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NMC celebrates College Month

NORTHERN Marianas College is the right place to start your higher education, acting Gov. Jude U. Hofschneider said yesterday as he urged students to pursue higher education.

Northern Marianas College students, instructors and staff attend the signing of the College Month proclamation in room D1 yesterday.  Photo by Junhan B. TodenoNorthern Marianas College students, instructors and staff attend the signing of the College Month proclamation in room D1 yesterday. Photo by Junhan B. Todeno
“I’m a firm believer that a vibrant economy depends on how well educated the community is,” he said.

He commended the previous and present leadership of NMC for keeping the college “going and accredited.”

Hofschneider also thanked the international students for enrolling at NMC, saying their presence says a lot about the institution’s reputation.

The acting governor was at NMC yesterday for the signing of the proclamation designating November as College Month.

The proclamation was read by education student Jojo Cruz.

“For more than a quarter century,” the proclamation stated, “Northern Marianas College has been fostering student success; many of its graduates are now business, government, and community leaders in the CNMI and abroad, and through the College Access Challenge Grant, NMC continues to assist students from all backgrounds to enroll and succeed in college by providing financial assistance, tutoring and counseling services, academic advising, and other programs and services.”

NMC College Access Challenge Grant outreach counselor Hedwig Hofschneider said the goal of College Month is to promote a college-going culture in the CNMI, and to encourage students of the commonwealth to enroll, remain and succeed in college.

“We will be educating the community about the benefits of obtaining a college degree, different ways to fund a college education, and the college-preparatory services available,” he said.

This month, he added. they will have lots of activities on Saipan, Tinian and Rota, including Start Smart Seminars, Cash for College, and community outreach movie nights.

Hart reported to the students that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges agreed to place NMC’s baccalaureate degree accreditation under its purview.

This means that NMC’s elementary education students will remain eligible for Pell grants and other federal financial assistance.