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Press Release
For Immediate Release
Mon, Feb. 28, 2011

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, “Visualizing Tomorrow,”
an event that is honoring Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe


                Los Angeles, CA CNN Headline News Charter Local Edition (CLE) is set to broadcast a live recorded interview focusing on International Trade Education Programs (ITEP) and CEO Amy Grat this Wednesday and Thursday, March 3rd and 4th.


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 Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, former Port of Long Beach Commissioner Jim Hankla, and CEO of Nautilus International Holding Corporation James Callahan. 


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 Banning High School.


“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 (APL), part of The NOL Group, has donated $40,000 in scholarships to be allocated among each of the ITEP Academies.  Scholarships from Southern California Gas Company and the LA Custom Brokers and Freight Forwarders/Foreign Trade Associations, along with ITEP monies, will be awarded to deserving students throughout the evening including the announcement of the “180 Degree Award,” the “Rising Star Award” and “Teacher of the Year.”


“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 Global Business Academy at Carson High School is the “Host” academy and will prepare the décor for the evening’s festivities.  The entire meal will be prepared and served by the students of the MATCH Academy from Banning High School.


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.


For More about ITEP visit www.itepinc.org.  For updates visit the ITEP blog: http:ITEPinc.wordpress.com.  


Sponsorship/Ticket Information ITEP’s 11th Annual Scholarship Dinner, “Visualizing Tomorrow”
Table sponsorships and tickets are available.  All dinner guests must be pre-registered before March 1, 2011. Call 818/249-6281 or visit www.itepinc.org for details.  Tickets will not be sold on-site.

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