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Counseling Programs & Services

Counseling programs and Services (CPS) offers a variety of high-quality services to help students develop and achieve their personal, educational, and career goals. Through one-on-one counseling, academic advising, and educational workshops, students who visit with a counselor are engaged in a holistic approach to learning and personal development beyond the classroom. Counselors empower students to imagine, pursue, and achieve educational goals while assisting each in overcoming life’s challenges that may hinder academic success.

The NMC Counseling Center offers a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population.

Early Admission

The counseling staff help facilitate early admission to the college for high school students and/or students under the age of 16 who are eligible to enroll in college-level courses. Parents and students are encouraged to review the Early Admissions Checklist for eligibility requirements and contact a counselor for more information.

Early Intervention

NMC counselors and instructors work collaboratively to identify and assist students who are at risk of either performing poorly academically or dropping out of school. The counseling staff reach out to students referred by instructors and engage students with information, insight and available options to assist with overcoming their individual issues.

The counseling staff reach out to students on probation or suspension to review options for continued enrollment and identify resources to support academic success.

Early Intervention Form (pdf)

Disability Support Services

Students with disabilities are encouraged to inform a counselor of his/her condition upon enrollment at the college. A counselor will interview each student, review supporting documentation, assist in determining the student’s needs, and coordinate campus/community resources to ensure the student receives reasonable accommodations and access to educational programs and support services.

Academic Advising

Working with academic advisors is a key aspect of college life and our role in preparing students for active learning and leadership within the CNMI and global communities. Seeing one’s academic advisor is not only a required part of our enrollment process, but also a crucial step toward independence, preparation, and achievement. At the core of academic advising is our unwavering commitment to assist students in developing meaningful academic plans that are consistent with personal educational and life goals.

The counseling staff are academic advisors for the following groups of students:

Liberal Arts majors, Undeclared/Undecided, Early Admissions, and Northern Marianas Academy.

Services to faculty advisors include but are not limited to: bi-annual training for all new and ongoing advisors and quarterly, in-service workshops; provision of current and accurate advising information; and information/referrals to appropriate institutional or community support services as needed.

Transfer Admissions Planning

The Counseling Center keeps catalogs and transfer admissions information for select four-year colleges and universities on Guam, Hawaii, and the U.S. Mainland. The counseling staff also work closely with academic departments to develop transfer articulation agreements with these schools and a system for tracking transferable courses. All NMC students have access to the Counseling Center staff, computers, and printing in preparation for transfer to a four-year college/university beyond NMC.

Student Success Series

The counseling center staff offer educational workshops for students throughout the year to enhance learning and address student needs and issues. The following workshops are offered regularly as part of the Center’s Student Success Series:

    Study Skills

    Learn techniques and strategies for more effective studying. Topics explored include understanding your personal learning style, setting goals, effective note taking, dealing with procrastination, and knowing when to ask for help.

    Feeling Down? We Can Help!

    Starting college can add many new demands to your life. It is normal to feel “down” sometimes and need some additional support. During this session you will learn how to tell the difference between the common experience of “feeling blue” and the more serious forms of depression. College and community resources for support will also be shared.

    Time Management - Have time for it all!

    Learn effective techniques for making the most efficient use of your time. Topics explored include keeping a detailed schedule, goal planning, time wasters, and the top 20 time management techniques. Templates for free planners will also be distributed.

    Managing Stress for Success!

    Stress is a normal part of every college student’s life, but you can learn how to control it before it controls you! Topics in this session include the signs and symptoms of stress, common “stressors” for college students, and dealing with negative thought patterns that can cause increased stress. Stress management techniques and strategies are also discussed and practiced in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

    Choosing a Major/Career

    The vast majority of students who enter college do not know what to major in and over half of college students change their majors at least once while in college. Do you know where you want to go with college? This workshop introduces students to career assessment tools, majors linked to careers, and profiles of leaders to engage students with the process of selecting a major and planning for a career.

    Transfer Admissions Planning

    Participants can expect to learn about the many pathways to a four-year college or university as an NMC student. The workshop provides special emphasis on course articulation agreements and general admission requirements to U.S. accredited institutions. Successful graduates are invited to share personal experiences of living abroad and strategies for academic and personal success.

Helpful Contact Information

    Timothy Baker
    College Access Challenge Grant Project Director
    Bldg. I
    Tel.: (670) 237-6777
    Fax: (670) 234-1270

    Clarice D. Arriola
    Administrative Manager
    Bldg. I
    Tel.: (670) 237-6775
    Fax: (670) 234-0759

    Daisy Castro
    Counselor/Coordinator, Disability Support Services
    Bldg. I
    Tel.: (670) 237-6780
    Fax: (670) 234-0759

    Hedwig Hofschneider
    Counselor, College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) Program
    Bldg. I
    Tel.: (670) 237-6784
    Fax: (670) 234-0759

    Zenaida Javier
    Outreach Counselor
    Bldg. I
    Tel.: (670) 237-6783
    Fax: (670) 234-0759

    Joan D. Torres
    Outreach Counselor
    Bldg. I
    Tel.: (670) 237-6785
    TTY: (670) 234-3697
    Fax: (670) 234-0759

    Theresa Worswick
    Bldg. I
    Tel.: (670) 237-6787
    TTY: (670) 234-3697
    Fax: (670) 234-0759

For more information, visit the NMC Counseling Programs and Services Office in Building I, or or chat with a counselor through our Live Support by clicking the button below.