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Marianas Variety: NMC President Convenes Strategic Workforce Action Team (January 27, 2017)

Northern Marianas College President Dr. Carmen Fernandez recently convened a meeting of the Strategic Workforce Action Team, a group formed to address the CNMI’s workforce development and continuing education needs.

“The work of this group is especially critical given that only two years remain until the transitional worker program ends in 2019, although it is hoped that the cap increase and extension are granted,” said NMC President Dr. Carmen Fernandez.

“There is considerable work ahead of us, and I am confident that this team, which is composed of highly effective and capable individuals, will be able to identify short and long-term solutions to help the CNMI meet local workforce needs,” added Fernandez.

NMC’s SWAT team includes leaders and representatives from the Public School System, CNMI Department of Labor, CNMI Department of Commerce, Marianas Visitors Authority, Northern Marianas Trades Institute, CNMI Scholarship, Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance Program, Saipan Chamber of Commerce, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Civil Service Commission, Hotel Association of the NMI, Marianas Visitors Authority, Office of Personnel Management, and Northern Marianas College.

The first meeting held last week centered on topics like career readiness, customer service skills, internship opportunities, financial literacy of students, and other topics. The discussion also included the CNMI Scholarship’s Marianas Employees Financial Assistance Program and the program that provides scholarship opportunities for high school students.

Fernandez said that the work of SWAT will also complement other workforce-focused groups.

“Many of the recommendation and action items coming from the team will be implemented at the College and at the other agencies represented, while larger scale strategies will be presented to the Governor and Legislature,” Fernandez said.

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