The new board of the Northern Marianas Trade Institute recently met with the key public sector workforce and educational partners as part of its continuing series of key stakeholder meetings.
The NMTI board of directors met with executives of the Department of Labor, Workforce Investment Agency, Northern Marianas College, and the Public School System to renew efforts that eliminate duplication and strengthens collaboration to ensure each entity complements each other and that resources are leveraged to ensure a more holistic, wrap-around approach to meaningfully address the Commonwealth’s workforce development.
NMTI board members met with acting Labor secretary Bobbie T. Sablan and WIA administrator Edith Deleon Guerrero on Sep. 12, 2013, at the WIA conference room on Capital Hill, with NMC president Dr. Sharon Hart and NMC apprenticeship director David J. Attao on Sep. 13, 2013, at the NMC President’s Office, and with Education Commissioner Dr. Rita A. Sablan on Sep. 16, 2013, at the PSS conference room in Susupe.
The NMTI board shared its mission and commitment to partner with key stakeholders in order to meaningfully and strategically 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.
U.S. PL 110-229’s five-year transition period to replace foreign contract workers with trained U.S. resident, local workforce is set to expire in December 2014.
The NMTI board met previously with Gov. Eloy Inos and 18th House Ways & Means Committee chair Rep. Tony P. Sablan and members to share the institute’s successes and challenges since its opening in 2008. They will also schedule stakeholder meetings with remaining key private sector partners, including the Saipan Chamber of Commerce, Hotel Association of the NMI, 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.
NMTI is accredited with its construction curriculum and plans to seek and obtain corresponding certification with its tourism hospitality curriculum. Further, NMTI is set to secure requisite local and 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.
NMTI is an educational institution eligible to receive individual and corporate tax credit contributions to augment student tuition and transportation barriers of many of its target clients. (NMTI)