After weeks of stormy skies, the sun came out and shined on the Vocational and Lifeskills 2016 Trainee Graduation.
About 120 attended the Waan Aelon in Majel event, which saw 14 young men and four young women receive their certificates for successfully completing the WAM program. The Class of 2016 all wore T-shirts they designed themselves for the day.
According to WAM’s Associate Direct Tamie Bowman, “in just six months these trainees have become more self-confident, have improved their decision making, and learned how to work together as a team.” On display at the graduation were the two sailing canoes built by the trainees.
WAM’s next group of trainees is scheduled to start in January. “They will be doing the Environmental and Entrepreneurship Program,” said Director Alson Kelen, adding that a focus of the vocational side of this course will be learning wood carving. It is being sponsored by the United Nation’s GEF program.
Read more about this in the October 21, 2016 edition of the Marshall Islands Journal.