Local student selected for Hawaii Job Corps program
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Joshua Sagele has been chosen as the first Job Corps recipient from American Samoa since the transfer of recruitment responsibilities from the Legislature to the Governor's Office in August of this year. Joshua left the territory for Hawaii on Monday night.
A press release from the Governor’s Office notes the achievement not only underscores Joshua's dedication and potential but also the ongoing commitment of ASG to support the youth of American Samoa in their educational and career pursuits. The transfer is a pivotal step in streamlining the process, ensuring individuals like Joshua can access the Hawaii Job Corps Program.
"This is a great opportunity for our youth to find their career paths and acquire the skills they need for their future. As you embark on this journey, remember the importance of family, as they are the foundation of your support," Gov Lemanu P. S. Mauga said and commended Joshua for his commitment to pursuing educational and career avenues through the Hawaii Job Corps Program.
The governor also expresses his gratitude to the previous local recruiters, Deeanah Fuimaono and Jeannette Tu’ufuli, for their years of service in facilitating the recruitment process. “Their commitment has laid the groundwork for a seamless transition and continued success in connecting the youth of American Samoa with valuable opportunities.”
The transfer of recruitment responsibilities was formalized in August with the signing of the official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Hawaii Job Corps Campus in Waimanalo, Hawaii.
The Job Corps program was initially introduced in American Samoa around 1997, spearheaded by then House Speaker Nua Saoluaga, who appointed the late Afimutasi Gus Hannemann to oversee federal government affairs for the House leadership and manage the implementation of the Job Corps program in the territory.
Over the years, numerous students from American Samoa have successfully enrolled in and completed the Job Corps Program in Hawai'i, while others have pursued the program at centers on the mainland.
For those interested in exploring Job Corps opportunities, the American Samoa Governor's Office encourages reaching out to the local recruiter, Tiana Trepanier, at TianaTrepanier@go.as.gov