International Trade Education Programs (ITEP) CEO discusses student
job training, opportunities and career success on CNN Headline News
ITEP CEO Amy Grat also talks about the 11th Annual Scholarship Dinner,
an event that is honoring Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe
Grat talks about this year’s Recipient LA County Supervisor Don Knabe of the 2011 ITEP Keeper of the Flame Award. The 4th District LA County supervisor will be honored at ITEP’s 11th Annual Scholarship Dinner, “Visualizing Tomorrow,” to be held at the World Cruise Center, Berth 93, Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro, CA on March 23rd. (5:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.)
The four and a half minute “live to tape”, in- studio, interview will air on CNN HLN at :24 and :54 minutes past the hour between midnight to 4 p.m. (check local listings)
“We are thrilled to honor Supervisor Knabe and recognize his long-standing support of ITEP as an organization,” said CEO Amy Grat, of ITEP in announcing Supervisor Knabe’s selection for the “Keeper of the Flame” Award.” “He is passionate about job creation and education for the region and is a terrific role model for our students.”
Previous honorees have
included both industry and civic leaders, including
Grat also talks about how ITEP helps students prepare for careers in the maritime industry. “ITEP connects the high school classroom with the business community,” Grat told TV News Anchor Tracy Young, when asked about high school training and student opportunities. Grat also noted that when students start thinking about careers early, it helps them succeed in life. ITEP academy students realize they can get into college and get good paying jobs with the right training and experience.
“We think in terms of pathways,” Grat said. “ITEP
introduces students to different career pathways – starting in 10th grade and
continuing through high school.” Grat also noted that ITEP starts with
community service in 10thgrade. “This is
the first opportunity to introduce students to showing up, taking direction,
and being responsible. And to expose
them to opportunities right outside their doors,” she explained. ITEP recently held is first Community Service Expo, where
students were introduced to nearly two dozen nonprofits in the region at
“Students discover so many opportunities,” Grat said. “One in eight jobs in our region is related to international trade.” ITEP produces job-ready, college-prepared high school graduates by offering the financial, social and intellectual resources of trade, transportation and logistics industries to create career-focused learning academies in economically disadvantaged areas.
The 11th Annual Scholarship dinner and fundraiser is an event that recognizes outstanding high school students from eight ITEP academies where students are introduced to careers in international trade, transportation and logistics.
“In a time of declining budgets and expanding needs, high schools are challenged to produce a strong class of graduates with the skill sets needed to fill future job openings in the transportation and logistics industries,” explained Grat. “They’re disconnected from international trade – and that’s where ITEP steps in.”
"I am honored to be recognized by ITEP on a night when we will celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of some of our best and brightest local high school students," said Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe. "In these challenging economic times, ITEP's work is so critical, that we must train and prepare our young people for the important jobs that will fuel our region's growth in the decades ahead."
Scholarships are the main
highlight of the evening. American
President Lines (
“Through the work at our eight high school academies, ITEP helps meet the needs of the international trade community while providing exceptional opportunities to ITEP graduates,” said Tom Good, director of Sales and Marketing Southwest Region for Matson Navigation Company and this year’s chairman of the ITEP Scholarship Dinner.
The sponsors and guests will
have a chance to meet and network with the students as they showcase their academy’s
accomplishments at the event. The
About International Trade Education Programs (ITEP)
Launched 11 years ago as a nonprofit educational organization, ITEP’s vision is to introduce high school students to careers in international trade, transportation and logistics.
Information ITEP’s 11th Annual Scholarship Dinner, “Visualizing
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