Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Workforce Development Programs at the Latte Training Academy

Juan Carlos Benitez is the chairman of the board of the Latte Training Academy, Inc., a workforce development company based in the Northern Mariana Islands. In his leadership role with the company, Juan Carlos Benitez provides skilled and certified vocational training for workers in a variety of industries. 

In 2017, the Latte Training Academy received a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business Enterprise Grant program. Together with the CNMI Small Business Development Center, Latte will connect entrepreneurs with the technical services and training necessary to succeed in their business ventures. Looking forward, the program hopes to support at least 10 new startup companies within its first year of operation.

In addition to its work with entrepreneurs, the Latte Training Academy offers several different types of information technology (IT) certification. As a CompTIA Authorized Academy Partner, the academy provides certifications such as A+, Security+, and Network+. The Latte Training Academy also offers training in the allied health and hospitality sectors.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Entrepreneurial Training in Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands

A member of the Trump Campaign's National Hispanic Advisory Council, Juan Carlos Benitez has experience that includes serving as the legislative director for the governor of Puerto Rico and nominating and vetting judicial minority candidates. Juan Carlos Benitez serves as president and chairman of the board of the Latte Training Academy.

A nonprofit organization established in 2013, the Latte Training Academy promotes development for the workforce in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. In partnership with other professional groups, the academy provides training in fields such as entrepreneurship.

The Latte Training Academy's entrepreneur training program operates through funding from the Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program of the US Department of Agriculture. In partnership with the CNMI Small Business Development Center, the Latte Training Academy provides training in business and technical areas vital for launching startups. For more information about the Latte Training Academy and its efforts to support entrepreneurs, visit

Thursday, August 31, 2017

College Students Benefit from HNBA’s Su Futuro Initiative

Having formerly served as special counsel with the US Department of Justice, Juan Carlos Benitez currently leads several organizations, including the Latte Training Academy and the Mariana EB-5 Regional Center on Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. Active in both politics and the greater legal community, Juan Carlos Benitez holds membership in organizations such as the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Since its founding in 1972, the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) has partnered with American businesses, law firms, and nonprofit organizations to advance programs aimed at professional and business development as well as community advocacy and outreach. The HNBA also oversees a variety of education, mentoring, and internship programs as part of its Su Futuro (Your Future) initiative. 

One of the initiative’s major programs is Law School Sin LĂ­mites (LSSL). The program, whose name translates to “law school without limits,” helps college students from diverse backgrounds qualify for admission to law schools throughout the country. Those accepted into the program receive mentoring from a three-person team comprising two practicing attorneys and one law student. The team of mentors works with the student throughout his or her undergraduate career to help the student learn about the legal profession, build a support network, and prepare for law school. 

In addition to providing mentoring, LSSL takes students on visits to law school campuses and connects them with programs and presentations regarding financial aid and the law school admissions process. It also provides training on resume writing, interviewing, networking, and other skills that will help participants in law school and beyond.