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NMC seeks federal funds for construction of new facilities

AS part of its long-term recovery and rebuilding, Northern Marianas College is pursuing several federal funding sources for the construction of new facilities at its As Terlaje campus.

NMC Interim President Frankie Eliptico on Friday told the Board of Regents that the college is seeking assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s 428 or Alternative Procedures Public Assistance Program; a grant from the Economic Development Administration; a Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery; and grants and a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

FEMA’s Public Assistance Program will consider the costs of repairing the college’s damaged buildings. Eliptico said through FEMA’s Alternative Public Assistance Program, NMC could use the funds for the construction of new facilities.

“Currently, FEMA is undergoing its next level of assessment and cost estimate for the college,” he added.

As for a possible grant from the Economic Development Administration, he said the college submitted its application and required documents in July.

“We have also talked with EDA officials who traveled here to meet with us. We are still waiting for their formal decision,” Eliptico told the Regents.

Regarding the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery, the Northern Marianas Housing Corporation has been designated as the administrator of the program in the CNMI.

“The state plan and other activities for funds distribution are still being set up,” Eliptico said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a loan program that could assist facilities like NMC in achieving long-term recovery.

“This will require action from the Legislature so it can move forward,” Eliptico said. “We have submitted the documents required for pre-application. Once they give us the go-signal, we will proceed with the application.”

NMC lost 37 of its 39 classrooms when Typhoon Yutu hit Saipan and Tinian in Oct. 2018.

Since then, Eliptico said the college has been implementing short-term recovery or emergency renovations, including installing temporary pods as classrooms for students.