Photos by Stephanie Perez.
Officials gathered at Cabrillo High School Wednesday to launch the Port of Long Beach Academy of Global Logistics program, which they hope will open a new pathway to careers in international trade for students.
This four-year global trade and logistic academy provides an opportunity to gain real world experience. The “linked learning” school is based on college preparation, technical education and work-based training to ensure students have varied academic and professional education opportunities.
“We are very proud of the work everybody is doing for the Long Beach College Promise,” said Board of Harbor Commissioners Vice President Lou Anne Bynum. “Our port has made a promise commitment, as well to education and our community because we understand the importance of investing in future leaders.”
The Academy of Global Logistics is the The Port of Long Beach’s newest effort to support education throughout the city.
The high school will have access to a permanent 20 foot container for teachers to use as a learning tool, according to Anne Bynum.
“The work that you are doing today is not only going to benefit our young people here in Long Beach Unified and specifically here in Cabrillo,” said LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser. “I can guarantee you this is going to be the perfect gold standard for what pathways need to do in academies.”
Seventh District City Councilmember Roberto Uranga was on site to award Cabrillo High School with a recognition certificate for the academy.
“It introduces students to the port, to what takes place in the port, how it works and all the wonderful things that take place in the port,” said Uranga. “The City of Long Beach is grateful for its partnership.”
Earlier this year, the Port distributed $59,500 in scholarships to 40 students from local high schools, Cal State Long Beach and Long Beach City College. Almost 400 students have received scholarships to pursue careers in international trade and the goods movement industry since 1993.