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.
For inquiries about Admissions into the College, you may contact:
For inquiries about the NSSP Deaf Education program, you may contact:
For inquiries about the NSSP Severe Disabilities program, you may contact:
or download the Admission Form here.