ITEP’s Annual Career Discovery Event

Friday, October 13, 2017
CSU Dominguez Hills

Over 772 students from 15 Southern-California high schools, stepped away from their normal school activities on Friday, October 13, to embark on International Trade Education Programs’ 8th annual GPS Your Future adventure.

GPS Your Future has become ITEP’s signature trademark event advocating 9th and 10th grade high school students to explore career and education opportunities. Hosted in partnership with, and located in the heart of the California State University Dominguez Hills campus, this year’s affair boasted the largest participation numbers to date!



Students (up from 653 students in 2016)


Schools (including 4 guest schools)


Dedicated Staff & Volunteers


Exhibitors (including over 18 organizations new to the event)


Guest Speakers


Sponsorship Dollars Received




In partnership with

Thank you to all 2017 GPS Your Future sponsors:

Navigator – $5,000+

Compass – $2,500+

Beacon – $1,500+

Comerica Bank
Phillips 66

Horizon – $500

Badfish Clothing Company
Griffith Company

Supporter – Up to $499

Summit Event Catering
Wilmington Chamber of Commerce

Thank you to all 2017 GPS Your Future exhibitors:

Alaska Air Cargo
Algalita Marine Research and Education
Banc of California
California High-Speed Rail Authority
California State University Channel Islands
California State University Dominguez Hills, Cyber Security Student Association
California State University Dominguez Hills, Department of Earth Sciences
California State University Dominguez Hills, Department of Computer Science
California State University Dominguez Hills, Department of Biology
California State University Dominguez Hills, University Outreach
California State University Maritime Academy
Center for International Trade Development, Long Beach
Charge Bliss
Comerica Bank
Cosmetica Beauty & Barbering Academy
Fitness Jess Training
Global Pro Logistics
Heal the Bay
Keesal, Young & Logan
LeMeKnow Podcast
Los Angeles Harbor College, Culinary Arts Department
Los Angeles Port Police
Los Angeles World Airports
Manson Construction Co.
Port of Los Angeles
Ports America
Rio Tinto
Southwest Carpenters Training Fund
SPEC Services, Inc.
Summit Event Catering
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
United States Coast Guard-Sector LA/LB
Wells Fargo
WTS-Los Angeles
Yusen Terminals

Thank you to all 2017 GPS Your Future speakers:

Marie Aragon, Hemacare
Mick Connally, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Martin Cresmer, APM Terminals
Janelle Foster, Viacom, Inc. (BET Networks)
Francisco Franco, Franco Trucking
Gregg Garcia
Alex Gilfiley
Mitch Harmatz,
Manny Hernandez, Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority
Victor Ibarra, Office of Assemblymember Mike Gipson
Kimia Khatami, Pacific Harbor Line
Elizabeth Machuca, SPEC Services, Inc.
Hector Martin Huezo, Jobs to Move America
Humberto Martinez, Banc of California
Wendy Massey
Gabriela Medina, Office of Congresswoman Nanette Barragan
Lupe Mendez, Valvoline
Gustavo Mora, Law Offices of Gustavo Mora
Fernando Navarrete, Office of Councilmember Joe Buscaino
Ron Roberts, Jr., Griffith Company
Jerry Romana, California High-Speed Rail Authority
Andy Rubio, Total Transportation Services, Inc.
Nate Russell, Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems
Mike Schaadt, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Dr. Maria Slaughter, City of Carson, Public Works
Matthew Smith, California State University Dominguez Hills, Male Success Alliance
Kelly Stromberg, Catalina SeaRanch
Viviana Vigil, Master of Ceremonies
Oscar Villasenor, Banc of California
Jonathan Vu, Summit Event Catering
Patricia Watkins, California High-Speed Rail Authority
Tony Williamson, Total Transportation Services, Inc.
Michael Yu, Alaska Air Cargo