GCA Construction News Bulletin December 2012

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Guam Contractors’ Association


Vol.53 Issue 12 DECEMBER2012

Training the Next Generation



Feature Story


Year in Review


Update C ommittee S.A.M.E.

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C ommittee Update Headline C onstruction FHP


Headline C onstruction MACC


Story F eature Work Keys

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P hoto Highlights G VB Christmas Y ear in Review Member Benefits T he Happenings

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your vision our reality At Hawaiian Rock Products, we are always ready to meet your construction needs. We have a fleet of over 200 construction vehicles and a workforce of over 400 employees. We operate state of the art facilities, strategically located throughout the island with the capacity to fulfill any project size requirements. Our vast fleet of equipment continues to expand along with the growing needs of the industry. We are here to provide you with the quality products and services you need, when you need them. 2008 Business Laureate

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PRESIDENT James A. Martinez, GCA PAST CHAIRMAN William “Bill” Beery, Tutujan Hill Group CHAIRMAN Robert Salas, Landscape Management Systems VICE CHAIRMAN Tom Anderson, Black Construction SECRETARY/TREASURER Art Chan, Hawaiian Rock CONTRACTORS DIRECTORS: Tom Nielsen, Maeda Pacific Corporation Juno Eun, Core Tech International Mike Venezia, Hensel Phelps John Robertson, AmOrient Louis De Maria, dck pacific guam LLC ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS: Patty Lizama, Individual Assurance Company Paul Calvo, Calvo’s Insurance Carlo Leon Guerrero, M80 Office Systems Inc. Ray Yanger, Matson Navigation

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Guam Contractor’s Association (GCA) in conjunction with AdzTech and Public Relations, Inc. publishes the Construction News Bulletin (CNB) monthly. Reproduction of materials appearing in this publication is strictly forbidden without written permission by GCA. While we always strive for accuracy, we will from time to time overlook mistakes. In order to help us improve the quality and accuracy of this publication, we ask that you take the time to look at the information provided and notify GCA of any corrections as needed. Opinions and editorial content of this publication may not necessarily be those of the publisher, staff, GCA members, GCA Board of Directors and advertisers. For more information about advertising in the GCA Construction News Bulletin contact the advertising department at (671) 477-1239/2239 or email at adztech@teleguam.net. Distributed to GCA members or can be obtained by stopping by the Guam Contractors’ Association office located at 718 N. Marine Corps Drive, Suite 203, East West Business Center, Upper Tumon, Guam. To find out more about how you can become a GCA member contact Guam Contractors’ Association at Tel: (671)647-4840/41 Fax: (671) 647-4866 or Email: gca@teleguam.net. Postmaster. Send address changes to Guam Contractors’ Association, located at 718 N. Marine Drive Corps Suite 203, East West Business Center, Upper Tumon, Guam.


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GCA STAFF: Francine Arceo Desiree Lizama COVER: LMS/GVB Illumination Project 2012




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American Military Engineers Quick Project Facts Client ‐ GUAM HEALTHCARE DEVELOPMENT INC. Overall cost - $220M Scheduled completion date - July 2014 Percent complete - 36% Total CY of concrete quantity to date - 9500 cu.yd Total LBS of rebar quantity to date - 6.5M lbs Total CY of earthmoving quantity to date - 1100 cu.yd.

List of major subcontractors and their roles: dck - Construction Manager at Risk IMCO General Construction – Civil Work Guam Rebar ‐ Rebar work Kinden – Electrical BCS – Mechanical, Plumbing, Radon TNK (Tonets) – Fire Suppression System Arcadia ‐ Windows & Glazing JAM Construction – Masonry work

Work consists of constructing a reinforced cast in place concrete building with direct applied exterior finish system over exterior concrete walls, curtain glass walls; punch glass windows; interior finishes, electrical power and lighting, HVAC systems, plumbing systems, fire sprinkler and alarm systems, medical gas system and incidental related works. A Central Utility Plant (CUP) will be constructed separately and adjacent to the main facility to guarantee the hospital’s ability to provide a consistent quality of care. The CUP will house the chiller plant, cooling towers, boilers, primary and secondary hydronic circulation pumps, bulk fuel storage tanks, prime and emergency generators, prime and emergency switchgear, a fire pump, domestic water booster pumps and treatment water systems, and utility service lines from CUP to the new hospital building. The project site is located at corner Route 3 & Route 1, Dededo Guam with an area of approximately 8 acres. Site work includes clearing, earthworks mass grading, cut & fill, water, sewer, storm drain line, above ground water reservoir, underground chilled water distribution system, above ground fuel oil tank and distribution system, new underground electrical and communications ductbanks, asphalt paving, and miscellaneous incidental related works.

