Posted by: gmcquade | August 20, 2010

ITEP gets financial boost from Port of Los Angeles to fund maritime education and career opportunities

Port of Los Angeles Authorizes $1.2 Million To
Fund Maritime Education, Career Opportunities

Hundreds of Students in Wilmington, San Pedro, Carson andGardena to Benefit

group image oif ITEP and Port executives
Port of Los Angeles and ITEP executives and students after the Port gives the green light to maritime industry education and opportunities. (MAYO PR image)

San Pedro, Calif. — The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners has authorized $1.2 million for the Port of Los Angeles to sponsor maritime-related educational programs in Southern California high schools to promote international trade and career opportunities.

The agreement with International Trade Education Programs, Inc. (ITEP) will allow hundreds of students in the Harbor Area and elsewhere to continue to receive classroom knowledge and field exposure to port and maritime business operations, as well as job opportunities connected to the nation’s largest trade gateway.

Mike Steven Dep. Exec. Dir. Port of Los Angeles. (Port of LA image)

“Even in lean budget times, we understand how critical it is to educate our youth about the maritime industry and enlighten them to potential career paths,” said Port Deputy Executive Director Mike Christensen. “This investment is well worth it for the dividends that these students produce for our communities.”

“The Port of Los Angeles has been our strongest supporter,” added ITEP Chief Executive Officer Amy Grat. “The Port’s vision and funding have allowed our programs to flourish and provide educational and career opportunities that would not happen without the Port’s support.”

Previously, the Port of Los Angeles had given grants to ITEP totaling more than $1.2 million. With the latest authorization of funds to be allocated over three years, the Port will have committed more than $2.4 million to ITEP’s wide range of maritime programming. Additionally, many maritime industry companies provide ITEP additional grants and sponsorships. For the full story visit:

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