The Adult Basic Education of the Northern Marianas College has started its search for a partner from the community with the publication of request for proposal and the final choice by next month.
The federal government has opened adult education and family literacy programs to a community-based provider in addition to the adult education courses offered at NMC.
This new grant procedure also requires NMC, the State Education Agency, to submit its own proposal to conduct an adult education program on campus.
In a meeting with various members of the community, the council will consider the track record of the proposers in the delivery of both programs.
The proposal shall establish goals that can be measured by the student’s performance. It should likewise provide real life activities in ensuring that students will have the necessary skills to compete in the workplace.
A single entry will be selected by the committee who will review the proposals. The provider which will be selected by the group can look forward to receiving close to $200,000 federal grant.
Prior to this federal requirement to look for partners, NMC has maintained a memorandum of understanding with Karidat and with the Island Beauty for the delivery of adult education programs in Chalan Kanoa and San Antonio.
From the fall term in 1998 to the spring semester this year, the ABE had a total of over 500 students enrolled in different locations. This student population include 31 enrollees from the Division of Corrections, 65 came from the Island Beauty in San Antonio, 69 from Karidat, 22 from Rota and 36 from Tinian.