CMC recognized its first graduating apprenticeship class of 2015-2016, with the ceremony being held at the Top of Mar on May 25th. Graduates were presented with a special crystal plaque mirroring their well-deserved diploma given the week before (05/13/16), at the Guam Community College graduation ceremony. Graduates include – Eric Villanueva (Welder, Combo), Vincent Quichocho (Welder, Combo), Anthony Santos Jr. (Welder-Fitter), and Dakota Topasna (Pipefitter). With the completion of the Apprenticeship Program, the graduates are now certified through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).
Celebrating CMC’s first class included CMC Owner Terry Watkins, elected island dignitaries, members of the armed forces, families of graduates, and apprentice candidates. Keynote speakers included the Honorable Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio, the Honorable Congresswoman Madeline Z. Bordallo, and Dr. Mary Okada, President of GCC. CMC President, Joe Cruz, reiterated in his presentation CMC’s commitment to build and train a qualified local work force, by continuing to expand and graduate more apprentices in the very near future. “While we’re celebrating just 4 graduates now, please note that this is our first ever graduating class with many more apprentice candidates graduating in the very near future. It is our goal to graduate 100 apprentices over the course of the next four years.”