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Earth Day 2013: More Than Just One Day for San Pedro Students

San Pedro High School students from the Global Environmental Studies / Earth Alert Academy (SPEA) united their peers and friends to give Mother Earth not just one Earth Day, but two! The Annual SPEA Earth Day Celebration began with a green clean-up event on Saturday, April 20, 2013 thanks to our new partner, All Green Recycling. With the company’s incredible support, more than 25 high student volunteers and teachers organized the 4th Annual SPEA E-Waste Recycling Fundraiser. Not only did SPEA students reduce their carbon footprints in the South Bay, but also raised $533 for academy expenses.

So was Earth Day Part One successful? You tell us…

SPEA diverted over 8,000 lbs. of total electronics from entering landfills and prevented 11,576 lbs. of carbon emissions from polluting the atmosphere. This is equivalent to 446 trees saved, 1,964 gallons of gasoline, 16,777 plastic bottles recycled, and 77,175 aluminum cans recycled.

SPEA students and volunteers help out during the 2013 E-Waste Recycling Fundraiser at San Pedro, made possible by All Green Recycling.

SPEA students and volunteers help out during the 2013 E-Waste Recycling Fundraiser at San Pedro High School, made possible by All Green Recycling.

Part two of the celebration began on Monday, April 22nd and transformed San Pedro High School into an interactive center for green careers. Over 700 students attended on-campus presentations put together by 16 of our industry partners from Bird Rescue, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, DWP, US Coast Guard and the West Basin Container Terminal, just to name a few. The presentations introduced students to local and global careers in environmental management, safety, response and rescue.

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SPEA Advisory Board Chair and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Director, Mike Schaadt, shares a prop which demonstrates the large offspring of a BOFFFF (Big Old Fat Fecund Female Fish).

“I liked all the presenters and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium presentations the most. I learned that we can all help the Earth by going to beach cleanups and similar activities,” said Giselle, SPEA student.

“I liked the presentations because they helped give us an idea of different career options we can take – that was helpful,” stated Chris, San Pedro High School junior.

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Los Angeles Department of Water and Power representatives discuss the wastewater treatment and water reclamation process.

Our presenters also enjoyed their classroom time with San Pedro students.

“Talking about the things that they can do – it was a bit of an A-ha moment for the students. They realize that what they do and that one person can make a difference,” said Jeff Greg, Marine Science Technician for the US Coast Guard.

Dr. Kiersten Darrow, Research Curator for the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium used her time with the students to discuss grunion hatching and opportunities within the Marine Aquarium such as internships, volunteer opportunities, beach cleanups, and other community service projects.

“Again, it’s the connection. It’s nice that they see us in their classrooms – they know that we want them in particular,” said Dr. Darrow.

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Ports America employees lead the class in a mock Jeopardy game.

Meanwhile on the other side of campus, Ports America formed student teams in an engaging mock Jeopardy game filled with environmental topics and fun facts.

“It’s important for companies like ours to be here… it gives the students an opportunity to engage and relate with professionals within an industry that’s right down the street from… and it gives them the opportunity to ask us questions and see what we do,” said Christina Boden, Regional Safety Manager for Ports America.

From clean-up to career exploration, SPEA students turned an ordinary Earth Day celebration into a two-day event that will have long-term, positive effects on the planet and the ambitions of our youth.

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A few of our amazing Earth Day presenters and ITEP supporters.

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Job Shadow Day 2013: Students Take Local Steps Toward Global Dreams

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SPEA students climb their way up to explore the West Basin Container Terminal and Port of LA.

Spring break 2013 will be another one for the records for ITEP students. “Time off” for our high schoolers meant more than just beach time, movie dates or sleeping in. A total of 60 students from three ITEP-supported academies at Carson, San Pedro and Phineas Banning High Schools, set a new attendance record in the most unlikely of spring break destinations – the business world in their backyards.

