Message from Bill Collier, ITEP Chair 2012/13
I'd like to start with a thanks. Thanks to Dick McKenna, whose leadership and devotion to the cause has left ITEP in great shape as we round mid-year 2012. While I have assumed the Chairman's role, I am blessed to do so at a time when the organization finds itself with a superbly capable staff headed by our CEO Amy Grat and COO Bonnie Bair, and with the leadership and guidance of the folks at The Annenberg Foundation's Alchemy Program, we intend to take ITEP to a new level in 2013 and beyond.
Our pledge to make education relevant to the high school students we serve is proving to be a sound strategy. This year, ITEP provided innovative, high quality industry awareness and career exploration programs for the almost 2,000 students across our eight academies through our Ten Point Program. New programs developed this year include an inspirational "Earning the Right" Conference for incoming 10th graders and an Alternative Spring Break Job Shadow Program.
ITEP academies focus on potential dropouts; however, senior graduation rates average 80%. Today, our graduates are working in many maritime companies, including APL, Metro Ports, Tesoro, Spirit Cruises and SA Recycling. Eighteen ITEP alumni are working at the Port of LA.
ITEP's recent alumni survey found that 72% are enrolled in some type of college, including ten students who are entering, enrolled or recently graduated from the California Maritime Academy. To assist students in reaching their college dreams, thanks to your support, last year ITEP was able to give out over $10,400 in scholarships.
Engagement of students and industry is the key to our success, and, again, you have come through for us. By estimates of the value of our volunteers' time, in addition to the generous financial support you have given, we have logged over one million dollars in time contributed by our academy volunteers and our board members. That's impressive leverage of the lean budget we work from by any means.
My chest swells with pride to see what we've done together this past year. I will do my utmost to continue the proud legacy I inherit from Dick McKenna and look forward to the year.
ITEP Chair, 2012/13
Partner, Keesal Young & Logan
Principal, Real Property Collaborative and West Coast Appraisal Service
Ann Burckle is a real estate investment strategist with experience in developing impact analysis, highest and best use analysis and valuation opinions. Her employment history has included Security Pacific National Bank and Bank of America, and she is currently a principal with Real Property Collaborative and West Coast Appraisal Service.
Her community involvement is extensive as she is a member of the Southern California Leadership Network, a fellow with the Leadership LA and Leadership Southern California programs, and a docent with the Getty Center. She has held volunteer leadership positions with Pasadena Heritage including the chairperson of the Craftsman Weekend event, and member of the Development and Education Committees. She also serves as a member of the ITEP Advisory Board for Gardena High School's Global Leadership Academy.
Director, Public Affairs
Watson Land Company
As Director of Public Affairs, Jennifer B. Johnson brings fifteen years of experience in government and legislative affairs to Watson Land Company. In this capacity, Johnson represents the company within the business community, advocacy and trade organizations, and local government. She also provides direction and oversight for the company's philanthropic program and employee community service activities.
Johnson serves on the Boards of Directors of FuturePorts and the Carson High School Global Business Academy, and the Legislative Action Committee for the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)for the Inland Empire and Southern California Chapters. In addition, she is a member of the Inland Empire Public Affairs Network, the Rancho del Chino Rotary Club, and the Urban Land Institute.
Tony A. Williamson
Director, Business Development & Marketing
Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI)
Tony A. Williamson is the Director of Business Development & Marketing with TTSI. He is responsible for managing the sales' efforts for the company on a national level, as well as marketing and public relations.
Tony's career spans 27 years in logistics with emphasis from the environmental industry from premier companies such as Clean Harbors, US Filter, and Ensco. He is an active member of various industry related clubs and organization. He is the 2012 President of the Los Angeles Transportation Club and Secretary/Treasurer of the Harbor Association of Industry & Commerce.
Safe, Secure & Fun: GSS goes behind-the-scenes with Securitas at Universal
GSS students had the ultimate Hollywood experience May 12, 2012 at Universal Studios Hollywood. Thanks to Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. 30 students were able to tour the action-packed amusement park and get a behind-the-scenes look into the complex world of securing Universal Studios' sprawling, 386-acre property visited by 30,000 visitors per day. GSS students got the full VIP treatment, getting to ride Transformers: The Ride-3D before it opened to the public.
