Donations Provide GCC Students with Scholarships, Laptops for WorkKeys Program

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Guam – Several students at Guam Community College will receive scholarships for Spring Semester 2011, thanks to the Association of Government Accountants, and others will be using laptops provided by Deloitte & Touche to discover their employment strengths.

[Caption:Jason Kraus, systems engineer at Deloitte & Touche, and Lolita Reyes, GCC asst. director of Development and Alumni Relations, hold one of five laptops donated to GCC by Deloitte & Touche on Aug. 6 for the upcoming WorkKeys program soon to be implemented at GCC.]

GCC is one of the beneficiaries for the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Annual 5K Run/Walk. This year’s event in July garnered the college $1,500 in scholarship money for students. Representatives of AGA presented a check to GCC officials on July 30. The $1,500 will provide three students with $500 scholarships for Spring Semester 2011. Scholarship applications will soon be available on the GCC web site.

Also, GCC plans to use five laptops donated by Deloitte & Touche on August 5th for its upcoming WorkKeys program for Job Analysis, Assessment and Training. The nationally recognized system matches the skill levels of an individual with the skills needed for over 16,000 different occupations, and has been proven to reduce employee turnover, decrease training times for new employees, and increase productivity. The system also contains a component that allows for individual remediation, so that those who lack foundational skills have the opportunity to build up their skills.

Victor Rodgers, GCC assistant director for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, gave a WorkKeys presentation to the Guam Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee recently. Afterward, Joe Arnett, a partner with the Tax Services division of Deloitte, volunteered to donate laptops for use with the program. “They’ll be used in a satellite capacity at the Guam Career One Stop Center for assessment and remediation as part of the WorkKeys program,” said Rodgers.

“GCC appreciates the support of Guam’s business community as we strive to prepare people for the jobs that the buildup and our economic growth will require,” Rodgers said.