What PATS Tries To Do...

What PATS Tries To Do

(From a commemorative booklet of 25th anniversary of PATS 1990)

From the very beginning, PATS has tried to look to the needs of Micronesia and of the young people growing up in the islands. There was a growing number of academic high schools, but no one was offering the chance for a four-year high school course in vocational skills. At the same time, the islands needed workers in the trades and in-depth knowledge and skills in agriculture. Self-reliance demanded growth in local agricultural production. Help was needed for the construction of buildings and roads, the infra structure for development. New machinery brought many opportunities for trained mechanics. Local development called for people with these skills, and PATS was started to try to fill these needs.

photo:Arvin Rengulbai, Palau. '89 agriculture


Students in the first two years of the school take a full curriculum in English and Math and other general subjects, while also taking introductory courses in all three trade areas. The students are in the classrooms all morning and then have a three and a half hour supervised work period to sharpen their trade skills through "hands-on" work. After dinner there is a super vised study period. At the end of second year, the young men must apply and be accepted by one of the trade specialty courses. Through third and fourth year the student specializes in either Construction, Mechanics or Agriculture, and spends all of his afternoon work-time developing his skills in that area.

photo:Mike Hasugulyang Outer Islands, Yap '85, mechanics instructor PATS.


But this does not tell the whole story. PATS is a Christian school, and, as such, attempts to offer a fully-integrated human development experience through the four years that the young student spends with us. Through many and varied pro grams and activities, PATS tries to develop the whole person-to build But this does not tell the whole story. PATS is a Christian school, and, as such, attempts to offer a fully-integrated human development experience through the four years that the young student spends with us. Through many and varied pro grams and activities, PATS tries to develop the whole person-to build his knowledge, his trade skills, his leadership ability, his confidence and his desire to help others. PATS is a professedly Christian school that is vitally interested in helping the student to grow as a fully human person and as a man dedicated to th service of others.

photo:Construction Class '89 builds new PATS dam.


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