Construction companies are opening their doors for new hires and the Guam Community College has organized a boot camp so students can train to enter the island’s construction industry.
GCC’s Future Builders Construction Boot Camp is a 12-week program that is funded through the future builders’ fund.
It is designed for those who graduated in 2020 and 2019 and are between the ages of 18 to 20.
Denise Mendiola. assistant director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, said: “One of the things we did with this construction boot camp is that with the support of Black, our participants were able to go to Black Construction and tour their campus, tour their facility and get a better idea of what happens in each of the departments and the roles that everyone plays in this company to make it successful.”
Though currently the students are all male, Mendiola, who is also one of the founding members of NAWIC, The National Association for Women in Construction, said they’ve had female students in their previous boot camps and are still open to having more soon.
“Our last boot camp which was the ship repair boot camp had one young woman, who was excellent and she was top of the class. And right now, in our truck driving boot camp, we have two women that are in training. Hopefully, if all goes well, they’re going to be drivers,” Mendiola said.
She added: “There is still a challenge for women going into this line of work. It is pretty challenging, especially with the pandemic, But one of the things that we’d like to be able to see is that young women, especially those who are in high school, have access to this type of industry — more so through technical trainings. So we do have CTTE programs in the high schools and that allows them to be able to access this type of industry. We’re going to see more of them participate in the fields of construction, aviation, transportation, ship repair, truck driving, and bus driving.”
According to Mendiola, they already have a line of interested participants for the next upcoming boot camps this summer.
As of right now, there is a waiting list of 10 applicants interested in the next construction boot camp, 6 for ship repair, and the IT class has 12 seats available.
The present construction boot camp started on February 22nd with online training first and is scheduled to end on May 7th.