Civil Storm drainage is managed by use of percolation basins. - 8 of these structures on site. • Most are greater than 5’ in depth, and longest is 218’ l.f. • Filter fabric, clean aggregate, CIP structure, traffic rated top. - Rain water that falls on site must be maintained on site - Perc Chamber Construction: • Compacted footings • Scarified soil layer in the center. • Filter Fabric • ¾” clean stone (2 feet) • Filter Fabric is burrito wrapped over stone in area of footer. - Coral site allows water to percolate at a constant rate Sanitary System - Lift Station with gravity flow from the hospital and pressured line to the GWA main, with the North Treatment Facility as destination - Water • Existing 24” main will be tapped on the east side of Rt. 3. • Line will be brought across Rt. 3, and under an existing 12” Navy water line, and into site. • Water will be routed to the new CUP, and feed a 166,000 gallon storage tank utilized for both facility water, and fire protection.

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S.A.M.E. UPDATE Structural – A form takes shape. Two (2) concerns: - Seismic - Vibration From the ground up…. - Large Mat Foundations Largest pour was just over 1000 c.y’s of concrete. Mat foundation ranges in thickness of 4’ to 6’. CIP columns, shear walls, and suspended slabs - Most shear walls are 14” thick. - Coordination of penetrations through walls. - Floor slabs around elevator core are suspended. Precast beams, double T’s, and Cladding - Precast beams must be shored until topping slab is complete. - Vibration Control had to be considered in design - Double T’s are 5’ on center, with the longest span being 34’.

Linear Accelerator (Linac) Fortress of concrete - CIP perimeter wall (14” thick) - 1” separation utilizing closed celled foam - Inner wall ranging from 4’-3” to 8’-1” in the area of the Rad Beam Inner wall had to be poured monolithically (298 c.y’s) to a height of 10’ - Roof Cap Poured monolithically Majority is 4’-3” thick, area of Rad Beam is 6’-10” 4-3/4” thick steel placed on top in area of Rad Beam - Form ties have to be filled utilizing the same density material as was utilized in the wall (160 lbs/c.f.)


Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing are all fed from a Central Utility Plant. - Plant will be housed in a 14,000 s.f. building on site, and will be a Traditional facility with boilers utilized for reheat. - CUP will also house the Water Storage Tank, and Fire Pump. -Umbilical cord feed from CUP to hospital building - Expandable to facilitate a Tri-Gen facility if the hospital ever decided to. - Hospital need for power is calculated at 2 Mw. - CUP will include a connection to GPA for peaking power demand.

What to expect at the Guam Regional Medical Facility: • 6 story building with a total floor area of approximately 267,580 sq. ft. on 8 acre property • State of the art Linear Accelerator and Brachy unit for cancer patients. • 116 single patient suites, 18 intensive care and recovery rooms • Full maternity suite • 9 surgical suites • Medical imaging equipment to include MRI, CT scan and linear accelerator • Full emergency department • On-site Laboratory • Fully staffed Pharmacy • Outpatient services including physical therapy and various eye, ear, heart and lung clinics

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Military, Government and Labor Relations Committee Update – December ‘12 NDAA Prioritizes Hiring of U.S. Workers for Military Realignment Projects Section 2834(a) of the FY2011 National Defense Authorization Act amended Section 2824(c) of the Military Construction Authorization Act (Public Law 110-417, Division B) by adding a new subsection (6) which requires the U.S. Department of Labor to approve contractor recruitment plans. To fulfill the provisions of the NDAA, Guam military base realignment contractors must take certain actions to recruit U.S. construction workers, in addition to complying with other statutory and regulatory requirements governing the employment of their workers. In line with the NDAA mandate, the Guam Department of Labor, Alien Labor Processing and Certification Division Administrator, Greg Massey, has been working/collaborating with USDOL ETA and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies that facilitate the National Labor Exchange (NLX) System. The NLX Operations Manager from Washington DC, Charlie Terrell, was on island earlier this month to launch the GDOL new job bank. Additional information will be forthcoming in the New Year. Meanwhile, for more information, please contact Mr. Greg Massey at greg.massey@dol.guam.gov By John M. Robertson