ITEP’s Second Annual Job Shadow Day took place on March 25, 2013. Students spent five hours shadowing and learning from technicians, researchers, engineers, and management in the trade, transportation and logistics industries. ITEP Advisory Board Members welcomed students at 16 different facilities. Among them were Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, CalScience Environmental Laboratories, City of Carson, JMC2 Engineering, Ports America, US Coast Guard, Valero Wilmington Refinery, Watson Land Company, West Basin Container Terminal (WBCT), and Yusen Logistics.

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GBAC student learns about Watson Land Company operations and industrial development.

Students climbed cranes at Ports America terminals, observed the US Coast Guard’s canines in action and participated in local government meetings, just to name a few of the exciting hands-on opportunities.

“This Job Shadow Program was very beneficial to me because it gave me an insight to the various positions within NOAA that I didn’t know about,” stated Talore, SPEA senior who visited NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). “It definitely opened my eyes to the different career opportunities and possibilities that are available.”

“My favorite part of the site visit was seeing a trained dog in action finding explosives,” said Osvaldo, SPEA junior who spent his day with the US Coast Guard. “I learned a lot of the different ranks in the USCG, and I’ve gotten a clear view of what I would be interested in doing when I join.”

Students prepared for the annual event by completing four workshops on resume writing, job application and cover letter basics, and interviewing skills. The final round involved interviews conducted by ITEP industry Advisory Board Members. The preparation paid off well in the end.

“The students were all professionally dressed and attentive,” stated Mary Gutierrez, GESA Advisory Board Member from Valero Wilmington Refinery. “We enjoyed hosting them and look forward to doing it again next year… I’m impressed with the way ITEP instills in their students the confidence to be comfortable around authority figures.”

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GESA students became scientists at CalScience Environmental Laboratories.

After exploring the Port of Los Angeles with West Basin Container Terminal, San Pedro student, Uriel reported, “I now know the basics of how they keep the port running, and how it comes together like a puzzle.”

How many high school students have the opportunity to don hard hats and walk among cranes and containers to view the inner workings of our global trade infrastructure? How many students get to see the relevance of their science and math classes as they examine petri dishes and work alongside lab scientists? How many of our 16-year-olds get the chance to sit in the corner office and consult with top-level executives? Not enough!

However, thanks to the support of our industry and school partners, and the hardworking ITEP team, 60 students were able to obtain an in-depth look into some of the most exciting and lucrative jobs in their communities and beyond. The exploration begins at the local level – in a city’s backyard – and leads to a global path and career. Join us in making more discoveries happen!

Contact us today to host a future Job Shadow Day , or ask how you can help create additional college and career dreams.

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Ports America welcomed our GESA students with open arms – thank you!

To view more photos from ITEP’s Second Annual Job Shadow Day, head over to our Facebook Page.

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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 results are in! ITEP Spring Break Job Shadow is a success!

By: Harlene Stanley, ITEP Program Manager

Spring Break 2012 – This year, 27 students from 3 high schools had unique and special memories of what they did on their Spring Break Vacation, because they were selected to participate in this year’s ITEP Job Shadow Program.

On April 4, 2012, each student had 5 hours of on-site experience at one of 12 different Advisory Board Members’ facilities where they had the opportunity to learn about local career opportunities, the professional skills necessary to succeed in various job functions, and the leadership and teamwork skills needed to thrive in a professional setting. Currently, three of the Job Shadow students are in the interview process for a summer internships. Job Shadowing is definitely on its way to be coming an annual ITEP event!

Both Site Coordinators and students were very happy with the results, and had the following to share about their experiences:

Jessica Neil: GBAC Advisory Board Member from Shell Pipeline reported, “The employment preparation workshops well prepared these students for the job shadow experience. They asked intelligent questions, had good manners and were excited to gain exposure.”

Ruby: GBAC Junior, wrote “I learned so much and I love the fact that all the employees have a really great positive attitude towards their work. I felt very welcomed at the Shell Pipeline Facility.”

