Coast Guard hosts career day for over 300 high school students

Coast Guard District 11 NewsLOS ANGELES – The Coast Guard hosted a special career day for four Los Angeles area high schools that participated in activities, demonstrations and learned about careers in the Coast Guard at Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach, Dec. 7, 2011.

Over 300 students, mostly in their junior year, saw live demonstrations of search and rescue tactics from a helicopter and boat as well as K-9 handling. Students also toured units, response boats, a 175-foot cutter and a rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles.

“Kids may experience many places to realize their dreams,” said Capt. Roger Laferriere, Commander of Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach. “We just want to make them aware of the Coast Guard.”

The four career-themed academies the students belong to were Earth Alert, Global Safety and Security, Global Environmental Sciences and Global Business. The four high schools that attended were Banning, San Pedro, Carson and Barstow.

“The teachers and advisory board are really into helping prepare these kids,” said Harlene Stanley, program manager for International Trade Education Programs. “The Coast Guard is one of ITEP’s most exciting partners that we have. Coast Guard reps sit on four of our academy advisory boards and are committed to providing on-campus guest speakers and industry coaches that meet with small groups of students and work with them through six months of counseling on careers, the importance of academics, the importance of college and leadership development. To the kids it is less intimidating, and it moves and encourages them.”

For over four years, Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach has partnered with ITEP, which fosters educational relationships between students, teachers and industry professionals. The career day is just one part of the commitment volunteers from Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach contribute.

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