail trench project. He spearheaded negotiations with the US DOT, leading to a flexible $400 million loan that supported much of the up front costs of the project. Mr. Preusch also worked extensively with the rating agencies and bond insurers to build credibility and understanding of the ACTA project, leading to successful bond ratings, and bond insurance. He led the financing team in the sale of almost $1.2 billion in senior, subordinate, taxable and tax-exempt debt, and together with the ACTA management and other members of the financing team negotiated the terms of a $347 million grant from LA MTA. Mr. Preusch also assisted in the 1994 railroad right-of-way negotiations, leading to property acquisition transactions of $386 million. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Preusch served as co-financial adviser to ACTA. He rejoined ACTA as its CFO in September 2004, and since that time has revitalized ACTA’s accounting and financial reporting, and provided extensive financial modeling support leading to successful settlement of the railroad transloading dispute.
Learn more about ACTA at www.acta.org

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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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