Education Summit eyes long-term education plan


The first-ever education summit in the CNMI aims to, among other objectives, build a long-term education plan in the Commonwealth.

According to a statement from the Northern Marianas College, Saipan Tribune learned that representatives from NMC, the Public School System, the Northern Marianas Trades Institute, Saipan Chamber of Commerce, Department of Commerce, and the CNMI Scholarship Office have been working together in the past few months to hammer out the details of the CNMI Education Summit.

The summit, which would be held on Sept. 6 to Sept. 8, 2018, at the Saipan World Resort aims to “lay the foundation of a long-term education plan for the CNMI” through a forum where key issues such as occupational and career trends, along with the building of economic and education opportunities, are discussed.

“The summit will also include presentations from the Commonwealth Development Authority and other groups,” the statement from NMC noted, adding that “key workforce data” would be presented, including job trends in the CNMI.

While there is no fee to attend the summit, NMC reminds the public that seats are limited and encourages those interested in attending the summit to register through the website at as early as now.

NMC president Dr. Carmen Fernandez expressed her gratitude toward the summit planning committee, who have invested their “time and energy” to ensure the “success of the Education Summit.”

“We are looking forward to engaging all stakeholders and partner agencies to formulate a plan that will guide the long-term education landscape of the CNMI,” she said in a statement to Saipan Tribune.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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