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1,191 students enroll at NMC for fall semester, registration ongoing

AS of Friday, close to 1,200 full-time students had enrolled at Northern Marianas College for this fall semester.

Students who want to add or drop their subject fall in line to avail themselves of the 100 percent refund only for this week at Northern Marianas College. Photo by Junhan B. TodenoStudents who want to add or drop their subject fall in line to avail themselves of the 100 percent refund only for this week at Northern Marianas College. Photo by Junhan B. TodenoThe figure shows an 11 percent increase over the same period last year, but NMC expects to have more students following the extension of the registration until Aug. 24.

“There are many factors that have encouraged many students to enroll at the college,” NMC Students Services Dean Leo Pangelinan said.

Based on the preliminary report from the college’s Office of Admissions and Records, 1,191 full time equivalent students registered during the first week of registration.

Last year, during the same period, 1,075 registered.

To accommodate more students for the fall 2012 semester, the registration at NMC will continue until Friday. Students may register between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

Yesterday, NMC officially opened its classes for the fall semester.

This week, students are still allowed to add or drop  subjects and get a 100 percent refund.

Throughout the extended registration period, only students who have completed the admission requirements and have taken the English and math placement tests will be eligible to register.

Pangelinan said another factor in the increase of enrolment in this semester is the various activities provided to students through the College Access Challenge Grant program, including the Start Smart seminars on Saipan, Rota and Tinian conducted last year.

“We’ve also had multiple information sessions where NMC asked current students to share their experiences with the community. We also hosted the highly successful Cash for College seminar, which was aimed at helping students find financial assistance to pay for their college expenses,” he added.

He said more than 400 students attended the last Cash for College event.

“Because of our current economic climate, many students are also enrolling in classes to sharpen or improve their skills and knowledge as they look to advance their careers,” he added.

Pangelinan said the CNMI scholarship office, for its part, has implemented new regulations requiring new scholarship applicants to attend NMC for their first two years in college in order to receive financial assistance.

Moreover, the college now offers the TEACH grant, which provides scholarship funds to students pursuing a teaching career, he added.


NMC President Sharon Y. Hart, said the last few years, the college has served thousands of individuals in non-credit programs.

“While it is important that we look at the number of students served under our credit programs, it is equally important that we look at the numbers served in our non-credit programs like the Community Development Institute and the Adult Basic Education program,” she said.

There is no mistaking that the college plays a central role in educating and training tens of thousands of individuals each year, she added.

“This has been accomplished through our academic programs and other community programs that focus on training and development,” Hart said.

She added that the college is also refocusing its recruitment efforts on adult students who have delayed enrollment for one reason or another.

NMC, she said, has recently established a “Climb Higher” program aimed at recruiting adult students and providing them with the resources they need to earn a degree.

Class schedules and other information about registration can be accessed by visiting the Fall 2012 Registration Page on the NMC website,