In its continuing series of key stakeholder meetings the Northern Marianas Trade Institute’s board of directors recently met with Gov. Eloy Inos to pay him a courtesy visit and to officially brief him about the reorganization of the new NMTI board, its mission, and renewed commitment to meaningfully and steadfastly augment the CNMI’s efforts to replace foreign contract workers with U.S. citizens pursuant to U.S. Public Law 110-229, especially with the looming deadline of December 2014.
Given the keen and adept financial acumen of the governor, the NMTI board came ready to provide him with stark statistics and strategic action map that demonstrate the unambiguous, yet real policy challenge we all face in the midst of training and placing as many technically trained and soft-skill-equipped U.S. citizens in the workforce in view of an unfriendly timeframe tempered by an improving economy.
NMTI is grateful to Inos for not hesitating to meet with them, for his constructive and sensible policy concerns, and for his official blessings and support of NMTI as a sound partner in technical training and placement of able-bodied U.S. citizens in the private sector workforce.
The NMTI board met previously with 18th House Ways & Means Committee chair Rep. Tony P. Sablan and members to share the successes and challenges of NMTI since its opening in 2008. They will also schedule stakeholder meetings with other key partners in our community, the NMI Public School System, Northern Marianas College, NMI Department of Labor, Workforce Investment Agency, 18th NMI Senate, Saipan Chamber of Commerce, Saipan Rotary Club, Hotel Association of the NMI, and Society of Human Resource Management, etc.
The new NMTI board believes that no other educational institution is ideally and strategically positioned to meaningfully address the longstanding need to provide hands-on and fieldwork training and placement of U.S. resident and local employees than NMTI.
U.S. Public Law 110-229’s five-year transition period to replace foreign contract workers with trained U.S. resident workforce is set to expire in December 2014.
NMTI is accredited with its construction curriculum and plans to seek and obtain corresponding certification for its tourism hospitality curriculum. Further, NMTI is set to secure requisite local and/or federal funding in order to resume offering classes and be certified and placed at hotels, restaurants, retail establishments, wholesale distributors, power plants, auto shops, and the like.
Moreover, NMTI is an eligible educational institution to receive individual and corporate tax credit contributions to augment student tuition and transportation barriers of many of its target clients. (NMTI)