This summer, high school students throughout the CNMI will have the opportunity to take part in an interconnected program that will teach and train them in in-demand sectors: Construction, Nursing, Education, and Entrepreneurship.
The program, called the Summer Boot Camp program, which is a partnership between the CNMI Department of Labor’s Workforce Investment Agency and the Public School System’s Career Technical Education Program, will run for five weeks beginning on June 28, 2021, and ending on July 30, 2021.
At the end of the program, students will earn an industry-recognized certificate, paving a career pathway into the workforce or postsecondary education.
of Labor Secretary Vicky Benavente believes this cross-agency partnership can help reduce the skills gap and meet the growing demands of the CNMI’s workforce.
“This partnership aligns to one of the requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act initiative to develop strategies that support career pathways as a workforce investment activity to individuals with barriers to employment, including youths,” she said. “…The programs are industry-focused and offers opportunities for sector partnerships with key stakeholders within those industry clusters. We are excited and anticipate on forging greater partnerships with PSS and other stakeholders.”
of Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred B. Ada said that PSS is excited to partner with DOL on this important initiative.
“PSS-Career Technical Education program in partnership with the Department of Labor has been a goal, and we are pleased it is finally coming to fruition,” he said. “This is an accomplishment for the good of our community. This is the first of many collaborations and partnering between the Department of Labor and other agencies toward creating more opportunities for our students. This is an exciting time to re-imagine and redirect education services for our community.” (PR)