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Despite Impact from Typhoon, NMC Sees Strong Enrollment for Fall 2015 Semester (Oct. 9, 2015)

The College continues to see strong, healthy enrollment numbers for the past few years, and this year’s Fall 2015 enrollment is no different despite the devastating impact from Typhoon Soudelor.

According to Leo Pangelinan, Dean of Students Services, the number of full time equivalent (FTE) students who have registered for the Fall 2015 semester is 1,237 as of Oct. 9, 2015.

“Although this is a slight decrease of about 2% from last year Fall 2015, it still is one of the highest enrollments at the Northern Marianas College ever,” Pangelinan said.

Full Time Equivalency (FTE) is calculated by taking the total number credits students have registered for and dividing that figure by 12 (minimum number needed to be a full time student).

Pangelinan noted that the College had earlier released incorrect enrollment numbers due to a reporting error. The error pegged full time enrollment at a higher number.

In addition to the students enrolled in credit programs, the College also has numerous noncredit and extension programs that serve thousands of individuals every year. These programs include NMC Cooperative Research Extension and Education Services (CREES), the Community Development Institute, the Adult Basic Education Program, and other certificate programs.

In a campus assembly held before semester started, NMC President Sharon Hart thanked all the employees who had worked extremely hard to prepare the campus for the opening of classes.

The College sustained significant damage as a result of Typhoon Soudelor. Some of its buildings are still unusable because of the extent of the destruction. It is working with FEMA and other agencies to identify and secure funds for rebuilding.

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