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    Tuesday, February 19, 2019-8:43:22A.M.

     

     

     

     

     

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Lawmakers tour NMC

MEMBERS of the Legislature yesterday toured the Northern Marianas College campus in As Terlaje to see the condition of the facilities and the progress that have been made.

From left, Sen. Paul A. Manglona, Rep. Anthony T. Benavente, Rep. Edmund S. Villagomez and Rep. Ramon A. Tebuteb, look at the pictures displayed in the Northern Marianas College archives during a tour of the campus yesterday.  Photo by Emmanuel T. EredianoFrom left, Sen. Paul A. Manglona, Rep. Anthony T. Benavente, Rep. Edmund S. Villagomez and Rep. Ramon A. Tebuteb, look at the pictures displayed in the Northern Marianas College archives during a tour of the campus yesterday. Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano
The tour came after the senators and the House members met with college officials at a round-table discussion of the accreditation reaffirmation, the transition from junior college to senior college accreditation, the five-year strategic plans, progress in workforce development and the fiscal year budget request which is $7.8 million.

Those who attended the round-table discussion with NMC President Sharon Hart and the board of regents were Sens. Pete P. Reyes, R-Saipan; Paul A. Manglona, Ind.-Rota; Reps. Tony P. Sablan, IR-Saipan; Felicidad T. Ogumoro, R-Saipan; Lorenzo I. Deleon Guerrero, IR-Saipan; Tony R. Agulto, IR-Saipan; Roman C. Benavente, IR-Saipan; Anthony T. Benavente, Ind.-Saipan; Ramon A. Tebuteb, Ind.-Saipan; and Edmund S. Villagomez, Covenant-Saipan.

They were accompanied by NMC student ambassadors, Jonathan P. Sanchez and Kyanna M. Tenorio.

In an interview after the tour, Tebuteb said the round-table discussion and the tour were an opportunity for them as lawmakers to be part of the effort to further strengthen the college.

NMC, he said, belongs to the community so “we we need that input. Now it is a matter of our considering what was presented so we can take it to the next level.”

He said there are different ways to address the five-year strategic plan and the need to repair aging classrooms. One possibility is tapping capital improvement project money, he said.

Sablan, for his part, said they will look at the budget request and the justifications for it, taking into consideration the other obligations of the government.

They also have to take a look at the budget projection of the government. If the projection increases, the budget for NMC will be one of the priorities.

Roman C. Benavente, the chairman House Committee on Education, said that if the budget projection does not allow NMC to get the exact amount it is asking, he will push for a higher amount than the college’s current budget.