39 Graduate From GCC’s Earmark Construction & Electrical Training Program


Guam- A total of 39 people graduated Tuesday morning from the Guam Community College (GCC).

The students were trained as skilled craft workers in the construction and electronics fields under GCC’s Earmark Congressional Grant program. The college received over $383 thousand dollars to train up to 100 people during 5 construction cycles and 3 electrical cycles of the program. GCC President Dr. Mary Okada says the training is needed to prepare for the impending military buildup and the need for more local skilled workers. But more importantly, Okada tells the graduates it is an opportunity for them to advance in their professions and take care of their families.

“What you are about to receive here this morning…this certificate… represents an opportunity” said Okada. “That opportunity has been waiting and I know some of you have waited for this day. Some of you have struggled to get here today. But the fact is, you’re here. You’re here sitting right in front of all of us: your family, your friends, all your supporters, because you perservered and you’ve now accomplished.”

Over 13 employers were present for the event, including Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio and Guam Contractor’s Association President James Martinez. Meanwhile, GCC is applying for an extension to the grant to continue its training. For more information, contact the college’s Continuing Education Office.