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By La Poasa

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (August 25, 2000 - Samoa News/PINA Nius Online)---American Samoa's Department of Education will offer vocational courses of applied technology and keyboarding in elementary schools for the first time in the upcoming school year, according to director Dr. Sili Sataua.

In addition, a new course called '"Life Planning for Tomorrow'" will be offered to ninth graders in public high schools.

Dr. Sataua told Samoa News yesterday that the new programs are to provide early exposure for the students before they enter the later years of high school.

Dr Sataua added that the '"Life Planning for Tomorrow'" course is to assist freshmen in making their choices on what they want to be in the future and what they need to do to prepare for their chosen careers.

The DOE Director said that the keyboarding course, which will be taught using school computers, will be a required course for all eighth graders.

Also, for the new school year, a vocational program has been implemented through Nu‘uuli Polytech High School in Manu‘a High School as well as in Faga‘itua High School to cater to the needs of the students in Manu‘a and the east side. Polytech will serve the needs of the students in the western area.

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