Education is the cornerstone of World Trade Week's mission to increase awareness of world trade's benefits to the region.
The World Trade Week committee offers scholarships to aspiring students in international trade fields. Scholarships are awarded to outstanding graduating high school seniors entering an accredited college or university with the goal of a career in international trade, as well as college students pursuing international degrees. By fostering international trade education and international business development, the committee hopes to develop a network of international trade professionals willing to provide mentoring to future students interested in international business.
A comprehensive resource of practical information regarding career opportunities in the international trade sector. The site is intended to encourage and support high school and college students in their pursuit of careers in global trade and investment, featuring specific international career profiles from the public and private sectors to educate students on such career pathways.
The World Trade Week Education Committee hosts high school students and educators each year to promote careers in international trade.
Some examples of programming:
WTW Education program hosts session at Educating for Careers Conference in Long Beach - February 2020
The World Trade Week (WTW) Education Committee, chaired by Amy Grat, CEO of EXP, presented a session featuring industry experts and community college sector navigators at the Educating for Careers Conference in Long Beach last month. The information shared included an overview of, industry certifications and digital badging, as well as curriculum implementation tools.to help prepare students for the high-growth, high-opportunity jobs of the future in global trade pathways. The conference garnered participation from high school educators, school administrators, career counselors and district representatives. Presenters included the Port of Long Beach, American Honda Co, CA International Trade Center and NexusEdge. VIEW THE PHOTOS. LEARN MORE.
CONNECTING THE WORLD THROUGH GLOBAL TRADE – FEATURING THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES – February 2019
The World Trade Week (WTW) Education Committee, in partnership with the Port of Los Angeles, hosted its annual student program where nearly 80 high school students from Southern California participated in hands-on activities to learn about the important role cultural awareness plays when conducting international business. Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, welcomed the students on behalf of the Port. Commissioner Jaime Lee, president of the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commission, joined executives from Pacific Harbor Line and Sunrider International as panelists to discuss career opportunities in international trade. Key universities and colleges providing international career programs participated as exhibitors and briefed students on selecting a career in trade. The session culminated with a harbor boat tour. Participating high schools included Shadow Ridge, Narbonne, Carson and Banning. View the PHOTOS
EXPLORING CAREERS IN GLOBAL TRADE – FEATURING THE LOS ANGELES WORLD AIRPORTS February 2018
Nearly 100 high school students from all over Southern California arrived at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for an up close and personal look at international trade at the nation’s second-busiest airport. The event, led by Amy Grat, president of International Trade Education Programs (ITEP), included an airfield tour and a visit to Delta Air Lines’ cargo facilities, as well as applying their problem-solving skills to scenarios involving mentors from the Los Angeles Air Cargo Association and Customs and Border Protection. “Connecting people, places, and cultures is the mission that drives everything we do at LAX, and cargo is a vital part of completing that mission,” said Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Deputy Executive Director for External Affairs Trevor Daley. “I want to thank World Trade Week, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, International Trade Educations Programs, the LA Air Cargo Association, Customs and Border Protection, Delta Air Lines, and every single person who came together to make this special event happen for these students.” World Trade Week Chair Otis Cliatt II, president of Pacific Harbor Line provided welcome remarks.
EXPLORING CAREERS IN GLOBAL TRADE – FEATURING THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES February 2017
The Port of Los Angeles, in partnership with the World Trade Week (WTW) Education Committee, hosted over 80 high school students and staff from various school districts in Southern California to discuss careers in international trade at Banning’s Landing. Eight exhibitors participated and speakers for the day included WTW Chair Alan McCorkle, Amy Grat, president of ITEP and Leah Goold-Haws, Director of Global Trade. Students also participated in an interactive cross cultural activity where they learned about how different cultures impact international trade. Afterwards, students received a harbor tour where they could see first-hand what an international trade job encompasses.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR CAREERS IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE October 2016
The World Trade Week (WTW) committee participated as exhibitors in a career discovery event hosted by International Trade Education Programs (ITEP) and California State University, Dominguez Hills, for ITEP Academy students at Banning, Carson, ESP Magnet, Gardena, Los Angeles River, Manual Arts, Narbonne, Phineas Banning, Rancho Dominguez, Roosevelt and San Pedro High Schools. The committee distributed the WTW Career Guide and discussed trade career paths with others.
EXPLORING CAREERS IN GLOBAL TRADE – FEATURING LOS ANGELES WORLD AIRPORTS February 2016
Los Angeles World Airports, in partnership with the World Trade Week (WTW) Education Committee, hosted more than 50 high school students and staff from various school districts in Southern California to discuss careers in international trade at the Flight Path Museum. Speakers included Executive Director of Los Angeles World Airports, Deborah Flint, Airport Commissioner Val Velasco, Harbor Commissioner and WTW Chair Anthony Pirozzi, Amy Grat, president of ITEP, Kawana Midgette from the Federal Aviation Administration and Bill Hicks from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Students received an airfield tour and were briefed on how to select a career in this growing field and skills needed to succeed.
UNIVERSITY RESEARCH PROJECTS
Access to key information and resources is one of the tools that the World Trade Week Education committee strives to provide. Under the leadership of Dr. Anatoly Zhuplev, professor at Loyola Marymount University, teams of LMU students are compiling research for pertinent topics. Below are some of the research papers:
The World Trade Week Committee briefs Congressional members and their staff on the impact of trade in California's Congressional districts.
WTW Committee briefs Congressional Staff on Global trade impact
The World Trade Week Southern California Committee, in partnership with Los Angeles World Airports, hosted Southern California Congressional Legislative staff for an informational luncheon to showcase the huge impact of trade on the local economy. Speakers from LAWA, Alba Wheels Up International Inc and Pacific Harbor Line provided key updates on the impacts of current trade challenges such as tariffs and COVID-19. The luncheon was followed by a private airfield tour. The Los Angeles region serves as one of nation’s key trade gateways to the world, boasting the country’s busiest port and second busiest airport. The Los Angeles International Airport’s trade totaled over $114 billion annually and over 160,000 workers in L.A. County alone support the international trade sector. The L.A. Area Chamber’s World Trade Week Southern California initiative promotes the positive aspects of international trade that are vital to a strong local and national economy. SEE THE PHOTOS.
Representatives of the World Trade Week Committee connect with Congressional members and staffers for private briefings on the latest trade policy issues.