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Rep. Edwin Aldan reintroduces NMTI bill

REPRESENTATIVE Edwin Aldan has reintroduced the Northern Marianas Trades Institute bill an earlier version of which was passed by the Legislature but  vetoed by the governor due to funding concerns.

Edwin Aldan

Aldan’s House Bill 20-181 will turn NMTI, a private non-profit school established in 2008, into a government entity. He said the measure addresses the governor’s concerns by identifying a funding source.

According to the bill, no less than 60 percent of the CW fees will be allotted to NMTI to fund its operations. The Legislature, moreover, will appropriate no less than $1 million a year in Saipan casino gross revenue tax payments for NMTI.

The bill states that there is a need to establish NMTI as a technical institute to provide career, trades and technical training in occupations not available at  Northern Marianas College.

But the intent of the bill is “not to replace the career and technical programs established by the Public School System and NMC but to train U.S. citizens.”

Aldan said the bill will also allow NMTI “to qualify for financial resources that will enable the institute to improve and expand its curriculum, programs and facilities; hire highly qualified instructors; acquire essential instructional tools and equipment; and provide needed financial assistance to enable needy students to enroll in classes and apprenticeship programs.”