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Marianas Variety: High school seniors urged to 'start smart,' enroll at NMC (March 22, 2017)

NORTHERN Marianas College President Dr. Carmen Fernandez wants to see more local high school graduates enrolling at NMC this year.

In 2016, she said more than 600 students from CNMI high schools enrolled at NMC.

Since Monday, NMC has been holding a “Start Smart” seminar that aims to provide high school students financial aid information that will allow them to go to college.

Hundreds of seniors from private and public high schools are attending the seminar which will be concluded today, Wednesday, in Royal Taga Hall at the Saipan World Resort.

In an interview, Fernandez said this year’s seminar is significant because they chartered a plane to bring in students from Rota and Tinian.

She said students have many options at NMC which has more programs now.

“We are also in the process of having a casino-management certificate program,” she added.

One of the Start Smart guest speakers was NMC enrollment services director Manny T. Castro who spoke about the degree programs offered at the college.

Another guest speaker, Mount Carmel School president Galvin Deleon Guerrero, encouraged students to pursue a college education and take advantage of all the opportunities provided to them.

NMC administrative manager Kenneth Gabrido said 271 students attended the second day of the seminar.

These included 108 students from Marianas High School, 134 from Saipan Southern High School, 19 from Rota High School and 10 from Saipan International School.

NMC records administrator Jennifer Fejeran-Hanson said they encouraged the students to remain on island, enroll at NMC, spend time with family members and save money.

“They really enjoyed the day,” Fernandez said, “and most of the students I spoke with said they will enroll at NMC. They are motivated to attend the college and they’re happy to learn about all the support, assistance and scholarships available to them.”

On Monday, the seminar was attended by 130 students from Marianas High School, 45 from Tinian Junior Senior High School, 43 from Mount Carmel School, 18 from Agape Christian School, 16 from Marianas Baptist School, and 20 from Grace Christian Academy.

Today, Wednesday, the last day of the seminar, the participants will include 134 students from MHS, 100 from Kagman High School and 19 from Rota High School.

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