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ITEP explores careers in Long Beach with S.W.A.G!

Teens pondering the universal question, “What do I want to do with my life?” often have no clue where to begin, much less how to set and reach their goals.  Luckily, for a small group of Long Beach youth, the journey to find a career is about to get a little easier…and a lot more fun!

Starting Fall 2012, ITEP is excited to launch a new program: Exploring Careers in Long Beach.  This after-school career exploration program will provide youth with opportunities for personal development and hands-on exploration of key industries and employers in greater Long Beach.

Exploring Careers in Long Beach is being piloted as Students With Ambitious Goals (aka S.W.A.G.) with 50 sophomores from Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo High School, where administrators and teachers are eager to offer experiential linked learning opportunities for their students.  Assistant Principal Matthew Brown notes, “when schools are working hard to make high school relevant, it is amazing to have a program that truly shows our students what opportunities exist right in their own back yard. And, with businesses getting directly involved, it helps schools more effectively align with what students should be learning to succeed in local industries.”

Through a progressive program of twice-monthly excursions, S.W.A.G. participants will explore hot jobs in cool industries such as Global Trade, Transportation, Health Care, Environmental, Energy, Engineering, Law and Government, as well as explore career opportunities available in the skilled trades and through entrepreneurship.  Youth will build meaningful connections with industry leaders who will guide them in their career exploration.

ITEP has partnered with Exploring/Learning for Life to organize Exploring Careers in Long Beach as an official explorer post and has built a volunteer Advisory Board made up of Long Beach business, education, workforce and community leaders who will guide its strategy and direction.  ITEP Board Member and Exploring Careers Advisory Board Chair, Stacey Jones of CH2M HILL notes, “The Exploring Careers program will give us [ITEP] a great opportunity to broaden our industry-based educational programs into Long Beach, to provide high school sophomores with hands-on experience learning about the highest-demand industries in Long Beach, and to expand their understanding of the real career choices out there.”

S.W.A.G.’s Kick-off Orientation for students and parents in late September will feature a keynote presentation by Damon Dunn, Long Beach business and civic leader, who will share his own journey from abject poverty to stunning success.

In October, S.W.A.G. will highlight the Global Trade industry, beginning with a life expectations session led by representatives from Matson, NYK Line, and the Port of Long Beach, hosted at Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network.  Later in the month, participants will follow up with a visit to each company’s facilities at the Port, where they will board a container ship and meet industry representatives who will share their exciting careers the shipping and logistics industries.

As this is a pilot program, there are still many opportunities to get involved.  ITEP is actively seeking sponsors to help us defray program costs.  Special thanks to Tesoro for coming on board as our very first corporate sponsor! We are also still looking for volunteers to help with monthly excursions and host site visits.  

For more information contact Program Coordinator, Gabriela Perez at gabriela@itepinc.org

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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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Oakland students see powerful ports at work

For two days, ten students and two teachers from the International Trade, Transportation, and Logistics academy at Oakland’s McClymonds High School toured the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as in ITEP’s “Powerful Ports” tour. The tour was more than a sightseeing excursion for students — it was an eye-opener.

Through its extensive industry network, ITEP brought together top maritime industries and powerful ports to show students the relevancy of academics have to high paying jobs. During the Study Tour to the Ports of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach, the Marine Exchange, APL Limited, CSU Long Beach, Matson Lines, and the Long Beach Aquarium, students learned more about the ports, their careers, their futures, and themselves.
Theresa Adams Lopez, Director of Public Relations for POLA, gave a Talk and Tour at the Port of Los Angeles where ITTL students explored the Angelina, the Port’s yacht reserved for visiting VIP’s. Students showed interest in vessel tracking at the Marine Exchange, where they quizzed Executive Director Dick McKenna and Marine Exchange personnel about naval regulations, vessel catastrophes, and the benefits of public-private partnerships.

Director of the CITT and CSULB, Marianne Venieris, explained the importance of trade skills in obtaining a job. “She told us that you don’t need a bunch of fancy degrees but that all kids should have an alternative in high school” remarked student Desirae Johnson.

The second day started with a tour of the Port of Long Beach led by Officer Steven Macias. Macias spoke about globalization in the maritime community and the value of knowing foreign languages. When student Easom Saed noted he spoke Arabic, Steven Macias immediately gave Easom his business card and asked him to call after he graduated, a powerful gesture that really grabbed the students attention.

Matson Lines Director of Sales & Marketing, Tom Good, explained the essentials of a successful job interview. “Mr. Good’s presentation was really important for me. I learned many things about the working world. Mr. Good inspired me to work hard and take things more seriously,” student Easom Saed said.

Desirae Johnson said it best: “What I took out of this trip was that if you want something, you have to give it your all. The way you present yourself to others and carry yourself can benefit you in more ways than you can imagine.”

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