The Latte Training Academy Inc. continues to make contributions to the CNMI’s workforce pipeline, the latest example of which was the certification ceremony for 65 individuals last Feb. 19, 2019.
Sixty-five persons were certified in the areas of office manager, bookkeeping, as well as hotel and hospitality specialty courses and its skills tasks and results training certifications.
Each of the participants received certifications through nationally or internationally recognized and accredited organizations, including the National Bookkeepers Association and Accounting Training Unlimited and the American Hotel & Hospitality Educational Institute.
“We are extremely pleased with the outcome of our programs. These participants have achieved a nationally recognized certification that opens the doors to their chosen career path. As with all of our students, we encourage today’s recipients to continue to develop their career skill sets and work toward their chosen occupational goal,” said LTA’s executive director Arielle Buyum.
The courses were facilitated by experienced instructors like Kanae Quinn, Jill Arenovski, and Larry Lee. The use of qualified instructors served as a key component in the high certification rate among all of the courses.
This certification ceremony included 16 participants who received their front desk certification, six received their restaurant server certification, 12 received their START certification, 11 receive their office manager certification and 20 participants received their bookkeeping certification.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the success of these participants. They put in the time and effort to prepare themselves to avail of the employment opportunities available throughout the CNMI. We are grateful for the privilege to work alongside such wonderful members of our community and we are confident that they will contribute positively to our business sector,” said LTA training partner Jim Arenovski.
The participants were able to avail of the workforce development opportunities through funding made available through the CW worker fund. The use of the funds allowed LTA to offset the cost of instruction, materials, certifications and supplies for all students.
“The Latte Training Academy has provided training and certification services to our community for the past five years at no cost to our students. We have made every effort to work with our local agencies, federal funding sources and business partners to cover the costs associated with providing training. We were fortunate in the last fiscal year to avail of the CW worker fund alongside other training organizations; however, we were not included in this year’s CW worker fund. While we were disappointed in this development, we are steadfast in our efforts to continue to provide training and certification in our community. We commend and applaud the efforts made by other training organizations to help address the monumental task of workforce development and we look forward to continuing to be a part of the solution.” said LTA board member Ed Arriola Jr. (PR)