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18 PSS students to receive hotel and hospitality certification

EIGHTEEN students in the Public School System will complete a hotel and hospitality certification program run by the Latte Training Academy this month.

The graduation ceremony will be held on July 31 at the Pacific Islands Club.

The academy, according to its president Arielle Buyum, is a non-profit CNMI organization and is conducting the training in partnership with PSS to provide participants with opportunities to work in major hotels.

She said the training program was developed by the American Lodging and Hotel Education Institute and is “considered the gold standard in employee development within the industry, providing globally recognized hotel and hospitality certification to successful participants.”

The students, most of whom were seniors when they enrolled in the program, underwent a 180 hour training and tested for the American Lodging and Hotel Education Institute certification.

Buyum said the students will work with the Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands or HANMI, participating in job shadowing in preparation for their certification.

She said the training will provide the local workforce with relevant skills to enhance the tourism industry.

“The availability of the program is well timed, given the extension in the CW program, and will allow our organization ample time to prepare a local workforce with the required skills and knowledge base to gain employment in the hotel and hospitality industry,” Buyum added.

“While we hope that the participants will remain in the CNMI and join our tourism workforce, the program offers a globally recognized credential that will allow participants to gain employment throughout the world.”

Asked how they will accommodate students from Tinian and Rota, Buyum said they may expand the program.

“We are still in the planning stages,” she said, adding they will also collaborate with the Workforce Investment Agency to accommodate out-of-school individuals.

Their organization, Buyum said, worked with the PSS to offer the program on a regular basis to high school students.

The students attended classes at the office of the organization’s exclusive partner, Island Training Solutions, at Marianas Business Plaza, but they may soon hold classes at PSS as part of an after-school program.

According to Island Training Solutions president Jim Arenovski, “We want to ensure that our students are trained by knowledgeable professionals who have actually worked and are currently working in the industry. This gives students the opportunity to learn the industry in a practical sense, in addition to the course work.”

Arenovski said they will help participants gain employment using their newly acquired skills.

Aside from HANMI, the Latte Training Academy is also working with the Saipan Chamber of Commerce to promote employment within the industry for the graduating participants.

In April this year, the Latte Training Academy submitted a competitive grant application to the U.S. Administration of Native Americans’ Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies Program.

Buyum said they want to offer the program to residents who do not qualify for workforce training assistance.

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