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Saipan Tribune: NMC students hold outreach for Tinian students (December 22, 2014)

Ten Natural Resource Management program students from the Northern Marianas College held an outreach for about 40 high school students on Tinian this week, according student Jolly Ann Cruz. She said the students shared the potential career and personal opportunities for students in the program.

Cruz, who is also president of the college’s Environmental and Natural Resource Organization, said they, along with their adviser, Dr. Alfredo Torres, shared the merits of their studies with Tinian Jr. Sr. High School on Tuesday, as well as with NMC Tinian students on Monday.

Cruz, who also majors in education, compared NRM to her education studies, saying NRM is more “hands on.”

“If you enjoy working out in the field then this is definitely the major you want,” she said.

Shirley Ann Taitano, another NRM student, told the students of the many scholarships or internships they could take advantage of as NRM students. She said “most but not all” internships are fully paid for, with room and board.

She said a CARI-PAC internship she did in the summer of 2012 taught her techniques in sustainable agriculture. This was fully paid for, she said.

Cruz also took part in a mentoring and research program at the University of Hawaii last summer. She studied ocean acidification’s effects on coral, she said.

Cruz said NRM “mixes up both” terrestrial, agricultural and marine studies. It opens up more opportunities to learn, she said.

She listed internships in Costa Rica, Hawaii, and the U.S. mainland as opportunities for interested NRM students.

Taitano is hoping to get into a NOAA seafloor mapping program next year. She participated in a NOAA research in the Northern Islands this summer.

“The environment’s important. So we need more people to help sustain and preserve it for the next generation,” she said.

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