2nd Annual “One Community Guam” Conference:
Employment and Reentry
Connecting Employers and Their Employees with Government Opportunities
Friday, July 01, 2016
Guam Hilton Resort & Spa, Tumon
For the second year, representatives from the Economic and Community Systems (ECS) section of the Cooperative Extension Service attended the “One Community Guam” Conference organized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Districts of Guam and the NMI. By attending the conference ECS was able to determine what are the existing programs and their procedures involved with prisoner reentry into the workforce, as well as observe the areas where employers and employees were experiencing the most issues. The knowledge gained from the conference will assist in more effective community development and program support planning.
This year’s conference focused on Employment and Reentry, Connecting Employers and Their Employees with Government Opportunities. The conference began with opening remarks from the U.S. Attorney Alicia Limticao who spoke on the success of the first conference and the work that has been done since to introduce more sustainable prevention and reentry programs to our society. Ms. Limtiaco was followed by the Acting Director of the Guam Department of Labor, Dr. Sam Mabini who spoke about finding solutions that actually work for those who face significant barriers to employment and finally the President of the Guam Chamber of Commerce, Catherine Castro welcomed the 300 conference attendees.
The conference was held at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa in Tumon with three sessions focusing on the following topic areas:
“Doing Business with DoD”
“What Employers Need to Know” Part I and II
“A Local Perspective: Employment Challenges, Best Practices and Resources”
Each session consisted of a panel of 6 individuals with expertise in various areas pertaining to the subject matter. The experts were allowed a brief presentation with an open question and answer portion at the end. Those who attended the conference were provided with introductions and “what you should know” about each of the organizations and entities represented in the panels. However, there were some attendees that were already familiar with the information prior to the conference and instead took advantage of the Q&A portions to voice their concerns or share unanswered questions they’ve had with employing ex-offenders. By the sharing of issues both the conference attendees and panel members were able to reveal where the real barriers exist in regards to becoming employed after exiting the correctional system and reentering into society.
The conference provided vital information in the areas of Workforce Development Planning for the Economic and Community Systems.
For more information, please contact CNAS-CES Economic & Community Systems
Contact: Peter R. Barcinas at 735-2055