(PSS) – Students participating in the Public School System Career Technical Education Teachers Academy summer program at Northern Marianas College have expressed interest in pursuing a degree in education after high school.
For the first time, the teachers’ academy, which is funded by the PSS-CTE program, is run by the NMC College of Education and held on the college’s campus.
“So far it has been a very good experience for me,” said one of the 10 participating students. “I will pursue studies in educational rehabilitation with a concentration in social services.”
On Thursday, CNMI Board of Education Chairman Andrew L. Orsini, BOE Vice Chairman Herman Atalig, Commissioner of Education Dr. Alfred B. Ada, Senior Director of Program and L PSS Instruction, Jackie Quitugua, CTE Program Director, Dr. Jessica Taylor, and Accountability, Research, and Senior Assessment Manager, Dr. Rizalina Liwag, met with student participants at the NMC.
“I am currently a junior student at Marianas High School,” one of the students told education officials; “and this program will help me plan my career choices after I graduate from high school. »
“I want to get a degree in elementary education,” said another participating student, adding that the Teacher Academy summer program “helped me decide.”
Education Commissioner Ada congratulated the participating students: “This is a life-changing program and career that you have all decided to be a part of…and we are really proud of everyone.”
He added: “We will ensure that we continue to provide all of you with the necessary support in your career choices.”
BOE President Orsini said PSS will continue to partner with NMC to ensure that public high school graduates can take advantage of college and career readiness programs while still in high school.
BOE Vice President Atalig said they will strive to secure more funding for PSS programs that can further expand the local workforce.