At its third annual Celebrating Education event, held at McBride High School on Thursday, May 12, the Port of Long Beach recognized scholarship and high school internship recipients and announced a new initiative to broaden its educational outreach through a specialized academy at Cabrillo High School, which is located in the vicinity of the Port.
The Port of Long Beach Academy of Global Logistics was announced by Harbor Commission Vice President Lou Anne Bynum at the event. Mayor Robert Garcia, education leaders, teachers and others were also in attendance celebrating the Port’s education accomplishments.
Created in partnership with the Long Beach Unified School District, the new academy will be a four-year global trade and logistics pathway that will provide a unique opportunity to bring real world experiences to the classroom. The academy will be one of the district’s many “small learning communities,” which offer incoming high school students a wide variety of academic and professional educational opportunities.
Mayor Garcia expressed his support for the Port’s new academy, “As an advocate for education, I’d like to congratulate the Long Beach Unified School District and the Port of Long Beach on the creation of the new Academy of Global Logistics," he said. "The district is known for its small learning communities and this is a prime example of how industry and educators can partner to nurture and train the leaders of tomorrow.”
In addition, the Port announced the award of scholarships totaling $59,500 to 40 students from Long Beach-area high schools; California State University, Long Beach; and Long Beach City College. Since 1993, the Port of Long Beach has awarded $667,150 in scholarships to 391 students pursuing careers in international trade and the goods movement industry.
Representing the Board of Harbor Commissioners, Bynum said, “On behalf of my colleagues, I am so excited to recognize these great students and partner with Long Beach Unified School District on the new Global Logistics Academy at Cabrillo High School. As chair of the Port’s education subcommittee and an education professional I know that we can change young people’s lives by giving them real world experiences and preparing them for a career in global logistics.”
The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship. With 175 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports, the Port handles $180 billion in trade annually, supporting hundreds of thousands of Southern California jobs.