EXP Insider Newsletter - Fall 2019

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No Matter Where You Find Yourself, Join Us for Our 20/20 Vision Anniversary Campaign!


This month, we’re kicking off EXP’s 20th anniversary celebration with the launch of our 20/20 Vision Campaign. The 9-month campaign promotes our 20-years of achievement for more than 20,000 underserved high school students whose lives have improved through EXP’s career-based education and workforce readiness services. The campaign also celebrates our vision for 20 more years of progress in raising the career education bar for more young people in Southern California. 

Our plans include an online campaign to boost awareness for our life-changing youth services among individuals in Southern California’s business and academic communities. Also, EXP alumni - going back 20 years! - can look for more opportunities to stay engaged and connected, in part, through the launch of our exclusive, new alumni e-news publication The Spark. Then, in March, we’ll be featuring creative, new sponsorship recognition opportunities and event-night festivities as part of our 20th Annual Oceans of Opportunity Dinner & Scholarship Celebration on March 26th.

You’ll also have opportunities to join our EXP 20/20 Vision Community, a dedicated group of supporters who are helping us build tomorrow’s workforce while leveling the career playing field for more young people, regardless of their economic circumstance. Look for more information soon!


Meet Brent Williams, Our Newest Member of the EXP Board of Directors

We are proud to introduce Mr. Brent Williams, who recently joined our esteemed EXP Board of Directors team. As regional manager of City National Bank’s Los Angeles Commercial Banking division, Williams brings valuable financial services expertise to the board, along with strong enthusiasm for EXP’s mission and programs. In fact, he has already joined both our Executive and Audit Committees, and visited our recent Parent-Student Orientation event that helps prepare students for this year’s EXP Internship Program: Powered by Prologis.

“I am honored and excited to join the EXP Board of Directors,” said Williams. “As the organization prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary, I look forward to working with the wonderful team at EXP and helping them to continue to grow and make a positive impact on the future career goals of high school youth from the region’s underserved communities.”

Williams has more than 25 years of financial services experience. Prior to joining City National Bank, he worked in a variety of roles at Wells Fargo, most recently as an executive vice president and region head responsible for the Westside of Los Angeles as well as head of the bank’s Southern California Middle Market Technology, Media and Telecom team. He earned his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Welcome, Brent Williams!


Look What’s Coming!

EXP’s 2018-19 Annual Report is headed your way this month. We’ll announce its availability on our website and in-print soon.

EXP Welcomes Three New Schools

With the start of the 2019-20 school year, EXP is now serving 10 schools and 19 pathways! We are delighted to partner with Manuel Dominguez High School in Compton and their CTE Culinary Arts and Business pathways, Lawndale High School Marine Science Academy, and Leuzinger High School Environmental Careers Academy in Lawndale.

2019-2020 EXP Internship Program: Powered by Prologis Kicked Off

It was standing room only on September 20th, when more than 500 parents and students gathered for this year’s Parent-Student Orientation. Last year 153 students completed the full Internship Program, including paid internship experiences with employer hosts in a variety of logistics, maritime and business sectors in Southern California. Read more »

EXP Made Education Real for OC Educators and Employers

On September 27, an engaged group of industry leaders and college educators enjoyed a full day of programming at the Employer Engagement Summit in partnership with Rancho Santiago Community College District and California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) at Urban Workshop in Costa Mesa. Read more »


October 25: GPS Your Future™ @ Long Beach City College - Liberal Arts Campus

More than 700 students from 12 Southern California high schools will explore career possibilities with nearly 60 companies and more than 15 guest speakers. Thanks to the support of Prologis, Port of Los Angeles, Franco Trucking, LADWP, Skanska, the TK Foundation, Watson Land Company, and many more sponsors. Read more »

November 21: Day of Discovery @ the US Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles – Long Beach

For this year’s event, 300+ EXP students will spend the day with the LA-Long Beach “Coasties” in discovering career opportunities from maritime safety to healthcare, thanks to the Port of Los Angeles!

December 6: OC Power Breakfast

Mark your calendar! We're connecting Orange County employers and educators to build the workforce of tomorrow. Details TBA.

Save the Date: Oceans of Opportunity: March 26, 2020

Mark your calendar for the 20th annual dinner and scholarship celebration at the Carson Center. Read more »

Speakers Wanted: Women in STEM Career Day: February 21, 2020

Be a STEM inspiration! We’re looking for breakout session speakers, hands-on demonstrations and participants at “lunch with Women in STEM.” Email Alejandra to sign up. Read more »

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