NMC, PSS tackle Y2K bug

Posted on Mar 11 1999

Both the Northern Marianas College and the Public School System are investing resources to address the Y2K problem brought by the new millennium.

Anywhere from over $300,000 to 400,000 funding is needed to make the student admission program of NMC ready for year 2000.

Programmer Frank Oliver said a proposal was submitted to NMC officials using the ABT software or the power campus designed for colleges and universities.

Dr. Fred Hill said if funding becomes available the project should start at least by this coming fall semester. Otherwise, the Y2K bug will have a major impact on student’s data, from class scheduling to their grades.

The college is also not in the position to go back to paper work since it doesn’t have enough manpower to do it.

However, NMC will not have problems with its financial aid data since it never automated the records for the various educational assistance funding.

The college is also scheduled to upgrade its business office this month. Oliver said its business office will use MIP non-profit series software.

For PSS, Federal programs officer William Matson said its financial management system has been in compliant since last year. Currently, the CNMI Finance is running tests at schools to assist PSS address the Y2K problem.

“We are not aware of any major problems,” he said. The fax computer at the head office is the only machine which will be affected by year 2000.

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