Pax Bowman: a member of the San Pedro Earth Alert (SPEA) Advisory Board from West Basin Container Terminal (WBCT), evaluated the program by saying that, “the ITEP support and communication was excellent leading up to the Job Shadow Day… Our Job Shadow Applicant was well prepared and able to engage with the staff, which made his visit more productive.”

Ivan: SPEA student, “I was fortunate to be selected for the Job Shadow Program this year. We had to go through a process of creating a resume and cover letter, and what we needed to do for an interview. Then we had to do research on the company we wanted to Job Shadow and interview with them. It was really helpful and good information. Then I went there on Spring Break – no ‘party’ for me! I learned a lot about how important they are to the job world and to the environment.”

Mary Gutierrez: Global Environmental Science Academy (GESA) Advisory Board member from Valero: “My favorite moment was when the student sitting next to me at lunch said he wished it was a week-long event so he could learn more about the other jobs that the Refinery Leadership Team was mentioning.”

Lt George Kolumbic: United States Coast Guard, “It was a great learning experience… I think it says a lot about the students that they came on their Spring Break to learn about the Coast Guard, and I really have appreciated the opportunity with these students who care about their future and really want to be here.”

Luis: GESA Junior said, “I learned that I could join the Coast Guard and still go to college, and they will pay for my college, and I could become a teacher.”

To read more about the program click here!

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SPEA Celebrates 42nd Earth Day Anniversary

By: Harlene Stanley, ITEP Program Manager


The students and Advisory Board members from the ITEP San Pedro Earth Alert Academy (SPEA) at San Pedro High School, celebrated the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day on Friday April 20, 2012, with on-campus presentations and demonstrations that generated interest and awareness for the “Green Generation.” More than ever before, young people are getting involved by taking steps in their schools, homes and neighborhoods to protect the environment by recycling plastic bottles and aluminum cans, volunteering for coastal clean-ups, and exploring the possibility of entering into green careers in the future.

To celebrate this event, 10 members of the US Coast Guard Base on Terminal Island, gave presentations that showed students the importance of their missions in the protection and stewardship of natural resources by eliminating environmental damage associated with maritime transportation, fishing, and recreational boating.

More than 45 presentations and demonstrations during the day gave students a wide range of topics and points of interest to consider. Guest Speakers from local organizations included Advisory Board Chair, Mike Schaadt, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Administrator, who, along with two other scientists from the aquarium, gave presentations on “Careers in Marine Biology and Oceanography,” as well as displaying a live grunion lab for students to interact with.

Pax Bowman, an ITEP Partner from West Basin Container Terminal (WBCT), presented the “Enviro-Jeopardy Game,” modeled after the television game show. Students showed how much they knew in areas  including:Earth Day, Recycling, Port Related Environment, and What Not to Do. Student teams became very competitive with each other, and were quite involved in capturing the most points to win the game.

In addition, Nancy Felix, from SA Recycling, spoke to students about “Careers in Environmental Management,” and had a presentation about how SA recycles scrap metal. Attorney Vivi Heger spoke on Environmental Law, and Dr Raymond Wells presented a community college approach to Programs in Marine Biology.

Student Council members were able to secure more than 200 signed commitment cards during the day-long event, with students having the opportunity to complete written pledges for “A Billion Acts of Green,” Earth Day’s way of mobilizing the power of people to create change by taking small steps. Each student was encouraged to write down at least one thing they would do to help protect the environment. The statements made by these high school students, show how much they care about the environment, and what they plan to do to help.

 

I wonder how many of us can pledge the same things that these high school students have?

“I will try not to leave trash anywhere so it doesn’t lead to our oceans or pollute,” said SPEA student, Juan G.

“I will reuse and save my bottled water…I also pledge to carpool to school,” R.C.

“I will use the bag I was given at thestore and that will help save plastic bags,” D.A. wrote.

