NORTHERN Marianas College and the Department of Public Works signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday to establish an in-service training and social support program. The program is for women, minorities and other disadvantaged people who are interested in careers in highway construction.
The duration of the program is from September 2, 2021 to May 30, 2022.
Signed by NMC President Galvin S. Deleon Guerrero and DPW Secretary James Ada, the memorandum of understanding states that the program will be funded by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration and administered through the college. .
A minimum of 10 students can be selected to participate in the program. The expense for the program is $21,000 per semester for 10 students, or $2,100 per student.
Deleon Guerrero said as CNMI continued to rebuild after the super typhoons that devastated the islands, NMC saw the need to expand local construction capacity.
He commends the DPW Secretary for his support, adding that NMC looks forward to their continued partnership.
Ada, for her part, thanked NMC for the partnership. He said building local capacity for engineering and construction jobs is one of the challenges CNMI faces.
It has always been difficult to recruit engineers and other construction-related workers for infrastructure projects, he added.
Frankie Eliptico, NMC vice president for administration and advancement, said MOA will help increase the number of local engineering students.
More information about the program will be announced soon by the college.