Promotion, Retention, Opportunities, Advancement
Helping Students Navigate their Path to a College Degree
Project PROA offers FREE tutoring and mentoring, activities, workshops, and resources to high school and college students.
The PROA Center is temporarily located at the CNMI Archives in Building O. Project PROA is open Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm (on-campus/virtually) 5:00pm - 8:00pm (virtually by appointment only) and on Saturdays, 8:00am - 6:00pm (virtually by appointment only).
What is Project PROA?
The mission of Project Promotion Retention Opportunities Advancement (PROA) is to improve and expand the capacity of indigenous Chamorro and Carolinian students* in Saipan, Tinian, and Rota by increasing the proportion of those who enroll and graduate on time at NMC.
Project PROA’s goals are to increase science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career interest among students and provide financial literacy education to students and their families through tutoring and mentoring and activities and workshops.
*As a federally-funded program under the U.S. Department of Education's Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) grant, Project PROA serves all enrolled high school and college students.
What services does Project PROA provide?
Project PROA provides the following services to high school and college students:
- Academic, STEM & Financial Literacy, and mentorship activities
- Academic advising support and financial literacy counseling
- College Mentoring
- In-person/virtual mentoring
- In-class mentoring in all BE111 sections
- Embedded Tutoring
- In-person/virtual tutoring in all math or science courses via 1:1 or group sessions
- In-class/virtual tutoring in all math courses up to MA132, BI101, and EG101
- Computer/Printer Access, Resources*, & Study Space
- Printing/copying services, course textbooks, calculators, laptops, tablets, headphones, musical instruments, and study space are available at the PROA Center *All resources can only be used at the PROA Center.
How do I apply for Project PROA?
The Proa Pathways program is a cooperative arrangement between the Northern Marianas College (NMC) and Portland State University (PSU) under the U.S. Department of Education’s Asian American Native American Pacific Islanders Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) grant. This program supports Asian American and Pacific Islander students as they graduate from NMC and transfer to PSU by providing services that will help them identify career paths in STEM, receive mentorship and guidance, and gain research experience that aligns with their educational and career goals in preparation for their transition.
The Proa Pathways Application will be available soon!
Opens: October 2, 2023
Closes: December 1, 2023
Letters of Recommendation Due: December 1, 2023
Notice of Selection: January 5, 2024
Onboarding: January 15-19, 2024
What are the eligibility requirements?
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Have completed at least one year of undergraduate coursework by Spring 2024
- Be enrolled full-time at the time of application (or have completed an AA/AS)
- Must be interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) or related field
- Upon completing an associate's degree from NMC, applicant must intend to transfer to Portland State University in Fall 2025 **Consideration will be given if the applicant intends to transfer in Fall 2024
How to Apply?
Step 1: Must complete a Proa Pathways application.
Step 2: Commit to attending the one (1) week Summer Research Academy at Portland State University in June 2024.
Step 3:Register for Gateway course and complete ED102 - Introduction to Research & Scholarship by Spring 2025.
How to Apply for the Accelerated Pathway?
Step 1: Must complete a Proa Pathways application.
Step 2: Must complete the Fall 2024 Admissions Application at PSU.
Step 3: Must commit to moving to Portland, Oregon in June 2024 to attend the one (1) week Summer Research Academy at PSU, New Student Transfer Orientation, and Summer Research Immersion Program from July to September 2024.
Step 4: Must register and complete ED102 - Introduction to Research & Scholarship at NMC in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024.
For more information about the program, please contact projectproa@marianas.
2023 Project Press September Issue
Check out our NMC Youtube Channel to view Project PROA's STEM and Financial Literacy videos:
Project PROA and the Science Mathematics Health and Athletics (SMHA) department hosted NMC's 3rd Annual Research Symposium on Friday, April 14th from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at the Crowne Plaza Resort Saipan Hibiscus Hall.
The symposium featured a collection of research projects from students and faculty across the different degree programs who will showcase their work.
Camp PROA is a summer bridge program aimed to help high school students be college and career ready through various engaging activities and opportunities in STEM fields and much more!
Project PROA Director
Counselor (Student Support)
Program Manager (Student Resources)
Counselor (Career Support)
Counselor (Tutoring and Mentoring Support)
Project PROA Tinian Site Coordinator
Interim Project PROA Rota Site Coordinator