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Marianas Variety: 24 obtain master's degrees from Framingham State University (May 8, 2018)

TWENTY-FOUR individuals, most of them teachers in the Public School System, received master's degrees from Framingham State University at the multi-purpose center on Saturday.

According to Northern Marianas College President Carmen Fernandez, the degrees are in education with a concentration in international teaching.

'Basically, it is a partnership with Framingham,' she said. 'The college is the one taking care of the logistics ' classrooms and materials. We support the program,' Fernandez said, adding that the NMC-Framingham partnership has been going on for more than 10 years now.

The collaboration with Framingham was made possible through NMC's Extended Degrees and University Partnerships program.

Framingham State University offers a master of education in international teaching and is preparing to implement a master of education in special education program. Highly qualified FSU instructors from throughout the U.S. travel to Saipan to meet their students here and conduct courses. So far, 200 individuals in the CNMI have successfully completed the program requirements for the master's degree program.

The individuals conferred an M.Ed. degree by FSU professor Joanne Newcombe on Saturday were Jolene S. Aguon of Kagman High School; Patrick John Muna Alepuyo, Garapan Elementary School; Bobby Nelson S. Baldazo, Mount Carmel School; Ina Taimano Bermudes, Kagman Elementary School; Meridon Menis Binay-an, a registered nurse at the Commonwealth Health Center; Karen Echon Camacho, Saipan Southern High School; Lareyna Norita Camacho, Kagman Elementary School; Maria Theresa M. Camacho, San Vicente Elementary School; Sharleen Benavente Crisostomo, Hopwood Middle School; Bonny Lynn Cruz, Koblerville Elementary School; Armi D. Cucal, San Vicente Elementary School; James Edward S. Dela Cruz, Marianas High School; Sancho E. Escober, Hopwood Middle School; Chang Whan Jang, Hopwood Middle School; Le'ah Marie Aguon Murphy, Koblerville Elementary School; Riya Nathrani, William S. Reyes Elementary School; Romolo Orsini, Marianas High School; Bertha Flores Orsini, Oleai Elementary School; Vinni Orsini, Hopwood Middle School; Hilda V. Rios, Tanapag Middle School; Joseph Vincent Guiao San Nicolas, Chacha Oceanview Middle School; Kassandra April Snodgrass, Koblerville Elementary School; Joshua Villagomez, Chacha Oceanview Middle School; and YiXin Zhang, Green Meadow School.

Vinni Giovanni Flores Orsini said obtaining his master's degree gives him more confidence as an educator. 'I feel I am more prepared to make an impact on students' lives and I am really glad that I learned so much from my professors and also from my classmates who took the course with me.'

He said their training prepared them 'to teach anybody in the world, any culture, any age, any race, at any level of ability or disability. Everyone has the opportunity to learn. Everyone is worth teaching ' everyone can learn from everyone else.'

At 66, Chang Whan Jang is the oldest in the group. But he said 'it is never too late to learn.'

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