CNMI labor office renews agreement with Hawai’i Job Corps
By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Saipan--The CNMI Department of Labor’s (DOL) Workforce Investment Agency renewed its agreement with the Hawai’i Job Corps during a site visit to the Waimanalo Center.
The signing was witnessed by the CNMI DOL and Finance, who also attended the Workforce Convening with USDOL Region 6 and Waimanalo Center staff.
Under the agreement, the CNMI commits to promoting the mission of the Hawaii Job Corp Centers to provide academic, career, and technical education, and social development training to young men and women ages 18 to 24 years old to become responsible, productive and employed community members; and perform certain services in the field of outreach, admissions, and career transition services for the Job Corps program.
The Hawai’i Job Corps is a free residential program with career training offerings in automotive technician, culinary arts, facilities maintenance, hotel and lodging, landscaping, office administration, painting, security and protective services, registered apprenticeship program in pharmacy technician, certified nurse assistance to include high school diploma or its equivalent. Programs are self-paced with opportunities in advance training at centers located in the mainland U.S.
“This collaborative partnership between the CNMI and Hawai’i Job Corps expands the opportunities for our youths to advance in a career pathway and improve their employability,” said Labor Secretary Vicky Benavente. She added, “This is a valued long-term relationship that continues to provide the CNMI’s young citizens with additional options for their choice of a career.”
Hawai’i Center Director Ellen May said, “It was an honor for our team to welcome the CNMI DOL Workforce representatives to our beautiful campus and reestablish our partnership. Collectively, we are not only providing exciting career pathways for young adults, for many students we are also offering hope and a new beginning for a bright future.”