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Interns from NMC assist with transport office rebranding

Three interns from Northern Marianas College have been spending the last few months assisting in the rebranding of the Commonwealth Office on Transit Authority.

Maeyesha Terlaje, Jade Mangubat, and Riggz Awit have steadily made improvements to COTA’s website, seal, and mission.

According to Mangubat, they have assisted with grants, data collection, marketing commercials, and COTA’s slogan.

Business Management major Riggz Awit said experiencing the services COTA provides to the community and meeting with people and agencies such as the disabilities council, opened his eyes to what many of the younger generations fail to see.

With an overall vision of connecting people, COTA strives to provide reliable, safe, comfortable public transportation services commonwealth-wide which is cost effective, reduces energy consumption and contributes to the cultural and economic betterment of the residents of the CNMI.

In the past, many residents were unable to avail themselves of public transportation but slowly, the interns said, COTA’s mission includes transportation to improve mobility for elderly persons, persons with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged persons and for all residents of and visitors to Saipan.

“It really opened our eyes in one semester. By experiencing COTA, the younger generation gets to see what they didn’t know existed and meet so many different people. It’s a great service, people should use Call-A-Ride more often, it’s for everyone to use,” he said.

With the $344,293 in grant funding from the Office of Insular Affairs, Special Assistant for Public Transportation Alfreda Camacho said this helps meet their goals and vision as it prepares for a Fixed Flex Bus Express Pilot Program which will create the CNMI’s first public transit system.

“These young individuals have impressed us all,” she said. “Each one of them has come with the willingness to learn and grow. We are so thankful for their assistance to our office, our clients, and to our community. I commend the excellent program that NMC continues to provide for the benefit of the students. The intern program is great!”

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