DOC partners with DOE to promote trades, soft skills & guidance counseling
The Department of Commerce has partnered with the Department of Education’s Guidance and Counseling Division within the Career and College Readiness Committee to promote the trades, employable skills (soft skills), and student counseling.
Department of Commerce Acting Territorial Planner Liné-Noue Kruse participated with other volunteer Career and College committee members, ASCC Department Chair of Literature Melelina Fiaui, Nuu’uli VocTech Agriculture teacher Claire Bacus-DeWees, and DOE Teacher Induction Program Director Tui Peau to share with all public and private school teachers the vision and meaning of preparing students for the world of work.
According to Kruse, due to the need for students to become more familiar with soft skills and exercises, it’s important to initiate dialogue with them as to what careers interest them, and assess them on areas of career possibilities in order for the school counselors to direct and assist these students with the types of supporting curriculum necessary for their success.
The DOE Guidance and Counseling Department appreciates the Department of Commerce funding over $10,000 dollars to print DOE curriculum materials for all ECE, K-5 and Grades 1st, 2nd, 9th, and 10th. She told Samoa News the DOE Guidance and Counseling office collaborated with DOC to print these career interests, career assessments and personal and social curriculum.
“The DOC sees value to the long term output of engaging students in counseling on career interests,” Kruse noted.
DOC Director, Keniseli Lafaele strongly supports the incorporation of supporting a trades curriculum with the DOE Guidance and Counseling Office to increase availability of resources that will prepare students to become career, college, and life ready for the 21st century world of work.
DOE Guidance and Counseling Program Director Maria Tuato’o greatly appreciates the DOC printing the supporting curriculum that aligns student career interests to classes while concurrently counseling them to achieve their dreams.
Tuato’o believes this is a true investment of hope for the children of American Samoa.
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