NMTI may offer cosmetology, diesel-engine courses

THE Northern Marianas Trades Institute is planning to expand its 12 program offerings, according to Ross Manglona, director of continuing education and workforce development at the institution.

In an interview on Wednesday, he said the new programs may include cosmetology and diesel-engine repair.

Manglona said 77 percent of the graduates from their current programs have already landed jobs.

“These are entry-level positions in construction, automotive repair, culinary arts, and hotel and restaurant operations,” he added.

In his presentation to the Saipan Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, he said 95 percent of carpentry jobs and 65 percent of plumbing jobs are currently occupied by guest workers

He said the CNMI cannot entirely fill those positions locally. “Right now, we cannot, even if everybody is working — we would still be short because of the high demand for those and other positions.”

At the same time, Manglona said they are happy that a bill that will turn NMTI into a public entity is now on the governor’s desk. The measure will help ensure that the trade school’s programs will be fully funded, Manglona said.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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