Vice President Joseph Boakai visits Phoenix, Arizona Colleges

Friday, 6th April 2012

Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has met with the Chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges, Dr. Rufus Glasper on the third leg of his visit to the United States in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Maricopa Community Colleges is a system of ten community colleges.The Colleges offer business technology, cosmetology, enrichment courses, trades and health care among others.
The Vice President accompanied by Commerce Minister, Miatta Beyslow, NIC Executive  Director, Ciatta Bishop and Liberiaís Ambassador to the United States toured a number of  colleges run by the Maricopa Community Colleges in a bid to initiate discussion on the development of curriculum and other programs for Liberiaís emerging community college system.

At one of the institutions called the Maricopa Skill Center, the Vice President and delegation discussed the possibility of training staff and instructors for similar programs that the Community College system in Liberia stand to offer. Sue Kater  that given Liberiaís youthful population it will be good to adapt similar training for those that dropped out of school or have not able to complete high school due to problems or age factors.

At the Gate Way Community College, the delegation were taken on a guided tour and at the end of the tour concluded that Liberia could benefit from the programs that Gateway offer in the areas of youth entrepreneurship initiatives, economic development and workforce development.
Meanwhile, Vice President Boakai and delegation today also met with the Mayor of the city of Phoenix Greg Stanton and discussed sister city relationship with the city of phoenix with any of the cities in Liberia. A committee of Liberians residing in  Phoenix and Phoenix city officials will soon be constituted to lay the ground work for this sister city relationship.

An investment forum to show case Liberiaís investment possibilities get underway April 6, in downtown Phoenix with American Investors, while the Liberian delegation will serve as panelists