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"Advancing Women Educationally" unveiled

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by Michele Catahay

Guam - Coast 360 Federal Credit Union and the Academy of Our Lady of Guam unveiled "Advancing Women Educationally", which is the island's first educational program that provides educational and vocational curriculum for disadvantaged adult women. According to president of Coast 360 John Arroyo and president of AOLG Sister Francis Jerome, this will allow women to get a high school diploma and receive work skills necessary to advance in their current jobs.

Said Arroyo, "The credit union was more than happy to be a part of this especially because it's targeted to young women who are economically disadvantaged, with Sr. Francis adding, "Women who are adults and did not get an education, they're over 18 years old who did not get a high school diploma. So we can empower them to continue to be a catalyst for change for the island of Guam."

Coast 360 pledged $60,000 for the first two years of the program. It will be used to fund administrative and operational expenses of the program to accommodate up to 50 disadvantaged women from ages 18 and older.

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