More than 100 Students Participate in In-School Youth Program Spring Session

The Year-Round In-School Youth (ISY) Program Spring Session concluded last week with a cohort of 101 students who successfully completed training, marking a significant milestone in their journey toward career readiness and personal development. High school juniors and seniors participated in three different courses to prepare them for the paid Summer Work Experience scheduled to begin in June.

Partner agencies and organizations who provided the course training include the GCA Trades Academy, Pacific Human Resources Services (PHRS), and the Guam Community College (GCC).

“I want to congratulate all the students who have participated in the In-School Youth Spring Session and have demonstrated their dedication and readiness for the upcoming Summer Work Experience. Through our successful collaboration, these young minds have honed vital skills and knowledge that will shape their future endeavors,” said Guam Department of Labor Acting Director Gerard Toves.

GCA Trades Academy’s courses focused on construction-related subjects, which were a continuation of the ISY Winter Session courses. A total of 31 students enrolled and completed the core curriculum.

PHRS provided 23 students with Career Readiness courses that use practical skills such as interview and preparation, listening, resume writing, digital etiquette, and networking for career and life success.

GCC’s workshop was related to career interest inventory, resume writing activity and research, cybersecurity, time management, and work ethic. A total of 47 students participated in and completed GCC’s workshop.

The In-School Youth Employment Program is a year-round program open to students enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade and between the ages of 16 to 18. Other eligibility criteria must also be met.

Students interested in the program can fill out an application online at the following link:
To learn more about the Year-Round ISY Program, contact the American Job Center at 671-475-7000/1 or, or visit the AJC at the GCIC Building, 414 W Soledad Ave, 3rd Floor, in Hagåtña. 

WIOA State Plan Open for Public Comment


The Guam Department of Labor (GDOL), along with the Guam Workforce Development Board (GWDB), announces that the Draft Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State Plan is open for public comment from March 1, 2024 through March 15, 2024.

The Draft WIOA State Plan 2024-2027 can be viewed online at All comments must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, March 15, 2024. Public comments may be submitted through the submission form online at, email at, or by postal mail at 414 W Soledad Ave, Suite 808, Hagåtña, Guam, 96910. To view a hard copy of the proposed plan, visit GDOL at 414 W Soledad Ave, Suite 808, GCIC Building, Hagåtña, Guam.  

WIOA is designed to improve the coordination of employment and training services across federal agencies, strengthen collaboration with state and local partners, and provide Americans with increased access to training, education, and other support to succeed in the job market and their careers.

In Guam, the GWDB, composed of a diverse group of members from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, oversees and guides WIOA activities. By law, each state’s or territory’s governor must submit a WIOA State Plan to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor that outlines a four-year strategy for their respective jurisdiction’s workforce development system. States and territories must have approved plans to receive funding for core programs.

The GWDB is proposing a Combined Plan to include:

●       Title I of WIOA: The Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth Programs (Administered by the Guam Department of Labor)

●       Title II of WIOA: The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Program (Administered by the Guam Community College)

●       Title III of WIOA: Wagner-Peyser Act Employment Service (Administered by the Guam Department of Labor)

●       Title IV of WIOA: Vocational Rehabilitation (Administered by the Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities/Department of Vocational Rehabilitation)

●       Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (Administered by the Department of Public Health and Social Services)

●       Employment and Training Programs under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Administered by the Department of Public Health and Social Services)

●       Jobs for Veterans State Grants Program (Administered by the Guam Department of Labor)

●       Senior Community Service Employment Program (Administered by the Guam Department of Labor)

For more information, contact GDOL at 671-300-4606 or visit

GDOL Recruiting More Workers for GUAM STRONG Initiative

30 Positions to be Filled Through NDWG Program


The GUAM STRONG Initiative, a project to help repair households impacted by Typhoon Mawar, is now
recruiting workers through the National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) Program.

The initiative, Getting Urgent Assistance Mobilized to Support Typhoon Repairs ON Guam (GUAM
STRONG), was first launched in August 2023 through coordinated efforts between Guam Homeland
Security/Office of Civil Defense, the Mayors’ Council, and FEMA to provide minimal essential repairs to make
homes safe, sanitary and functional. Participants were pre-selected through a review process based on a
pre-identified need. The process prioritized the elderly, veterans, and those with access and functional needs.
Repairs on homes were approved until November 2023 and performed by skilled volunteers from non-profit

GUAM STRONG has now expanded to begin recruiting workers through the NDWG Program so work can
continue through February 25, 2024. The Guam Department of Labor, in partnership with FEMA, is hiring 30
individuals to assist team leads to continue repairs on homes damaged by Typhoon Mawar. NDWG participants
must meet certain criteria to qualify.

The priority for eligibility will be given to:

  1. Individuals temporarily or permanently laid off as a consequence of the disaster declaration
    (Typhoon Mawar)
  2. Dislocated Worker/Displaced Homemaker
    Dislocated Worker is an individual who has been terminated or laid off or has received a notice of
    termination or layoff from employment.
    Displaced homemaker is an individual who has worked in the home for a number of years and suddenly
    finds that they are the primary source of household income.
  3. Long-term Unemployed
    Unemployed at the time of eligibility determination; and
    Has been unemployed for 12 or more non-consecutive weeks over the last 26 weeks; and
    Has made an effort to find a job; or
    Is an incarcerated individual within 6 months of release
    Is underemployed at the time of eligibility determination; and
    Has been unemployed for 12 or more non-consecutive weeks of the last 26 weeks; and
    Has made an effort to find a job with self-sustaining wages/hours.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply at the American Job Center (AJC) located at the GCIC Building,
414 W Soledad Ave, 3rd Floor, Hagåtña, from Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more
information, contact the AJC at (671) 475-7000/1.

Visit the following links for the latest information:

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