EXP supports us every step of the way with hands-on learning opportunities like job shadow field trips, the internship program, and the GPS Your Future event. It is very rewarding to watch these young adults blossom in a business environment.

- Carol Shaw, lead teacher, Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Academy (BETA), Narbonne High School


EXP: The Experience That Changes Lives

EXP delivers career-based, experiential programs for K-12 and college students that open the door to life-long opportunities by connecting the classroom to the world of work. At their core, all of our programs build on the same foundation.


Our Educational Pillars:



We give students real-world experience



We help students connect the dots so the classroom is contextualized and more relevant



We help students reflect on their experiences and learn about themselves



We connect students to mentors, peers and opportunity


We teach students life skills they need to succeed



We help students create the futures they want

Our Programs

We tailor our programs to your school’s exact needs. Whether you work in career pathways, small learning communities, Linked Learning initiatives, CTE programs or your own system, our programs will enhance your curriculum by delivering skills training, mentors and internships that create real-world opportunities for students. 


Outreach & Transition

Programming between middle school and high school


Career Awareness

GPS Your Future, Women in STEM, Career EXPedition, Day of Discovery


Career Exploration

Industry Coaching and Job Shadow Day


Career Preparation

Career Readiness Workshops

Career Training

EXP Internship Program and Scholarship Opportunities


Skills Development

Soft Skills Workshops, Workforce Development and Pre-apprenticeships


Professional Development

Alumni Network, Job Placement, Career Counseling, Apprenticeships



Scholarships, Internships, Networking & Career Counseling

Working with EXP

EXP partners with schools large and small in a wide range of capacities from strategic consulting to the day-to-day operations of multi-industry career-based programs.

What EXP delivers to schools

No other organization has more connections to business leaders and professionals who are passionate about education, and we are constantly bringing more sectors and businesses into the EXP family. We can connect you with the people and the resources you need, whether you are establishing a new program or expanding your programs into new professions.

We understand the intricacies of the education system and business, as well as public and private funding. We can help you navigate these complex worlds and make your educational vision happen. 

If we say we’re going to do it, it’s as good as done. High schools, school districts and colleges throughout Southern California rely on EXP to launch and operate their career-based programs. Career fairs, job shadowing, internships — when you need to extend learning outside the classroom, EXP will make it happen.

EXP School Services

Program Design


Career-based Education Design & Consulting


Funding &



Industry Relations


Success Metrics & Measurement


Program Delivery


Turnkey Career-based Curriculum


Industry & Community Advisory Boards


Skilled Industry Mentors


On-campus Program Managers


Logistics & Coordination


Professional Development


Training & Guidance in Career Education


Summer Externships for Educators


Who we serve

EXP began almost twenty years ago as International Trade Education Programs, Inc. (ITEP). We started in one school, Phineas Banning High School, in the Los Angeles harbor community of Wilmington, to help connect students to careers in maritime trade.

Gradually, EXP expanded to more schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District that were seeking to restructure learning. By embedding ourselves on campuses, we were able to fill the gaps between schools and industry, classroom curriculum and real-world learning so that students and educators could succeed.

Today, EXP helps a broad array of schools and communities — from large public-school districts to innovative charters and private schools — make their vision for career-based learning a reality. In 2019-2020 school year, we are serving over 6,400 students in 10 Southern California high schools and are expanding into new districts and new populations, including community colleges and K-8 schools.

Funding for EXP services

Our work is funded through grants, corporate sponsorships, individual philanthropy and contracts which allow us to deliver our services to schools at greatly reduced cost.

Your limited funding doesn’t limit our work. We provide grant-writing assistance and financial guidance to help you secure funding for your career-based programs and EXP services. Together, we can make it happen.

How can we help?

Whether you’re building a new career-based program or expanding your existing offerings, we’d love to help.