The Guam Community College held its 3rd completion ceremony for the Ship Repair Transportation Boot Camp III at the college campus Friday morning.
In partnership with Cabras Marine Corporation, the completion ceremony consisted of 18 individuals, all recent high school graduates from last year.
GCC President Mary Okada talked about the process of the boot camp and what awaits the graduates after the ceremony.
“We recruit individuals that go through 12 weeks of different training where they learn electrical plumbing, welding occupations. So what happens after completion of this program is they are hired by Cabras Marine and they have an opportunity to enter the apprenticeship program with Cabras Marines so they can continue and eventually become journeyman workers,” Okada said.
The graduating third group nominated two students to speak on their behalf, Carmelo Naulta and Roman Quinata.
“My positive outlook on life was dismal but this opportunity has sparked a light into my heart and it’s now time for us, as the future, to bring that light and continue to brighten what was once an uncertain future,” Naulta said.
“The most important thing we take away and the skills we picked up along this journey is either plumbing, welding, or something as simple as workspace maintenance … this will all help us in our careers,” Quinata said.
The first two Ship Repair Boot Camps were both fully funded through the Carl D. Perkins Grant and students did not need to pay for any of the boot camps.
According to Okada, more apprenticeship boot camps are going to be procured at GCC with the second Truck Driving Transportation Boot Camp currently ongoing and expected to complete in seven weeks.
GCC is also still accepting applications from SY2019 and SY2020 high school graduates for its third Construction Trades boot camp.
Okada said that especially during this time, more residents should apply for these boot camps and other trade courses that the school offers.
She believes that upskilling Guam’s workforce will help get residents back into work and rebuild the island’s economy.