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Marianas Variety: Law enforcement personnel learn about NMC's Prior Learning Assessment program (January 19, 2017)

VARIOUS law enforcement personnel attended a recent presentation about Northern Marianas College’s Prior Learning Assessment program.

“We are excited to see so many employees from public safety agencies interested in advancing their professional careers by earning their college degrees,” NMC President Dr. Carmen Fernandez said.

About 80 employees from the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services and the Division of Customs attended the presentation.

According to Fernandez, the Prior Learning Assessment or PLA program awards college credit for demonstrable knowledge gained outside a traditional academic environment.

This includes learning and knowledge that one acquires while working, participating in employer training programs, serving in the military, studying independently, volunteering or doing community service, and studying open source courseware, Fernandez said.

“We will continue to expand our programs to ensure that we continue meeting the community’s workforce needs,” she added.

“This includes growing and enhancing programs that cater to full-time working professionals who want to earn college degrees.”

Mt. Carmel School president and an adjunct instructor in the PLA program Galvin Deleon Guerrero said it will help participants enhance their résumés, earn college credit, and get ahead in their careers.

During the presentation, Rose Pangelinan of the CNMI Scholarship Program spoke about the new program for full-time government and private sector employees who want to enroll in college on a part-time basis: the Marianas Employees Financial Assistance Program.

Kevin Deleon Guerrero, who owns and manages Priority Care Ambulance Services, explained how the PLA program helped him advance toward his college degree.

Kevin Deleon Guerrero said he was able to earn college credit for knowledge he gained while still working for the fire department.

Fernandez thanked DFEMS Commissioner Clyde Norita, DPS Commissioner Robert Guerrero, and Customs Services Director Jose Mafnas for their leadership and for encouraging their staff members to pursue professional development opportunities.

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