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Learning Support Services

The purpose of the Learning Support Services is to support under-prepared and challenged students by providing academic support services to accomplish and sustain the Northern Marianas College Mission.

Early Admission

An applicant seeking admission under the Early Admissions program maintains concurrent enrollment in high school and is under the age of 18.


  • A completed admission application by the application deadline;
  • A $25 (non-refundable) application fee;
  • Official transcripts from any high school(s) and/or college(s) attended. Official transcripts are in a sealed envelope bearing the official seal of the school issuing the transcript.
  • Photo copy of a valid, government-issued photo identification
  • Completed NMC Health Evaluation Form
  • Parental Permission Form
  • A completed Authorization to Release Directory Form
  • Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
    • A recommendation from the applicant's high school counselor or principal attesting to the applicant's ability to perform academically at the college level. (If GPA is below 3.0 but not lower than 2.0)
  • Placement at or above the College's EN 93 level equivalent for reading and EN 94 level equivalent for writing.

Early Intervention

The Early Intervention counselor also works closely with student on probation, suspension, and dismissal review options for continued enrollment and identify resources to support academic success.

Disability Support Services

Students with disabilities are encouraged to inform a counselor of his/her condition upon enrollment at the college. A counselor will interview each student, review supporting documentation, assist in determining the student's needs, and coordinate campus/community resources to ensure the student receives reasonable accommodations and access to educational programs and support services.

Academic Advising

Working with academic advisors is a key aspect of college life and our role in preparing students for active learning and leadership within the CNMI and global communities. Seeing one's academic advisor is not only a required part of our enrollment process, but also a crucial step toward independence, preparation, and achievement. At the core of academic advising is our unwavering commitment to assist students in developing meaningful academic plans that are consistent with personal educational and life goals.

The counseling staff are academic advisors for the following groups of students:

Liberal Arts majors, Undeclared/Undecided, Early Admissions, and Northern Marianas Academy.

Services to faculty advisors include but are not limited to: bi-annual training for all new and ongoing advisors and quarterly, in-service workshops; provision of current and accurate advising information; and information/referrals to appropriate institutional or community support services as needed.

Transfer Admissions Planning

The Counseling Center keeps catalogs and transfer admissions information for select four-year colleges and universities on Guam, Hawaii, and the U.S. Mainland. The counseling staff also works closely with academic departments to develop transfer articulation agreements with these schools and a system for tracking transferable courses. All NMC students have access to the Counseling Center staff, computers, and printing in preparation for transfer to a four-year college/university beyond NMC.

Student Success Series

The counseling center staff offer educational workshops for students throughout the year to enhance learning and address student needs and issues. The following workshops are offered regularly as part of the Center's Student Success Series:

    Study Skills

    The counseling center staff offers educational workshops for students throughout the year to enhance learning and address student needs and issues. The following workshops are offered regularly as part of the Center's Student Success Series:

    Study Skills

    Learn techniques and strategies for more effective studying. Topics explored include understanding your personal learning style, setting goals, effective note taking, dealing with procrastination, and knowing when to ask for help.

    Feeling Down? We Can Help!

    Starting college can add many new demands to your life. It is normal to feel 'down'' sometimes and need some additional support. During this session you will learn how to tell the difference between the common experience of 'feeling blue'' and the more serious forms of depression. College and community resources for support will also be shared.

    Time Management - Have time for it all!

    Learn effective techniques for making the most efficient use of your time. Topics explored include keeping a detailed schedule, goal planning, time wasters, and the top 20 time management techniques. Templates for free planners will also be distributed.

    Managing Stress for Success!

    Stress is a normal part of every college student's life, but you can learn how to control it before it controls you! Topics in this session include the signs and symptoms of stress, common 'stressors'' for college students, and dealing with negative thought patterns that can cause increased stress. Stress management techniques and strategies are also discussed and practiced in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

    Choosing a Major/Career

    The vast majority of students who enter college do not know what to major in and over half of college students change their majors at least once while in college. Do you know where you want to go with college? This workshop introduces students to career assessment tools, majors linked to careers, and profiles of leaders to engage students with the process of selecting a major and planning for a career.

    Transfer Admissions Planning

    Participants can expect to learn about the many pathways to a four-year college or university as an NMC student. The workshop provides special emphasis on course articulation agreements and general admission requirements to U.S. accredited institutions. Successful graduates are invited to share personal experiences of living abroad and strategies for academic and personal success.

Starfish by Hobsons

Starfish Solutions is a retention solution program that helps to create an online student success environment, facilitating programs such as counseling and advising, tutoring, mentoring, and others–with the aim of improving student success and retention.

Some of the features of Starfish include:

  • Viewing support networks for your courses
  • Receiving early alerts for academic concerns and praise for a job well done
  • Getting electronic referrals and other messages
  • Viewing and following academic plans
  • Signing up online for appointments with course instructors, counselors and advisors
  • Faculty can submit progress reports in real time and connect students to appropriate campus offices

Learn more about Starfish here.

Helpful Contact Information

    Christine Inos
    Director of Learning Support Services
    Counselor, International Student Services
    Bldg. P
    Tel.: (670) 237-6779
    Email: [email protected]

    Kaelani Demapan
    Early Intervention Counselor
    Bldg. P
    Tel.: (670) 237-6785
    Email: [email protected]

    Valerie Deleon Guerrero-Quitano
    Student Success Counselor
    Bldg. P
    Tel.: (670) 237-6785
    Email: [email protected]

    Roxanne Torres
    Student Success Counselor
    Bldg. P
    Tel.: (670) 237-6785
    Email: [email protected]

    Neda C. Deleon Guerrero
    Career Manager
    Bldg. P
    Tel.: (670) 237-6759
    Email: [email protected]

    Cecilia Camacho
    OVW Program Manager
    Bldg. P
    Tel.: (670) 237-6778
    Email: [email protected]

    Lucille T. Deleon Guerrero
    Disability Support Counselor
    Bldg. P
    Tel.: (670) 237-6874
    Email: [email protected]

    Margaret Prater
    Administrative Manager, Student Services
    Bldg. P
    Tel.: (670) 237-6782
    Email: [email protected]

For more information, visit the NMC Counseling Programs and Services Office in Building P.

Notice to Persons with Disabilities

Northern Marianas College (NMC) is committed to ensuring that all persons have equal access to its programs, opportunities, and information resources, including those on its institutional website in accordance to the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

We apologize for any inconvenience as we work on bringing NMC’s website into full compliance. For immediate assistance, please contact Lucille Deleon Guerrero by email [email protected] or by calling (670) 237-6874.

If you wish to report an issue related to the accessibility of any content on NMC’s website, including a complaint about the accessibility of a document, form, or statement, you may do so by contacting the NMC’s IT Department by email at [email protected]. In your email please include the following information:

  1. The URL you are having accessibility issues with;
  2. The accessibility issue your are experiencing;
  3. Your name, phone number, and email address.

If you would like to file a formal grievance against the Northern Marianas College pursuant to the requirements of Section 504 and Title II, you may submit such grievance to the Office of the NMC President, P.O. Box 501250, Saipan MP 96950 or email [email protected].

You may also file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) Office for Civil Rights. More information about filing a complaint with USDOE can be found at