GCC offers 2nd free ship repair bootcamp

CONGRATULATIONS: Joelle Quenga receives his certificate of completion for the Ship Repair Transportation Boot Camp at the Guam Community College earlier this month. Quenga, and the rest of the 21 students who participated in the first ship repair bootcamp, were hired by Cabras Marine Corp. The second bootcamp starts in September. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Guam Community College is accepting applications for its second free Ship Repair Transportation Boot Camp.

The first boot camp resulted in 21 graduates being hired and given the opportunity to work and continue their education at GCC.

The program is a partnership with Cabras Marine Corp. and the Guam Department of Labor. The second session will run from Sept. 30 through Dec. 20. Space is limited to 20 participants.

The deadline to apply is Sept. 6.  Residents interested should contact Joann Muna at 735-5514 or joann.muna@guamcc.edu

The first GCC/Cabras Marine Ship Repair Transportation Bootcamp received 89 applications for 20 available positions. Due to the overwhelming response, 21 were accepted into and completed the program.

All 21 were immediately employed as apprentices with Cabras Marine and are continuing their education with GCC to obtain their Journeyman Certification in their respective trades.

The job training cycle for the Ship Repair Transportation Boot Camp II will focus on construction, electrical, welding, plumbing and painting/blasting.

In addition, all successful participants will receive their certifications in CPR and First Aid, OSHA-10, National Career Readiness Certification, and Work Ethics, all of which prepare the participants to transition directly into the workforce.

"The first Ship Repair Transportation Boot Camp is an educational model for best practices, and it’s one we are working to duplicate in other industries,” according to GCC President Mary Okada. “Because of the success of the first Ship Repair Transportation Boot Camp, Cabras Marine requested that the second Ship Repair Transportation Boot Camp start as soon as possible.”

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