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Over 1,000 full-time students register at NMC this semester

AS of Wednesday, Northern Marianas College said it had 1,095 full-time equivalent or FTE students for the new semester.

Students are still allowed to add classes this week and the number of FTE’s may increase during the week, NMC said.

An FTE is calculated by taking the total number of credits a student has registered for and dividing that figure by 12, the minimum number needed to be a full-time student.

In her recent report to the board of regents, NMC President Sharon Y. Hart said the college had 926 FTE students three days after the early registration which started on Jan. 11.

“There is no mistaking that the college continues to play a central role in educating and training thousands of individuals each year, and this has been accomplished through our academic programs and other community programs that focus on training and development,” she said.

According to Hart, while it is important that they look at the number of students served under the 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.”

The college has served thousands of individuals in these programs, she added.

NMC sophomore Kono Remeliik said registration was very smooth.

“The registration process has greatly improved from previous semesters,” she said. “It’s really organized.”

Remeliik said her education at NMC is helping her prepare for a career that will allow her to help people.

“After graduating, I plan to pursue my bachelor’s degree and eventually come back to contribute to the economic development of the CNMI,” she added.

“This is my first time registering for classes,” said Kayla Dela Cruz, a new student at NMC. “Staff have been very helpful during the process.”

NMC admissions director Manny Castro said the first day of registration went very well, adding that many of their staff were being assisted by volunteers to ensure that students receive the assistance they need.

“We are also allowing students to send their registration forms by email so that they don’t need to be on campus to register,” Castro said.