McDonald’s donates $5K to NMTI


McDonald’s donates $5,000 to the Northern Marianas Trades Institute. (Kimberly A. Bautista)

The Northern Marianas Trades Institute has received a large sum from one of its supporters, McDonald’s Guam and Saipan, known as an advocate of education.

McDonald’s Guam and Saipan donated $5,000 to NMTI last Wednesday in support of its growing programs.

According to NMTI president Agnes McPhetres, NMTI is always grateful for companies like McDonald’s, who see the need for the islands’ sole trades institution.

“We are very appreciative because, without the collaboration with the private sector, NMTI wouldn’t be able to move that much,” she said.

McPhetres said the donation will be used to purchase materials that NMTI needs to keep its programs running, and in preparation of the NMTI Gala this June.

“Everything we get from McDonald’s, we will use to purchase equipment and tools because we don’t have enough money for that…this is also for the gala,” she said.

The gala is set for June 22 and will be held at the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan. McPhetres hopes the gala will net $30,000 or more that will go to purchasing tools and equipment for the trades programs.

McDonald’s Middle Road general manager Joe Ayuyu Jr. said that he and his family hold the NMTI near and dear to their hearts because they support the institution’s mission to train CNMI residents for positions that the CNMI needs to fill.

“Our family is a firm believer in education…in NMTI. …This won’t be the last time. …The whole CNMI sees the need for NMTI and what the school offers. These are very practical jobs that I think our people really need to take advantage of and these are skills our economy truly needs,” he said.

Ayuyu himself is an NMTI electrical program student because he believes that, as general manager, it is important to know the internal and external functions of the company he runs.

As a student in NMTI, he said that he has seen the need of NMTI for funding. Ayuyu assured that McDonald’s will continue to support NMTI.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at

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