Educational Institutions

INTERNATIONAL TRADE EDUCATION PROGRAMS INC

  • Carson, CA
  • http://www.itepinc.org

Mission Statement

International Trade Education Programs, Inc.™ (ITEP) is a Southern California based non-profit organization that connects young people to careers. Through partnerships with industry, educators and community, ITEP prepares high school students for diverse career opportunities in high-growth job sectors. We develop innovative programs that integrate industry awareness, career exploration, and work-based learning with the high school curriculum. We engage industry volunteers to offer students the insights, skills, and confidence to succeed in their career pursuits. Students build context between their studies and the real world through hands-on learning and carry that experience with them into the workplace.

Main Programs

  1. ITA
  2. GESA
  3. GSS
  4. MATCH
  5. MXP
  6. GBAC
  7. GGLA
  8. PATHS
  9. ESET
  10. SPEA
  11. SBE
  12. ECLB
  13. The ITEP Ten-Point Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

ITEP was established in 1999 and has since grown to become a community resource throughout many neighborhoods in Southern California. Today, ITEP serves 3,464 students in twelve pathways across seven public high schools in low-income communities. ITEP operates in the harbor areas of Wilmington, Carson, San Pedro, Gardena, and Long Beach. More than 63% of ITEP students reside in the Harbor Area/South Bay communities of Wilmington and Carson. ITEP also supports pathways in the high desert area of Barstow and the inner city area of South Los Angeles.

ruling year

2006

CEO since 2010

Self-reported

Ms. Amy Grat

Chief Operating Officer since 1999

Self-reported

Ms. Bonnie B. Bair

Keywords

Self-reported

career education, linked learning, Port of Los Angeles, trade, internships, employment, work-readiness

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Also Known As

ITEP

EIN

74-3161465

 Number

1285989071

Physical Address

2417 E. Carson Street, Suite 200

Carson, CA 90810

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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ITEP is an established community resource with fifteen years of experience. Today ITEP serves more than 3,460 students in twelve pathways across seven public high schools in low-income communities. ITEP promotes the establishment of a future workforce that is aware, engaged, and empowered. Through our services, LA youth develop the skills needed to pursue careers intheir communities and recognize the impact of local industry and businesses.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

ITA

International Trade Academy at Banning High School Wilmington, CA

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Program 2

GESA

Global Environmental Sciences Academy at Banning High School in Wilmington, CA

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Program 3

GSS

Global Safety and Security at Banning High School in Wilmington, CA

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

None

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Program 4

MATCH

MATCH: From the Field to the Table
Banning High School Willmington, CA

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Educational Programs

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None

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Program 5

MXP

Mojave XP Barstow High School in Barstow, CA

Category

Animal Control

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None

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Program 6

GBAC

Global Business Academy at Carson High School in Carson, CA

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Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

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Program 7

GGLA

Gardena Global Leadership Academy

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Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

None

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Program 8

PATHS

Pilot Academy of Technology and Health Science

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Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

None

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Program 9

ESET

Environmental Science & Engineering Technology

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Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

None

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Program 10

SPEA

San Pedro Earth Alert

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Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

None

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Program 11

SBE

School of Business and Entrepreneurship

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

None

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Program 12

ECLB

Exploring Careers in Long Beach

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Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

None

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Program 13

The ITEP Ten-Point Program

ITEP develops job-ready, college-prepared graduates by marshaling the financial, social, and intellectual resources of industry. ITEP unites business and schools, developing partnerships to prepare students for a meaningful future. Through ITEP’s Ten-Point Program, ITEP helps cultivate achievement in economically disadvantaged, academically struggling students local to Wilmington, Gardena, Barstow, Harbor City, Carson, and San Pedro and Long Beach, CA.

The Ten-Point Program serves as a guiding framework for ITEP pathways. Program activities help students forge connections between math, science, and English coursework and potential careers. The Program's key components are:

Industry Partner Recruitment and Engagement
Teacher Professional Development
Industry Awareness
Career Pathway Exploration
Workplace Skills Development
Project-based Learning
Industry Coaching
Work-Based Learning:
Community Service, Job Shadowing, and Internships
Awards and Recognition
Evaluation

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Goal 1: Program participants will understand the connection between education & future success.
    Goal 2: Program participants will be exposed to trade, transportation, and logistics careers.
    Goal 3: Program participants will develop marketable entry-level skills.
    Goal 4: Program participants will engage industry employers during career exploration.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The ITEP Ten-Point Plan is the programmatic backbone of all deliverables, and serves to guide all the pathways and after-school programs. The key components of the Ten Points are as follows:

