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Bill hopes to strengthen island workforce

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by Nick Delgado

Guam – Senator Chris Duenas introduced a pair of legislation that would establish scholarship programs specifically for economically disadvantages students. Bill 193 establishes the "Building Guam's Trades Scholarship" program. Senator Duenas states, "I wanted to provide an avenue for students who wouldn't ordinarily be able to obtain the skills and training needed in this industry with the ability to capitalize on the anticipated construction boom. Let's face it; Guam is in dire need of trained construction trade workers.

"We have been consistently hearing about needing outside labor in order to meet the demand for the construction boom with the anticipated build-up. This program would reduce the need to employ people from other places, and instead provide opportunities for our residents to be able to fill this void."

Meantime, bill 194 would establish the "Growing Guam's Workforce Scholarship" program. Duenas states, "This scholarship is aimed at providing that first step to post secondary education in the hopes that those assisted will seek other financial means in order to remain in school and complete a certificate program. The end result is an opportunity for disadvantaged individuals, and a strengthened workforce on Guam."

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