Guam – 9 John F. Kennedy High School graduates have proof that they are ready for the workforce.
The students, who were enrolled in GCC Career and Technical Education programs at JFK, recently passed the National Career Readiness Certificate test under the WorkKeys program administered by Guam Community College in partnership with the Guam Department of Labor. They are the first high school students in the entire Western Pacific region to do so.
[ Left to right: seated: Students Susana Waathag, Loreen Figirag, and Nikki Decipulo. Standing: Rose Marie Nanpei, GCC CTE counselor at JFK, and students Kimberly Takai, Roman Elgarico, Francesca Solivio, Ivana Sanchez, Anthony Clark Ponce, and JFK Principal Kenneth Chargualaf. Standing in back: Victor Rodgers, GCC Asst. Director, Continuing Education & Workforce Development]
“It built up my confidence to enter the real world,” said Kimberly Takai, who scored at the silver level in her test. She plans to enroll in GCC’s Culinary Arts program after having been in the CTE ProStart program at JFK for three years.
The NCRC certificate levels are bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. The other eight students who took the test all scored in the bronze level, including Anthony Clark P. Ponce, who was enrolled in GCC’s CTE Allied Health program at JFK.
“I was a little nervous (taking the test) but I knew it would benefit me in the future and that it would be a great learning experience,” Ponce said. “It definitely gave me more confidence. I felt very proud (about passing it).” He plans to attend either GCC or the University of Guam and pursue a degree in the medical field.
Kenneth Chargualaf, JFK principal, told the students, “You are nationally certified – it is an honor.”
Rose Marie Nanpei, GCC CTE counselor at JFK, said the NCRC testing opportunity was provided for the students in part by the Guam Chamber of Commerce, which paid $25 of the $56 cost for the test for each of the nine students. GCC paid for the $6 testing fee for each student, so the students themselves only had to pay $25 to take the test.
“This was a good example of community participation in the educational process,” said Nanpei. “The parents were very supportive, they wanted their children to have this opportunity, and the students put a lot of time and effort into preparing for the exam.” Nanpei noted that the students worked on the KeyTrain system, a computerized self-help portion of the WorkKeys program that allows a person taking the NCRC test the opportunity to build up their skills.
For more information on the WorkKeys Job Analysis system, contact Victor Rodgers at GCC’s Office of Continuing Education & Workforce Development at 735-5646.