Hire Local An obvious answer to the foregoing is to hire more local tradesmen and workers. This will require greater investment locally in human capital. Try googling “Investing in Human Capital” to see how much thought and scholarly study has been placed on the subject. Guam is not unique in this respect. A useful definition follows: “Human capital is the stock of competencies, knowledge, social and personality attributes, including creativity, embodied in the ability to perform labor so as to produce economic value. It is an aggregate economic view of the human being acting within economies, which is an attempt to capture the social, biological, cultural and psychological complexity as they interact in explicit and/or economic transactions. Many theories explicitly connect investment in human capital development to education, and the role of human capital in economic development, productivity growth, and innovation has frequently been cited as a justification for government subsidies for education and job skills training.” Investing locally in human capital solves not only shortages in the workforce but reduces unemployment. The GCA Trades Academy and the Guam Community College are working together to bring training opportunities to Guam residents. This article is mostly about the GCA Trades Academy although the Community College has similar programs that may be of superior value for certain career fields. The objective of both institutions is to provide a local sustainable workforce that fits the needs of the employer as well as the employee and over time to upgrade the quality standard for all construction on Guam. The ultimate beneficiary is the entity paying for construction services that expects quality workmanship at a

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reasonable price. The GCA Trades Academy is an accredited training unit of NCCER based in Alachua, Florida.

Skills Assessment Program The Trades Academy, through NCCER, offers a complete series of entry- and journey-level written assessments as part of its National Craft Assessment and Certification Program (NCACP). These assessments evaluate the knowledge of an individual in a specific craft area and provide a prescription for upgrade training when needed. All assessments are based upon the NCCER Curriculum and have been developed in conjunction with Subject Matter Experts from the industry and Prov ™, NCCER’s test development partner. NCCER also offers management assessments for experienced foremen and supervisors and a series of academic tests for secondary career and technical education, which assist states in implementing statewide accountability systems. NCCER Performance Verifications (PVs) are designed to assess an individual's skill level on specific tasks. PVs require a participant to demonstrate their skill level in a controlled, observable, and measurable manner and must be administered by a qualified objective performance evaluator. Each package contains a submission sheet, cover page, how-to instructions, and the candidate and evaluator reference sheets for each covered task, as well as any necessary drawings and forms. After successful completion of a written assessment or performance verification, an individual’s qualifications are tracked through NCCER’s National Registry. These industry credentials give employers confidence in the craft professional’s skill, knowledge, and desire for continuous professional development. They also provide the craft professional with


industry-recognized credentials to help build upon their career in construction. There are three levels. • Certified Written: Successful completion of the written assessment • Performance Verified: Successful completion of the practical performance of a particular craft • Certified Plus: Successful completion of both the written assessment and the corresponding performance verification The Trades Academy conducted 14 computerbased assessments and 8 performance verifications in October. Eight participants successfully completed their respective assessments and received certifications. To date the Trades Academy has conducted 647 assessments and 206 performance verifications with 293 participants obtaining NCCER certifications in their respective crafts. Those that do not pass the first time are able to enroll in those courses prescribed by the test and later return to be assessed again. The Assessment Program is free to participants based on grant funding arranged by Guam’s Congresswoman Bordallo. For more information, contact Dr Bert Johnston, Education Director at gcatrades@guam.net

Skills Training Program NCCER offers curricula in over 60 different craft areas and more than 80 different assessments. When a trainee successfully completes training, assessments and/or performance verifications through an NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor or Assessment Center, NCCER’s National Registry records completions and issues the appropriate credential. It is these portable, industry-recognized credentials that many industry leaders look for when making employment decisions. These benefits are available to the Guam construction industry through the GCA Trades Academy.


Careers in Construction: NCCER has set the Standard for Developing Craft Professionals. NCCER is a not-for-profit education foundation created to develop standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable, industry-recognized credentials. These credentials include transcripts, certificates and wallet cards that are tracked through NCCER’s National Registry. NCCER develops training in over 60 craft areas, offers over 70 assessment exams and has over 4,000 training locations. The diverse curricula includes the Carpenter - Plumber - Electrician Mason - HVAC Technician - Electronic Systems Technician - Welder- Heavy Equipment Operator - Other Trades. The training available from the GCA Trades Academy along with the certification program outline above places the tradesman on a fast track toward being awarded a Journeyman Credential from the U.S. Department of Labor. Anyone requiring High School Diploma equivalency can do so at the Guam Community College through their GED program.