    1. Industry Advisory Board: Industry partner recruitment and engagement is key to identification of community resources and program activity implementation.
    2. Teacher Training: ITEP provides teachers with professional development and training opportunities in order to better facilitate their integration of industry knowledge and career-relevant skills into the classroom.
    3. Industry Orientation: Industry awareness is essential to ensuring students’ ability to explore possible careers and pursue the best education path for their workplace goals.
    4. Career Exploration: This enables students to discover specific jobs and career paths, and tailor their experiential and academic track to pursue particular opportunities.
    5. Business Skills and Operations: Students need the skills to utilize the opportunities they receive and this development trains students for the real world.
    6. Project Based Learning: Project-based learning provides a necessary connection to curriculum structure for incorporating career exploration, business skills development, and industry networking into classroom learning.
    7. Industry Coaching: To succeed in the real-world scenarios of job interviews, resume writing, and college applications, students need mentorship and coaching from teachers and industry leaders.
    8. Work-Based Learning: Work-based learning provides students with real business experience to build on the lessons they learn in the classroom, through job-shadowing and internship opportunities.
    9. Awards and Recognition: To increase motivation among students, industry leaders, and faculty, numerous scholarships and awards of acknowledgement are distributed each year.
    10. Evaluation: ITEP evaluates its processes and outcomes in order to sustain growth and improvement
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    ITEP has a history of success in leveraging the resources of local industries in support of public school education programs. We anticipate that our network of funding sources will continue to grow. Currently, ITEP receives support from private donors, the Port of LA, and more than 70 other businesses. Because ITEP is a dynamic and growing organization, Advisory Board members will also participate in strategic fundraising initiatives including the annual scholarship dinner, which generates contributions from corporations, and individuals who wish to engage in their community. ITEP is also participating in government contracts that require intermediaries capable of coordinating businesses and educators in order to develop and implement work-based learning programs.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    ITEP monitors its programs through internal data collection. In order to quantify program delivery, ITEP maintains records regarding the number of students served, graduation rates, and student progress. ITEP tracks student and industry participation by number of interactions (e.g., total number of attendees) for each activity. ITEP also utilizes California Department of Education reports and LAUSD statistics to judge our quantitative success. ITEP releases annual statistics regarding its progress.
    ITEP uses the following surveys:
    - Alumni Tracking Survey
    - 10th Grade Pre- and Post-Survey
    - Intern Tracking Survey
    - Post-Event Assessments for GPS Your Future
    - Employer Satisfaction Survey
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    ITEP’s 2013 - 2014 Service to Youth

    - 2,400 students served annually, a 9% increase*
    - 94 Internship positions; a 52% increase
    - 6 High schools supported; 9 ITEP supported pathways
    - 10,500 Estimated on-the job hours completed by interns

    Preliminary Results for ITEP’s Class of 2014
    - 85% Senior graduation rate for ITEP students at Banning High School
    - 72% Interested in port-related careers
    - 97% Graduation rate for students who completed ITEP Internship Program
    - Top industry choices include safety & security, international trade, and engineering
    - 86% Reporting ITEP academy graduates enrolled in some form of college
    - 1,789 ITEP graduates in ITEP Alumni Network, a 27% increase

    Industry Investment in Future Workforce
    - $998,298 Direct financial support from industry and foundations - $45,250 Scholarship dollars made available for students, a 52% increase
    - 13,784 Hours of volunteer time devoted to ITEP program support, an 11% increase - 185 Combined Advisory Board Members & Board of Directors supporting ITEP programs
    - 54 Internship worksites, a 45% increase
    - 33 Industry-led career skills workshops
    - 95% Return rate of employers since 2013
    - 65 Industry professionals providing career coaching

    *Percentage increases represent 2014 results compared to 2013 results.
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

ITEP was established in 1999 and has since grown to become a community resource throughout many neighborhoods in Southern California. Today, ITEP serves 3,464 students in twelve pathways across seven public high schools in low-income communities. ITEP operates in the harbor areas of Wilmington, Carson, San Pedro, Gardena, and Long Beach. More than 63% of ITEP students reside in the Harbor Area/South Bay communities of Wilmington and Carson. ITEP also supports pathways in the high desert area of Barstow and the inner city area of South Los Angeles.

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INTERNATIONAL TRADE EDUCATION PROGRAMS INC
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CEO

Ms. Amy Grat

Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Bonnie B. Bair

BIO

Since 2010, Amy Grat has dedicated her career to addressing the need for innovative career education for at-risk high school students throughout southern California. Her important work contributes positively to the future of California because without quality career education for high school students, this state will be unable to compete in the global marketplace of the 21st century. As CEO of International Trade Education Programs, Inc. (ITEP), Amy Grat contributes to the production of job-ready, college-prepared high school graduates by marshaling the financial, social and intellectual resources of the trade, transportation and logistics industries to create career-focused learning academies in economically disadvantaged areas.

Under the leadership of Amy Grat, ITEP motivates at-risk students by providing access to opportunities -- community service, job experiences, industry mentoring and enrichment programs. ITEP supports industry by preparing a workforce that is ready to meet the challenges and capture the opportunities of the global marketplace. ITEP enriches its communities by ensuring the success of the next generation of citizens. Today, ITEP serves over 2,000 students in nine small learning communities in six high schools across Southern California. The industry advisory boards actively engage over 200 business, government, and educational leaders across the multiple industries.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"International Trade Education Programs, Inc.™ (ITEP) is a Southern California 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides futures. Through partnerships with ports, transportation, logistics, and related industries, ITEP prepares high school students for diverse career opportunities in high-growth job sectors. We develop innovative programs that integrate internships and career mentoring with the curriculum of high schools throughout Southern California. Volunteers from local businesses offer students the insights, skills, and confidence to thrive in the growing economy. Students build context between their studies and the real world through hands-on learning and carry that experience with them into the workplace."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Stacey Jones

CH2MHill

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?