The Public School System had another successful career fair last Wednesday, with over 100 students and nearly 30 business and government organizations taking part in the event at the Saipan World Resort's Royal Taga Hall.
Tyce Mister, teacher and coordinator for the PSS High School Cooperative Education & Training Program at Marianas High School, said that 140 high school students and 26 companies and agencies participated, exposing graduating students to the varied career options on island.
MHS' co-op program fielded 44 students, 53 came from Kagman High School, and 43 were special education students.
Mister said he is very pleased with the support demonstrated by the companies and the eye-opening experiences for the students. “An enormous thank you to all our participating businesses. I am very pleased with the career fair's success.”
The Cooperative Program, sometimes referred to as "Co-Op,” is designed to help prepare students for the job market. The program consists of both Cooperative Education on campus and Cooperative Training off campus. Students first learn how to complete résumés, applications, interviews, and personal development, then gain work experience by participating as a "trainee" at an off campus business organization. The training hours are generally during the afternoon school hours.
According to Mister, students are encouraged to complete three interviews before making a training site commitment. He said any business that would like to host a student trainee may contact him at 237-3248.
Companies and agencies that participated in this week's career fair were Blue Continent Communications dba KKMP, CNMI Judiciary (Adult Probation, Clerk of Courts, Family Court, Law Revision Commission), CNMI Public School System, Delta Management Corp., DEQ; Fiesta Resort & Spa, Hard Rock Café, Hyatt Regency Saipan, IT&E, Joeten Ent., Joeten Kiyu Public Library, Law Office of Robert Torres, Louis Vuitton, Marianas Visitors Authority, Michelle Corp., Medical Associates of the Pacific, Northern Marianas College, Northern Marianas Housing Corp., Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Pacific Airport Services, Pacific Islands Club, POI Aviation, Saipan World Resort, Thompson Law Office, Triple J Saipan, Inc., and the Workforce Investment Agency.