The Guam Department of Education is opening 21 community learning centers all over the island and they want to partner with the mayors in developing these centers as hubs for learning and community engagement.
GDOE opened the Community Learning Centers (CLCs) to provide after-school accommodation for students and to provide them with access to technology and the Internet.
CLCs are currently operating at 13 school sites located around the island. 8 additional sites will soon be ready to open, according to GDOE deputy superintendent Joe Sanchez.
At the Mayors’ Council of Guam meeting this week, GDOE Deputy Superintendent Joe Sanchez said they want to see how they can bring the community into the CLCs.
“They don’t have to be public school students. Their families can go there. We intend to do training for parents and students. So we want to do presentations to help them utilize that technology,” Sanchez said.
He added that the CLCs will be open for all types of students as well as a venue for after-school activities.
You don’t have to be online students …they can still be hardcopy students and even if they are face to face, they can come there. The whole idea is to give families and students a chance to go online. We also have activities … we have a good robotics program and we can also have those activities in the afternoon,” Sanchez said.
GDOE superintendent Jon Fernandez says that this is another opportunity for the mayors and GDOE to work together to fulfill the potential of these CLCs.