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NMC Invites Community to Participate in Workforce L.I.F.E. (July 19, 2013)

The Northern Marianas College Workforce and Apprenticeship Program today announced its first series of workshops titled WORKFORCE L.I.F.E. developed for CNMI Residents and U.S. eligible citizens.

The workforce development initiative, which provides participants a Lead Into Future Experiences (L.I.F.E), aims to prepare youth and adults to be prepared and trained for meaningful careers.

The workshops will be held on Rota, Saipan, and Tinian and will run from August 5th through the 16th. They are modelled after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship Program’s Pathways Pledge that focuses on three areas a person needs to develop while preparing for a career.

The pathways include a) life skills, which provides work related soft-skills, such as communication, time management, team work; b) work skills, which provides insight into the world of work to prepare for employment; and c) the learn and earn pathway, which delivers on-the-job skills. Each pathway is interdependent and occurs in different stages. All need proper collaboration and unity amongst service providers and employers.

Participants will be grouped according to age. Age groups are 13-15 and 16 years of age and older (including adults). Registration is ongoing and will continue on July 22nd through August 2nd.

The curriculum is based off of research and the identified needs of small and large businesses alike through CNMI labor market studies, interviews with businesses, and best practices. According to NMC’s Dean of Administration David Attao, the unique thing about WORKFORCE L.I.F.E is that it focuses on developing leadership skills in participants.

“Our community has a lot of natural leaders and people with leadership potential,” said Attao. “Our goal is to help inform and train participants on how to be transformational leaders.”

“A transformational leader is one who may display some skills of a natural leader and has taken the proper trainings to make him/her extremely innovative, productive, and eventually transformational,” Attao added.

Another unique aspect of the program is that rather than having all of the instruction at the College, the College is proactively bringing the workshops to learning environments within the various communities.

“We want to reach out to every eligible person in the CNMI within their own communities,” Attao said. “If there are no adequate sites, we will use NMC facilities.”

“Understanding that fuel and transportation costs are factors for people attending, we decided to bring the training to the people,” Attao added.

According to Attao, these trainings were made possible through the foresight and planning of the governor, lieutenant governor, and members of the CNMI Legislature. Funding was provided through the Commonwealth Workers (CW) Fee.

“People should really thank our Governor, Lt. Governor, and members of the House and Senate for fighting for these types of projects for the people and community,” said Attao.

To Register or for more information about the Saipan and Rota workshops contact the Northern Marianas College at 670-234-5498, Extension 1010/1030/1019/1005 or via email at [email protected]. For Tinian contact Maria Aguon at 433-0657, 0649 or via email at [email protected].

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