GSS students are well aware of security related careers at the Port of Los Angeles and GSS Advisory Board member Ernie Mendoza, Business Development Manager for Securitas USA wanted to show something different that would motivate and inspire. "It's important for the students to interact with professionals they can relate to and who work in exciting venues like a major theme park, it gets them excited about their possible future in this career." GSS learned how the security officers utilized technology, training, and other resources such as teamwork and communications to deliver a customized and complete security solution. Security team members; Watch Commander Axel Herrera, Lt. Jorge Calderon, Officers Marcia Mejia, Deloris Nixon and Hugo Rodriguez, answered many questions and offered generous insight.
This fantastic experience for GSS students is part of a larger partnership between ITEP and Securitas USA. In addition to Ernie Mendoza's role with GSS, ITEP is also grateful to Ivory Phillips, Area VP for Securitas USA, who sits on the ITEP Board of Directors. Securitas USA is dedicated to their community and is passionate about helping youth. Ernie notes,"Securitas is committed to improving the quality of life and enhancing the communities where our company operates. Students are our future and it is imperative that they are surrounded by people who believe in them and want to see them succeed."
Thank you, Ernie, for securing this opportunity for GSS; and the Universal Studios Security Team for guiding and mentoring the students. Special thanks to Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. for sponsoring the trip and continuously supporting ITEP. We couldn't do it without you!
ITEP Celebrates GBAC Summer Interns and Watson Land Company Centennial
Summer Interns, from the Global Business Academy (GBAC) at Carson High School, were celebrated on July 30, 2012, at the Back Home in La Haina Restaurant in Carson.
ITEP CEO, Amy Grat, spoke about the Work-Based Learning Program, and explained how important real world experience is for high school students. She then introduced GBAC Co-Chair Jennifer Johnson, Director of Public Affairs for Watson Land Company, and said that ITEP was glad to celebrate Watson Land's "Century of Stewardship."
2012 marks a momentous milestone for Watson Land Company. One century ago, Watson Land Company was founded in Southern California with a commitment to serve as "good stewards of the land."
Jennifer Johnson was pleased to report that Watson Land Company was able to sponsor four GBAC students in internships this summer at Watson Land, FCL Logistics, Custom Goods and Dermologica. Students who were recognized with certificates included: Rafael Gonzalez, Christina Alfred, Edgar Picazo and Woody Cruz.
Jessica Neil, US Operations Support for Shell Pipeline, introduced their two GBAC summer interns, Robert Fernandez and Garrison Schafer, and presented them with certificates. Robert said that after having the Job Shadowing and Internship experience with Shell, he is now considering a career with the company.
GBAC Lead Teacher, Michelle Alexander, hopes to expand the program this next year with the support of the GBAC Advisory Board and ITEP.
CONGRESSWOMAN JANICE HAHN
Invites you to attend
White House Initiatives
for Small Business
With Los Angeles SBA District Director
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Port of Los Angeles High School
250 W. 5th Street San Pedro, CA 90731
Click here for more information!
RSVP to the Office of Congresswoman Janice Hahn 310.831.1799 or hahnRSVP@mail.house.gov
*Free Underground Parking Available
PortTech Los Angeles
Jeff Milanette, Executive Director
390 W. 7th Street
San Pedro, California 90731
Tel. (310) 832-0028 / Fax. (310) 832-0685
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Board of Directors
Mary Ellen Bonner
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
CITD, El Camino College
City National Bank
Freeman Freeman & Smiley
Gregory Maritime Consulting
Halcrow, Inc. a CH2M Hill Company
Keesal, Young & Logan
Los Angeles Harbor College
Marine Exchange of So Cal
Metropolitan Stevedore Company
Port of Los Angeles
Real Property Collaborative
Tesoro Los Angeles Refinery
Total Transportation Services, Inc.
Toyota Motor Sales
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Dept. of Commerce
U.S. Dept. of Transportation
Watson Land Company
International Trade Education Programs, Inc. (ITEP) develops job-ready, college-prepared graduates by marshalling industry resources to create learning academies for at-risk youth. Today, ITEP leverages its industry connections to support eight academies at five high schools across Southern California. One hundred and fifty business, government and education leaders are actively engaged in ITEP's efforts for students.
We welcome the support and involvement of individuals and organizations who share our goal of helping young people "think globally, earn locally."
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