UNIVERSITY: The University of Guam and the College of the Marshall Islands have signed an agreement that is expected to smooth the way for Marshall Islands students to attend the four-year university on Guam. University of Guam President Robert Underwood joined College of the Marshall Islands President Kenneth Woodbury Jr. and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Don Hess in Majuro to sign the first “articulation agreement” between the two schools on Thursday.Underwood said in an interview Friday that over the next several years, he hopes to double the 12 Marshall Islands students currently studying at UOG. “It helps UOG (to have students from the Marshall Islands) as much as it helps the students,” he said.The articulation agreement allows students from the Majuro-based college to transfer all their college credits earned at the College of the Marshall Islands to UOG. “The idea is to keep it local. When our students leave the Marshall Islands to get a college degree, they come back with enhanced skills for nation building.”
AGREEMENT: College of the Marshall Islands President Kenneth Woodbury says the new articulation agreement offers our students the opportunity to continue their education in Micronesia. Both schools are United States accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. This is the second articulation agreement the College of the Marshall Islands has signed.The first was with the University of Hawaii Hilo campus.
HEALTH: The University of Guam’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences has received 1.2 million dollars from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for the Guam/Micronesia Area Health Education Center (AHEC) grant. The funding will support AHEC grant objectives including the recruitment of students into primary care and public health careers and providing interdisciplinary training and continuing education for health professionals in Guam, the Marshall Islands, Pohnpei, Chuuk and Kosrae. This marks the second year of funding for the AHEC grant and a notable 38 percent increase from year one funding.
VISION:: “The funding received today from the U.S. Department of Education will help to expand the qualified pool of teachers available for students who are blind or visually impaired,” Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo said today. “I commend Dr. Robert Underwood, Dr. Heidi San Nicolas, and the UOG CEDDERS team for their work in securing this grant, and I look forward to this program benefitting our community in the future.” Dr. Heidi San Nicolas, Director of UOG CEDDERS, said, “This grant provides an opportunity for individuals across the region to earn a Master’s degree with specialization in Visual Impairment and Orientation and Mobility. Once certified, these educators will be qualified to teach students who are blind and those who have visual impairments. We look forward to hearing from individuals who are interested in applying for this program which includes full scholarship support for up to 20 students. Funded students will be required to teach students with visual impairments upon graduation as a "pay back" for support received from this USDOE personnel preparation scholarship program.