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NMC to host two-day planning summit

NORTHERN Marianas College will host a strategic planning summit next week to discuss NMC’s role in the economic growth of the CNMI.

Acting Northern Marianas College President Leo Pangelinan, second left,  talks with NMC Board of Regents Chairman Juan Lizama during a break from their meeting. Photo by Junhan B. TodenoActing Northern Marianas College President Leo Pangelinan, second left, talks with NMC Board of Regents Chairman Juan Lizama during a break from their meeting. Photo by Junhan B. TodenoThe event will be attended by government and business leaders as well as other stakeholders in the community.

According to the college president, Dr. Sharon Y. Hart, the CNMI’s economic vitality is closely linked to an educated workforce.

“The strategic planning process, which is strongly supported by the Saipan Chamber of Commerce, brings our community together to discuss the college’s future, especially in strengthening its role as the engine of economic growth for the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands,” she said.

“Bold steps are needed to boost the upward trajectory of the CNMI — these steps must be pursued with the utmost urgency,” she added.

Hart said the strategic planning sessions will be led by Dennis Jones, president of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

The center has received “widespread acclaim for developing practical responses to the strategic issues facing public and private leaders, including higher education institutions across the nation, including Hawaii, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Indiana” she said.

She added that Jones is widely recognized for his work in developing public agendas to guide state higher education policymaking; financing, budgeting, and resource allocation methodologies for use at both state and institutional levels; and for linking higher education with states’ workforce and economic development needs.

On the final day of the summit, Jones will lead a planning retreat for college employees.

Funding for this project is provided through a grant that NMC received from the U.S. Department of the Interior-Office of Insular Affairs.