Navigating Student Success in the Pacific

"... build capacity within Pacific Jurisdictions by preparing high quality local teachers to educate local students who are deaf, deafblind, or who have severe disabilities."

Mrs. Lisa Lugert (Grants Coordinator), Dr. Melinda Nish (Executive Advisor to the President/Acting Vice President Academic & Student Affairs), Dean Vasemaca Savu (Academic Affairs) and Dr. Pamela Perkins (Chair, Education Department).


The College of the Marshall Islands (CMI) is pleased to announce the awarding of a 5-year, federally funded $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education/Office of Special Education Programs. The Project, "Navigating Student Success in the Pacific" (NSSP) supports the development and implementation of two new B.A. level Special Education teacher certification programs to prepare Pacific teachers to work with Pacific students. Based on the critical shortage of qualified teachers, the first NSSP program focus on Deaf Education and a second specialization program will focus on Severe Disabilities. These programs are intended to build capacity within Pacific jurisdictions by preparing high quality local teachers to educate local students who are deaf, deafblind, or who have severe disabilities.

The NSSP grant will fund one cohort of 20-30 student scholars from across the U.S.-affiliated Pacific jurisdictions who are specializing in either Deaf Education or Severe Disabilities. NSSP student scholar support will include: NSSP course tuition and fees, books/materials/technology, and a summer living stipend for all scholars plus summer housing in the college dorms and round-trip airfare for scholars from Ebeye and other Pacific jurisdictions. As part of the coursework taken to complete a B.A. degree in Education through CMI or other Pacific-based bachelor's program, NSSP student scholars will complete 30-33 credits in Deaf Education or Severe Disabilities over four summers, beginning this summer (see dates below).

Applications will be accepted from interested individuals who have completed an A.A. or A.S. degree from Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, American Samoa, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk, and Yap), and the Republic of Palau. The NSSP project is a collaboration between the College of the Marshall Islands and University of Hawai‘i Manoa-Center on Disability Studies.


Download the NSSP Application Form now.


Deadline for Application and Admission:

  • Submit Application: no later than Friday, May 19 to nsspapplication@cmi.edu
  • Skype interviews will be scheduled when Applications are received.
  • Notification of selected NSSP Scholars: May 26

Date for Summer 2017 NSSP Program at CMI:

  • June 23 or 24: Move into dorms at CMI except for Majuro students
  • June 23: Mandatory NSSP Orientation
  • June 26-July 24: NSSP Program Course

For inquiries about Admissions into the College, you may contact:

  • Va Savu
  • Dean of Academic Affairs,
  • College of the Marshall Islands
  • Principal Investigator; NSSP Grant
  • M: 692 455-3376
  • P: (692) 625-3291 ext: 237
  • E: vsavu@cmi.edu

For inquiries about the NSSP Deaf Education program, you may contact:

  • Dr. Judith Coryell
  • E: jcoryell@cmi.edu

For inquiries about the NSSP Severe Disabilities program, you may contact:

  • Ms. Mellanie Lee
  • E: mless@cmi.edu

Admission Requirements

  • Complete CMI Application
  • Complete NSSP Application

Application Requirements

  • Application for Admission Form
  • Application Processing Fee - $5.00
  • Health Examination Form
  • Official Transcript from High School/GED/College if transfer
  • High School Diploma
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Valid State Issued ID/Valid Passport/Valid Driver's License
Admission Form

or download the Admission Form here.


NSSP Application Form