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MATCH Experiences the Professional Side of Fruit

MATCH-visits-Dole-img1Do you remember the first time you came across the Dole sticker on a banana or other piece of fruit? The memory isn’t a strong one for most – it’s a minimal detail that is expected and unnoticed at the same time. The blue, red and yellow logo has found a natural place in the surfaces of many fruits and if you think about it a little further, visions of plantations and fields come to mind. Among all this imagery, the business side of Dole becomes a little difficult to imagine, yet it exists. Dole is not just a banana company, but a Fortune 500 company and ITEP supporter.

MATCH-visits-Dole-img2Thirty MATCH students from Banning High School traveled to Dole Food Headquarters in Westlake Village (CA) to experience the best of Dole, as a food company and professional entity. The students along with MATCH lead teacher, Janet Furuya, learned that careers at Dole are anything but dull.

“It’s great to show our students different career options and present to them what the corporate world can offer. A lot of these students think they can only work in restaurants, so we wanted to show them there are so many more opportunities available if they work hard and pursue their passion,” stated Janet.

Students met Diana Jansson-Hamilton, Director of Global Trade Compliance and the company’s CFO, Keith Mitchell. The speakers introduced MATCH to the brand story behind Dole, the fresh fruit supply chain and the many job opportunities available – from shipping bananas to writing about them in social media.

Of course, the trip to Dole was not complete without a visit to the company’s own test kitchen. MATCH students tasted the newest company product, Dole Fruit Smoothie Shakers, and had the opportunity to create their own signature Dole juice blends. Product quality tests that check for density, color and taste also took place – a tough job, but MATCH students stepped in with ease to complete the task. Donna Skidmore, Director of Consumer Affairs and Vasso Panag, Laboratory Manager of Dole Packaged Foods were instrumental in making this portion of the trip interesting and interactive – we thank you!

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Dole professionals in Human Resources, Industrial Relations, Marketing and Social Media also addressed the students. Michael Contreras, Digital Marketing Manager, outlined the company’s social media strategy in an impressive presentation. The company uses various social platforms to connect with consumers and build a “Dole community.” Bananas and fruit as a whole were seen in a completely different light. In the end, there was plenty of swag, inspiration and bananas to share. Thank you, Dole.

To read more about MATCH and their visit to Dole, check out our latest newsletter. Sign-up to receive one today and learn about ITEP happenings and the many students that make our communities proud. For more photos on our visit to Dole, check out our Facebook page.

The ITEP team would like to send a warm and special thanks to Diana and Griselda Rapp for coordinating a once-in-a-lifetime Dole experience for our hard-working MATCH students.

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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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The D-Q 5: Going back to take it all… An awe inspiring comeback!

Banning High School FHA- Hero

An Awe-Inspiring Comeback!

By: Felicia Herrera, T.A, Banning High School Graduate of 2005

Working with high school students is like being on a roller coaster; there are ups, downs, spins, turns and unexpected winds and twists. A good example would be my personal experience with working with this year’s FHA-HERO, a group of students who are part of a chapter here at Banning High School. FHA-HERO is a student organization that focuses on all the different area of home economics, from Culinary Arts Display, Energy and Resource Conservation, Job Application and Interview, Applied Technology, to Fashion Design.  Within this organization students learn leadership skills, professionalism, responsibility and many other traits that help them become excellent members of society. Through FHA- HERO, students are also able to compete at regional, state, and national levels.

As I recall at this year’s competition, I’m sitting at the edge of my seat, waiting for the award ceremony to begin. Camera at hand, butterflies in stomach, and knees shaking; remembering how we did this time last year.

