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NMC celebrates accreditation success

STUDENTS, staff members, instructors, employees, community members, lawmakers and other stakeholders yesterday celebrated the reaffirmation of Northern Marianas College’s accreditation.

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Makeshift tents were set up on campus to accommodate the participants in the three-hour gathering that started at 11 a.m.

The celebration recognized the people behind NMC’s achievement and to express the strong commitment of the institution to the needs of the community.

Volunteers and staff members prepared hamburgers, hotdogs, popcorn, cotton candy, cupcakes, and other refreshments.

“It’s incredible we are all so relieved now,” tourism and hospitality student Ohren Ohry said, referring to the lifting of NMC’s show-cause status by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

The re-affirmation of NMC’s accreditation was “a gift” to the CNMI, liberal arts student Victoria Hofschneider said.

NMC is needed by the CNMI and its closure would have been a disaster for the commonwealth, she added.

Frankie Eliptico, NMC external relations office director, said the gathering was held “to celebrate an important achievement and milestone achieved through hard work.”

Rep. Antonio R. Agulto and other lawmakers presented NMC with a copy of House Resolution 18-55 congratulating and commending the board of regents, NMC President Dr. Sharon Hart, staff, faculty, and students for the successful reaffirmation of the college’s accreditation.

Hart thanked all the stakeholders, especially the students, for believing in NMC.

Acting Gov. Jude U. Hofschneider lauded the college for its hard work and success

Sen. Ray N. Yumul said the legislative branch has been very supportive of the college, especially its students who, he added, “will start joining the workforce as new managers and supervisors, which will bring growth to the island.”

He added, “We will continue to find funding sources for the college.”

Associated Students of NMC president Chenglong “Alex” Chen said the college “works extremely hard” for the benefit of its students.

Nursing student Joy Lacorte said it was her fist time to “see the campus so excited and happy — I’m glad we have this event to highlight the hard work of the staff, faculty, administration and students.”