Northern Marianas College on Saipan, Tinian and Rota will take on a new look introduced by their new President Dr. Galvin Deleon Guerrero was introduced.
“The Proa tribe is just such a great team here,” he said. “They have been through so many devastating typhoons, economic uncertainties and austerity measures, but every time this Proa tribe, like all of the Northern Mariana Islands, has shown that they are Proa strong and Marianas are strong.”
At the helm of the NMC Proa, Deleon Guerrero says the sky is brighter when it comes to the college’s role in the region.
“We are also looking to the future in order to establish the NMC as more of a four-year research institution offering multiple four-year courses,” he said. “So with all of this we at NMC see our role as helping the community and economic development of the Northern Mariana Islands.”
Deleon Guerrero says while colleges see a decline in enrollments during pandemic times, the NMC is seeing an increase in its 1,300 student population. Half of the students return to face-to-face teaching. In time for a new master plan that has been approved.
“Our goal is not only to renovate the As Terlaje campus, which will be fantastic, but also to promote the renovation of our teaching facilities on Luta and Tinian and contribute to the economic revitalization of our communities,” he said. “In fact, we don’t just limit ourselves to the hill here on the As Terlaje campus. We are working with DPW, government agencies, to also cover the entire stretch of road from the Shell petrol station to the As. to revitalize crossing Terlaje. “
He hopes to create a “college town” similar to the one in the States.