NMTI receives $300K in CW funds

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THE Northern Marianas Technical Institute on Tuesday received from the Department of Finance $300,000 of the funds collected from CNMI-Only Transitional Worker Permit or CW applicants.

On Wednesday, NMTI Chief Executive Office Agnes McPhetres and Planning, Budget & Grants, Human Resources Director Frank M. Rabauliman met with Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation Chairman John Paul Sablan to discuss the local appropriation for the trade school.

Rabauliman told Variety that NMTI is hoping to receive more funds from the CNMI government.

Last month, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres authorized the secretary of Finance to release the CW funds to the CNMI Department of Labor, the expenditure authority.

In an email, NMTI Continuing Education & Workforce Development Director Ross S. Manglona said the trade school is “exceptionally grateful to the Torres administration for coming to our aid….”

He said the funding they received “is a bit less than the typical allocation received quarterly,” but “we are confident that our funding source will stabilize if not improve now that the first disbursement has been realized.”

He added, “The executive branch and Legislature have consistently come to our aid upon receiving knowledge of our predicament. Additionally, NMTI is currently evaluating various strategies…. We intend [to find] a common ground that fully complies with Governor Torres’ [budget cut] directive without compromising our educational mandate. As the CNMI’s newest governmental entity, we have a track record of being prudent with any and all funding received. Being such a small organization, you have a predisposition [to] becoming ever the optimist and as such we assure our stakeholders that the school will remain open to cater to their trades career aspirations,” Manglona said.

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