GCC is Offering a Free Diesel Mechanic Boot Camp

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Guam Community College (PNC file photo)

Slots are still available for those who want to participate in GCC’s upcoming free diesel mechanic boot camp

PNC’s Destiny Cruz has more…

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Offered to Guam’s community for the second time, the Guam Community College will host a free diesel mechanic boot camp starting June 23.

The program aims to prepare Interested individuals for the workforce by acquiring classroom and hands-on skills through the program’s courses.

More specifically, courses such as proper usage of tools and testing equipment and workshop safety practices will equip participants with the skills for entry-level work experience in a medium to heavy-diesel engines upon completion.

In addition to the program’s courses, the boot camp offers training to earn national certification.

In an interview with PNC, Tishawnna Smith, Program Coordinator for the continuing workforce development program at GCC, detailed the boot camp’s credit system. “For this particular one, students will earn a total of 9 credits. It’s three credits for the three types of diesel classes that they’re going to take, and each of those classes is 45 contact hours. They also have the OSHA 10. They also have the work ethic and work keys.”

Funding for the boot camp comes from the manpower development fund and will run for roughly 12 weeks for 20 participants. However, though Smith stated that the deadline to apply for the boot camp had passed, there remain open slots for the program, which Smith says she is still taking applications.

Interested applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria for the program: they must be 18 years of age or older, a high school graduate or equivalent, individuals must have a health clearance, must be underemployed or unemployed, and must have a valid driver’s license.

Furthermore, according to Smith, an additional benefit of the program is that participants interested in pursuing a degree through GCC’s automotive department can also use the nine credits they’ve gained from the boot camp.

Smith stated, “So this is like their starting point–if they wanna pursue a degree through the automotive department, they already got nine credits.”

The boot camp will run from June 23, 2022- to August 16, 2022. For more details regarding the boot camp, contact (671) 735-5640- extension: 5412, or email workforce@guamcc.edu.

Destiny Cruz, PNC News First.