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Marianas Variety: NMC has 1,300 students this semester (August 27, 2019)

NORTHERN Marianas College has 1,300 students for this semester which started on Monday, Aug. 26.

It is one of NMC’s highest enrollment — and is higher compared to last year before Super Typhoon Yutu devastated the campus, NMC Interim President Frankie Eliptico said.

Yutu destroyed 37 of the college’s 39 classrooms, and NMC students had to attend classes at Saipan Southern High School.

The NMC students returned to the As Terlaje campus in February after 24 temporary classrooms were set up by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“The college continues to expand its central role of providing academic and professional growth opportunities and building workforce capacity,” Eliptico said in a statement to Variety.

For the first week of classes in the new school year, the Associated Students of NMC will host activities to welcome new and returning students.

Eliptico said NMC continues its recovery activities which include repairing and renovating buildings to accommodate the needs of students and employees.

“Most classes are held in the temporary facilities, including the classroom pods provided through FEMA’s Public Assistance Program,” he added.

“We still have challenges, but our employees are doing the best they can to move forward and to make certain that quality programs and services are not interrupted,” Eliptico said.

Meantime, NMC is seeking funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and exploring other grant programs, including those offered by the U.S. Economic Development Authority.

Eliptico said NMC’s goal is to build a new and modern state of the art facility that will “meet the current and future needs of the CNMI.”

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