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Latte Training Academy prepares more NMI allied health professionals

(Press Release) — The Latte Training Academy Inc. recently celebrated the certification of 42 CNMI residents in the allied health field.

Twenty students attained their certifications as certified nursing assistants, 12 students attained their phlebotomy technician certification, and 10 students achieved their certified medical billing & coding specialists designation. The programs, which are accredited through the National Healthcareer Association and the American Medical Career Association were funded as part of the CW worker fee fund program and the CNMI’s Workforce Investment Opportunity Agency. All the recently certified professionals are U.S.-eligible workers intended to backfill the demand in the allied health field within the CNMI.

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Latte Training Academy says e 42 CNMI residents have been certified in the allied health field.  LTA photo

“The allied health programs are some of our more popular courses, primarily because there is a high demand for these positions within the CNMI. Many of the students who intend to enter into the medical and health field find that these courses provide them a good foundation and entry point into the field. Not only is it a fantastic way to gain entry into the industry, but it provides an equally good point as a career transition” says LTA executive director Arielle Buyum.

The programs, which recognize outstanding participants within the cohort, last anywhere between 3-4 months. During the recognition ceremony, Maritoni Raganot, highlighted as the valedictorian of the medical billing & coding specialist cohort expressed her gratitude for the rigors of the program. “Thank you for holding each and everyone of us to the utmost standards of excellence to make sure that we reached our full potential. So here’s to everyone who are graduating, here’s to our remarkable instructors, and to the remarkable group of who made this happen” said Raganot during her speech.

The Latte Training Academy, Inc. has been a training partner over the past five years, launching its allied health program in partnership with the Guam Marianas Training Center three years ago. To date the organization has trained over 750 students with a certification rate of approximately 90 percent. Since its inception, the organization has leveraged partnerships with local and federal agencies to fund participation for its students. In addition to the allied health program, the organization offers certifications in the areas of hotel & hospitality, business administration, information technology and recently added its barbering & cosmetology program.

“As with all of our students, we are truly inspired by the level of commitment that these participants have shown. We believe that the ability to balance personal and employment obligations, with the added burden of attaining new skills to further advance their careers is a quality that any employer looks for. Many of our students have found themselves working within the field that they are certified in. This is in large part due to the effort that the Latte Training Academy makes to match up in-demand occupations with the required training to provide employers with an adequate labor pool to choose from” said LTA president Juan-Carlos Benitez.

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