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Close to 300 students enroll at NMC’s workforce, apprenticeship program

CLOSE to 300 students attended the Northern Marianas College workforce and apprenticeship program in classes that started Monday on Saipan, Rota and Tinian.

“We are expecting additional enrollees for the next sessions as we expand classes and training opportunities,” NMC Dean of Administration and Resource Development David Attao said yesterday.

Jim Arenovski, one of the instructors of Northern Marianas College’s workforce and apprenticeship program, gestures as he engages students.  Contributed photoJim Arenovski, one of the instructors of Northern Marianas College’s workforce and apprenticeship program, gestures as he engages students. Contributed photo

The “Workforce L.I.F.E.” or “Lead Into Future Experiences” program aims to prepare U.S. citizens or residents for meaningful careers.

“The workshops that have been organized are modeled after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship Program’s Pathways Pledge that focuses on areas a person needs to develop while preparing for a career,” Attao said.

These include life skills, which provides work-related soft-skills, such as communication, time management and team work; work skills, which provide insight into the world of work; and the learn and earn pathway, which delivers on-the-job skills.

Attao said the instructors are highly experienced and work with and hire people in the community.

The curriculum, he added, is based on research and the identified needs of small and large businesses in the CNMI.

Among the speakers in the workshop were Gov. Eloy S. Inos, Lt. Gov. Jude Hofschneider, and U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Sablan.

Some legislators also gave brief presentations: Reps. Antonio Agulto, Roman Benavente, Larry Deleon Guerrero, Felicidad Ogumoro, Anthony Benavente, Christopher Leon Guerrero, Ramon Tebuteb, John Sablan and Senate President Ralph Torres.

Agulto said NMC is playing an important and critical role in the development of the CNMI’s labor force.

To register for upcoming classes or for more information, call Eileen Babauta at 234-5498 ext. 6810 or email eileen.babauta@marianas.edu. On Tinian, contact Maria Aguon at 433-0657 or 0649 or email maria.aguon@marianas.edu.