GCC working with telecom, data companies on IT boot camp

Dr. Mary Okada, GCC President (PNC file photo)

The Guam Community College is working with telecom and data companies on island for its first-ever the first Information Technology Boot Camp.

GCC President Mary Okada says they are currently working with two companies — IT&E and Docomo — and she hopes to expand the program to others such as GTA, G4S, and Pacific Data Systems.

“As with all the other boot camps that we have been rolling out in the past couple of months, there will be work ethic training, and work keys certification, which is the National Career Work Readiness certificate that is also part of the program. So they will get hands-on experience in Cisco, firewalls, routers, and switches, and of course things that are of interest to our telecom industry,” Okada said.

GCC is on the lookout for applicants interested in being a part of the boot camp.

The in-person IT Boot camp is the first of many the college is providing to meet Guam’s growing demand in the telecommunications industry.

Although GCC already has certifications and IT courses spread throughout the regular semesters, these boot camps are designed especially for those looking for employment right away.

“Because we opted for the boot camp model several months ago, what we wanted to do is engage into something a little bit more intensive but also to work with employers and help them to identify what their workforce needs are. And so the industry is helping us build a curriculum and particular course — one that fits what they need primarily for entry-level individuals and the intent and hope is that once these students are brought on board and employed by these companies, they will eventually flow into the apprenticeship program and once they get into the apprenticeship program, they can get their Workers Journey Certificate,” Okada said.

Okada adds that students in GCC’s regular IT courses can also apply for the boot camp as long as they fit the criteria and are looking for employment in the field.

The IT Boot Camp will start on June 7 through June 25. Participation will be limited to 12 qualified applicants

Participants who successfully complete the 15-day intensive training program will have the opportunity to apply for IT positions with Guam telecommunication companies.

Those who complete the boot camp will also earn 5 college credits and certificates of completion.

Okada said that people can’t sign up for more than one boot camp.

The boot camps are meant for people looking to find employment as soon as possible.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, be unemployed or underemployed, provide high school diploma or equivalent, and a complete health clearance.

Those who are interested can call and e-mail GCC’s Continuing Education & Workforce Development office.