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PANGELINAN BILL TO FUND GCC RECEIVES UNANIMOUS SUPPORT

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE (June 26, 2013 – Hagåtña) – The Guam Community College (GCC) will be able to continue its vital Apprenticeship Program and support critical operations with the passage of Senator Vicente Pangelinan’s Bill 84-32. The bill passed unanimously and provides $1.5 million to the GCC to make up for the collection shortfall in the Man Power Development Fund, which was appropriated to GCC.

The shortage of funding resulted in cuts to contractual services, supplies, and other operational costs at GCC and would have affected services to the students.

Senator Pangelinan took immediate action to assist all students, faculty, and staff at GCC and introduced Bill 84-32, which appropriates $1.5 million from the Tourist Attraction Fund (TAF) to GCC for its Apprenticeship Program. The TAF collections are expected to exceed what was appropriated for Fiscal Year 2013 by about $1.7 million in addition to the cumulative fund balance of about $4 million from Fiscal Year 2012. The appropriation to GCC will not have an adverse effect on other projects funded under the TAF.

“I am pleased that my colleagues joined me in taking swift action in passing this legislation, and I am confident that GCC will be relieved of this unanticipated and unforeseen shortfall once the bill is signed into law,” says Senator Pangelinan.

The senator says that many GCC graduates move on to careers and professions that serve our community in a variety of capacities and can be found in all sectors of our economy, especially the tourism industry.

For further information, please contact the Offices of Senator ben pangelinan at 473-4236 or email at office@senbenp.com.