Project Supervision: Field supervisors play a major role in every construction company and every construction project. They are the frontline managers on the job, directly supervising workers and other field supervisors. They are both the engine and the anchor of the construction team, driving it toward effectiveness and efficiency, and stabilizing it with consistency and good judgment. To fill this role, field supervisors need more than experience in the field. They also need management skills in problem solving, planning, estimating, safety supervision, scheduling, controlling costs and resources, and, perhaps most important, managing people. The NCCER Project Supervision curriculum is a comprehensive, competencybased program that gives both veteran and new field managers a step-by-step approach to honing their natural abilities, developing essential skills, and generally improving their performance as leaders. As a one-level curriculum, Project Supervision covers topics such as Human Relations and Problem Solving, Safety, and Quality Control.

Construction Craft Laborer: The NCCER curricula used by the Trades Academy encompasses not only the skilled trades but also craft labor where many in construction get their start. This curriculum introduces the trainee to a variety of trades, including carpentry, masonry, ironworking, electrical, welding, heavy equipment, and cranes. Upon completion of this two-level course the trainee will have the basic knowledge needed on any job site. The Construction Craft Laborer curriculum covers such subjects as Safety, Site Layout, Framing, Steel Bar Reinforced Concrete, and Electrical Safety.


Project Management: Construction project managers plan and direct the building and maintenance of everything from bridges to high-rise buildings to wastewater systems. They usually have the satisfaction of seeing a job through from start to finish. In a typical day, project managers might meet with owners, examine a work breakdown structure (WBS), negotiate with sub-contractors, and directly supervise crews. Their qualifications include both formal education and in-formal on-the-job training, and their knowledge encompasses construction materials and methods, mathematics, communications, safety, human resources, scheduling, and customer service, among other areas. A university degree in engineering or other field of study is helpful but not essential. This one-level curriculum covers topics such as Construction Documents, Resource Control, and Continuous Improvement. The GCA Trades Academy Project Management courses are driven in large part by industry demand. For example, Primavera P6 Professional Project Management is offered when there are a sufficient number of individuals interested to make it affordable.

NCCER, previously “National Center for Construction Education and Research” is headquartered in Alachua, Fla., and is affiliated with the University of Florida's M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction. NCCER is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation created in 1996 as The National Center for Construction Education and Research. It was developed with the support of more than 125 construction CEOs and various association and academic leaders who united to revolutionize training for the construction industry. Sharing the common goal of developing a safe and productive workforce, these companies created a standardized training and credentialing program for the industry. This progressive program has evolved into curricula for more than 60 craft areas and a complete series of more than 70 assessments offered in over 4,000 NCCER-accredited training and assessment locations across the United States. It is strongly supported by the ABC. The Associated Builders and Contractors is a national association that advances and defends the principles of the merit shop in the construction industry and provides its members with an opportunity to succeed. ABC has 74 Chapters nationwide including U.S. territories, representing 22,000 merit shop firms of which GCA is one. NCCER is also strongly supported by CURT. The Construction Users Roundtable® was founded by - and is driven by - many of the largest and most successful construction owners in the United States, such as Caterpillar, Proctor & Gamble and Intel, to provide the global industry a strong, singular voice to help owner’s effect positive, meaningful change and improvements. NCCER develops standardized construction

COMMITTEEUPDATE and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s National Registry which allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires. The National Registry also assists craft professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database. NCCER’s workforce development process of accreditation, instructor certification, standardized curriculum, national registry, assessment, and certification is a key component in the industry’s workforce development efforts. NCCER also drives multiple initiatives to enhance career development and recruitment efforts for the industry. NCCER’s new branding and international initiatives have led to the use of NCCER in lieu of The National Center for Construction Education and Research – the same great resources and services.

GCA Trades Academy

In response to the need for an expanding workforce and to replace those being lost to attrition, the Guam Contractors Association sponsored the launch of the Trades Academy in 2006 with Dr Bert Johnston as its initial and only Education Director. The Trades Academy is now a non-profit self-sustaining institution of learning. From the beginning, accreditation was recognized as an important requirement to ensure credibility and for that, the founders turned to NCCER. Enrollment has ranged between 70 and 200 from October 2006 until today in various fields including: Management, HVAC Technician, Electrician, HV Lineman, Welder, Heavy Equipment Operator, Carpenter and Core Curriculum. Student funding has been from various sources with Self Pay and Employer Pay being about 25% each. Note that employers receive a tax credit for each indentured apprentice they employ. Scholarships have been available for about 5% of students. Other funding sources available to students include AHRD/DVR, Manpower Development Fund (MDF) and Guam Transportation Training Program. In the past the governments of FSM have funded their students through the Center for Micronesian Empowerment and this is expected to resume when there is greater demand for construction workers in the region. Going forward, the GCA Trades Academy and Guam Community College can be expected to provide an increasing proportion of skilled tradesmen and construction craft laborers entering the workforce.

