21 Mar 2017
- By Lori Lyn C. Lirio - firstname.lastname@example.org - Variety News Staff
THE Northern Marianas Trades Institute will launch a U.S. apprenticeship program, according to NMTI Continuing Education & Workforce Development Director Ross Manglona.
Manglona and NMTI CEO Agnes McPhetres met recently with Sen. Sixto K. Igisomar to discuss the program that will help “alleviate some of the concerns related to workforce development, and allow businesses to grow their own talents.”
McPhetres said the trade school is undergoing a major transition as the 2019 CW deadline fast approaches.
According to Manglona, there are currently three businesses that are working with the institute to formalize a training program using the apprenticeship model.
He added that the Guam Department of Labor is also assisting NMTI in implementing the program, while Gov. Ralph Torres’s administration is giving them additional support.
In addition, former Northern Marianas College dean for administration and resource development David Attao has joined the NMTI team and is now its director of planning, budget and grants.
McPhetres, a former NMC president, said Attao’s experience at the college is valuable as he will help the trade school grow and become a public entity.
According to McPhetres, “As NMTI works on becoming a center of excellence in trades, it is imperative that it continues its efforts at finding external sources of funding. David will be in the driver’s seat in this regard. As you can see, we are always on the lookout for young talent that can take our school to the next generation.”