International Trade Education Programs (ITEP) 

November 2012

We are so thankful for....YOU!  

Rob Vickery, Mobility Services Int'l and Gardena GLA students
at "ITEP Speed Networking Day"  
With the holiday season upon us, it is a perfect time to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the industry leaders, community members and educator partners for all you do to help our students succeed in and outside the classroom.


 You are all vital partners in ITEP's mission to encourage our young people to "think globally" and "earn locally." We couldn't do it without you!


Happy Thanksgiving!

 The ITEP Staff


 U.S. Coast Guard Welcomes ITEP Students to "Day of Discovery"   

Whether the members of the United States Coast Guard are saving lives and assisting people in distress, responding to oil and hazardous chemical spills in local waters, or defending our maritime borders, their motto is "Always Ready."


That motto was tested again when more than 250 high school students arrived at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Base on Terminal Island in San Pedro on November 7, 2012. ITEP small learning communities from Barstow, Wilmington, Gardena, San Pedro and Carson, traveled to the base to have a day of exploration and excitement in discovering the almost unlimited career opportunities possible with this branch of the military.


This day has become an annual signature event for several ITEP academies because of the deep positive impression that it makes on students. ITEP is very grateful for the close partnership it has had with the Coast Guard for several years and appreciates the willingness of officers and enlisted personnel to participate throughout the year in academy advisory boards, on-campus presentations, and industry coaching for students.


More than seven Coast Guard units, joined by Customs and Border Protection, participated in this event by providing various maritime related demonstrations and displays. It is considered one of the most successful outreach events in the Los Angeles Port to introduce high school students to Coast Guard missions and maritime career opportunities.


Presentations and demonstrations included a tour on board the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb, Maritime Safety and Security, Health Services, Helicopter Display, Marine Environmental Awareness, and recruiting program opportunities. The event concluded with a Search and Rescue operation performed by a Coast Guard helicopter and a 45-foot response boat. Students were able to experience these activities up close as they participated in demonstrations that put them right in the middle of the action.


One Carson student said, " My favorite was the helicopter, getting inside and watching the search and rescue." And another student responded with, "I never knew they were Federal officers - it was great to hear and see the demonstration on how they make arrests."


Barstow students took a three-hour bus ride to get to the Coast Guard base. They were excited to see how many opportunities were available to them. One student said, "I never knew that there are 21 jobs in the Coast Guard. One of the jobs I saw during the event that made me want to become part of the USCG, was seeing the man going down in the rescue basket and pulling people out of the water to rescue him."


A young female student added her comments, "I really enjoyed the event; it made a huge impression on me and now I am thinking about joining the USCG!"  


Match Dole HQ 10.05.12

MATCH goes bananas at Dole World Headquarters! 


Did you know bananas start out as the fingers of a flower? MATCH students learned this fun fact and more at the Dole Foods World Headquarters in Westlake Village, CA. On Friday October 5th, thirty MATCH students explored the exciting world of Dole Foods and the vast array of career paths within the food industry. MATCH Lead Teacher Janet Furuya was excited to expose her culinary students to a Fortune 500 company. "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."


Diana Jansson-Hamilton, Director of Global Trade Compliance, introduced the students to the Dole brand and shared with them the exciting journey of a banana from seed to the store. Next up was CFO of Dole Fresh fruit, Keith Mitchell, who talked about the fresh fruit supply chain and the multitude of jobs it takes to get products from the field to the table, from shipping bananas to blogging about them on Facebook.

 Match Dole test kitchen 10.05.12

The group then traveled to the Dole test kitchen and was treated to a tour and presentation by Donna Skidmore, the Director of Consumer Services of Dole Packaged Foods. Students tasted the latest product, Dole Fruit Smoothie Shakers. Next on the tour was the top secret Dole Quality Insurance Laboratory where Vasso Panag, Dole Packaged Foods Laboratory Manager, guided students through different product quality tests like density, color, and taste. After testing the peach samples, students concocted their very own "MATCH" Signature Dole juice blends.


After a nutritious Dole lunch, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Sue Hagen, talked about her journey to the top and what she looks for in future Dole employees. She also introduced the students to a growing field, Corporate Social Responsibility, where Dole is very active. Finally, Michael Contreras, Digital Marketing Manager for Dole Packaged Foods, dazzled the students with a flashy media presentation and showed them how their hobbies can be turned into a fruitful career. Michael excited the students with the social media strategies that Dole uses to connect with consumers and gave them a glimpse of emerging trends in the social media landscape.

  Match Dole social media 10.5.12

MATCH students loaded up on Dole swag and left with a greater understanding of corporate careers in the world of global food distribution. Many thanks to everyone at Dole for welcoming our students and sharing their knowledge and passion. Special thanks to Diana and Griselda Rapp, Global Trade Compliance Analyst, for treating the students to a one-of-a-kind experience and allowing them to leave with dreams in their hearts and a fresh Dole banana in hand.


Ways you can help with GPS!

Be a volunteer
We need your help to shepherd groups of students through the day's activities. Along the way, you'll be a mentor!

Donate to student backpacks
We need your company swag! Each student will get a string backpack, notebook and a pen, but your goodies will make their day even more memorable. (Note: we will be filling 250 bags.)

Questions? Contact Julia Nagano at
Our students say it all...
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Thank you to Torrance Memorial Medical Center for making this project possible!

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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.

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