by Nick Delgado
Guam – Equipment purchased through a federal grant and training conducted by NAPA auto parts has led to better preparation for students in the Guam Community College's career and technical education automotive program. GCC's automotive department chair Christopher Dennis received $56,000 from a Carl Perkins CTE grant to purchase a computerized wheel alignment machine for the program with Okkodo High School.
Officials say this allows students to take a third year of automotive classes. Dennis states, "Currently, only GWHS and Southern High School have three-year programs. This served as a disadvantage for the students at Okkodo as only students from GW and Southern have won the Skills USA automotive competition.
Furthermore, the creation of a three-year program will make the students from Okkodo more employable, hence increasing their chances of being hired after they graduate." The program also allows students to earn credits that can be applied towards the college's postsecondary automotive program.
Okkodo students will begin training in the new alignment machine on Monday, May 23.