Guam – On Saturday, May 11 five Palauan students completed the final phase of a 160 day training and workforce preparedness training program sponsored by the Department of Public Works through a grant provided DPW by the Federal Highway Administration.
A ceremony was held at the CME residential campus Tamuning marking the conclusion of the project.
The project trained and placed the five participants in jobs with engineering companies on Guam involved in subterranean utility engineering (SUE). These specialized skill provides the means of identifying and mapping underground utility conduit. This allows significant savings to improving the islands road system.
The Director of DPW, present at the graduation ceremony, indicated that the investment made by DPW in SUE services is returned fivefold in project savings through avoiding project delays and having to repair damaged underground utilities caused by road improvements and repair.
The students received their training in North Carolina at the North Carolina Department of Transportation training center and obtained on the job experience with engineering companies currently providing SUE services in North Carolina. In addition to hands on training in SUE the students also received Micro CADD training and GEOPAK calculation training. All five the participants successfully completed the program with high marks and returned to Guam to find employment. The ceremony marked the conclusion of their training experience.
All five have been offered jobs on Guam and in Micronesia and are currently working.