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La Tijera Opens its Doors to a Host of Visitors for Career Day

Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Dennis Powell encouraged students to do their best in school.

Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Dennis Powell encouraged students to do their best in school.

With a fire truck, police cars, a news van and a limousine taking up space in the parking lot, La Tijera Academy rolled out the welcome mat for an array of special presenters on the school’s annual Career Day.

Professionals from various fields – medicine, sports, media, law, public safety and more – visited classrooms and chatted with students on March 26 about what their jobs entail.

In Ms. Mays’ sixth-grade class, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Irma Brown discussed opportunities in the legal field and urged students to do their best to do well in school. “Have you heard the expression knowledge is power?” she asked. “You get that from reading, listening and paying attention.

Principal Ugema Hosea James and her students enjoyed a visit from the firefighters

Principal Ugema Hosea James and her students enjoyed a visit from the firefighters

The message delivered to students in the room next door was similar: work hard and embrace education, said former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Dennis Powell.

“You are a student before you are an athlete,” Powell told the group before him. “To be a student athlete you want to get all this information that’s around you.”

While many visitors spoke to students from the front of the class, others met one-on-one in the parking lot. Chris Mallory of Jackson Limousines let dozens of students take a peek inside his vehicle, as did Los Angeles County firefighters, and Inglewood Police Department and California Highway Patrol officers.

Other special guests included IUSD State Trustee Don Brann, Inglewood Councilman Alex Padilla, as well as representatives from KJLH radio, KTLA-TV Los Angeles, Republic Services, Wells Fargo and more.

The school welcomed California Highway Patrol and Inglewood Police Department officers.

The school welcomed California Highway Patrol and Inglewood Police Department officers.

Students, Professionals, Team Up to Talk About Careers on Job Shadow Day

Some students spent Thursday at the Inglewood Courthouse to learn more about law and government careers on Job Shadow Day.

Some students spent Thursday at the Inglewood Courthouse to learn more about law and government careers on Job Shadow Day.

Students from Inglewood High, Morningside High, City Honors College Preparatory Academy and other local schools traded time in the classroom Thursday for work experience and invaluable career advice at a host of area job sites.

These lucky students were participants in the Inglewood/Airport Area Chamber of Commerce’s Youth Business and Industry Job Shadow Day – a program aimed at helping young adults develop the job skills needed for success. Event partners included Inglewood Unified School District, the City of Inglewood and the South Bay Workforce Investment Board.

The students were matched to job sites based on their career interests, whether in law and government, social services, education, health care, music, business, waste and recycling services and more.

Students gathered as a group Thursday morning before splitting up to visit various sites on Job Shadow Day.

Students gathered as a group Thursday morning before splitting up to visit various sites on Job Shadow Day.

Participating job partners – including IUSD, City Hall, the SBWIB, Inglewood Courthouse, Midnight Mission, Watts Healthcare Corp. and many others – provided tours of their facilities, information and advice, and lunch for the visiting students.

IUSD’s many Job Shadow students came dressed professionally and ready to learn about potential careers during Thursday’s event.

Thanks to all who turned out!

Dozens of students signed up to participate.

Dozens of students signed up to participate.

IUSD’s Advisory Board of Education Welcomes Three New Members

Inglewood Unified State Trustee Dr. Don Brann has appointed three new members to the District’s Advisory Board of Education.

During a Jan. 15 swearing-in ceremony officiated by Inglewood Mayor James Butts, Dr. Brann welcomed Henry Brown, Graciela Patiño and Rene Talbott to the five-member board. Two seats were vacated last spring when members stepped down, and a third seat was left open following the resignation of Mrs. Carol Raines-Brown. Dr. Brann’s appointments run through the April 7, 2015 general municipal election, when voters will elect members for four open IUSD Advisory Board seats.

Henry Brown holds Seat #1.

Henry Brown holds Seat #3.

Mr. Brown holds Seat # 3. A committed father and community leader, Mr. Brown’s passion is to challenge and motivate people of all cultures, backgrounds and status to achieve their full potential. He is an employment specialist with the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC), a 50-year-old social service agency. Mr. Brown has worked as a director of Adcon Technical Institute, an associate director of Associated Technical College, a career recruiter with ITT Technical College, and a sales manager with Western Southern Insurance. He holds a B.S. degree from Southern University.

His varied resume also includes service as a memorial counselor at Inglewood Park Cemetery, a member of the City of Inglewood Parks and Recreation Commission, a chaplain for the American Legion’s 23rd District and an employment commissioner for the American Legion’s Area 4. Mr. Brown also serves as chairman of the City of Inglewood’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, which this week marked its 32nd anniversary and largest celebration to date with a commemorative march to festivities at the Fabulous Forum following an excellent series of student speeches and entertainment.

Graciela Patino holds Seat #4.

Graciela Patino holds Seat #4.

Ms. Patiño fills Seat #4. A longtime city resident, she brings a diverse work history that combines jobs in education and law enforcement. Ms. Patiño, who speaks fluent Spanish, works as a second-grade teacher in a dual-language immersion program at Los Angeles Leadership Academy Charter Primary School. A Teach for America corps member, she became interested in education while working as a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy. After participating in a program that offered substance abuse and narcotics education in elementary schools, she soon realized she loved being in the classroom and serving as a role model to at-risk students.

She is retired from a 27-year career in criminal justice that includes work as a police office and defense investigator in the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office. Ms. Patiño is pursuing an M.A. in Urban Education, Policy and Administration from Loyola Marymount University and earned an M.A in Administration of Justice and Security from the University of Phoenix. She also holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Phoenix and an A.A. degree from West Los Angeles College. She is the mother of two sons and one grandson, and a member the Briarwood Homeowners Association Board, AYSO Soccer and Americorps.

Rene Talbott holds Seat #1.

Rene Talbott holds Seat #1.

Mr. Talbott fills Seat #1. He is retired from a nearly 40-year law enforcement career. A Detroit native, Mr. Talbott served four years in the military, including two combat tours in Vietnam, and holds a sociology degree and his certification in secondary education from Central State University. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Dayton while serving as a juvenile probation officer.

For two years, Mr. Talbott provided sexual assault and child abuse prevention education through Kedren Health Center in Watts. After serving as an adult parole and probation officer in Nevada, he began a career that spanned more than three decades with the Santa Monica Police Department, working as a juvenile counselor, investigator, reserve mounted officer and hostage/crisis negotiator. He has served on the board of the Ladera Heights Civic Association and as president, vice president, secretary and a board member of the Santa Monica Municipal Employees Association. In addition, Mr. Talbott served as an executive board member of Santa Monica Employees Federal Credit Union and as a member and executive board member of the Hamilton High PTA. A father of four, Mr. Talbott has also served as a Police Activities League boxing coach, designed and directed juvenile court diversion-community service programs, and conducted education and seminars through the Male Violence Prevention Project.

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