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Lawmaker commends hospitality training program for local students

HOUSE Minority Leader Edmund Villagomez is encouraging the Public School System students who recently completed a three-month hospitality program to pursue hotel and hospitality-related courses in college.

“They are the future employees of the local tourism industry,” he added as he commended the Latte Training Academy/American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute hospitality program for CNMI students.

The training is beneficial for the CNMI’s “greatest resource” — the local people, he said.

According to Villagomez, the tourism industry should encourage students to return to the island once they finish their secondary education abroad.

For students who prefer to remain on island, he said they should be encouraged to enroll at Northern Marianas College to take up courses related to tourism and hotel management.

Villagomez said the tourism industry is unpredictable, but it’s always there “whether it’s peaking or dropping.”

He said people are always traveling and visiting the CNMI for leisure and other reasons.

Villagomez said he will look into the possibility of providing incentives to students taking hospitality and hotel courses through the local scholarship program.