5th Graders at GCC for College & Career Readiness Summit

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Guam – Sixty-one fifth-graders from Astumbo, Upi, and Machananao Elementary Schools learned about careers in the automotive, health sciences, hospitality, marketing, visual communications, and technology industries, and about going to college to pursue those careers, Thursday at Guam Community College.

 

The fifth graders took part in the first day of a three-day College and Career Readiness Summit being hosted by GCC in conjunction with its grant-funded College Access Challenge Grant Program, the University of Guam, and the Guam Department of Education. The summit focuses on different career clusters that students may be interested in, and on how the GCC CTE programs in the public high schools provide a pathway to GCC postsecondary associate degree and certificate programs, and University of Guam baccalaureate degrees in those fields.

On Friday, May 11, the summit will host 60 eighth graders from Astumbo, Benavente, and Inarajan Middle Schools, and on Saturday, May 12, 75 high school students, 15 from each of the five public high schools, will attend the summit to learn about college and careers in the automotive, health sciences, hospitality, marketing, visual communications, and technology industries.

[George Washington High School student Marijo Barcinas (in foreground) and GW CTE Marketing instructor Norma Guerrero explain the POS, or point-of-sale, system used in GCC’s GW CTE Marketing store to 5th graders from Astumbo, Upi, and Machananao Elementary Schools today during the College & Career Readiness Summit at GCC.]

“We need this type of conferencing in order to start planting the seed about college and careers from elementary school through high school in order to build up our future workforce,” said Doris Perez, summit coordinator and GCC assistant director of Planning & Development.

The summit also invites parents, industry representatives and education professionals – teachers, counselors, and administrators – to discuss college and career readiness.

Summit hours for education professionals will continue through Saturday during the following hours:

Friday, May 11 – 4:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Saturday, May 12, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

The summit is free; however education professional participants wishing to receive one (1) graduate credit for PD894, “Integrating Career & Technical Education across the Curriculum,” can pay $20 for the graduate credit. For more information or to register, contact Doris Perez at 735-5517 or email doris.perez@guamcc.edu.