The Government and Labor Relations Committee is open to all members of the association. Contact the GCA office for time and place of meetings. www.guamcontractors.org


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FHP Health Center to Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony for Radiology Center Expansion The expansion will provide FHP with the fastest, most powerful, state-of-the-art 3 Tesla (3T) MRI machine in the market. Tamuning, GU—The FHP Health Center will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of its Radiology Center on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the FHP Annex in Tamuning. “The groundbreaking ceremony marks the start of the construction that will expand FHP’s current radiology services including Bone Mineral Density, CT Scan, Echocardiogram, Mammogram, Ultrasound and X-Ray services with new MRI services to better serve its patients and members,” said Corey Roberts, Interim FHP Clinic Administrator. The primary purpose of the expansion is to introduce the state-of-the-art 3 Tesla MRI machine to the community. “The 3T MRI has the ability to produce increased image clarity and greater contrast which provides even greater sensitivity for the detections of tumors, pathology, infection and inflammation,” said Gerry Patricio, FHP Radiology Manager. “The superb reliability of the machine allows


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board-certified radiologists to differentiate between benign and potentially hazardous medical conditions with confidence, which in turn, will provide patients with earlier diagnosis and treatment leading to more positive outcomes” said Patricio. The purchase of the 3T MRI machine is a $3 million dollar reinvestment into the community that will bring an additional option of radiology services to the island. “With this new addition, the FHP Radiology Center will now have the capability of expanding its current services to provide increased quality and affordable care to the patients of the FHP Health Center,” said Jeff Larsen, TakeCare Insurance COO. “This will also provide more options for our members to access specific radiology services in our provider network and will afford us the opportunity to offer enhanced medical and diagnostic services to our community,” Larsen said.

Micronesia’s leading medical clinics located in the United States Territory of Guam, integrates complete and optimized healthcare under one trusted family brand. Established in 1973, FHP has blossomed to encompass eleven Centers of Medical Care on Guam and Saipan, giving its patients region-wide access to complete medical care. These centers include Urgent Care, Pediatrics, Adult Medicine, Occupational Health, Radiology, and a Cancer Center, SurgiCenter as well as a Pharmacy, Dental and Vision Center and Home Health. FHP contains a roster of highly trained, well-known and respected doctors in the community. In addition to the exceptional, credentialed staff, the center boasts modern technology and equipment that covers the entire gamut of medical services and expertise the center provides to its patients.

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MACC Contract Award Infrastructure, Wharf Improvements and Utilities at Apra Harbor, Naval Base Guam

Overland Federal, LLC*, Ardmore, Okla., is being awarded $14,141,800 for firmfixed-price task order #0006 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N40192-10-D-2803) for infrastructure, wharf improvements, and utilities at Apra Harbor at Naval Base Guam. The work to be performed provides for wharf strengthening, mooring and berthing system, utilities and wharf storm drain systems, electrical and communication systems, demolition and reconstruction of a generator building, and site improvements. Work will be performed in Santa Rita, Guam, and is expected to be completed by June 2014. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Three proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Marianas, Guam, is the contracting activity.

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the Next Generation By David F. Macaluso

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FEATURESTORY As 2012 nears an end and January 1st approaches, people will begin to think about their 2013 New Year’s resolution. Often a person will set one or more goals, change something about their life, work on a new project, kick a bad habit or go to the gym to lose weight. But instead of deciding on a New Year’s resolution that will never be implemented or probably stop after the first month, how about having the island community pull their resources together and get islanders the necessary skills to be competitive and make a skilled workforce on Guam. It’s now easier for people who have a high school diploma to get the training they need to become active members in our workforce. Guam Community College is currently working on a program called Community Access Points or CAP for short. On the mainland and at other parts of the world, CAPs have become very popular. They are often in public and community facilities where computers, scanners and printers have been installed for locals to use. By adding this to Guam’s community, it will be an excellent resource to help islanders train and increase their skills for employment. According to GCC Assistant Director of Continuing Education & Workforce Development Victor Rodgers, Initially the idea of a resource center to help people find employment came up years ago from numerous conversations with Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce David Leddy. Rodgers said, “We always wanted to find some way to internalizing the business communities desire to have a qualified workforce on Guam, but there are challenges that we face because of the diverse village populations, uneven levels of technical skills and various levels of education. We are always thinking how we can get the businesses interested in this. Originally our idea was to be grandeur, we wanted to have huge computer centers in every village, but in reality we realized that the cost would be too expensive. Then with all the talks about the potential military buildup, there was suppose to be billion dollar businesses coming to Guam, then Leddy and I thought it could actually happen, but that idea quickly dried


