Guam -Senators Rory Respicio and Tom Ada have introduced a resolution calling on Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo to secure authorization and funding for a U.S. Department of Labor Job Corps Center on Guam.
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Senators Rory Respicio and Tom Ada; Job Corps will benefit Guam’s youth
(Hågatña, Guam) – Majority Leader and Chair of the Committee on Federal Affairs and Labor Sen. Rory Respicio, together with Sen. Tom Ada, have co-authored a legislative resolution calling on Guam Delegate to Congress Madeline Z. Bordallo to secure authorization and funding for a United States Department of Labor (USDOL) Job Corps Center in Guam.
According to Resolution No. 369-31 (COR), “the United States Department of Labor’s ‘Job Corps’ is a no-cost, educational and vocational training program that helps young people (ages 16 through 24) improve the quality of their lives through vocational and academic training, by providing them with a safe, drug-free environment where they can take advantage of the resources provided to gain skills that can be used to secure meaningful employment.”
The federally funded Job Corps program began in 1964, and has been training young adults for meaningful careers for nearly 50 years. However Sen. Respicio points out that despite “125 Job Corps Centers operating in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico there is no Job Corps Center in Guam.”
Job Corps Centers utilize training approaches that help to prepare young people for stable, long-term, high-paying jobs. The program provides individualized instruction to meet the needs of each student, utilizing standard eligibility criteria, while focusing on the core competencies of each individual student in a variety of skills, including academic, vocational, information technology, employability and independent living.
Sen. Ada said: “unfortunately for the youth of Guam, the nearest Job Corps center is in Hawaii, some 3,800 miles away, and not easily accessible to potential candidates from Guam who could benefit from the services that would be provided if there were a center established in Guam.”
Respicio added, “given the high rate of unemployment in Guam, our territory is an ideal location for the services of a Job Corps center, to provide young persons with the guidance and training necessary to secure meaningful, long-term employment.”
The lawmakers have scheduled a public hearing on April 11, 2012, and are looking forward to the public’s participation, as well as support from the newly confirmed Directors of the Agency for Human Resource Development and Department of Labor. The Senators also hope to see participation from the heads of the Department of Youth Affairs, the University of Guam and Guam Community College.