CHC adopts NMC class


The Commonwealth Health Center adopts one of the nursing classes of the Northern Marianas College as classes start a month after Super Typhoon Yutu. (Erwin Encinares)

One of the Commonwealth Health Center’s unused rooms is currently being used as a classroom by a nursing class as recovery efforts continue at the Northern Marianas College’s As Terlaje campus.

Saipan Tribune learned Monday that an NMC nursing class temporarily uses an unused room at the Saipan hospital.

“Some of the nursing classes are going to be held here in the Continuing Education Room,” Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. chief executive officer Esther Muña told Saipan Tribune. “We gave them access to the room to allow them to continue teaching classes so that [nursing students] could finish the semester.”

The class is divided into a morning and afternoon class.

According to Muña, this was CHCC’s way of supporting NMC.

“…They are the pipeline of nurses [for CHC], so we want to make sure that there are nurses coming out of the college,” she said. “This is a great opportunity for them to make sure that they don’t fall behind and still go through the targeted date of graduation,” she added.

In a statement to Saipan Tribune, interim NMC president Frankie Eliptico expressed gratitude to CHC. Currently, NMC classes are being held off-campus at either the Saipan Southern High School or CHC.

“We are deeply thankful for our partners and their contributions,” said Eliptico. “We have a long way to go to rebuild NMC, but I know that, with the support of our partners, we will come back even stronger and more resilient.”

Several of NMC’s buildings sustained extensive damage to Super Typhoon Yutu, forcing the lone community college in the CNMI to temporarily halt instruction. They only resumed classes in temporary off-campus sites last Monday.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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