up when the build up didn’t come.” Prior to coming to Guam, Rodgers was employed at Workforce Development in North Carolina. While there he had worked with WorkKeys, which is a nationally recognized program that assess job skills. It was created in the late 1980s and used by schools and universities to help prepare students for the workplace. Businesses also used it to measure workplace skills of employees and job applicants. WorkKeys consists of three elements; Job skill assessments which are designed to measure foundational and personal skills as they apply to the workplace. Job analysis, which pinpoints or estimates skill benchmarks for specific job positions that individuals must meet through testing. And lastly, Skill training, which helps individuals boost their scores. “While on the Guam Workforce Investment Board, I realized that Guam’s Department of Labor had the WorkKey Program, but was not using it,” said Rodgers. “So instead of it sitting on the shelf collecting dust, I convinced GCC President Mary Okada to bring the program to our college. Governor Felix Camacho eventually gave us the program. I introduced and laid the groundwork to this program, now Chelsa Muna-Brecht is onboard and helping to move this program forward through CAP.” For the past three years GCC has been trying to get CAP off the ground, but the college felt their location in Mangilao may cause an inconvenience for those who live in either the north or south, especially for those who are from low income families and may not have a means of transportation. GCC’s main goal is to provide this opportunity for everyone in every village and give the people the chance to improve themselves, find out what their skills are and a chance to improve those skills. So if the people can’t come to Mangilao then GCC will come to the people. “Muna-Brecht introduced this system in the public school system. By doing that, it will directly change the emerging workforce because those students leaving high school may enter into this program,” said Rodgers. “The next phase now is how would we en-

gages those who are not in the workforce, for whatever reason, maybe they dropped out of school, are not qualified for the job or the ones that are underutilized and are currently working for $7.25 per hour.” The Mayors Council already identified the first five villages that would be apart of the CAP program. In no particular order the villages are Dededo, Inarajan, Mangilao, Tamuning and Agat. “Inarajan was the first village to identify a location,” said Muna-Brecht. “Inarajan Mayor Franklin Taitague said he has a lot of room inside the mayor’s office to house computers and other office equipment for the public.” Inarajan’s orientation training meeting was held on Thursday night, December 13th. Muna-Brecht said, “We had an excellent turnout at the orientation and exceeded our expectations. We hoped for twenty people, expected ten to fifteen and received twenty three! Of course, one person was the Mayor Elect, Doris Lujan. Lujan did an outstanding recruiting job. Twenty one of the participants want to commit to being a part of the first cohort.” Dededo is slated to be the second village to launch a CAP and will hold their orientation at the senior center sometime in January 2013. Muna-Brecht said, “If you are content not having a job, staying at home, watching TV and doing nothing then this program is not for you. But if you have ambition, the drive and need a little guidance, then this program will help you get the additional training to find a job.” Down the road, people who take this program, may end up expanding their horizons and attend GCC, University of Guam, or even the Guam Contractors Association Trades Academy which provides skilled training to support the islands labor needs in the construction industry.


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FEATURESTORY “In reality, budgets are being slashed left and right, whether it’s GovGuam’sbudget or the federal fiscal cliff. This means there will be a reduction of public assistance services like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANIFF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Quest Cards,” said Rodgers. “All the opportunity and services for those people will be decreased. What we need to do is be responsible as a community and put our citizens in the best position to take advantage of all the occupational opportunities on Guam.” According to Muna-Brecht, job seekers with only a high school diploma will not survive comfortably. They will need some kind of additional training. This program will determine the foundation level and skills of an individual and will help improve them. Once an individual gets the National Career Readiness Certificate they may want to improve themselves in a certain area or focus on a field they may want to work in. Our Goal is to create a work ready community on Guam where able bodied people are able to go out to get jobs. Rodgers adds, More than ten percent of the jobs in the world are for people with a high school diploma or less. Thats not a lot because life is moving fast. Almost seventy percent are for people who are skilled, have a diploma greater than high school, but less than a four year degree, such as an Associate's degree. People need some level of post high school training. “I’m are not telling people that they need to get a two year degree, but they do need some level of post secondary education. So again like this stackable certificate model, we are hoping that even those who don’t have a high school diploma will join this training and get certificated,” said Rodgers. “Then we can leverage that to business owners and say who would you rather have someone with a proven skill level from our program or someone with just a high school diploma and try to guess how good they really are. That’s the reality, because both on Guam and Nationally, a high school diploma is suppose to be equivalent to twelve years

