Guam – Eight recent graduates of George Washington High School visited their alma mater earlier this week to get their National Career Readiness Certificates, earned this past spring semester when they took the GCC WorkKeys skills assessment test in instructor George Borja’s school to work class.
Lanacia Camacho, one of the graduates, is currently looking for work. She hopes that with this certificate in her hand, what Borja told her will come true. “My school to work teacher told us it would help us get a better job,” she said.
Camacho is one of 21 students that passed the WorkKeys test last semester, out of 24 that took the test. The cost of the test is $56. The student pays $25, and the Guam Chamber of Commerce pays $25, and the GCC WorkKeys budget covers the remaining $6 per student. Chamber President David Leddy explained that the core mission of the chamber is workforce development, and that this high school WorkKeys program fits right in with that mission.
“We see WorkKeys as a creative way to help get our young people equipped with the skills needed to be part of a ready workforce,” said Leddy.
[L-R: Victor Rodgers, GCC assistant director, Continuing Education & Workforce Development; Chelsa Muna-Brecht, GCC program specialist; Nathan Tedtaotao, Nathaneal Herring, and Lawrence Cepeda, GW 2012 graduates; and David Leddy, Guam Chamber of Commerce president. 2nd row: Monica Lujan, GW counselor; Niesina Hernal and Marissa Tigil, GW 2012 graduates; 3rd row: Hernalin Analista, GCC CTE GW counselor; Lanacia Camacho, Timothy Carlos, and Devin Guerrero, GW 2012 graduates; 4th row: Marlene Legaspi, GW counselor; 5th row: Margie Artero, GW counselor; Begona Flores, GWHS principal; and George Borja, GW school-to-work teacher. Last row: Doreen Pereda, GW counselor, and Wesley and Esther Hermal, parents of Niesina Hermal.]
GCC’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development Office has so far administered the WorkKeys skills assessment test to several dozen students at GW and John F. Kennedy high schools. Students at Simon Sanchez are currently being introduced to KeyTrain, and GCC is working to bring the skills assessment program to Okkodo and Southern high schools as well, according to Chelsa Muna-Brecht, GCC WorkKeys program specialist.
“We offer KeyTrain to our public school partners as a way for students to improve and refine their foundational skills. Then we administer the WorkKeys assessment to allow them to validate and certify those skills to potential employers. It is one more way to help them prepare to be part of Guam’s workforce,” she said.
For more information on WorkKeys, call the GCC CEWD Office at 735-5640 or 5574.