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ABE Instructors Undergo Orientation (September 16, 2008)

To help prepare its adult educators for the Fall 2008 semester, the Northern Marianas College’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program recently conducted a training orientation designed to promote the effectiveness of classroom instructors.

The orientation, held on August 22, 2008, at the Palms Resort Hotel, commenced with a presentation by ABE State Director Lorraine T. Cabrera, who updated returning adjunct instructors of the requirements and expectations of ABE classes and assessment.

Pamela Buckingham and Barbara Merfalen, NMC instructors, were then invited to present on the topic, “How to Teach Adult Learners.” They shared their own experiences, knowledge and insights about teaching adult learners. Buckingham and Merfalen also incorporated learning activities that participants demonstrated to share teaching techniques and strategies that research and s! tudies have found to be most effective with adult learners.

In attendance were NMC President Dr. Carmen Fernandez, COMPASS Dean Tee Abraham, ABE PC/Instructor Elsie Cabrera, ABE PC/Counselor Velma Mafnas, and ABE Admin Manager Lenny Morales. ABE adjunct faculty included Jesus Taisague, Mercedes Deleon Guerrero, Mark Haag, Barry Wicksman, Lek Algaeir, Thomas Colton, Dominick Palestino, Candida Bahillo, Doris Chong, Monica Pangelinan, Dean Reedstrum, Thomas Tebuteb, Arnold Dision, Gonzalo Santos, and Maria H. Aguon. ABE workstudy students included Livia Pangelinan and Anna Deleon Guerrero.

The staff and adjunct instructor training is made possible by a grant from the United States Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education.

For more information about the ABE Program, log on to or contact the ABE office at 234-5498 Ext 1723 or 1724.

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