Fourteen members of the Pacific Century Fellows Class of 2017 were awarded their graduation plaques Thursday at the Kanoa Resort in Susupe.
The Pacific Century Fellows Marianas Chapter is a program established by the TanHoldings Corp. with the purpose of developing young leaders in the community.
According to PCF-Marianas Chapter president Jerry Tan, PCF is a program that builds important leadership skills.
The basics of the programs is that each PCF participant is given the opportunity to choose a field they want to educate themselves in like politics, tourism, etc. and they are mentored by professionals in their field of choice. After nine months in the PCF program, participants will have obtained skills they can incorporate in their lives and in their jobs.
Tan said the reason why he did not hesitate to kickstart the program in the CNMI when the idea was first brought to him is because he strongly believes that the Commonwealth’s future depends on its young generation of leaders.
“In order to help the Commonwealth we need to groom our young leaders,” he said.
The 2017 graduates of the program were Charlie Atalig, Jaclyn Michelle Atalig, Michael Camacho, Tania David, Fausia DelaCruz, Carleen Desebel, James Glenn, Elena Gersonde, Kirk Johns, Maria Krizia Mendoza, Monique Sablan, Mark Toves, Lannie Walker, and Tara White.
According to Sablan, she and her fellow graduates have a common passion to be the change they wanted to see on the islands, whether it is through their career, in their lifestyles, or in the community.
Sablan said she was able to pick up lifelong leadership skills she will surely use along her journey, and she also made lifelong friends through the program.
The program is open to the public for individuals ages 25 to 45. The program is to be applied for and individuals must undergo an interview process.
The program is an extension of the Pacific Century Fellows program started in Honolulu by former mayor Mufi Hannemann.
Hannemann said he is happy to see how much the program has grown on Saipan since it was started back in 2014.