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Middle school NSTI students tour airport

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(GCC) – Middle school students that are part of the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) recently got a taste of what it's like to work in various careers at the A.B. Won Pat International Airport.

“The tower!” was the unanimous reply from all 19 students when asked what their favorite part of the tour was.

“It was very interesting to see planes land and take off,” said Isaiah Micah, an 8th-grader from Untalan who will be attending George Washington High School in the fall.

“It had a lot of gadgets that I really didn’t know about,” said Megan Babauta, from Benavente Middle School. “The people working – I liked how they help each other,” she added. “It’s one of my career choices now.”

The two-week middle school NSTI is the result of a grant award of $20,124 received through the government of Guam’s Department of Public Works to allow students to explore careers in the transportation industry.

The program involves practical, hands-on activities using math skills needed to succeed in the industry, and field trips to the A.B. Won Pat International Airport, the Port Authority of Guam, DPW, the United Airlines maintenance hangar and city ticket office, emergency and safety demonstrations including K-9 units, and activities with Guam Community College’s Automotive Service Technology and Heavy Equipment programs, including the opportunity to “drive” GCC’s new truck simulator.

The program facilitators are GCC instructors Fred Tupaz and Mike Limtiaco.

“It gives them an array of ideas for when they graduate,” said Limtiaco of the different careers the students witnessed during the airport tour. “They saw flight attendants, ramp personnel, TSA personnel, the control tower, Customs and air cargo personnel. It’s really a good opportunity for them.”

The high school portion of the program is funded through GCC’s College Access Challenge Grant Program and runs from July 1 to 15.

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