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4 Palau students join coral reef center to gain on-the-job experience

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KOROR (PICRC) — On Jan. 13, 2020, the Palau International Coral Reef Center welcomed Palau High School students Ta-eena Mesa, Fenaly Yaoch, Bryce Bonicacio and Ke’Ana Nakamura, who will be completing their career practicum at the center.

From left, Palau High School students Ta-eena Mesa, Bryce Bonicacio, Fenaly Yaoch and Ke’Ana Nakamura.  PICRC photo

The career practicum is a work-based activity program offered to all seniors at PHS. By partnering with numerous organizations across Palau, the program intends to expose students to the working environment while orienting their career of choice. “This program gives an opportunity for students to gain work experience to develop and broaden personal skills and knowledge through hands-on learning,” stated PHS principal Smyth Rdang.

Ta-eena, Fenaly, Bryce and Ke’Ana will be working at PICRC until May 1, 2020. They will be working hand-in-hand with an assigned mentor from each of the different departments. The students will get the opportunity to learn more about PICRC’s conservation efforts and experience the day-to-day work carried out at the center.

“I want the next generation, and the next, to see the beauty of Palau. I want to help keep the ocean healthy and beautiful,” stated research intern Fenaly Yaoch.

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