Guam – Ella May Delfin has plans to be a pharmacist, and judging from the score she received on her recent WorkKeys test, she’ll be a very successful one. Delfin, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School, recently took the WorkKeys Job Analysis, Assessment and Training test offered through Guam Community College, which matches the skill levels of an individual with the skills needed for over 18,000 different occupations.
Of more than two dozen high school students around the island that have taken the WorkKeys test so far, she is the first one to score at the gold level. (Test levels are bronze, silver, gold and platinum.)
“Before I took the test I was a bit nervous about how hard the test might be. Then when I actually started the test, it turned out to be pretty easy. The reason I took it is because I wanted to see what level I would score. I was pretty surprised that I actually scored a gold!” Delfin said.
“GCC is working with targeted public high school on a project to help strengthen students’ ability to be competitive upon graduation. The WorkKeys test is the key component of that project, because it accurately assesses a student’s ability to perform the skills needed for thousands of jobs,” said Victor Rodgers, GCC assistant director of Continuing Education & Workforce Development.
[JFK May 1: L-R — Barabara Adamos, Ed.D., assistant principal; Elizabeth Ann Hanzsek, assistant principal; Hannah Gutierrez, assistant principal; Kenneth Chargualaf, principal; Ella Mae Delfin, JFK senior; Amanda Sanchez Wooley, JFK School to Work teacher; Rose Marie Nanpei, GCC CTE counselor; Chelsa Muna-Brecht, GCC WorkKeys program specialist; and Victor Rodgers, GCC Continuing Education & Workforce Development assistant director, celebrate Delfin’s gold-level score on the WorkKeys test, which earned her a National Career Readiness Certificate.]
So far, 11 students at JFK and 16 at George Washington High School have passed the WorkKeys test and earned National Career Readiness Certificates. GW joined the GCC WorkKeys system this school year; JFK was the pilot school for the program during the 2010-2011 school year.
“As a counselor, I think it is important for students to take part in WorkKeys so they are able to gauge where they are in terms of their foundational skills – math, reading and locating information,” said Rose Marie Nanpei, GCC CTE counselor at JFK. “Students need to understand that if they are going to be prepared for the workforce, they need to possess a certain skill and educational level. If they don’t, they are not competitive and will have difficulties finding employment,” she added.
Nanpei noted that the KeyTrain component of WorkKeys is also an integral part of getting students to where they should be in terms of these foundational skills. “It provides them with remediation lessons to help them improve their opportunity in gaining educational knowledge and eventually career success,” she said.
Gold-scoring Delfin plans to earn her bachelor’s degree from the University of Guam, get a job, and then head to the mainland to pursue pharmacy school. “After I earn my degree I plan to open up my own pharmacy,” she said.
Nanpei says JFK has two dates scheduled for testing – May 11 and May 18 – with about 30 students scheduled to test on each date. “There are more students expressing that they are ready to take the test, but for now, these are the two dates,” she said.
For more information about the WorkKeys program, or to schedule WorkKeys testing at your school, call GCC’s Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 735-5640 or 5574.
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