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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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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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GBAC students sail through Ports 101!

In Carson, Global Business Academy (GBAC) students are familiar with trucks, warehouses, and containers.  But on November 17, 100 GBAC students traveled south down the Harbor Freeway to see first hand the start of the supply chain: the Port of Los Angeles.

Cecilia Moreno, Port of Los Angeles Community Affairs Advocate, provided the students with a Port 101 briefing that helped them understand the powerful economic engine that drives our economy. Moreno’s presentation ended with a visit from the City of Carson Mayor Dear who gave a few inspirational words: “be proactive, don’t be observers, be participants of life.”

Following the briefing at Ports O’ Call, the group was treated to a tour of the Harbor courtesy of the Port of Los Angeles’ Education Program. The students watched as ships were loaded and unloaded with retail goods that eventually makes its way to the malls where students love to shop. Students watched colossal cranes at work and laughed at sea lions sunbathing on Maersk’s Damietta container ship. On hand were GBAC Advisory Board members Jennifer Johnson of Watson Land Company, Cameron Smith from Yusen Logistics, and Barry Waite, City of Carson who helped explain the dynamic connection between the ports and the goods that travel through them.

Thank you to GBAC Advisory Board member Connie Rivera from Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) for setting up the tour and Cecelia Moreno for presenting. GBAC students left with a heightened sense of their surroundings and the global supply chain right in their own backyard.

Check out what three students had to say! Watch the video!

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Summer interns shine at 2011 Culmination Ceremony!

“I’m a keeper” exclaimed Andrea Orozco, intern for California Cartage Company as she proudly addressed a crowd full of friends, family, and employers. Yesterday afternoon we had the honor of attending the 2011 Culmination Reception and watched as the 54 ITEP summer interns expressed their heartfelt thanks and optimism for the future.

Each intern had the opportunity to speak about their experiences. Nicole Diaz, a GESA student interned for American President Lines won the Workshop Excellence Award. “This internship opened my eyes and broadened my horizons and made me realize that there are so many opportunities out there for me… Thank you ITEP for providing us knowledge of how the real world operates” said Diaz.

Each student used different words but the messages were universal. The students spoke of lessons learned, the value of professionalism, and what it means to be part of a team. Nelly Esqueda (ITA) received the Workshop Perfect Attendance Award and interned for Tesoro Refinery. “Nothing is impossible in life. Martin and Gabby pushed me to strive for the best… I learned that when we step on Tesoro grounds, we are no longer one person but an entire company…ITEP provided the opportunity for internships, and we made it happen” said Nelly. Tesoro was so impressed with Nelly they offered to extend her employment throughout the rest of the year.

We are so proud of each and every one of ITEP’s summer interns. Many thanks to Martin Chavez, Gabriela Perez, the 35 dedicated employers, and all who were involved in making this program possible. These young adults will be heading into the real world job ready and college prepared. Julien Sykes (GSS), winner of the Outstanding Personal Development Award and intern for Watson Land Company, remarked “this experience was priceless…”

Photos courtesy of Taso Papadakis

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Check out the recent Daily Breeze Article about the 2011 Summer Internship Program click here!

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