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Marianas Variety: NMC, UOG sign MOU for new bachelor's degree program (May 10, 2019)

NORTHERN Marianas College and the University of Guam on Thursday signed a memorandum of agreement for a new NMC bachelor’s degree program.

The MOU allows NMC students to pursue a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at UOG without leaving Saipan.

UOG President Thomas W. Krise called the new program “three + one.” “It will allow the students to do three years of the program at NMC and one year at UOG and finish with a bachelor’s degree without having to leave Saipan.”

UOG will either provide instructors, who will go to Saipan to teach students, or conduct online classes.

Krise hopes that the MOU will serve as model for future collaborations.

He said UOG also helped the NMC develop its bachelor’s degree program for primary education and secondary education.

As a public university in Micronesia and the Western Pacific, UOG also serves people outside Guam through educational opportunities, Krise said.

“We are explicitly told in our charter to serve the CNMI, Palau, FSM and the Marshall Islands. That regional mission really matters to us and the relationship with NMC is a key part of that regional mission,” he added.

NMC interim President Frankie Eliptico said the ultimate beneficiaries of the MOU are the students.

“Now they will be able to pass their certificate program, AA program and pursue the bachelor’s degree program which will guarantee their career growth and assure their pay level,” he added.

He said one of NMC’s goals is to meet the islands’ workforce development needs. “The MOU allowing NMC students to get a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice is one of the ways to do it. We want to make sure that NMC continues to meet more local workforce needs, including through a partnership with the University of Guam.”

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres witnessed the MOU signing ceremony in his conference room at the administration building.

Calling it a monumental achievement on the part of NMC and UOG, the governor hopes that their partnership will open more doors for opportunities in education.

Krise said the MOU is the first step toward other partnerships in the future.

“We can strengthen all of our students’ educational attainment in the region through our partnerships,” he added.

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