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NMC to Host TRiO Open House (February 17, 2009)

The Northern Marianas College will be hosting an open house event on Wednesday, February 18, 2009, that will feature three of its federally-funded programs. The three programs, which are all a part of “TRiO,” include Student Support Services (SSS), the Educational Talent Search (ETS) Program, and the Upward Bound (UB) Program. The ETS open house will be held in Building I, and the UB and SSS open houses will be held at Building J at the College’s As Terlaje campus. All open houses will run from 1pm to 6pm on Wednesday.

“The TRiO open house is a great opportunity for students and other community members to learn about the different programs that NMC offers,” NMC President Dr. Fernandez said. “I especially encourage parents to come find out how we can help their children prepare for college success.

The SSS program is committed to meeting student needs for career guidance, financial support for college, and related support programs to lend support to student achievement.

The ETS program identifies and assists individuals who have the potential to succeed in higher education and aims to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed in high school and enroll in the postsecondary education institution of their choice. It is also designed to help high school students prepare for college.

The UB program provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance and opportunities to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families along with high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

All TRiO programs are 100% federally funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, TRiO programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

All community members are encouraged to participate in the open house event. For more information, please log on to or call 234-5498 at the following extensions: Marian Tudela (UB), ext. 1278; Janice Tenorio (SSS), ext. 1282; and Jeanette Villagomez (ETS), ext. 1347.

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