Two CNMI Public School System students who are participating in a pilot program between the Northern Marianas Technical Institute and PSS will soon also be part of a work study program within NMTI, according to NMTI interim chief executive officer Jodina Attao.
The goal of the work study program, Attao said, is for the students to build upon what they are currently learning in their construction classes and to also develop an interest in becoming construction managers through exposure to administrative work and learning how NMTI as a whole operates.
Attao said the program will run for three months, and the two students will have mentors. “We want [the two students] to have mentors such as the instructors, and we want to give them [an overall] perspective of how [NMTI] operates. …We want to expose them to all the different avenues that NMTI has to offer, so that way they’re not just focused on the trade, but they can eventually become managers at the end of their run,” said Attao.
The two students participated in PSS’ Construction Boot Camp over the summer, which was part of PSS’ Career and Technical and Education Program. Over the summer, the students experienced hands-on and instructional lessons in construction with the help of public and private partners.
It was previously reported that eight students were going to participate in the NMTI-PSS pilot program during the 2021-2022 school year, but Attao said Monday that the number of pilot program participants went down to just two. Saipan Tribune was unable to immediately learn as to why not all eight took part in the pilot program.