Funded by the Port of Long Beach (POLB), the Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo High School is partnered with SWTWC, Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) and the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) to collaboratively form the Cabrillo Academy of Global Logistics (AGL). AGL’s goal is to inspire students to explore careers in supply chain and logistics. In order to accomplish this, SWTWC trains teachers to develop transportation-themed Common Core curriculum for students.
Anticipated Partnership Duration: 2015 – Center lifetime
Timeline and Overview
As SWTWC Center Director Thomas O’Brien is also the Executive Director for the Center for International Trade and Transportation Center (CITT), all transportation workforce efforts under CITT are also completed in partnership with SWTWC. In addition, all courses, programs, and community development efforts under SWTWC are done with the support of California State University, Long Beach College for Continuing and Professional Education which is where SWTWC and CITT are housed.
In 2015, O’Brien, along with the Port of Long Beach and CITT Director for Trade and Transportation Angeli Logan, developed a summer week-long Teacher Externship Program for Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) teachers. The purpose of the academy is to promote transportation career pathways by helping teachers learn about the industry and create transportation-themed curricula that aligns with the Common Core state standards. With the support of industry professionals, teachers will create and present a transportation-related lesson, project, or performance assessment task.
In November, O’Brien also partnered with POLB and developed six exploration workshops for the Port’s “College and Career Exploration” event, a night created for local high school students and is a part of LBUSD’s Annual College Night. The six unique workshops are focused on opportunities and various career paths available in trade, transportation, and related industries. Through the workshop, students receive an all-inclusive look at what the Ports have to offer; including apprenticeships, internships, and on-the-job training, women in trade and transportation, and how technology and sustainability are shaping new careers.
In 2016, the POLB hosted educators and administrators from Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo High School for the 2016 POLB Academy Externship teacher training program. O’Brien once again served as an instructor for the program. In preparation for their role, O’Brien used feedback from teachers, students, and administrators from the 2015 Teacher Externship Academy to modify the curriculum and improve the program to better serve educators and support student success.
Building upon the success of the programs, POLB and LBUSD soft launched the POLB Academy of Global Logistics (AGL) at Cabrillo HS in September 2016. AGL is a four-year high school education program that combines academic curriculum with industry-relevant training and information to support career development, particularly careers in transportation. The program accomplishes this by incorporating transportation-specific career pathways into its curriculum, and enables students to build strong foundational knowledge and background to develop valuable transportation skills and competencies in the future.
The Academy purposely builds on the Long Beach College Promise, a partnership between LBUSD, CSULB, the City of Long Beach, and the Long Beach City College (LBCC), and aims to create a culture of college expectation, and increase college readiness and graduation rates among local students.
Cabrillo AGL builds on the Promise by introducing high school students to career opportunities in transportation by exposing students to a broad range of experiences that applies their academic learning and skillset. This will help students learn how they may better prepare for various transportation careers, and exactly how to break into the job market through certificates, certifications, and degrees offered by LBCC and CSULB.
SWTWC, in collaboration with POLB and Cabrillo HS, will gather enrollment and graduation data, track student learning success, and program feedback from teachers, students, and program administrators to better analyze student interest, perception, and awareness in transportation in order to project students’ likelihood and openness to joining the transportation workforce. SWTWC will also support the program’s students, teachers, and administrators so students can successfully complete the academy, and achieve all academic goals set by state and federal laws.
- Creation of a week-long teacher training program to incorporate logistics into teaching curriculum
- In 2015, 14 educators completed the program
- In 2016, 13 educators completed the program
- Refinement of curriculum and training program
- Program led to creation of the LB Cabrillo Academy of Global Logistics
- Data and analyses of best practices in transportation curriculum development, implementation, teacher training, and student learning
The purpose of this partnership is to increase the transportation labor market pool by promoting career pathways in the transportation industry. By training teachers to develop transportation-themed lessons, students will become more aware of how their skill sets can be applied to different aspects and sectors of transportation, and learn about career opportunities in the industry at the same time.
Aside from increasing the size of the transportation labor market pool, the incoming workforce will also be better prepared because AGL is expected to not only improve recruitment, but also provide career planning, and point students towards proper training programs that will put students on the fast track to success.
In order to assess the success of the program, SWTWC will gather data on student enrollment, graduation, teacher externship academy enrollment and graduation, and implement surveys to gather qualitative feedback from teachers, students, and Cabrillo HS administrators about the program, curriculum, and resources, and gauge before and after interest for careers in transportation.
- SWTWC developed the Academy program and curriculum.
- SWTWC Director Thomas O’Brien trained teachers and students as an industry expert.
- SWTWC will continue to train teachers, further refine program and curriculum, and serve as the program’s industry and research contact and expert for presentations, coordinate industry activities, and serve on the Advisory Board .
- SWTWC will capture data to gauge student interest and knowledge about careers in transportation, and further develop support for student success.
Center for International Trade and Transportation (August 4, 2016). “POLB, LBUSD, and CITT team up for teacher externship program.” http://www.ccpe.csulb.edu/citt/blog/blogposts.aspx?postNum=53.
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo High School. (2016). “The port of Long Beach academy of global logistics at Cabrillo (AGL).” Retrieved from https://lbcabrillo.schoolloop.com/cabrilloacademyofbusiness.Pahl, T. (2016). “The port of Long Beach partners with CITT to bring career exploration workshops to high school students.” CITT Blog. Retrieved from http://www.ccpe.csulb.edu/citt/blog/blogposts.aspx?postNum=50.
Port of Long Beach Academy of Global Logistics at Cabrillo High School Externship Training Program http://academy.polb.com/externships/.