Kevin Guillen
Students in San Ysidro High School’s Business Fundamentals, Business Technology, and Sales & Marketing classes took a break from their regular lesson plan to learn about Global Trade & Logistics. For most of the year, these students focus on learning the basics of business and the technology used in everyday work. As a way for them to learn about a sector within business where they can apply these skills, their teacher, Sylvia Yamasaki,  invited SB1070 Regional Pathways Industry Connections Coordinator (ICC) for Global Trade & Logistics, Monica Rosas to present to her classes. As an ICC under the SB1070 Regional Pathways program, one of Ms. Rosas’ goals is to work with the Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade & Logistics (DSNGTL) to increase student success by helping to develop Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways in high-need, high-growth, or emerging regional economic sectors.  To make the presentation a richer experience for the students, Ms. Rosas—who is also an International Trade Advisor for the CITD—invited Flora Barron, Work-based Learning Manager for Junior Achievement San Diego, and Kevin Guillen, Economic Development Coordinator for the San Diego Regional EDC. The class session began with a presentation on workplace readiness skills by Ms. Barron, which was followed by an overview of global trade and the role it plays in our regional economy by Mr. Guillen. Ms. Rosas finished out the session by providing the students with information on career opportunities in global trade and logistics along with the educational programs available at the community colleges in the region that can help them get into this field.

Classroom presentations like these are part of the DSNGTL’s effort to create more awareness of rewarding career paths in global trade, which is an important and growing industry sector in the region.

Melissa Meneses(Melissa Meneses – Program Ambassador, Regional Pathways Program)