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Over 30 businesses, government agencies to participate in Opportunity Expo

PRECINCT 2 Reps. Tina Sablan and John Paul Palacios Sablan are hosting an Opportunity Expo at the multipurpose center in Susupe on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Rep. Tina Sablan told Variety that over 30 organizations will be attending, including hiring businesses like Triple J Enterprise, IT&E, Tan Holdings, Fiesta Resort & Spa, Hyatt Regency, and Kanoa Resort. There will also be recruiters from various government agencies seeking new employees, including the Office of Personnel Management, the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation, and the Public School System

“We’ve invited everyone that’s participating to highlight the jobs that they are actually hiring for right now,” Rep. Tina Sablan said. “We’re encouraging people who show up to come with their resumes, because we know that there are some businesses that will actually be interested in conducting interviews on the spot.”

“It’s also a venue where we welcome anybody that’s offering any other type of opportunity, whether it’s training services, services for small businesses, or services for people who want to start a small business.”

Northern Marianas College, the Northern Marianas Technical Institute, PSS, Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, the CNMI Scholarship Office, Train Smart, and Island Training Solutions will be sharing information about the many education and training programs they have to offer. Additionally, the Department of Labor will be educating the public regarding their employment programs and services and the Department of Commerce, the CNMI Small Business Development Center, the Commonwealth Development Authority, and the Bank of Hawaii will be sharing information about programs and services for businesses and entrepreneurs.

Government and non-profit organizations will also be in attendance, highlighting their own services and volunteer opportunities. These include the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, NMPASI, 500 Sails, and the Center for Independent Living, as well as the CNMI Drug Court and the HOPE Recovery Center, which will offer additional information about their programs for people recovering from addiction.

The Precinct 2 representatives have been planning the expo for months.

“It’s something we started talking about not long after this term started,” said Rep. Tina Sablan. “Unemployment is a big issue in our community.”

A 2018 study conducted by the Central Statistics Division of the Department of Commerce found that the unemployment rate was around 10 percent across the CNMI. In a testimony produced by the United States Government Accountability Office, the CNMI unemployment rate was estimated to be even greater — around 14%.

“This is one way for us to do outreach, engage with their community, and really showcase all the different types of opportunities and resources that are available to help people who are looking for jobs or training or some way to better themselves and their families,” said Rep. Tina Sablan.

“What I hope will come out of this, ultimately, is that our constituents who are looking for opportunities to improve their quality of life, improve their family’s quality of life, and really contribute to the community can connect with organizations that are offering opportunities for that.”