23 graduate from AHLEI Hospitality Specialty Course


A total of 23 graduated from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute-Hospitality Specialty Course and were feted during last night’s certification and pin ceremony held at the Kanoa Resort in Susupe.

James T. Arenovski, president of Island Training Solutions and the person who conducted the AHLEI three-week training, presented the graduates—ranging from 17 to 40 years old—with their certificates and pins as certified guest room attendants, restaurant servers, and front desk attendants.

David Maratita, acting secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, explained the reason why this program was created in the first place.

“We wanted to address the economic situation of the CNMI as discussed in Public Law 110-229 and this program’s goal is to enhance the CNMI workforce and escalate people’s skills in hospitality.”

Maureen Sebangiol, Island Training Solutions administrator and Latte Training Academy board member, said that the only two requirements to avail of this program is to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is currently employed in the hotel industry in one of these three areas: guest room attendants, restaurant servers, and front desk attendants.

One of the certified restaurant server graduates, Vicente Ada, was swelling with pride upon receiving his certificate. Ada, a 16-year-old Saipan Southern High School student, said that he wants to be a manager someday and obtaining this certificate is one step closer to achieving that goal in the future.

Joan L. Taitano | Reporter

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