Successful job fair held in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio

At least 346 individuals and 57 agencies participated in the NMC’s annual career fair at the Saipan World Resort. Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio.

THIS year’s Northern Mariana’s College Annual Career Fair was a success.

This according to NMC Career Manager Neda Deleon Guerrero who reported that more than 300 individuals participated in the NMC’s career fair which was held at the Taga Hall of the Saipan World Resort last May 4.

Specifically, Guerrero said 57 agencies received applications and conducted interviews for 346 job seekers. She stressed that the success of the event was an indication that many in the community were seeking employment.

At the same time, Deleon Guerrero noted that the NMC-hosted career fair was not exclusive for NMC students and its graduates.

“The NMC’s career fair gives opportunity to the community. We opened it up to the community too,” she said.
Deleon Guerrero said they have holding career fairs for years. She recounted that every year, the event has been getting bigger and reaching out to people who were seeking employment.

“We started the career fair very small. We used to host it in the campus in D1 room. We used to have 11 agencies participants, and now we are up to 60 today,” she said.

Meanwhile, NMC president Carmen Fernandez expressed gratitude to companies which participated in the career fair. She said many people will be able to have a job and NMC was an instrument for that opportunity.

On the other hand, NMC Human Resources for Special Education Donna Flores said there were 70 individuals who submitted their job applications. She added that currently, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Public School System needs teachers for Early Head Start, and SPED program and counselors.

“We also need occupational therapists, speech pathologists and psychologists. These are hard-to-fill positions,” said Flores.

“Luckily for us, NMC produces a lot of teacher graduates. We were able to absorb those graduates and put them into teaching-related positions. But those specialized position, such as speech pathologists and occupational therapists, those are a little harder to fill locally,” Flores added.

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