Media Alert: Nearly 400 Southern California High School Students Experience a Day in the Life of a U.S. Coast Guard

What: EXP Day of Discovery at the U.S. Coast Guard Base

When: Thursday, November 15, 2018. 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Where: United States Coast Guard - Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach: 1001 S. Seaside Avenue, San Pedro CA 90731

RSVP: Security clearance is required in advance to enter the base. Please contact Martha Maciel, EXP Program Manager, no later than noon on Wednesday, November 14, at or (310) 648-4155.

Who: Join nearly 400 students from 10 Southern California high schools (9 EXP-supported schools and 1 guest school) as they explore career opportunities with the U.S. Coast Guard including maritime safety and security, search & rescue, health & medical, and marine environmental awareness.

Captain Monica Rochester, Commander of USCG Sector Los Angeles - Long Beach, will give opening remarks along with Nicole Martin Huezo, EXP Director of Programs and Strategic Partnerships, and Amy Grat, EXP CEO.

EXP-supported schools include Barstow, Carson, Gardena, Narbonne (Harbor City), Phineas Banning (Wilmington), Rancho Dominguez Preparatory (Carson), San Pedro and Theodore Roosevelt (East Los Angeles) High Schools. Intellectual Virtues Academy (Long Beach) is a guest school.

Why: In its 13th year, the EXP Day of Discovery is one of the most successful outreach events in the Port of Los Angeles to introduce students to Coast Guard career opportunities. U.S. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach works closely with EXP as board members, industry coaches, guest speakers, and internship hosts.

The Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach and EXP were recognized by the Coast Guard’s Partnership in Education (PIE) program as the best collaborative partnership across the service for the 2016-2017 year. In that same year, 8,600 Coast Guard members and employees from 190 units dedicated 90,000 hours to the mentorship and development of more than 100,000 students through the PIE program.

About EXP

EXP helps young people gain experience, unlock doors and build the confidence they need to succeed in school, career and life. In 2017-18, over 400 industry volunteers helped EXP serve 6,400 high school students at 11 Southern California high schools. By bringing schools and industry together, EXP is creating new ways of learning, knocking down barriers and bringing genuine opportunity to every student it can reach with career exploration, mentorship and internship programs. Founded in 1999, EXP (formerly ITEP - International Trade Education Programs) is a Carson-based 501(c)(3) non-profit operating throughout Southern California.


For more information about EXP and for media queries, please contact:

Amy Grat, CEO
(424) 368-7100 ext. 103

EXP (formerly ITEP) Day of Discovery 2017

EXP (formerly ITEP) Day of Discovery 2017

Oakley Boren