Guam – They got out of bed early this morning and came over to Guam Community College’s Multipurpose Auditorium, with hopes of improving their employability. First, the 125 young adults enrolled in the Agency for Human Resources Development’s Young Adults Employment & Training program heard from Lt. Gov Ray Tenorio, who told them that they alone, and no one else, will determine their success in the program.
Then Victor Rodgers, assistant director of GCC’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development Office and a retired master chief in the U.S. Navy, told them to “sit up and pay attention” during their week-long Workforce Readiness Training that started this morning at 8am.
[Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio greets young adult clients from AHRD’s Young Adults Employment & Training program, early morning on Monday, Aug. 23, in GCC’s Multipurpose Auditorium. During the 8-week program, the clients receive a week of workforce readiness training at GCC and then seven weeks of job experience working for either the public or private sectors.]
To qualify, the 18-22 year olds had to be out of school and be currently unemployed. The program lasts for eight weeks, and starts with one week of workforce readiness training provided by GCC. This week’s training, from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. every day, is designed to help them develop employability skills and success habits for the workplace. By the end of the week, participants will be able to apply the knowledge and skills learned during the training in the real world of work experience.
They will then be employed at one of 35 entities, a mixture of both public agencies and private businesses, for the remaining seven weeks of the program.