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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 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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Pilots, Pirates, Aztecs AND Colts invade Terminal Island for a day of career discovery

On National Pearl Harbor Day, more than 265 ITEP Academy students from Banning, San Pedro, Carson and Barstow High School arrived at the US Coast Guard base on Terminal Island for a day of exploration and excitement in discovering the almost unlimited career opportunities within the United States Coast Guard. For some students, this was their first time seeing the Pacific Ocean.

After a few words from USCG Commander Andrew Clyburn, students rotated through five stations: Marine Safety and Security, Team K-9 Unit, CGC George Cobb, Base Support Unit Clinic San Pedro, Small Boat Station LA – LB, and the Coast Guard Recruiting Office LA. Students explored the CGC George Cobb, learned about scuba safety gear, watched as working dog Ryder and his handler did an explosives search demonstration, and competed in a push-up contest won by GBAC Lead Teacher Ms. Pettus-Alexander.

ITEP is very grateful for the close partnership it enjoys with the Coast Guard and appreciates the willingness of officers and enlisted personnel to participate in academy advisory boards, on-campus presentations, and student coaching. Most of our students would not realize the opportunities available in their own backyards if not for the determination of the Coast Guard to present awe-inspiring tours like you do. Special thanks to Lieutenant Arthur Loughran, Captain Roger Laferriere, and Commander Andrew Clyburn. Thank you Coasties!

For more photos check out our photo album

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ITA students build towers tall and soar spirits high


On Friday, October 7, over 140  juniors and seniors, along with teachers and ITEP business partners from the International Trade Academy (ITA) at Phineas Banning High School welcomed incoming sophomores with the challenge of building the tallest tower and the call to take responsibility for their own academic and career success at the very first ITA “Earning The Right” Conference.

Traditionally, this event has been an informal party; however, this year, ITA Lead Teacher Leticia Finley and ITA Advisory Board Member Akary Busto of Lloyds TSB International traded the cake and karaoke for an afternoon of team-building activities, motivational presentations, and networking with alumni and board members.  The overall theme of the Conference was that students cannot sit back and expect things to be given to them, but must work actively to “earn the right” to partake in the many opportunities available through ITA.

The highlight of the Conference was Business Keynote Speaker, Rob Vickery, who shared his own career journey from an economically challenged upbringing in Cornwall, England to his current role as U.S. Director at Lloyds TSB International.  Vickery described both his successes and his failures along the way and challenged the students to embrace adversity and never take no for an answer. “No mission is mission impossible.”

Among the most powerful experiences available to ITA students is the opportunity for seniors to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) in Washington, D.C.   For 11 years, Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals (PST) has generously sponsored this program, enabling hundreds of ITA students to experience a world far beyond Wilmington.  Nancy Perez, alumna from the Class of 2011, presented David VanWaardenburg and Peggy Barteske of Pasha with the Above and Beyond Award in recognition of their generous and continued support.

After enjoying a delicious lunch prepared by the MATCH Academy and served by ITA alumni, students and ITEP Advisory Board members participated in a team-building exercise.  Each team was given a bag of supplies with the goal of making the tallest tower out of cups and paper. But, there was a twist:  each group received a slightly different set of building supplies.  ITA teacher Marlene Mendez facilitated the discussion afterwards. “…the point was to challenge them to work with what they had.  Life isn’t fair… it’s about working with the tools you are given… it’s not about a competition, it’s about working together” said Mendez.

Attending the event as honored guests were ITEP business partners from the Port of Los Angeles, Conoco Phillips, U.S. Department of Transportation, Fast Lane Transportation, Los Angeles Harbor College, and Lloyds TSB International.  Students also had the opportunity to visit booths and speak with representatives from the United States Coast Guard, Los Angeles Harbor College, Cal State Dominguez Hills and USC.

ITEP would like to thank Rob Vickery, not only for his inspirational remarks, but also for Lloyds’ generous sponsorship, which made possible the delicious food and delightful décor.  Many thanks as well to Leticia Finley, Akary Busto, and the ITA student leaders who put together a phenomenal event that will set the tone for the rest of the Academy experience.

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GESA alums explore green growth at the port… and meet the Mayor!

GESA alums participated in the second annual PortTechLA Expo. They didn’t just volunteer, they explored a whole new world of opportunity and innovation. Thanks to the hospitality of Executive Director Jeffrey Milanette of PortTechLA and Herb Zimmer, Chairman of PortTechLA, GESA Alumni Cecilia Armenta, Alma Garduno, and Oscar Vargas got a firsthand look into the world of emerging green technologies and peered into the minds of business leaders and budding entrepreneurs.

They greeted participants and prepped speakers, listened to Keynote Speaker, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speak about growth and job opportunities. “I got to meet a lot of different people… I really liked seeing them present their products, it was very interesting and inspiring” said Cecilia Armenta. Oscar Vargas was captivated by the idea of using algae instead of fossil fuels. “Volunteering gave me the opportunity to network that I wouldn’t normally have had. I had a great conversation with Tim Bentley an Aerospace Engineer. We talked about the use of algae to produce fuel. Instead of using fossil fuels or ethanol, they use algae: a fast reproducing organism. Because algae it isn’t used for human consumption,  we can sustainably grow it and use is solely for fuel” said Vargas.


ITEP’s support for our students doesn’t stop at graduation. Through our expanding Alumni Network, we continue to engage students and provide them with career resources, job opportunities, internships, and conferences like the PortTechLA Expo.

Thank you, Jeff and Herb, for making this experience possible. We are excited to see where these young people will go and know that this opportunity only intensified their aspirations for the future. Go green generation!

PortTechLA is a public/private non-profit technology center and business incubator operated by a coalition consisting of the City of Los Angeles, Port of Los Angeles and the San Pedro and Wilmington Chambers of Commerce. Its mission is to attract and mentor companies with technologies that will enable the Port of Los Angeles, and ports worldwide, to meet their immediate and future environmental, energy, security and logistics goals.

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