Sixty-one high school students and graduates received globally recognized certifications after completing training under the Latte Training Academy.
Students who completed the spring 2015 American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute’s (AHLEI) Skills, Tasks and Results Training (START) Program were recognized at a ceremony held at the Marianas High School Gymnasium last week.
Some who were not able to complete the whole program were given a different kind of certificate as well.
A total of 18 students from Kagman High School, 25 from MHS, and 22 from Saipan Southern High School were recognized which were a mix of those from the junior and senior classes.
“Opportunities are the platform of experience. Latte Academy is my opportunity to explore hospitality,” Chelsea Fama of Marianas High School said in her speech.
According to LTA exclusive provider Island Training Solutions president Jim Arenovski, hiring their graduates is a better risk for employers.
“The employers on the island, the hotels, the restaurants, they want people that are dedicated, those who would show up on work on time, these are the kids who would do that,” Arenovski said.
“Hiring one of our graduates is such a better risk than hiring somebody off the street who hasn’t invested any time,” he added.
To complete the program and get certified, students had to dedicate approximately 180 hours of reading, classroom and shadowing sessions on top of their normal school hours.
According to Arenovski, they are now open for Fall 2015 Hotel & Hospitality Certification Course. They are also planning to open up the program to schools in Tinian and Rota that are under the Public School System.
The AHLEI trainings are recognized globally throughout as providing cutting edge skills development to participants. Aside from general practices, it also provides participants with job specific skill sets for guest services, food and beverage, and room attendants.