Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Port of Los Angeles Awarding Grants for Maritime Education

By Karen Robes Meeks

Local nonprofit organizations will be receiving grants totaling one million dollars from the Port of Los Angeles’ annual Community Investment Sponsorship Program.

“Support from the Port of Los Angeles is often a catalyst to sustain or launch many of these community programs and initiatives,” said port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “We’re proud to help support these outstanding organizations and programs that make a positive impact on our San Pedro and Wilmington communities.”

The International Trade Education Programs (ITEP), which help local high school students prepare for college and career opportunities in trade-related jobs, received one of the grants.

“ITEP is extremely grateful for the port’s partnership and financial support in growing the next generation of maritime leaders,” said ITEP CEO Amy Grat. “We thank the Port of Los Angeles for helping ITEP build the talent pipeline for high-wage, high-growth jobs right here in our harbor community.”

Among those also receiving financial support are the Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles Harbor for a Port, Ocean and Land Awareness program; SBCC-Thrive LA for a Clean Wilmington project; Port of Los Angeles High School for a maritime career technical education program, and the Avalon Arts and Cultural Center for a Wilmington Art Walk. The complete list of recipients can be found at https://www.portoflosangeles.org/pdf/2018-Community-Investment-Sponsorship-Program.pdf