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of education. But because of But because education budgets, teacher cuts, or teacher qualifications, some degrees may not be worth the same. We are hoping we can talk the business community into saying that the most valuable thing a person can have is that WorkKey certificate which can be offered through this CAP program.”

To keep the ball moving, Rodgers is challenging local businesses to invest in Guam’s futur e workforce. As early as this February, The Guam Contractors Association quickly agreed that this project was something that they would support. The Small Business Community and the Chamber of Commerce also have been proactive in aiding this programs.

This program will fill the void and prepare people for the workforce, give them skills and it may end the poverty cycle. People may feel trapped because they can’t change their life because they don’t have the skills to make the money to get the skills to change their life.

“But we will need more help. We are asking businesses to put their money where their mouth is,” said Rodgers. “Local businesses can challenge us in terms of putting out a workforce to do the job. And as a workforce development professional, we will try to meet that challenge. Then this program becomes a partnership between those companies and us because they are buying into our product, which is a quality skilled worker that is in the employment marketplace. We can’t produce a quality product without their assistance. So far the first sponsor for Inarajan CAP is M80 Office Systems and Dynamic Technologies Solutions.

Rodgers adds, “The goal is that this becomes a continuous process throughout all of our villages on Guam. We are following Governor Eddie Calvo's lead in terms as addressing poverty at the root cause and the root cause of poverty is that the people don’t have the skills.” The Medical City-Guam Office is expected to be completed by 2014. Rodgers feels a sense of urgency because he believes Guam citizens should be the ones who are trained and have the opportunity to fill the open positions first. It’s believed that this facility will have a 2,200-person staff, providing allied medical, administrative and support services. He is frustrated because no one is talking about the potential new jobs and no one is training for those jobs that will be at this new hospital. “Why are we not having this discussion about who will fill all those new positions? The reason why is because the island doesn’t have enough people who have that base line foundational training that we can look at and say that this is the perfect candidate to fill that position. Right now we are only guessing and we can’t afford to guess because businesses don’t pay us to guess. If the product is providing medical services, then we need to provide a workforce to fill those positions,” said Rodgers.


GCC is hoping to partner with the Department of Labor very shortly through the workforce investment board to provide some secondary training. This is only the foundation because there will be stackable certificates, so are citizens are multidimensional in terms what they can bring to employment opportunity. This is a start to help people get qualified. Rodger has been in the Workforce Development Program for the past ten years. He says it’s hard to anticipate things with new programs because there’s always a lag period because it usually takes a period of exposure, education, familiarization and then it takes off. He believes they just need to get it started, firmly rooted in the community and eventually the people will come. He also hopes people will support this in all the villages and that they challenge their children and their grandchildren to be apart of this. The next generation will be the ones that we need to put all our focus on to step into our shoes and we can't do that unless the younger generation decides to acquire these skills more seriously.


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Illumination Project 2012

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Year in Review Horizon Lines closes its doors

GCA donated safety vests to FBLG

Fire Code 2009 Seminar

GCA Bowling League Starts

Guam Shipyard Apprentices graduate

Security Title opens new building

GCA participates in Relay for Life

GPA Cross-training

5th Annual GCA Construction Rodeo

Hensel Phelps & Reliable Builders awarded Diamond STEP Award

Trainees from Samoa Graduate

17th Annual Safety Conference

NAWIC helps fix up Simon Sanchez High School

GCA Masters Basketball Tournament teams

Senatorial Candidates share their views

GCA & COY Awards

25th Annual Golf Tournament

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Fastenal Open House

GCA & Guam Chamber Mixer

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The Unexpected Gout Attack life.Gout rarely occurs in women and when it does it usually affects postmenopausal females on hypertensivemedications. Gout is more common in certain ethnicities, mainly pacific islanders and Filipinos. It also occurs more in individuals that drink excessively have a diet rich in purine, salt, organ meats, beans, and caffeine. Now salt intake is very important to monitor. Salt is found in our every day canned/cured meats, spices, soy sauce, shrimp/anchovie paste and packaged noodles. Fish from the ocean that have a particularly high salt content are the fast running reef fish. Sardines, mackerel and anchovy are all in this category. Salt has a de-hydrating effect, absorbing all the water and creating an environment high in concentration of uric acid.

