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NMTI to seek collaboration with Philippine agency

THE Northern Marianas Trades Institute is looking for a possible collaboration with the Philippine government’s Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or TESDA.

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A woman undergoes training to become a welder at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority complex in Manila on Nov. 21, 2008.  Getty Images

NMTI human resources officer Frank Rebauliman said he, board vice chair Joseph Torres, board member Herman B. Cabrera and Speaker Ralph Demapan will fly to Manila on Aug. 13 to meet with TESDA officials.

NMTI Chief Executive Officer Agnes McPhetres said the NMTI delegation will inquire about TESDA’s curriculum and seek instructors in welding, carpentry, plumbing and machine-tool operation.

“We need people who are trained to teach,” she said. “The people we hire here are workers, and we are training them to teach. But I would really like to see more instructors with teaching experience.”

Rebauliman said they hope to explore the possibility of exchanging technical assistance and resources through a memorandum of agreement with TESDA.

“But it is all exploratory at this point. We don’t have any particular courses that we are focusing on. We want to know exactly what their curriculum is. We want to go in there with an open mind but with the understanding that we do have certain needs here,” Rebauliman said in an interview.

McPhetres said NMTI is “ hoping to emulate what they have, especially the instructors. We are always on the lookout for instructors. This is a prime opportunity to invite some of their instructors to come over here and spend some time teaching.”