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PSS Co-Op Education program hosts appreciation lunch

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THE Public School System’s Cooperative Education Program hosted a Fall 2019 semester appreciation lunch for its partners at PIC-Charley’s Cabaret on Friday.

“It is something that we do at the end of every semester to show our appreciation to our partners in the private sector, the nonprofit organizations, and government agencies for making [the program] possible,” its coordinator Brandon Nicholas said.

The Public School System-Cooperative Education Program hosted a Fall 2019 semester appreciation lunch for its partners in the private and public sectors as well as nonprofit organizations that provided training to about 130 students.

“The co-op helps our students prepare for the workforce, especially now with the labor shortage that our private sector is facing,” Nicholas added.

For the fall 2019 semester, he said about 130 students from Saipan, Tinian, and Rota enrolled in the program.

Through the co-op, students work for private sector companies as trainees. “They are not paid by the company, they receive a performance stipend from PSS,” Nicholas said. “But [the important thing] is giving the students an opportunity to experience work.”

Saipan Southern High School students wrapped up their co-op training on Friday. Through the Public School System-Cooperative Education Program, the students were given an opportunity to work in the private sector.  Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

He said the program also works closely with schoolteachers and counselors to enroll as many students as they can.

For the next semester, he said they are aiming to have about 140 to 160 students.

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