Dr.Noel Silan, DPM ABMSP The holidays are here and i’m sure we have been to more than a couple of parties that has had more than there share of alcohol spirits and rich foods hanging around. For that reason alone I choose Gout for this months topic. Hopefully this article will help you enjoy the holidays without having to make a trip to your doctor for an unexpected gout attack. Gout is a poly-articular migratory arthritis pre-disposed to men, usually with its onset around the 3rd decade of

Excessive caffeine intake can also lead to a gout attack. Caffeine interferes with the bodies ability to secrete uric acid. It competes with uric acid secretion so instead of your kidneys filtering out the the uric acid it will filter out the caffeine mostly instead. Now always remember moderate amounts of salt or caffeine is okay and it’s the excessive amounts that may lead to a gout attack. Also the same applies to alcohol consumption, occasional beer or two on the weekends won’t necessarily lead to a gout attack. Now it being the holidays and parties to go to throughout the week,

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moderating your alcohol consumption can become challenging. Alcohol increases urate production and it also decreases uric acid excretion. Certain beverages also have a higher purine concentration increasing the chances of a gout attack. Gout typically affects the small joints of the hands or feet, it also though can affect the larger joints of the body. Typical presentation is pain after a night of excessive drinking only to be awakened early in the morning with a painful, warm and red swollen joint. The pain is intense and sometimes accompanied with a low grade fever. Regular over the counter remedies for an acute gout attack are not reliable and prolongs the pain along with time away from work. A typical rule of thumb that I use for treating my patients with gout is how frequent one gets a gout attack in one year. After the first gout attack I simply tell them to diet and minimize their alcohol consumption. If after following this they still get a gout attack once every 3 months I then send them for laboratory workup for uric acid. Also a study done in Europe revealed that men get less gout attacks there and also consume Vit C 1000 mg a day. This also helps confirm why Blackberry juice helps with gout due to its Vit C content. I hope this helps and happy holidays.

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Week 15

Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

# 1 6 4 11 12 10 5 2 8 7 9 3

Team Name Hawaiian Rock Products 2 Hawaiian Rock Products 1 Black Construction Corp. Kinden Corporation DCK Pacific Guam, LLC Cassidy’s Associated Insur J&B Modern Tech SPPC/76 Agbayani Air Conditioning Advance Management Inc. Security Title Inc. Guam Crane Services

Points Points Pins plus Last Wk Lask Wk Won Lost Handicap Won Lost -143827 3 1 837 41 19 43646 1 3 799 37.5 22.5 43260 3 1 862 37 23 42714 1 627 34 26 3 43277 1 761 31 29 3 41505 3 541 31 29 1 40023 4 0 29 0 31 42443 3 503 31 1 29 38901 0 726 27.5 32.5 4 42407 0 4 694 23 37 33370 4 0 523 22.5 37.5 28100 0 4 0 14.5 45.5

-2893 867 757 634 747 525 0 527 745 662 535 0

-3778 848 795 696 767 574 0 581 686 679 524 0

HDCP Total 2961 2826 2831 2719 2827 2678 0 2772 2916 2779 2704 0

-2811 943 803 590 621 617 881 653 652 708 577 0

-3870 832 764 626 682 541 704 616 625 678 525 0

HDCP Total 2959 3027 2819 2664 2766 2821 2825 2875 2704 2826 2712 0

Week 14 Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

# 1 4 6 5 12 11 7 2 10 3 8 9

Team Name Hawaiian Rock Products 2 Hawaiian Rock Products 1 Black Construction Corp. J&B Modern Tech Kinden Corporation Cassidy’s Associated Insur DCK Pacific Guam, LLC SPPC/76 Agbayani Air Conditioning Advance Management Inc. Security Title Inc. Guam Crane Services

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Points Points Pins plus Last Wk Lask Wk Won Lost Handicap Won Lost -140866 0 864 38 18 4 40820 0 931 36.5 19.5 4 40429 4 838 34 22 0 40023 4 623 31 25 0 39995 31 25 4 0 710 38827 30 26 4 0 616 40450 28 28 0 4 781 39671 28 28 3 1 601 35985 23.5 32.5 2 2 644 39628 23 33 1 3 690 30666 18.5 37.5 2 2 536 28100 0 14.5 41.5 0 4



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