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Administration vows to continue helping residents get private sector jobs

GOVERNOR Eloy S. Inos on Friday led the recognition of close to 300 students who just completed the first series of classes in the Northern Marianas College workforce development and apprenticeship program.

Gov. Eloy S. InosGov. Eloy S. Inos




 Guests and participants of the workforce and apprenticeship program listen to one of the speakers at the multi-purpose center on Friday.  Photos by Junhan B. TodenoGuests and participants of the workforce and apprenticeship program listen to one of the speakers at the multi-purpose center on Friday. Photos by Junhan B. Todeno




Northern Marianas College President Sharon Y. Hart Northern Marianas College President Sharon Y. Hart

“The workforce development program is the key to economic growth in the CNMI,” he said, adding that the task of his administration is to coordinate with the private sector to accommodate the local workforce.

The ceremony held at the multi-purpose center was also attended by lawmakers, NMC officials and instructors.

The governor said through the program, participants will “charter a new course of excellence toward establishing the future resident workforce of the CNMI.”

He added, “A well-trained, well-developed workforce invites investments and contributes to strong economic growth.”

Inos said the workshop was made possible by funding provided through the CW fees collected from employers of guest workers.

He commended NMC for establishing the program and thanked the Legislature for supporting the administration’s budget proposal that supported such employment training programs.

“It is also important to note that this effort will need to be supported by related factors,” Inos said. We “will continue working toward increasing the rate of economic growth. We can achieve this by strengthening our primary industries and attracting new and additional investments. Diversifying our economy is key.”

He said he supports long-lasting programs that benefit the youth and the people of the CNMI.

“This opportunity cannot be allowed to slip by, or be only partially supported and used. Everyone’s support in these efforts to benefit the community truly helps our mission for a thriving local workforce,” he added.

He said he will continue working with the Legislature and other stakeholders toward achieving more positive results for the community.

The workforce development and apprenticeship program was launched recently for residents of the CNMI and other U.S. eligible applicants to provide them with “Lead Into Future Experiences” and to prepare and train them for meaningful careers.

On Friday, participants of the program on Tinian and Rota also received their certificates of completion.

NMC said the training is modeled after the U.S. Department of Labor’s apprenticeship program that focuses on areas that a person needs to develop while preparing for a career.

NMC President Sharon Y. Hart, in her brief message, said the program is one way of bridging the employment gap in the CNMI.

“One of the beauties of apprenticeship is that it leads immediately to work,” she added.

NMC Dean of Administration and Resource Development David Attao said the program includes life skills and work-related soft-skills such as communication, time management and team work.

It also provides insights into the world of work to prepare participants for employment.

The training sessions are conducted by highly experienced instructors who work with and hire people in the community.

Among the instructors were Jim Arenovski, Chavel Green, Derwin Johnson, Michael Berglund, Rita Dela Cruz, Mercedes Deleon Guerrero, Cynthia Pangelinan, Jennifer Welton, Elvira Mesngon, Desiree Barcinas, Maria Aguon, Martina Diaz, Mikkel Castro, Joan Bahillo, Ayessa Tereyama, Michelle Avila, Loremel Hocog, Victoria Aldan, Antonio Tiples, and Rachelle Muna.

Most local residents prefer to work for the government which pays much higher wages and benefits. Local private sector jobs are mostly tourism and service oriented.