The Community Development Institute (CDI) is a unique department with programs providing training and services directly to individual residents, businesses, government agencies, and community organizations in the CNMI. CDI is the venue for all community courses, non-traditional courses, customized training, specialized academic courses, workforce, and community-based learning.
Through CDI, the following services can be tailored to your needs:
- Customized Courses- for personal, professional, and career needs;
- Creative Scheduling-courses are created with your time and dates in mind;
- On-Site Instruction-We Bring NMC to You;
- Courses are conducted on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota;
- Continuing Education Units (CEUs): Professional Course Sanctioning;
- Access to NMC Courses, Services and Facilities;
- Accelerated NMC Academic and Non-Academic Courses and Certification;
- Certificates, Associates, Bachelors, Masters, or Doctoral Degree Program Facilitation;
Extended Degrees and University Partnerships
This program provides opportunities for academic, career education, and training in collaboration with secondary and postsecondary educational institutions, professional organizations, and specific federal programs. Primary activities include the facilitation of baccalaureate and graduate degree programs through collaborative relationships and internships.
Through relationships with U.S. accredited institutions of higher learning, NMC can continually explore baccalaureate and advanced degree programs not currently offered at NMC. Current educational partnerships include:
Framingham State University (FSU)
FSU offers a Masters of Education in International Teaching, which is a two-year graduate program that has had thirteen (13) cohorts of students (totaling over 300 graduates);
Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
The CNMI Area Health Education Center is an extended service established by a cooperative agreement between the University of Hawaii and Northern Marianas College. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for Pacific Islanders and all inhabitants of the CNMI by increasing the supply of well-trained and culturally competent healthcare providers working in rural and underserved communities. Services include community-needs assessments, recruitment, and outreach, workforce and certification training.
Workforce Development and Certificate Training (WDCT) Programs
The WDCT program includes accelerated academic courses, law enforcement academies, customized training, and the Area Health Education Center (AHEC). The WDCT program is industry-based and strives to improve workforce training available in the CNMI. CDI provides training and education programs specifically in the fields of Education, Health, Public Safety, Tourism and Hospitality, Business, and workforce industry needs. This program provides a certificate of completion (academic and non-academic) and degree programs through an accelerated program arrangement. The WDCT program is designed around the schedule and needs of interested individuals while maintaining the academic rigor and requirements needed for the successful completion of such courses or certification.
CDI will tailor or customize all requested training to accommodate customers. Training programs may be arranged through proposals or Memoranda of Agreement at any time of the year. Training schedules are flexible and can be provided during the day or evening hours, on weekdays or weekends, on-campus, or at the job site; the needs of the client determine the training schedule. Preparatory courses leading to certification such as PRAXIS, NCLEX, SAT, ASVAB, English and Math Placement, and Computer Skill Assessments, etc., can also be arranged and offered under CDI.
Education to Go
In partnership with ed2go, NMC makes it convenient to take high-quality, noncredit online courses no matter where students are located. Hundreds of courses are available on many topics including accounting and finance, business, computer applications, health care and medical, language and arts, law and legal, personal development, teaching and education, technology, and writing. Ed2go is a division of Cengage Learning, Inc.
Programs are designed by a team of professionals from each respective field, providing effective web-based learning programs. Instructors/mentors are actively involved in the online learning experience, responding to any questions or concerns, as well as encouraging and motivating students to succeed. Effective lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow classmates help students gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They also have the flexibility to complete lessons at their convenience, with enough structure and support to complete a course. Courses may be accessed 24/7 from any location with an Internet connection.
Online career training programs are available to start anytime. The duration of these programs ranges from three to six months. An extension period is available if necessary. Many programs include an industry certification. Although web-based, expert instructors provide office hours and quick responses to all student questions.
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