PHOTO: CITT’s Academy of Global Logistics Advisory Board (AGL) with their 2019 National Engagement Award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, which was given for their role in developing the AGL program at Cabrillo High School in partnership with the Port of Long Beach. The award was presented during the 2019 UPCEA Annual Conference on March 27 in Seattle, Washington.
Working at the intersection of education, technology, research, and workforce development, the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) at CSULB has continued to grow alongside an ever-changing industry. Its efforts were recognized over the past year with a variety of awards, while its programs continue to benefit students, graduates, and employers.
In March, CITT was awarded the 2019 National Engagement Award by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) for their role in developing the Academy of Global Logistics (AGL) at Cabrillo High School. The award recognizes an outstanding partnership that results in a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources. In collaboration with the Port of Long Beach and Long Beach Unified School District, AGL offers high school students an industry-approved curriculum that provides work-based training experience.
“The AGL provides exposure to many facets of the industry and provides industry contacts for jobs with sustainable wages,” said Angeli Logan, Director of Trade and Transportation Programs at CITT. “This award would not be possible without the active engagement of our business partners.”
CITT was also honored with the Award of Excellence for Opportunity and Empowerment from the Los Angeles chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) at their annual gala on June 20 at the Aratani Theater in Little Tokyo. This highlighted CITT’s work in developing the Transportation in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) pilot class, in partnership with Los Angeles Trade Tech College. The dual-enrollment course for high school and college students focuses on fundamental skills used in transportation-related careers.
“We are excited to continue the class and extend the curriculum to other schools and levels of learning,” said CITT Career and Technical Education Specialist Deanna Matsumoto. “It has potential impact as a model for future transportation planning career pathways.
”The GIS class uses a mobile app—developed by CITT research assistants Ben Olson, Sean Reseigh, Kyle Chin, Guben Kaplan, and Glen Shepherd—to teach students about transportation careers through interactive, multimedia story maps. Three of these assistants (Chin, Kaplan, and Shepherd) were named winners of the 2019 Southern California Association of Government’s (SCAG) GIS Story Map Student Showcase. Their project, “Digital Freight Matching Technology and the Role of GIS,” (https://arcg.is/15bGfu) shows how mobile technology provides a solution to traffic congestion by applying more efficient cargo consolidation measures.
“It’s always a pleasure to see our students succeed at this SCAG event,” said CITT Executive Director Thomas O’Brien. “It allows stakeholders outside of CITT to recognize how intelligent and capable our students are.”
Students in the Global Logistics Specialist and Marine Terminal Operations Professional programs were also honored at the Graduation and Awards Recognition night on July 9. In response to student and instructor feedback, the structures of these programs are being updated to further develop foundational knowledge, provide flexibility for professional development, and document training competencies. The revised curricula is already being offered, and will officially debut in Spring 2020.