The Northern Marianas College announced yesterday the appointment of Dr. Frank R. Trocki as the new director of its School of Education. He will be leading the management and instructional operations of the department, including working with faculty and staff on program and curriculum development and evaluation.
Trocki possesses a wealth of experience working with K-12 school districts, colleges, universities, corporations, local governments, and community groups.
Prior to joining NMC, Trocki worked as an education consultant for business development at Aspen University from 2011-2012. In that capacity, he was responsible for identifying and developing relations with American and foreign universities, major industrial and business corporations, and health care operations. He was also involved in new program market development, competitive analysis, strategic planning, curriculum design, and other tasks.
Trocki also worked for Montana State University - Northern in Havre, Montana, as its chancellor from 2009-2011. He also worked in several other institutions of higher education in various capacities, including as a dean, chief academic officer, and professor.
Trocki earned his doctorate degree in communications technology education from West Virginia University, and his master's and bachelor's degree in industrial technology from Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
NMC also announced yesterday the hiring of Jennifer Furey Maratita as instructor for the School of Education. Maratita earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Portland State University and her master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University in Portland Oregon. She is also a graduate of NMC.
Prior to joining the college, Maratita worked as a licensed mental health and certified addictions counselor as well as a professional development trainer in private practice. She has also served as clinical services manager for the Community Guidance Center and was responsible for program planning, organization, supervision, training, and counseling services.
NMC president Sharon Y. Hart, Ph.D., welcomed these newest additions to the college workforce.
“We are extremely pleased to have Dr. Trocki and Ms. Maratita join our School of Education team. Their extensive experience, impressive professional background, and passion for student success will be a great benefit to our students,” she said.