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NMC says it now offers more opportunities to students

NORTHERN Marianas College President Sharon Hart yesterday said the recent admission of the CNMI into the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, or WICHE, offers more opportunities to students who wish to pursue higher education.

Northern Marianas College President Sharon Hart was the Rotary Club’s guest speaker yesterday.  Photo by Raquel C. BagnolNorthern Marianas College President Sharon Hart was the Rotary Club’s guest speaker yesterday. Photo by Raquel C. Bagnol
Hart, who was yesterday’s guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Saipan meeting at the Hyatt, said the CNMI is the first U.S. territory to become a member of WICHE.

“We would like to thank the governor and the Legislature for endorsing the CNMI to become a WICHE member because this means lots of benefits for our students,” Hart said.

WICHE was established 55 years ago to promote the sharing of higher education resources among the nation’s western states.

WICHE membership will allow CNMI students to avail themselves of reduced tuition rates at 2- and 4- year public post-secondary institutions in 15 western states.

WICHE also has student exchange programs one of which allows students to enroll in out-of-state professional programs in 10 healthcare fields and pay reduced tuition. These medical fields include dentistry, medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, podiatry and veterinary medicine.

For graduate students or those pursuing a master’s degree or a doctorate, WICHE’s Western Regional Graduate Program enables students to enroll in more than 250 graduate programs and pay the lower resident tuition rate.

Hart said WICHE likewise offers hundreds of online degree courses which will particularly benefit Tinian and Rota students.

Hart said there are 18 computer units at the NMC Tinian campus.

“We are looking at opening these computers with fast internet connections for use at flexible times to fit the schedules of the students at a very minimum cost,” Hart said.

She noted that research shows that the more educated the states or territories are, the better the economy.

“.We have to have an educated workforce to improve our economy and NMC is there to help the students, even if it means sending them to the mainland to pursue higher education,” Hart said.

For more information, call NMC at 234-5498 or visit