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Financial limitations not a hindrance in pursuing college, say education officials

EDUCATION officials yesterday emphasized the importance of a college education and why financial constraints should not be an issue.

Northern Marianas College President Dr. Sharon Y. Hart and staff provided information to high school students regarding the assistance and support available to them.

Education Commissioner Dr. Rita A. Sablan speaks during the Smart Start seminar of  Northern Marianas College in Taga Royal Hall at Saipan World Resort.  Photo by Junhan B. TodiñoEducation Commissioner Dr. Rita A. Sablan speaks during the Smart Start seminar of Northern Marianas College in Taga Royal Hall at Saipan World Resort. Photo by Junhan B. Todiño
Yesterday, about 300 students from Kagman High School and Saipan Southern High School attended the second day of NMC’s Start Smart seminar in Taga Royal Hall at Saipan World Resort.

High school students learned about programs offered by the local college. They also learned that at NMC, “you’ll pay half of what you would spend at a four-year university for the first two years. NMC’s affordable tuition means more money for books, supplies, and gadgets. It also means less debt….”

Education Commissioner Dr. Rita A. Sablan encouraged the students to grab the opportunity offered by NMC as well as local and federal financial assistance programs.

“There’s lot of teachers enrolled at NMC that are now [with the Public School System] and they are very successful,” she said, adding that attending college will result in fulfilling careers.

In an interview, student Kun Hee Lee of Saipan Southern High School said the seminar was very helpful.

Another student from SSHS, Yong Jeong Lim, said she was thankful for the presentation which she described as “enlightening.”

Jace Pineda of Kagman High School said the seminar provided guidance to students who want to pursue a college education.

“I am thinking about starting at NMC and taking up biology,” she said.

Jessie Santos of Kagman High School said the support and guidance provided by NMC encourage students like him to go to college.

KagHS vice principal Leila Staffler said many of their graduates enroll at NMC.

“It’s very accessible and they have very good choices at NMC,” she added.

The Smart Start seminar is one of NMC’s activities in November which is College Month.

Other activities include Cash for College which provides students with one-on-one assistance in completing financial aid forms, and the College Access Challenge Grant program which helps students enroll and succeed in college.

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