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McPhetres: NMTI bill veto will delay accreditation

GOVERNOR Ralph Torres’s veto of the bill that would have made the Northern Marianas Trade Institute a government entity will delay its accreditation, NMTI chief executive officer Agnes M. McPhetres said.

Accreditation will allow local residents to seek federal financial for training in the trade areas, and  the institution itself to apply for federal grants, she added.

McPheters said Senate Bill 20-21 would have provided stability to NMTI. “It will assure students that NMTI will not be closed when the CW funds dry up,” she added.

“Stability is one of the requirements for accreditation. It will also provide services to Rota and Tinian because if it is a public institution, we are obligated to serve all the islands,” McPhetres said.

She noted that NMTI students are mostly from the lower income bracket.

Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres meets with Northern Marianas Trades Institute officials to discuss plans moving forward to safeguard the growth and success of NMTI. Office of the Governor photoGov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres meets with Northern Marianas Trades Institute officials to discuss plans moving forward to safeguard the growth and success of NMTI. Office of the Governor photo

“They need financial aid— that’s why we want stability so that we could be accredited and the students could get federal financial assistance. The government should address that component of the community that has not been provided such services,” she said.

But McPhetres said the governor also wants the Northern Marianas College and the Public School System to work with NMTI.

She said the Board of Education, the NMC board of regents and the president and NMTI officials will  meet with the governor on March 29 to plan and strategize.

McPhetres said the governor also made a commitment to provide NMTI a piece of land and funding to build its new site.

“He believes in workforce development and he knows that the NMTI has been doing a good job in doing that,” she added.  “We will be working with the governor’s office to come up with a different bill that will incorporate more input from  PSS.”

McPhetres said the NMITI wants PSS students to have the option to take a vocational course while still attending the high school.

“We have a good working relationship with PSS. But we have not done that with the college. It would be nice if we could  work with both institutions so  we can provide students more opportunities.”

The governor said he vetoed Senate Bill 20-21 because it might cause the central government undue financial burden.