The Northern Marianas College will be hosting a Climb Higher Summit on Tinian that aims to help “non-traditional students”-who are usually struggling to balance jobs, budgets, and parenting-advance their professional careers by earning a college degree or obtain more training.
The majority of today's college students across the U.S. no longer fit the traditional model of students between the ages of 18 to 22 and usually attending college right after high school.
“Today, there are many more students that are considered 'nontraditional' students who are enrolling in college,” according to NMC president Sharon Hart, Ph.D. “These students are usually older, have delayed enrolling in college because they entered the workforce right after high school, have full or part-time jobs, or are juggling other obligations like caring for children.”
The purpose of the Climb Higher Summit, made possible through the College Access Challenge Grant Program, is to provide these nontraditional students with the information they need to earn their degrees through the availability of flexible class schedules, more financial aid options, and other resources that are specifically designed for individuals are trying to balance work, family, and personal commitments.
“Earning a degree has never been more important than now,” said Leo Pangelinan, dean of Student Services. “High school graduation is no longer a sufficient path leading to a good paying job. More and more jobs are requiring college degrees now.”
“There's no doubt a college degree can lead to higher salaries, more job prospects, better opportunities for promotions, and more marketable job skills,” Pangelinan added. “In fact, according to national statistics, the average earning for those with a bachelor's degree is $45,000, while the average was $30,000 for those with a high school diploma or its equivalent.”
The free Tinian Climb Higher Summit will be filled with information like finding money to pay for college, degree and short-term nondegree program offerings (like grant writing, dental assistant training, medical billing and coding, and more), and the admissions process.
The Northern Marianas College will be hosting two sessions of the Climb Higher Summit on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. The first session is from 8:30am to 12pm and the second session will be from 1:30pm to 5pm in Room D at the NMC Tinian Instructional Site. Registration for the Summit is free, but seats are limited, so participants are encouraged to register early by calling 433-0657, 433-0649, or email email@example.com. (NMC)