Northern Marianas College
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|Type||2 year Community College|
|Endowment||Territory supported with significant U.S. federal grants received|
|Location||Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands|
Northern Marianas College (NMC) is a two-year community college located in the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The college was founded in Susupe in 1976. NMC today has three campuses on the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota, with the Tinian and Rota campuses no longer offering academic classes. The main campus on Saipan is in Fina Sisu. NMC is the sole public college within the Commonwealth and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Its current president is Dr. Carmen Fernandez.
CNMI Governor Carlos S. Camacho created the college as an official governmental entity through Executive Order #25. The Executive Order established the college as one of the divisions within the Commonwealth Department of Education.
Northern Marianas Community College was founded in 1976. The college was established in May 1981. By mid-summer of 1981, the College was offering training programs for government employees and teachers of the CNMI Public School System. In January 1983, Public Law 3-43 established NMC as a public, nonprofit corporation having the Board of Education as its governing board. In March 1985, Public Law 4-34 amended the Higher Education Act of 1983 by creating a separate Board of Regents and broadening the authority and responsibility of the governing board. In June 1985, NMC received its initial accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). That accreditation was reaffirmed in 1990, 1996, and 2001. In March 2001, the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges & Universities of WASC granted NMC initial accreditation for offering a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.
The Northern Marianas College academic instruction is maintained by the following departments:
- Business (four-year program)
- Languages and Humanities
- Liberal Arts
- School of Education (four-year program)
- Sciences, Mathematics, Health, and Athletics
- Social Sciences and Fine Arts
- Criminal Justice
Northern Marianas College established the Rota Instructional Site to provide post-secondary, continuing, and adult education and training opportunities for the purpose of improving the quality of life for the people of Rota.
Since its inception in August 1986, the Rota Instructional Site has assisted many people who chose to pursue college education locally over the high cost of post-secondary education elsewhere. Many students have obtained a Certificate of Completion, an associate degree, or the Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.
- Roman de los Santos (6 May 2010). A History of the Northern Marianas Educational System: Implications for Teacher Education. Xlibris Corporation. p. 107. ISBN 978-1-4691-0573-4.
- "History of the Northern Marianas College". Retrieved October 25, 2015.