- Pacific Center for Creativity: Teaching Assistant Program
Pacific Center for Creativity: Teaching Assistant Program
The Pacific Center for Creativity (PCC) is a nonprofit corporation that was established in 2016. Its home base is in Chuuk State of the Federated States of Micronesia. PCC is dedicated to fostering the creative use of both the mind and the hands. Thus, it is involved with projects/programs that are academic as well as those that are more trades oriented.
As it is a new company, it has not yet undertaken a large number of such projects. It is just now beginning an Intern program that will place American youth in the high schools on Chuuk as teaching assistants (or full-time teachers). The schools in Chuuk are the worst in Micronesia and this program could be a very useful service to them and to the State in general.
On the horizon is a small boat building program that will train high school students in modern techniques of plywood boat building. A number of decades ago, plywood boats were popular on Chuuk. However, they have now been pretty much replaced by fiberglass boats, the result of various government “giveaway” programs. These programs have ended and it is now appropriate to reintroduce this trade to the State but with the addition of modern materials and techniques. This project is aimed at providing cheap inter-island transportation as well as creating useful job skills.
PCC is unique on Chuuk and maybe on the other islands in Micronesia as well. There may be one other US-based agency that provides teaching assistance to the schools on Chuuk. However, they are not well-established and do not have the local savvy of PCC. A very good trade school on the neighboring island of Pohnpei closed its doors over 20 years ago. Now there is a vacuum in hands-on training in Micronesia, the result being that skilled tradesman must be brought in from the Philippines and elsewhere. PCC will help address both of these issues.
The management team of PCC is likewise unique. Lawrence Bruton, the President, has been a resident of Chuuk since 1975. Few, if any, Americans have his breath of experience in successfully addressing island problems in an appropriate manner. Among other ventures, he has been heavily involved with the design and installation of solar power systems and is presently constructing a boat building facility (that will probably be used in the boat building training program that PCC hopes to administer). He also operates a hyperbaric chamber that serves the many divers coming to Chuuk (and has saved a number of lives because of fulfilling this need).
Dr. Stephen Winter, the Vice President, lived in Guam and Chuuk a total of 35 years. An engineer by training, he has taught and served as an administrator in a number of colleges and universities. Perhaps more important, he has lived in the remote islands of Chuuk --- a Robinson Caruso life style --- and has administered a first generation teaching assistant program in that very challenging environment. He has also built a number of small boats using modern plywood boat building techniques. Thus, he brings to PCC an extremely strong academic and administrative background as well as practical experience in areas that PC intends to become involved with.
This program takes place in the rural high schools on the islands in the main lagoon of Chuuk State of the Federated States of Micronesia. Interns can either teach full-time...