The National Institute for Technical and Vocational Training (INFOTEP) and the Mayor’s Office of the city of Lawrence, Massachusetts, in the United States, signed an agreement of intent whose objective is to offer training activities for the Dominican Diaspora residing in that American city.
The letter of commitment was signed by the general director of INFOTEP, Rafael Santos Badia, and the mayor of Lawrence, Brian DePeña, in a brief act which was attended by the coordinator of the Special Programs of the Presidency for the Hermanas Mirabal province, Domingo Adames, the person in charge of Maintenance of the Mayor’s Office of the City of Lawrence, Abdiel Vásquez, as well as by the representative of Edenorte for the northeastern region of the country, Javier Cruz.
During the meeting, the general director of INFOTEP expressed the commitment of the President of the Republic, Luis Abinader, to strengthen education and technical training for the benefit of Dominicans in the country, but also for those who have decided to emigrate.
“This letter of intent is a first step that will lead us to the signing of a definitive document to work hand in hand and bring timely training programs to the Creoles living in Lawrence,” said Santos Badía.
He added that the agreement, which will be signed in the U.S. city in a few weeks, adds to a series of efforts being made by the governing body of the National Vocational Technical Training System in the country, so that Creoles living outside the Dominican Republic can be trained and opt for better jobs or acquire the skills that allow them to start their own businesses.
For his part, the mayor of Lawrence, Brian DePeña, thanked the director of INFOTEP and said that he will concentrate his efforts on enabling the corresponding permits so that those who are trained have the license and can put into practice what they have learned, complying with the norms of U.S. law.
Meanwhile, the coordinator of the Special Programs of the Presidency in the Hermanas Mirabal province, Domingo Adames, valued as a transcendental step forward that the Dominican community abroad can have access to the technical careers offered by INFOTEP.