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NMC-ABE Tinian Students Gear Up for Graduation (May 10, 2010)

The Northern Marianas College’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) program will be graduating 20 students from its Tinian Instructional Site's at the College’s 30th Commencement Exercise scheduled for May 22.

The Adult School (AS), a High School Equivalency Program under ABE, extends a second opportunity for interested individuals who would like to obtain a high school equivalency diploma. Interested individuals who are 17 years old or older and who have been out of school for at least six months are eligible to enroll in the program given that they are classified as a citizen of the United States, a CNMI resident, or an FAS citizen.

This AS Program is designed to meet the needs of working adults. The Adult School Program consists of two phases: Academic Skills (Phase I) and Career Skills (Phase II).

The Academic Skills component is a series of five modules covering essential life and work skills. These five modules include Occupational Knowledge, Community Resources, Consumer Economics, Health, and Government and Law.

The Career Skills component under Phase II consists of one of the following three programs: Career Courses, On-the-Job Experience, or Advanced Academic Skills. To meet the technological demands of society, students who are enrolled at the Tinian Instructional Site are encouraged to take up computer literacy courses.

The Tinian Instructional Site has been successfully graduating students from the Adult School since spring 2005. As of today, students who have graduated from the Adult School Program have obtained a job or a promotion, joined the military, or advanced into post secondary institutions.

Mr. Ryan Dela Cruz, an alumnus of the AS program and who was also a part of NMC’s graduating class of 2007, is now working at the Tinian Junior Senior High School as Librarian Aide and Information Technician.

"Adult School is a wonderful program, and I believe that everybody in life should have a second chance. The Adult School gave me that chance," said Dela Cruz.

NMC staff are currently preparing for the upcoming Tinian Adult School banquet scheduled for May 12, 2010. The banquet will start off with mass at the San Jose Church.

A total of 20 students will be receiving a high school equivalency diploma during NMC's 30th Commencement Exercise scheduled for May 22, 2010. The students will be traveling to Saipan a day prior to participate in the graduation rehearsal.

"The students are very excited to finally complete this chapter in their life. The community is invited to attend this special event," said Maria Aguon, Tinian Instructional Site Program Coordinator.

To enroll in the NMC ABE program, interested individuals may pick up an application at the Tinian Instructional Site. NMC will begin accepting applications for Academic Year 2010-2011 on May 24 - July 23, 2010. First day of instruction for Academic Year 2010-2011 is scheduled for August 16, 2010.

For more information about the Tinian ABE program, please contact Maria H. Aguon at the Tinian Instructional Site at 433-0657/0649 or email [email protected].

Individuals interested in instructing courses in the AS program are encouraged to submit their applications to NMC Human Resource Office located in building P. All applications will be forwarded to the ABE State Office for review and then routed to respective content area departments for certification.

The Adult Basic Education Program receives the bulk of its funding from the US Department of Education/ Office of Vocational and Adult Education.

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