77 percent of NMTI graduates are now employed, official says

SEVENTY-SEVEN percent of the graduates of Northern Marianas Trades Institute are now employed, NMTI Continuing Education and Workforce Development director Ross Manglona said.

He said out of 223 who graduated from the technical school, 172 are now in the workforce.

“This is the true measure of NMTI’s success,” Manglona told members of the the Rotary Club of Saipan on Tuesday.

He said the enrollment at NMTI has dramatically increased since 2016.

“When I started in 2015, we had just 49 students in a year,” he added.

In school year 2016 to 2017, the population jumped to 439. In SY 2017 to 2018, there are 599 students enrolled in a semester.

He says NMTI’s success is a reult of the CNMI’s need for employees, increased governmental support, the institute’s continued development of programs based on industry need and increased opportunities for employment.

In 2015, PL 20-41 was passed which provides an allocation of not less than $1 million to NMTI from the CW funding.

In 2017, the CNMI legislature included the NMTI as a recipient of the casino gross revenue tax.

Recently, the legislature passed SB 20-21 which is now on Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ desk waiting for his signature to make the NMTI a public entity. In effect, Manglona said, the government will allocate funding for the institute.

With this funding available for the institute, Manglona said, the NMTI is better able to develop strategies to meet their goals – transforming the economy through technical education; improving student transition into the workforce and upgrading facilities and the learning environment.

He said they have established an educational mapping system to increase further advancement toward higher education and regularly revisit programs to ensure that students are exposed to industry trends and acquire the skills and abilities to succeed in their chosen field of study.

NMTI has identified the top ten workforce needs. If the CW program ends in 2019, Manglona said, there will be a major decrease in culinary, hotel and restaurant, maintenance and repair workers, carpenters and woodworkers, cement masons and concrete finishers, auto technicians, electricians, power generation technicians, welders and plumbers.

About 65 percent to 95 percent of workers in these fields are CW workers, he said.

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