The Northern Marianas Technical Institution can stay afloat and continue operations after finally receiving $300,000 in partial funding from the CNMI-Only Transitional Worker program last Feb. 18
According to Ross S. Manglona, director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development of NMTI, the amount would help NMTI finish the quarter for its instructional programs. As far as funding expectations is concerned, he said NMTI has no comment on the issue as providing any figures at this point would be highly presumptuous.
Manglona stated that, although the institution received a bit less than the typical allocation amounts that are received quarterly, they are still exceptionally grateful to the Torres administration for disbursing the CW funding and taking the lead on this issue.
It was earlier reported that the NMTI only has enough money to last this February and would close by March. At that time, NMTI was still waiting for the government to approve its budget for fiscal year 2020.
Manglona stated that NMTI board of trustees is currently looking at various strategies on how it can sustain operations. “We intend on finding a common ground that fully complies with Torres’ directive without compromising our educational mandate,” said Manglona. “We continue to stand behind previous action displayed by this administration. Both the governor and lieutenant governor have demonstrated their willingness to compromise and find amicable solutions to highly important NMTI issues. …At this point, NMTI is focusing more of its attention toward finding creative ways to reduce cost without sacrificing the education of students.