WASHINGTON, D.C.—Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina announced Friday $269,172 in grant assistance to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands through the Office of Insular Affairs’ Capital Improvement Project program to completely renovate existing classroom and office buildings at the Northern Marianas College and provide a more conducive environment for learning.
“Infrastructure projects such as these are vital to supporting the students in Saipan’s only public institution of higher learning,” said Kia’aina. “The Northern Marianas College is currently housed in what used to be the Dr. Torres Hospital built over 50 years ago during the U.S. administration of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. We are pleased to support education and youth in the CNMI through rehabilitation of their campus.”
The Secretary of the Interior has administrative responsibility for coordinating federal policy with respect to the territories of American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the CNMI, and administering and overseeing U.S. federal assistance provided to the Freely Associated States of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau under the Compacts of Free Association. The Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas executes these responsibilities on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior through the Office of Insular Affairs. (OIA)