Last year, what we thought was going to end up in high spirits ended up being unbelievably devastating. All of our students were disqualified! It wasn’t because they were late or being irresponsible, but because of missing the customary dress check before the ceremony started. To our misfortune we were waiting in the wrong room. By the time we realized it, they were fifteen minutes late. The worst part is that shortly after they had to sit and witness other students receive what should have been their potential trophies and scholarships.  The first three hours of the bus ride home weren’t the most blissful. However, being the determined students they are, they chose not to give up. They decided they were not going to let this unfortunate incident defeat them; they were going to come home and get started on projects for next year’s competition that would surely knock the judge’s socks off  and bring home the gold! They were known as the “D-Q 5(Disqualified Five)…Going Back to Take it All” and that’s exactly what they did!

After months of hard work, all nighters, sweat, blood, burns, and tears, those same five students, now seniors, along with two others, accomplished the unthinkable. When the ceremony finally started I practically sprinted to the front of the room and waited for the winners to be announced. Before I knew it, tears began to fill my eyes as I heard every single one of our students’ names being called! Banning High School’s FHA-HERO Chapter placed the highest on almost every category they competed in!

Below is the list of this year’s winners:

Competition/ Category

Student/ Competitor

Place/ Award/ Prize

 

Decorated Wedding Cakes

Lipsia Rosales

1st Place

 

Appetizers

Jacqueline Rodriguez

$1000.00 Scholarship to Johnson and Wales

 $100.00 Cash

 

 

Culinary Arts Display

Jacob Griffith

Glen Hernandez

1st Place

And $100.00 Cash

2nd Place

 

 

 

Breads Display

Jonathan Alvarez

Michael Haynes

1st Place and “ Best of Show”

$1000.00 Scholarship to Johnson and Wales And $100.00 Cash, Plus an additional $250.00 for “Best of Show”

3rd Place, $100.00 Cash

 

 

Fashion Designer Recycled Garment

Jasmine Barajas

3rd Place, $100.00 Cash

As you can see the last two years have been a crazy roller coaster ride with the biggest down, yet the greatest up. The Banning High School FHA-HERO Chapter may have fell down and tumbled but they did not crumble! Against all odds, they picked themselves back up and had an awe-inspiring comeback!

I am proud to say that the Banning High School FHA-HERO Chapter of 2012 is personally one of the best groups of students I have ever had the pleasure to work with. After this whole experience, I have been tremendously inspired into not giving up on my dreams. I will personally continue to go to school and become a Home Economics Teacher and hopefully, in time, have my own FHA-HERO Chapter.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BANNING HIGH SCHOOL FHA-HERO CHAPTER OF 2012! YOU DID IT!!!

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LA Convention Center rolls out the red carpet for MATCH

On Friday, March 16 the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) rolled out their red carpet for 23 MATCH seniors from Banning High School for a behind-the-scenes look in to the world of trade show operations. The students received exclusive backstage tours and were treated to a board room presentation from top LACC executives who spoke about careers and all the industry has to offer.

The students were able to get a feel for the preparation and hard work it takes to put on a trade show as they watched the Food & Beverage division preparing culinary delights for the International Health and Sports Racket Expo. After the tour, the students listened to a presentation from Mary Jane Aquino, Acting Assistant General Manager for LACC, Phillip Hill, COO, Greg Rosicky, Vice President of Event Operations, and Reza Semadi, General Manager of Food Services and enjoyed a salty sweat treat: chips and fresh mango salsa courtesy of Executive Chef Lewis.

The hot topic among the students was job opportunities and COO Phillip Hill didn’t disappoint them. He explained that the new project, Farmer’s Field, would create a large demand for jobs and Reza Samadi introduced the student to Aramark’s internship program. Both drove home the importance of finishing school so they could be considered for prime opportunities.

The MATCH students made a huge impact on the LACC professionals who facilitated the tour and took pride in knowing one day they’d be able to bring their exceptional culinary skills to the Convention Center. Greg Rosicky, remarked, “this is the best group of students we have ever had.” Thank you to the LA Convention Center, and everyone who was involved in making this tour possible, it was an amazing experience for our students!

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MATCH students find hot jobs in cold containers at Matson!

