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NMC brings back academic courses to Rota and Tinian. (August 24, 2017)

(NMC) — Northern Marianas College announced that it has resumed providing academic classes on Tinian and Rota.

The classes are offered as part of the college’s Fall 2017 semester, which began earlier this week. The college had suspended classes several years ago based on accreditation related concerns.

“This is a historic milestone for Northern Marianas College and a tremendous step forward in expanding Northern Marianas College’s services for the residents of Tinian and Rota,” according to NMC President Carmen Fernandez.

Fernandez stressed the NMC centers on Tinian and Rota were already providing other learning and support services and workforce training, and the resumption of academic offerings on these two islands will allow residents to work toward their degree without having to leave.

The college also currently runs programs that are part of the Cooperative Research, Extension, and Education Service, and workforce development trainings from NMC’s Community Development Institute, on Rota and Tinian.

Fernandez stated that the new executive directors of the NMC centers on Tinian and Rota, Maria Aguon and Martin Mendiola, respectively, have been working extremely hard to ensure that the college is meeting local workforce and educational needs.

The classes offered on Tinian include criminal justice courses that began earlier this week. The classes on Rota will be offered later in the semester.

“We’re also growing the distance learning components of our academic programs in Tinian and Rota so students can earn college credits online,” added Fernandez.

Fernandez also acknowledged Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig and Tinian Mayor Joey San Nicolas for their support of the College’s efforts on Rota and Tinian. She also thanked the islands’ delegations for their help.

Earlier this week the college announced that its enrollment for the Fall 2017 semester climbed from last year.

According to the college, the number of full-time equivalent students who had enrolled for the Fall 2017 semester was 1,168 as of Aug. 21, 2017. This is an increase of more than 6 percent over the same period last year. This figure is expected to rise even more since many students are still registering this week.

Northern Marianas College is accredited by the Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association for Schools and Colleges.

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