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Marianas Variety: Torres to pay NCLEX fees of NMC students (September 29, 2017)

GOVERNOR Ralph Torres made 17 nursing students of Northern Marianas College happy when he told them that he will pay for their NCLEX fee which costs $300 per student.

NCLEX stands for National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

Torres on Tuesday was back at NMC as guest speaker of the Current Issues class of instructors Barry Wickman and Guadalupe Borja-Robinson.

He also spoke to the class on Thursday last week.

On Tuesday, Natasha Quitugua told the governor that she is planning to take the examination next year after she graduates from college in May. But she added that the NCLEX fee is too expensive for many students.

The governor asked how many plan to take the NCLEX next year. The students responded that there are about 17 of them.

The governor then told them that he will pay for their NCLEX fee, and joked that they should also promise him that they will pass the exam.

Joining the governor at NMC were his chief of staff Matthew Deleon Guerrero, press secretary Kevin Bautista and information specialist Daisy Demapan.

NMC President Carmen Fernandez commended the governor for meeting the students and making education one of his administration’s top priorities.

“I am thankful to the governor,” she said. “It really shows how much he cares about the students and that they are his priorities. He has always been very supportive of the college even when he was still a congressman, a senator, lt. governor and now as the governor. He is always concerned for the students’ welfare.”

She also thanked the governor for increasing NMC’s budget to $4.8 million from $4.4 million in the last fiscal year.

She added that NMC also received a $1 million supplemental budget in the last fiscal year and will get $2 million to $3 million in supplemental funding in the current fiscal year.

“Additional funding will help us pay for important programs in the medical field such as radiology and medical assisting so we’re hoping to see how we can advance in those areas. At this rate, we should be moving forward with all our programs,” Fernandez said.

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