GCC “Thrilled” about CIP Award for Crime Lab

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Guam – Guam Community College is thrilled with the news that Department of Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas, Tony Babauta, today awarded the College a Capital Improvement Project grant award in the amount of $365,653. The grant will allow GCC to move forward with architecture and engineering designs for DNA lab and toxicology facilities at the campus’s Gregorio D. Perez Crime Lab.

“We are very happy that DOI and Secretary Babauta have confidence in the College to be able to move this project forward,” said Mary Okada, Ed.D., GCC president. “Students studying in our two new Criminal Justice concentrations, Forensic Computer Examiner and Forensic Lab Technician, will benefit greatly from these new facilities, as will the community as a whole.”

In a media release from Washington D.C. today, Babauta touted GCC’s efforts, under Okada’s leadership, to diversify its curriculum in order to be able to offer students educational opportunities that will put them “on the cutting edge in various professional fields,” said Babauta.

The two new forensic concentrations were offered for the first time during Spring Semester 2010.

“This grant award shows that DOI has confidence in GCC’s curriculum and in our ability to produce well-trained technicians,” said Jose Munoz, chair of the GCC Criminal Justice Department. “With the onset of the military buildup, we will need more people trained in this field, and being able to train them here, and use this facility as a regional crime lab, really puts us at the forefront of crime scene investigation in the region,” said Munoz.