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Monday, April 21, 2014

NMC appoints two new directors

The Northern Marianas College recently appointed Charlotte Cepeda to be the new director of the School of Education and Manny Castro to be the new director of Admissions and Records/Registrar.

As director, Cepeda will be leading the management and instructional operations of the School of Education, including working with faculty and staff on program and curriculum development and evaluation, establishing priorities and developing multi-year instructional plans, ensuring continuous improvement of instructional programs and services through regular program review and assessment activities, working with partner agencies to assess workforce needs, enhance job placement rates for graduating students, and develop internship and classroom training opportunities.

Cepeda is no stranger to the college. Prior to becoming its director, Cepeda was an instructor at the NMC School of Education. Before joining NMC as a full-time instructor, she taught at Oleai Elementary School, a summer program at Saipan Southern High School, and courses at NMC as an adjunct instructor.

Cepeda received the “Instructional Faculty Member of the Year” award in 2012. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from NMC in November 2006 and went on to earn her master’s degree in International Education from Framingham State University in December 2008.

“Teaching and working with other educators is my life’s passion. I am excited to take on this new opportunity and to continue to build on the success that has already been accomplished by the hard working team at the NMC School of Education,” she told Saipan Tribune yesterday.

As the new director of admissions and records/registrar, Castro will be responsible for the management of all student admission activities, the management of all student records, and student recruitment.

Prior to his new post, Castro worked as a financial aid counselor at NMC. In this capacity he helped students obtain federal, CNMI, and private scholarships and grants. He also worked as an outreach counselor with the College Access Challenge Grant Program, where he promoted programs that advanced the grant’s mission of helping underrepresented groups of students enroll and succeed in college. Castro also worked as enrollment manager for the Office of Admissions and Records, where he led the college’s enrollment activities.

Castro earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from the Eastern Oregon University.

“I have seen firsthand how the college’s efforts have impacted the lives of so many. I believe in its mission and will continue to help giving back to the community in this new position,” said Castro.

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