Standing in the middle of a cold refrigerated “reefer” container at the Matson terminal in Long Beach, thirty-five MATCH students learned how Christmas trees travel from California to Hawaii. This hands-on experience in the global supply chain was the culmination of a day that started  at the Safeway Vons Distribution Center, continued at Aloha Freight Forwarders, and ended with a lunchtime presentation and tour at Matson Navigation Company.

Tom Good, ITEP Board of Directors member and Director, Sales & Marketing, Southwest Region for Matson, shared with students his career journey and gave tips on being competitive in today’s workplace. Good challenged the students to make the most of their education: “it’s not what college you go to that matters, it’s what you do while you’re there” Good explained.

Students got a special treat when their school bus drove right into the hold a Matson container ship for a visit with Captain Bloomingdale. Excitement was in the air, with MATCH junior Dion asking what it took to be a Captain. “You have to be 6’8” or taller…” joked Bloomingdale, who happens to be 6’10.” Students then drove through towers of containers and over to the reefer cleaning stations where they learned about cold storage and the logistics of travel to Hawaii.

The Vons/Matson tour is becoming a revered tradition for the MATCH Academy. Students walk away with an increased awareness of themselves and the world around them. Thank you to Mike Pantaleon MATCH Advisory Board member for setting up the tour, Tom Good of Matson for inspiring the students, and MATCH Advisory Board members Shirley Knull (formerly of PCC Logistics), and Kaj Palsson of International Cargo Equipment Inc. for chaperoning.

Viva Vons and Mahalo Matson!

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MATCH welcomes students with food, fun, and FHA!

MATCH Alumni returned to their roots to support incoming sophomores during the MATCH Welcome Banquet last Thursday hosted by MATCH Academy seniors. Richard Tucker, 2011 summer intern for Friendship Transport, Inc., and Evelin Cortez, 2011 summer intern for Tesoro, emceed the Banquet. The incoming sophomores received a great introduction to MATCH’s award-winning program and the business leaders from companies including the Port of Los Angeles, International Cargo Equipment, PCC Logistics, and Good Source Solutions, who work diligently to support them.

New this year, board members attended a private mixer before the Banquet for an opportunity to speak with MATCH faculty about their challenges and needs in the classroom. Immediately following, the group headed to the Banquet where they mixed and mingled with the new class, and reconnected with  junior and seniors who they were already well acquainted with. “It is such a pleasure to watch students, like Richard Tucker, develop into confident role models for the younger classes. In a true example of the success of our program, I am excited to see the sophomores grow throughout the next three years.” – Susie Emami, MATCH Program Manager.
 

The Banquet featured a presentation by Culinary Arts instructor Virginia Marsoobian of the Future Homemakers of America-Home Economics Related Occupations (FHA Hero) Program. Students engage in local, regional and state competitions in various culinary arts categories such as commercial food preparation and culinary arts displays. These competitions allow MATCH students the opportunity to use lessons learned inside the classroom and apply them in a fun and creative way. MATCH students have been competing since 2005 and have enjoyed a great deal of success.


MATCH alumni were on hand to welcome the new sophomores and offer words of wisdom. They explained how participating in MATCH and competing in the FHA Hero competitions changed their lives.  Many have attended or are attending culinary programs throughout the U.S. on substantial scholarships won through the various competitions. Alumni who came to the banquet included Amber Jones, class of 2007, who received a scholarship to attend culinary school in Vermont, and Richard Aguero, class of 2007, who received an $85,000 scholarship to attend the Culinary Institute of America in New York.

Special thanks go out to MATCH Lead Teacher Janet Furuya for putting on such an enjoyable event and Patricia Scott, of LAUSD, for her continued support. With dedicated faculty, industry support, and alumni who come back again and again, it is obvious the MATCH Academy “family” bond is very strong. Here’s to another great year of fun, learning, and culinary excellence!

~Food Network Star Jaime Oliver interviewed Rigo Salas, another successful MATCH alumni! Check out the article here!

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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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