And, other statements made by students include,

“Take shorter showers…”

“Turn off lights when not using it…”

“Walk, instead of ride…”

“Grow more plants!” What are the rest of us willing to do?

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Students spend spring break preparing for their future!

Spring Break for students has become synonymous with “partying.” Scenes of young people in bikinis and shorts, playing in the sand, and staying up all night are not unusual. This year, spring break means something different to 30 ITEP students, who have decided to PREPARE for their future, rather than PARTY.

Through the new ITEP Job Shadow Pilot Program, students from  GESA at Banning High School, SPEA at San Pedro High School, and  GBAC at Carson High School will have a first-time experience at ITEP’s Industry Partners’ facilities to discover some of the career opportunities that are available locally, and to see the skills and experience that is expected in a professional environment.” We wanted the students to be actively engaged so that they can learn firsthand what it takes to succeed in these industry settings,” commented Harlene Stanley, ITEP Program Manager.

More than 50 juniors competed for the 30 limited spots overall at the three academies. Students were selected based on  how well they completed the job application process including cover letter writing, resume preparation, interviewing and professionalism. For GESA juniors, each completed three Employment Preparation workshops for the LA Youth at Work Certification Program (Resume, Job Application, Interviewing Skills). GBAC and SPEA juniors each completed four on-campus Employment Preparation workshops (Resume, Cover Letter, Job Application, Interviewing Skills), with workshop materials developed by Harlene Stanley.

The selected juniors will be shadowing at some amazing companies: GESA students will be shadowing a Calscience Environmental Chemistry Laboratory, Valero Refinery, SA Recycling, or the US Coast Guard. GBAC students will have their “shadow” opportunities at Shell Pipeline, NYK/Yusen Logistics, Watson Land Company, or Custom Goods Logistics Warehouse, Distribution and Transportation Services. SPEA students will have their “shadow” time at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, US Coast Guard, West Basin Container Terminal (WBCT), or JMC2 Civil Engineering.

All selected students will receive 5 hours of community service, which is a requirement for academy graduation, and will develop and submit a report on their job shadowing experiences – detailing the skills necessary to succeed in these careers. They will also have the opportunity to see how high school helps pave the way for their goals, and how additional education can help them to achieve even higher possibilities.

This has truly been a team effort between ITEP, ITEP academies and ITEP industry partners to develop this program. We look forward to this becoming an annual event for juniors to give them this “real-world” experience, and encourage them to graduate, be job-ready and college prepared!

Stay tuned to hear what ITEP’s industry partners though about the program and what the students learned through their experience!

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Christmas came early for SPEA at WBCT holiday luncheon!

On Friday, Dec 16, students and teachers from San Pedro High School’s Earth Alert Academy (SPEA) were treated to a special day of holiday cheer and career discovery by the employees of West Basin Container Terminals/Ports America.

The group of eighteen seniors were selected to participate in this special day based on their academic and leadership achievements. This visit was hosted by Academy Advisory Board member and WBCT Terminal Manager, Paxton Bowman and  SPEA Advisory Board members including Craig Andrich, from SA Recycling, accompanied the group.

Students began the day by joining the WBCT holiday luncheon, where they enjoyed delicious BBQ with about 300 employees. The highpoint of the meal was the holiday raffle, which raised $3,500 to support the Academy. What a fantastic Christmas present for our students!

The students were then treated to a tour of the terminal where they were able to speak with different employees and learn about their jobs. The tour was led by two SPHS alumni and WBCT employees, Roberto Lo Grande and Giuseppe Napoli. At the end of the tour the group enjoyed a Q&A session with Paxton Bowman, Steven Trombley, and Kristina (Kasey) Bowden, who shared information about their career paths and their roles with the company.

Students came away from the experience filled with great food, new insights into the maritime industry…and a bag of goodies from WBCT to boot!

Thank you West Basin Container Terminals & PortsAmerica!

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