Guam Community College has partnered with six local companies to hold their first Truck Driving Transportation Boot Camp aimed at addressing the shortage of licensed and trained commercial truck drivers on Guam.
The boot camp began Monday and will continue through Nov. 30. Through this program, participants will work to earn their C-class license as well as nationally recognized certificates in work ethics, occupational safety and health, career readiness and CPR/basic first aid.
Fifteen participants were selected through an application review and interview process by GCC’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development program.
GCC partnered with V. Angoco Trucking Inc., CTSI Logistics Guam, South Pacific Petroleum Corp., IP&E Holdings LLC, Ambyth Shipping & Trading Inc. and DeWitt Guam.
Including the trucking companies in the screening process assures that all participants meet minimum requirements for the potential employers, GCC stated in a press release.
This is the same approach used for the highly successful GCC Ship Repair Transportation Boot Camp that completed on Aug. 16, GCC officials stated. All 21 graduates of the ship repair boot camp were hired as apprentices by Cabras Marine Corp.
Guam Community College received funding through the Guam Department of Labor’s State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant to address the workforce shortage in Guam's truck driving industry.
Gina Angoco, operations manager for V. Angoco Trucking; Nicole Andre, with CTSI Logistics; Victor Torres with South Pacific Petroleum; John Robertson, Guam operations manager for IP&E Holdings; Justin Andre, with Ambyth Shipping & Trucking; and Jeanette Constantino, with DeWitt Guam, joined GCC President Mary Okada in announcing the program Monday.