By Lori Lyn Lirio
THE Northern Marianas Trades Institute is looking to collaborate with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or TESDA, one of the biggest technical institutes in the Philippines.
NMTI human resources officer Frank Rebauliman said he, board vice chair Joseph Torres and director Herman B. Cabrera and House Speaker Ralph Demapan flew to Manila last Aug. 13 and met with TESDA officials.
NMTI Chief Executive Officer Agnes McPhetres asked the NMTI representatives to make inquires on TESDA curriculum and seek instructors in the areas of welding, carpentry, plumbing and machinist.
“We need those people who are trained to teach. The people we hired here are workers and we are training them to teach. But I would really like to see teachers or instructors with teaching experience,” McPhetres said.
She added the NMTI is willing to process their papers and bring them to Saipan to teach in the trade school. Rebauliman said they hope to explore the possibilities of exchanging technical assistance and resources through forging a memorandum of agreement with TESDA.
“It is all exploratory at this point. We don’t have any particular courses that we are focusing. We want to know exactly what their curriculum is. We want to go in there with open mind but understanding that we do have certain needs here,” Rebauliman said in an interview.
McPhetres said she sees the possible forging of MOA with TESDA as something that can help improve the institution.
“We are hoping to emulate what they have, especially the instructors. We are always on the lookout for instructors. This is the prime opportunity to go there and possibly having some instructors come over here and spend some time to teach.”