Posted by: gmcquade | November 18, 2010

ITEP Students to ride the waves with the Coast Guard

Coast Guard Event gives ITEP students an Exciting Look into Maritime Careers

More than 250 high school students and school staff from three schools will descend on the US Coast Guard Base on Terminal Island in San Pedro on December 1st for an event that will leave a lasting impression.

Students from ITEP’s Global Safety and Security and Environmental Science Academies from Wilmington, Earth Alert Academy in San Pedro, and Mojave XP Logistics Academy in Barstow are excited to have an up-close tour of the base, and discover opportunities with the Coast Guard.

When buses arrive, they will be greeted by the Base Commander and ITEP CEO. Students will then be divided up into school groups and led off to rotate into different demonstrations, where they will be able to observe one of the fastest of the USCG’s “Helos” (helicopters), as well as taking their turn on board the Coast Guard Cutter, George Cobb. This ship’s primary responsibilities are to take care of water buoys, which keep the ocean traffic flowing in order by marking pathways. Then on to demonstrations of Maritime Safety and Security, including observing bomb-sniffing dogs in action.

If students went to the Internet and then to to look up careers, that they would find that careers in the Coast Guard are among the “10 most exciting careers” in the United States.

This exciting day is becoming one of ITEP’s annual events for academy students who have had no idea that these opportunities were available locally to them when they graduate high school.

(ITEP Images provided by Harlene)

USCG Base Support Unit
San Pedro, California

The U.S. Coast Guard is one of the five armed forces of the United States and the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security. The Coast Guard protects the maritime economy and the environment, defends our maritime borders, and saves those in peril.

The Coast Guard is the nation’s oldest continuous seagoing service with responsibilities including Search and Rescue (SAR), Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE), Aids to Navigation (ATON), Ice Breaking, Environmental Protection, Port Security and Military Readiness. In order to accomplish these missions the Coast Guard has 38,000 active-duty men and women, 8,000 Reservists, and 35,000 Auxiliary personnel who serve in a variety of job fields ranging from operation specialists and small-boat operators and maintenance specialists to electronic technicians and aviation mechanics.

The duties formerly held by the Integrated Support Command (ISC) of San Pedro have been assigned to three new units:

Base Support Unit San Pedro(BSU): Facilities Engineering, Port Services, Comptroller, Procurement, Galley

Health, Safety Work Life Detachment San Pedro(HSWL): Work Life, Medical, Safety

Personnel Services Support Unit San Pedro (PSSU): Admin, Personnel Office, MWR, Housing, Education Services, Career Development

ITEP Academy Schedule for December 1, 2010  @ 0900-1230
0900-0920: Students arrive – muster at gazebo by parade field
0920-0950: Brief by Sector Command and ITEP CEO
0950-1000: Ten minute Safety Brief
1000-1145: Students will rotate between booth displays along specified route.
1000-1015: AIRSTA – Helo
1015-1030: Recruiter/PT
1030-1045: SECTOR LE DIV & MSST
1045-1100: STATION – Boat Basin
1100-1115: Living Marine Resources
1115-1130: HAZMAT
1130-1145: ATON-CGC GEORGE COBB; Auxiliary – Lifejacket demonstration
1145-1200 Group Photo w/students and event volunteers at CGC GEORGE COBB
1200-1230: Final Helicopter Demonstration alongside pier/Students depart for lunch off base.

The USCG is looking forward to this event!
LCDR Angelina Hidalgo, Assistant Enforcement Chief/Patrol Boat Manager
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles- Long Beach

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