GCC/Citi PSEAI Readies Students for College

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Guam – The students’ academic progress over the course of the Guam Community College/Citi Post Secondary Education Accessibility Initiative program this summer has been outstanding, said Esther Rios, PSEAI counselor.

She has overseen the improvement of the 31 incoming high school seniors and/or recent high school graduates over the past six weeks, noting at today’s completion ceremony that, “One student who pre-tested into Math 095 (remedial math), completed the program by testing into Math 161.”

The $30,000 grant from Citi Foundation provided the students with English and Math instructors and coursework, textbooks, tutors, financial aid counseling, college coping skills workshops, managing money workshops conducted by Citi employee volunteers, placement tests and career interest inventories. 

[L-R: Dr. Ray Somera, GCC Academic VP; Carmen K. Santos, CPA, GCC Finance & Admin VP; Jasmine Nadres, SSHS graduate and incoming GCC freshman; Connie Moral-Mayers, Citi Public Affairs; Marivic Capati, SSHS graduate and incoming GCC freshman; and Owen Lorzano, Treasury Head of Citi Foundation; pose around the cake created by Nadres and Capati for the PSEAI completion ceremony today. Both young women are graduates of GCC’s ProStart program at SSHS, employees of Hyatt Regency Guam, and PSEAI completers ]

Owen Lorzano, Treasury Head of Citi Foundation, a 20-year Citi employee and a GCC Computer Science graduate, handed over the symbolic $30,000 check to Carmen Santos, GCC Vice President of Finance & Administration, during today’s ceremony. He told the students, “My education at GCC prepared me for the technical aspects of my job with Citi.”

Santos told the students, “We hope that the head start you’ve received on going to college this summer through this Post Secondary Education Accessibility Initiative has inspired you to continue on with your education, either here at GCC or at a four-year institution. And again, a warm than you to Citi Foundation for their generous $30,000 donation that has made this all possible,” she added.

Two of the students in the program, Jasmine Nadres and Marivic Capati, are enrolled in GCC’s Culinary Arts and Food & Beverage Management programs. The two graduates of Simon Sanchez High School and the GCC ProStart program at Sanchez are employed at Hyatt Regency Guam, and created a delicious red velvet cake for today’s ceremony.