THE 2021 Pacific Century Fellows-Marianas Chapter cohort recognized more than ever the critical role that Northern Marianas College, CNMI Public School System and Northern Marianas Technical Institute play in education and workforce development in the Marianas.
Ten members of the PCF 2021 class visited the three institutions on October 21 and spoke with their respective managers as part of session 6 of the group’s Leadership series: Education and workforce development. Extensive discussions took place, giving the cohort more information on the programs offered by NMC, PSS and NMTI and the challenges the three institutions face and how they work their way through these obstacles, especially when the Covid-19 pandemic has struck.
“NMC has shown resilience in the face of the hardships and challenges they faced during Super Typhoon Yutu and the Covid-19 pandemic. They have not abandoned the CNMI community. The NMC team has developed effective solutions to prevent the shutdown of classes and services for their students through the CNMI, ”said Lee Tenorio as the class met with NMC President Dr. Galvin Deleon Guerrero, the vice -President Frankie Eliptico and Dean of Student Learning and Success Charlotte. Cepeda.
Deleon Guerrero noted that NMC is one of the few educational institutions in the United States to immediately implement virtual platform learning amid the pandemic. Eliptico, on the other hand, mentioned the proposed features of the new campus that NMC is building to better serve CNMI students.
“NMC took these turns of unfortunate events (typhoon and pandemic) and made it an opportunity to plan for a more successful future for the institution as a whole,” Tenorio said.
Class member Ana Mendiola thanked the leaders of the PSS for recognizing the needs of students and their learning styles in a changing time.
“Our leaders have worked diligently to develop a comprehensive career path program, which falls under the Professional and Technical Education (CTE) program. It is designed to have a great impact on the future of every student as they embark on their own individual paths to success and preparation, whether they choose to go to college or dive straight into the world. world of work, after graduating from high school, ”said Mendiola as a cohort spoke with PSS officials headed by Acting Education Commissioner Eric Magofna.
Mendiola, a counselor at Saipan Southern High School, added that PSS, through its cooperative education and cooperative training courses, the district has a structured method to combine classroom education with the opportunity to gain work experience. practical, preparing students on their journey towards further education and / or entry into the labor market.
Qualified and sustainable workforce
The 2021 Cohort concluded the Leadership Series session with a tour of the main NMTI campus at Lower Navy Hill and were impressed with the improvements to its facilities.
The NMTI temporarily closed last year due to the pandemic and in March of this year before reopening in August, as it moved from a trades institute to a government institution. The transition period, according to Jodina Attao, chief executive of NMTI, has allowed them to restructure and strengthen their program offerings and partner with other government agencies to serve more people.
John Saludez, Class of 2021, managing director of construction company HBR International, Inc., said recent developments in NMTI would certainly help the various industries in the Mariana Islands.
“NMTI plays an important role in the development of the workforce on the islands, especially in the construction industry. NMTI graduates will help address the shortage of skilled workers and prepare us for the next 3-4 years when the local construction industry begins to mobilize millions of dollars from infrastructure projects, ”said Saludez. .
He added that the skilled workers certified by NMTI will continuously help local construction companies to provide safe and quality infrastructure to the community and will also be useful to other industries that contribute to the growth of the CNMI economy.