NMTI to provide technical education to all public high school students

NORTHERN Marianas Trades Institute Chief Executive Officer Agnes McPhetres said NMTI will present to the Public School System a comprehensive curriculum that will provide technical education to all public high school students and not just juniors and seniors.

If approved by the NMTI board and the Board of Education, McPhetres said technical education will start at 9th grade and continue until the students graduate from high school.

Agnes McPhetres

“This is a model that many trade schools are using. It is a three-pronged approach wherein the Public School System, NMTI and the business sector are working together to provide students with technical skills,” McPhetres said.

She said the goal is to produce high school graduates who are  ready to join the workforce.

Under the plan, 9th graders will undergo an introductory course. “For example, 9th graders will  be introduced to the electrical course; 10th graders will study basic electricity; 11th graders will learn residential electricity; and seniors will get into industrial electricity.”

She added, “Seniors will also get on-the-job training so by the time they graduate from high school, they already have a job.”

According to McPhetres,  NMTI offers courses on construction trade, auto-mechanics as well as hotel and restaurant.

“Under construction trade we have electrical, we have carpentry, we have welding. There are many courses students could choose from. If we are financially stable  we could expand further,” she added.

She said NMTI and PSS will continue working together to focus on the trade education of junior and senior students while also training  freshmen and sophomores.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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