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Lawmaker hopes PSS chief will focus on career and technical education

HOUSE Education Committee Chairman Roman Benavente is hoping that the new education commissioner, Alfred B. Ada, will focus on career and technical education.

Roman Benavente

“I’ve known Alfred for a long time since he was the vice principal of San Vicente Elementary School,” Benavente said in an interview. “He also served as a career and technical education manager.”

A former Board of Education member, Benavente wants the Public School System to collaborate with Northern Marianas College and the Northern Marianas Technical Institute in providing career and technical education or CTE to local students.

He believes that an expansion of the local CTE workforce will help the economy grow.

With Ada’s CTE management background, Benavente said, “Let’s give him a chance to prove himself.”

At the same time, he acknowledges the many challenges that an education commissioner must face.

“I would expect that anyone in that position will stumble, so he just has to pick himself up, make corrections, and move on. That is the type of mentality I would like to see in any education leader,” Benavente said. “I wish him the best of luck.”

Benavente said as chairman of the House Committee on Education, his door is open to the new education commissioner.

“I am ready to sit down with him if he needs any guidance or assistance in future,” he added.