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Building dreams one scholarship at a time!

If every dream is built one step at a time, ITEP students took one giant leap on March 22, 2012 at the 12th Annual Scholarship Dinner, Building Dreams. Held at the World Cruise Terminal in San Pedro, nearly 600 students, teachers, and industry partners cheered on 12 ITEP seniors as they received well deserved scholarships and awards that will help them continue their success and dreams after high school.

Along with eight ITEP scholarship winners, Violet Paredes from GSS Academy won the HAIC Scholarship, and Alberto Limas from GESA won the LACBFFA Cecilia Castellanos Memorial Scholarship. Dennis Lord from Southern California Gas Company presented a scholarship to Nicole Diaz, a GESA Senior, and Dan Benoit, on behalf of the LACBFFA and FTA, presented the Rising Star! Award to Karima Dyes from Gardena High School’s Global Leadership Academy. The Carol Rowen 180 Degree Award went to Kaipo Soriano-Weeks, a hardworking and dedicated senior from GBAC at Carson High School.

ITEP was thrilled to present our Keeper of the Flame award to BNSF Railway, a longstanding supporter of ITEP and Mojave XP at Barstow High School. Trini Jimenez, Director of Government Relations and ITEP Board of Directors member, accepted the award along with Lawrence Dale, a retired BNSF employee and Mojave XP Advisory Board member. “We at BNSF are proud to be associated with such a remarkable organization. We look forward to continuing to support ITEP’s goal of building dreams and connecting students to jobs.” George Kolarov from Banning High School was recognized as ITEP’s Educator of the Year, and Tom Good from Matson received the Bill Stein Memorial Leadership Award.

MATCH and the Los Angeles Harbor College Culinary Arts Programstudents outdid themselves with their dazzling culinary creations. Led by MATCH Advisory Board member Chef Giovanni “Chef Gio” Delrosario, LAHC students delighted the crowd with scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, and MATCH dished up a wonderful pasta dinner with an impressive array of cupcakes and edible arrangements for dessert.

All in all, this year’s event was a stunning success, breaking all previous fundraising records. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, ticket takers and silent auction bidders, over $180,000 was raised to support the mission and programs of ITEP. Heartfelt thanks go out to our top sponsors — Port of Los Angeles, Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals, and Metro Ports – as well as to the dedicated members of ITEP’s Dinner Committee, led by Bill Collier, and the ITEP Board and Advisory Boards who devoted countless time and energy toward making this event successful.


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GGLA Students Get the Inside Scoop Into LAWA Careers

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Through the partnership between ITEP’s Gardena Global Leadership Academy (GGLA) and Jaime Gutierrez, International Trade and Job Training Outreach Coordinator at Los Angeles World Airports, students met at the Flight Path Museum for a job-shadowing day at LA World Airports on May 20, 2011. Fifteen LAWA employees from different sectors including IT System Operations, Financial Reporting, Environmental Services, and Public Relations, took students on a two hour tour to explore a day in the life of a LAWA employee.

11th grader Griselda followed Lt. Keawe Tolson, head of Airport Police, Traffic Control Unit. Interested in a career in Law Enforcement, Griselda was eager to shadow Lt. Tolson, who took her to the airfield where she was able to learn about the vital and necessary safety precautions that security takes.

Griselda not only got a taste of all the exciting things that Lt. Tolson’s jobs entails, but also the day-to-day operations, like checking policies and being aware of employee grievances.

Lt. Tolson spoke to Griselda about the importance of being well rounded and making sure to keep your options open for the future. He explained different positions within the law enforcement field and provided a realistic view of salary structure and the skills necessary to rise within a law enforcement organization.

After hearing all this, Griselda’s enthusiasm caught the attention of Allyson Lavalais, Education Outreach Coordinator, who offered her a coveted summer internship on the spot. This tour only further solidified Griselda’s understanding of the importance of education and how everything she does now, shapes her future later.

After the individual department tours, and a delicious lunch courtesy of LAWA, GGLA students were treated to a demonstration by the K9 Unit. Officer Hans Bergmann and his new partner Eco delighted the students with his “high play drive,” a trait looked for in all service dogs.

Lt. Robert Rios followed up with a passionate speech about the love of his work and serving people in his community. He stressed to the students the need to maintain outstanding citizenship throughout their lives no matter what career they pursue, and how the image they portray on public places like Facebook will affect them down the line.

LAWA was so impressed with the GGLA students, they are excited for another job shadowing day in the fall, and creating an ongoing pipeline for Gardena High School students to gain summer internships in the future.

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