ASCC Marine Science Students Learn While Giving Back to their Community 

By Kelley Anderson Tagarino, ASCC ACNR & Hawai‘i Sea Grant

 Published on June 23, 2017

ASCC Marine Science students share an activity with the community children.

The Marine Science Program at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) is proud to have a dedicated cohort of student interns who are spending a large part of their summer sharing their knowledge with the community.  As part of the Marine Science Program, students can apply to various internship opportunities, one of which is to receive training to effectively share what they’ve learned with a wide variety of audiences.  With the arrival of summer break, many summer programs and camps ask for guest speakers who can share environmental knowledge, and the Marine Science students are excited to serve this purpose. 


Feedback from participants at the outreach events has been overwhelmingly positive, with many high school students expressing interest in joining the Marine Science Program when they attend ASCC.  The student interns have also improved their presentation and leadership skills, with Andry Senefili stating, “I was nervous at first but when I saw how interested the kids are in learning about our oceans it made me really glad to be able to share with them!”  By giving back to their communities, the student interns not only gain important life skills, but also empower the youth in their communities to become better stewards of their environment.

Those interested in learning more about the ASCC Marine Science Program or who want to request a presentation can contact Kelley Anderson Tagarino at 699-3353 (office) or 258-2967 (cell) or at on email, or via post mail at P.O. Box 2609 for more information.