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NMC-PSS to Host Seminar for High School Seniors (January 28, 2010)

In cooperation with the CNMI Public School System (PSS), the Northern Marianas College (NMC) will be hosting its second Senior Start Smart Seminar, a workshop geared towards educating high school seniors about college. The event will be made possible through federal funds provided by the College Access Challenge Project, a grant program under the United States Department of Education.

The Start Smart seminar will be comprised of various presentations from PSS, NMC and NMC Alumni. With the guidance of NMC and PSS staff, students will be given a broad overview of options for grants and various financial assistance programs available at the College. Hands-on activities will also be a part of the seminar to help enhance exposure on proper ways to filling and completing college applications and financial aid forms.

Aside from personal guidance, current NMC students and alumni will also be sharing personal views and experiences of life on the college level and using NMC as an example. Presenters will share options of academic programs being offered at NMC. Academic options include: education, nursing, criminal justice, liberal arts, business, and hospitality management.

“The Start Smart Seminar is an excellent way to provide high school seniors a comfortable forum to learn and ask questions about what college is like and what college life usually entails,” said NMC Dean of Student Services Leo Pangelinan. “We are looking forward to engaging the students and helping them prepare for life after high school.”

The first Senior Start Smart Seminar was held last year in March with students from Marianas High School, Kagman High School and Saipan Southern High School. The Start Smart seminar to be held next month will be comprised of new senior students from the same respective schools.

“We want to ensure that we work vigorously once again with PSS staff for a successful outcome of the upcoming Start Smart session. Most importantly, we would like to reach our goal in educating high school students about their future in college,” said NMC Interim President Lorraine T. Cabrera.

“We greatly appreciate the assistance and cooperation of PSS staff and faculty in our efforts to facilitate the workshop,” added Interim President Cabrera.

The upcoming Senior Start Smart Seminar is scheduled to be held on February 8-9, 2010, at the Saipan World Resort's Taga Hall. The event will be from 8:00 am to 2:45 pm.

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