In support of Northern Marianas College’s commitment to the health and safety of its campus community, the College has announced that beginning in the Fall 2021 semester, the COVID-19 vaccination would be part of the health clearance requirements for students who are enrolled in face-to-face or in-person classes.

The vaccination requirement allows NMC to offer a fuller range of in-person campus experiences in the fall, including co-curricular activities and events. Additionally, vaccination remains the most effective way to protect those who are not able to receive vaccination (children under age 12 and those who are medically exempted) and to bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end. Further, the vaccine requirement furthers the CNMI’s goal of reaching herd immunity against the COVID-19 virus.




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13 Cadets from the Northern Marianas College Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program returned from Guam after participating in the semi-annual Field Training Exercise (FTX) with the University of Guam ROTC program. The four-day exercise exposed the NMC Cadets to US military weapons, combat movements and patrols, and tactical decision-making. The NMC Cadets carried ruck sacks and maneuvered across the arduous jungle terrain at the Radio Barrigada Training Area.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Anderson, the Professor of Military Science for NMC and UOG ROTC, the NMC Cadets performed extremely well and held their own in comparison to the over 70 UOG Cadets at the FTX. “The NMC Cadets came to Guam extremely motivated,” LTC Anderson said, “and after enduring the necessary quarantine, they met up with their teammates from UOG and gave it their all to support their teammates, despite the extreme heat and physically and mentally strenuous training. I’m so proud of them.”

Several of the NMC Cadets returned to Saipan with prestigious awards in hand based on their performance during the FTX. Lewis Camacho earned recognition as the “Hero of the Battle” for the NMC Cadets, and Andy Magofna earned recognition as NMC’s “Top Cadet” during the FTX. Mariah Katelyn Gapasin was acknowledged to be NMC’s “Most Motivated Cadet.” Lewis Camacho was also named “Top Freshman” in his combined NMC/ROTC platoon, and LTC Anderson noted that Camacho has “incredible future leadership potential.”

NMC Sophomore Cadet Frannie Manibusan, who led the NMC Cadets on their journey to Guam, said, “we did our best to be prepared, and I just tried to encourage everyone to do the best they can do. After experiencing FTX, it really showed us our strengths and weaknesses, and upon returning to Saipan, it makes us more determined to work harder and push past our limits.”

Andy Magofna, who was named “Top Cadet” for the NMC Cadets at the FTX, said, “I just kept trying to strive forward and never back down. I saw everything as a challenge, and I learned so much from my peers at the FTX.”

Like Magofna and Manibusan, Lewis Camacho was grateful to attend the training. He said, “it was an amazing experience getting to know all of the UoG Cadets, and applying everything we learned in the classroom at NMC in the field. I just want to say thank you to the NMC ROTC Cadre for putting their faith in us and coordinating for our flights to Guam and the training at the FTX.”

NMC’s “Most Motivated Cadet,” Mariah Katelyn Gapasin noted that “I stayed motivated and kept telling myself, ‘if they can do this, you can do this.’ I knew the other Cadets were struggling as much as I was, and I shouldn’t be thinking about myself.”

At the completion of the FTX, the UOG senior cadets treated all of the participants to a barbecue, where they all celebrated the lessons they had learned and the team that had been built during the training.

The NMC ROTC Cadets who successfully completed the Field Training Exercise on Guam include Frannie Manibusan, Andy Magofna, Noel Cabrera, Lewis Camacho, John Dimalanta, John Bautista, Vanessa Falig, Mariah Katelyn Gapasin, Tyrell Ngewakl, Kelvin Ordonez, Jeffrey Seo, Daryll De Luna, and Jan Socorro.

Northern Marianas College’s ROTC program is the premiere leadership development program in the CNMI, producing dynamic leaders for the CNMI, the Pacific, and the United States of America.

For more information on NMC's ROTC program, visit www.marianas.edu.  

NMC ROTC Cadet Mariah Katelyn Gapasin stayed motivated while carrying a ruck sack during extreme heat on Guam during the ROTC Spring 2021 Field Training Exercise from April 8-11, 2021.

Training Hard. NMC ROTC Cadet Mariah Katelyn Gapasin stayed motivated while carrying a ruck sack during extreme heat on Guam during the ROTC Spring 2021 Field Training Exercise from April 8-11, 2021.

NMC ROTC Cadet Lewis Camacho (right) trained with Cadets from the University of Guam such as Gavin Pangelinan (left) and Gabe Aguon. Pangelinan is a former NMC ROTC Cadet and Saipan Southern High School graduate.

Future Officers. NMC ROTC Cadet Lewis Camacho (right) trained with Cadets from the University of Guam such as Gavin Pangelinan (left) and Gabe Aguon. Pangelinan is a former NMC ROTC Cadet and Saipan Southern High School graduate.

Cadets from the NMC ROTC program integrated with Cadets from the UOG ROTC program during the Spring 2021 Field Training Exercise from April 8-11, 2021 in Guam.

Patrolling. Cadets from the NMC ROTC program integrated with Cadets from the UOG ROTC program during the Spring 2021 Field Training Exercise from April 8-11, 2021 in Guam.

NMC ROTC Cadet John Dimalanta executed combat training scenarios while participating in the ROTC Spring 2021 Field Training Exercise from April 8-11, 2021 on Guam.

No Quit. NMC ROTC Cadet John Dimalanta executed combat training scenarios while participating in the ROTC Spring 2021 Field Training Exercise from April 8-11, 2021 on Guam.