GCC: Middle School NSTI Students Tour Airport

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Guam – Middle school students that are part of the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) got a taste of what it is like to work in various careers at the A.B. Won Pat International airport Tuesday.

“The tower!” was the unanimous reply from all 19 students when asked their favorite part of the tour.

“It was very interesting to see planes land and take off,” said Isaiah Micah, an eighth grader from Untalan who will be attending GW in the fall.

“It had a lot of gadgets that I really didn’t know about,” said Megan Babauta, from Benavente Middle School. “The people working – I liked how they help each other,” she added. “It’s one of my career choices now.”

The two-week middle school NSTI is the result of a grant award of $20,124 received through the government of Guam’s Department of Public Works to allow students to explore careers in the transportation industry. The program involves practical, hands-on activities using math skills needed to succeed in the industry, and field trips to the A.B. Won Pat International Airport, the Port Authority of Guam, DPW, the United Airlines maintenance hangar and city ticket office, emergency and safety demonstrations including K- 9 units, and activities with GCC’s Automotive Service Technology and Heavy Equipment programs, including the opportunity to “drive” GCC’s new truck simulator.

[Tom Shields, tower manager at the F.A.A. air traffic control tower at A.B. Won Pat International Airport, explains how to read a flight plan to, from left, Jasmine Natividad, Marlit Joy Gonzalvo, and Megan Babauta of Benavente Middle School. In back are Jaira Natividad and Johann Rei Castro, also of BMS, during the GCC/DPW National Summer Transportation Institute tour of the airport today.]

The program facilitators are GCC instructors Fred Tupaz and Mike Limtiaco.

“It gives them an array of ideas for when they graduate,” said Limtiaco of the different careers the students witnessed during today’s airport tour. “Today, they saw flight attendants, ramp personnel, TSA personnel, the control tower, customs and air cargo personnel. It’s really a good opportunity for them.”

The high school portion of the program is funded through GCC’s College Access Challenge Grant Program and runs from July 1 – 15.