International Trade Education Programs
Mission Statement& Vision
Through partnerships with industry and educators, ITEP prepares disadvantaged high school students for careers in high-wage and high-growth job sectors through career exploration activities, industry mentoring, paid summer internships, and college scholarships. Target sectors include careers in international trade, transportation and logistics as well as business, finance, and STEM-related careers in engineering, advanced manufacturing, and environmental science.
ITEP was established in 1999 to bridge the gap between the port industry's need for a skilled workforce and the local high school's struggle to graduate students. Reflecting on a successful 16-year history, ITEP has emerged as the premier career-focused youth development organization in Southern California. ITEP currently supports over 5,100 economically disadvantaged and ethnically diverse students annually in 21 career pathways at 15 under-performing public high schools across three school districts.
a school-to-career intermediary, ITEP bridges educators and local community
mentors to support student achievement. The Ten-Point Program model is unique
as program teams are embedded in career pathways at supported high schools, and
work cooperatively with faculty and school administrators to coordinate and
implement program activities.
ITEP students are given the tools and resources needed to become productive and empowered members of society. ITEP’s program dynamics allow youth to connect with over 300 positive role models and supportive industry volunteers, enabling ITEP to positively impact students’ future quality of life.
ITEP specializes in bridging students to careers through pathways to higher education, trade and/or technical school and career opportunities. Augmenting school curriculum, ITEP students learn career skills from mentors and participate in professional environments providing experiential learning, which builds and reinforces their knowledge base. ITEP is able to support students across all skill and experience levels to ensure the future workforce is equipped for success.
Students who completed an ITEP internship boasted a 97% high school graduation rate, and 80% of 12th graders in ITEP programs were planning to enroll in college or a vocational training program. Notably, on average, ITEP students graduate at a 5-10% higher rate than that of their fellow classmates.
ITEP’s program catapults students’ sense of competence, self-determination, and connections with others that encourages them to flourish. Successful students transform into successful adults who become productive citizens in a shared workforce, creating a healthy and thriving community.
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