Project PRESS

August 2022

Welcome to the Fall Semester Proas!

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What is Project PROA?

The mission of Project Promotion Retention Opportunities Advancement (PROA) is to improve and expand the capacity of indigenous Chamorro and Carolinian students in Saipan, Tinian, and Rota by increasing the proportion of those who enroll and graduate on time at NMC.

Project PROA’s goals are to increase science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career interest among students and provide financial literacy education to students and their families through tutoring, mentoring, activities, and workshops.

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Meet Our Navigators

Meet Our Project PROA Staff

Summer 2022 Highlights

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Camp PROA is a summer bridge program aimed to help students be college and career ready through various engaging activities and opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and other related fields. The camp was an opportunity for high school students to explore their options and plan ahead for their future, strengthen ties with our indigenous Chamorro and Carolinian culture, and engage with their fellow voyagers, Project PROA navigators, 4H-Marianas camp advisors, and the NMC community.

This was a collaborative effort between 4-H Marianas, NMC’s Cooperative Research, Extension, and Education Services, NMC’s Academic Programs and Services, NMC’s Student Support Services, NMC’s Area Health Education Center, Taniguchi Ruth Makio Architects, SP Dancoe and Associates LLC, 500 Sails, Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality, U.S. District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands, Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, Northern Mariana Islands Museum of History and Culture, American Memorial Park, Office of Information Technology- Executive Branch, Division of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, CNMI Public School System, Isla Clinic, Tinian Mayor’s Office, Tinian Court House, and Historic Preservation Office-Tinian.

A total of 50 voyagers completed the 2-week program–40 on Saipan and 10 on Tinian. The voyagers from each site simultaneously participated in various career presentations in STEM and other related fields, such as nursing, graphic design, business, law, and criminal justice. The voyagers also engaged in cultural activities and visited major historical sites on their home island.

Guma Spotlight

Watch Our Camp PROA Guma Videos on Youtube

Each Guma created a video that highlighted their overall experience as Camp PROA voyagers!

APIA Scholars Research Study

Project PROA staff participated in a research study with APIA Scholars to gain a deeper understanding of how our activities impact students, staff, faculty, and administrators at the institution. The study will be used to examine challenges, opportunities, and obstacles (both institutional and federal policy-based) that expand and/or limit colleges to become AANAPISIs.

Important Dates to Remember/ Upcoming Activities

August 15, 2022 - First Day of Instruction for Fall 2022 / NMC Block Party!

August 16, 2022 - Proa Paint Night

August 17, 2022 - FAFSA Application Due

August 17, 2022 - Movie Night at Regal Cinemas

August 19, 2022 - Building Pathways: Connecting NMC Students and Alumni

August 20, 2022 - Last Day to Add/Drop Classes

September 1, 2022 - SHEFA Application and Supporting Documents Due

September 2, 2022 - Last day to Petition to Graduate

September 5, 2022 - Labor Day (Observed Holiday)

September 30, 2022 - CNMI Scholarship Supporting Documents Due

September 30, 2022 - Last day to withdraw