Discussion panel at the Port's College and Career Exploration event held at CSULB.
In November, the Port of Long Beach partnered with CCPE’s Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) to develop exploration workshops for the Port’s “College and Career Exploration” event, a night created for area high school students as part of Long Beach Unified School District’s Annual College Night.
The Port and CITT teams developed six unique workshops for the event discussing what the future holds for forthcoming job seekers and the various career paths available in trade, transportation, and related industries. Students received an all-inclusive look at what the Ports have to offer through workshop presentations focused on such topics as apprenticeships, internships, and on the job training, women in trade and transportation, and how technology and sustainability are shaping new careers.
“It’s important that students in the Long Beach area are aware of the various opportunities offered through the maritime and logistics industry and by partnering with CSULB and LBUSD for events such as the College and Career Exploration night, we’re able to inform them. By educating them today, they’re ready for tomorrow’s careers” said Michael Gold, Communications and Community Relations Director for the Port of Long Beach.
“I was completely fascinated by the amount of new, higher-skilled jobs that will be created in the years to come,” said Cabrillo High School Senior and workshop attendee, Christopher Ortiz. “I saw the opportunities that technology can bring. This inspired me to think bigger and to aspire to take part in this revolution by educating myself.”
Christopher explained presentations, events, and workshops like “Jobs of the Future” are helpful to him and his peers because they expose them to the world and provide them with a head start on their future.
“A student needs to see the career opportunities in this industry well before he or she gets to college,” said CITT’s Executive Director, Tom O’Brien. “This event is one way for us to get high school students excited about the ports, trade, and transportation. At the same time, it’s important symbolically that it takes place on campus. We hope it helps to make students aware of the possibilities right in their own backyard.”
Held at CSULB’s The Pointe Conference Center in the Walter Pyramid on November 4, 2015, the event pulled in hundreds of high school students.