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Latte Training Academy announces 2017 scholarship recipients

(Press Release) — The Latte Training Academy Inc. recently finalized the awards of nine former Public School System students for its Founders Scholarship Program.

The 2017 round of awards for the scholarship program include Reynafe Aniga, Jewel Mae Antatico, Jezreelyn Bulaklak, Chenoa Bunts-Anderson, Melisha Lizama, Fritz Jan Manzano, Christian Lyle Montiveros, Janette Orosco and Kaila Marie Rubio. The organization’s second-year of funding comprises $10,000.00 in college scholarships to former participants of the Latte Training Academy’s Hotel & Hospitality Certification program during its partnership with the CNMI Public School System.

Fritz Manzano, who is currently attending Occidental College in Los Angeles, believed that his participation in the Latte Training Academy’s certification program provided him with a host of transferable skills that are applicable to any career path. “I know I will be using these key skills in one way or another [...] which in turn, would make me a more competitive applicant when applying for more advanced opportunities,” says Manzano.

Like Manzano, other award recipients emphasized the transferability of the skills they learned in the hotel and hospitality program across various careers. Kaila Rubio, a freshman Business Management student at the Northern Marianas College said “Through the program, I’ve developed a strong business foundation and service skills.” Award recipient Jezreelyn Bulaklak pointed to her skill development in social interaction, professionalism and empathy because of their applicability to her future profession.

When asked about what advice participants would offer to people considering participation in the Latte Training Academy’s program, Rubio encourages people to invest the time as the program offers the opportunity to learn different working environments, allowing for exposure and knowledge that can impact the student perspective. Bulaklak said, “To those contemplating participating in the Latte Training Academy’s programs, I’d say grab the opportunity. Opportunities like this, to get a globally recognized certification, aren’t common on our island. So, grab the opportunity, you won’t regret it.”

The Latte Training Academy’s Founders Scholarship Program is open to all LTA participants who have successfully completed one of the organization’s training certification program within the past three years. Historically, the program was open to students who participated in the program through the CNMI Public School System, however the organization has opened it up to all LTA participants who have completed one of their certification programs.

“We are proud to support our participants in continuing their education. We understand the sacrifice it takes for an individual to prepare for a career, thus we don’t shy away from the responsibility to continue to aid our participants after they complete one of our certification programs. Each one of these participants exemplifies the dedication to self-improvement and we are truly proud of their efforts” said LTA Executive Director Arielle Buyum.