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    Tuesday, November 21, 2017-11:20:48A.M.

     

     

     

     

     

Education is the ‘currency’ of the 21st century

EDUCATION is a necessary tool to build the economy and improve quality of life in the CNMI, according to Dr. Debra T. Cabrera.

Cabrera, who was the Saipan Rotary Club’s guest speaker at the Hyatt on Tuesday, has been appointed by President Obama to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

She talked about  the commission, and how it works to improve the quality of life and opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Cabrera said the initiative aims to facilitate increased access to and participation in federal programs.

“The islands do matter, the people here do matter. Now more than ever, education is the currency of the present, the ticket to success in the global economy,” Cabrera said.

“But we are not where we want to be yet. When we look at it, there are changes that we need to [make],” she added.

She said national statistics show that one out of every four freshmen drops out of school, and the ratio increases to one out of every two in minority communities.

She said that according to surveys, 75 percent of Americans think that college is too expensive.

“Of the 30 fastest growing occupations in the country, more than half require post-secondary education,” she said.

She added that the present economy needs a workforce that’s skilled, adaptable, creative, and fit for success in global competitiveness.

“President Obama has identified education as an economic necessity. By 2020, it is the target of the U.S. to have the highest number of college graduates and most competitive workforce,” Cabrera said.