Guam – The Summer Employment Opportunity Program (SEOP) created by the Guam Community College, Chamber of Commerce, Guam Contractor’s Association, and the Agency for Human Resources Development is a partnership that has offered summer employment for 26 high school students and/or graduates, targeting “high” academic achievers.
One of those graduates is Davian Scherer, 17, who graduated from Okkodo High School and is planning to attend GCC and major in Marketing. “I know more about opening a business and how hard it is, and the different sides of banking,” said Scherer of her opportunity to work at the Bank of Hawaii through the program. “This (program) showed me more options, and it’s a great learning experience.”
“I’m teaching them about the commercial side of banking – types of corporations, loans, risk factors,” said Rita Jugo, vice president and commercial credit manager at Bank of Hawaii. “It’s a great program because when you’re a senior or a recent graduate, you may not know what you want to do. In the business arena there are so many sides, and this is an opportunity for young people to see if this is what they really want to do,” she said.
The purpose of the program, according to Victor Rodgers, GCC assistant director of Continuing Education & Workforce Development, “is to reward academic excellence, increase work ethics and aptitude of our young people, and give our youth something to aspire to for working so hard to achieve academic excellence.”
Rodgers noted that the program is in response to some in the business community who are not satisfied with the work ethic of young employees. “David Leddy, James Martinez and I wanted to come up with a program which could address some of those concerns. The program hopes to build a better work ethic among students, in addition to rewarding our high achievers,” he said.
Students like Scherer have been assigned job positions in accordance to their Grade Point Average (GPA) ranking. They participated in a daylong work readiness training seminar prior to going out into the workplace. They’re being paid minimum wage for four weeks and will be evaluated at the end of the work experience period for performance by the assigned company supervisor and GCC.
“We hope to make this an annual event that motivates our students to work toward academic excellence,” Rodgers said.
In addition to the Bank of Hawaii, other companies and agencies involved in the program are DZSP, Isla Painting & Roofing Supply, Dylan Mechanical Construction Services, Inc., the Agency for Human Resource Development, the office of Senator Sam Mabini, the Guam Chamber of Commerce, and GCC.
For more information regarding the SEOP, contact GCC’s Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CE&WD) at (671) 735-5574 or email email@example.com.
Suggested photo caption: (from left) Jomelee Ordanez, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School, and Davian Scherer, a 2012 graduate of Okkodo High School, discuss the banking industry today with Rita Jugo, Bank of Hawaii vice president & commercial credit manager, during their Summer Employment Opportunity Program paid internship at the bank.