CNMI community college gets big federal grant for Yutu relief

1:34 pm on 29 December 2019

The lone community college in the Northern Marianas has been awarded $US21.9 million by the U.S. Department of Education for Super Typhoon Yutu relief.

The college's main campus on Saipan was hit hard by Yutu, in October last year, with 37 out of its 39 classrooms sustaining damage.

Typhoon Yutu damage

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The $21.9 million is considered the highest amount ever awarded to the college and is separate from grant money the institution is also expecting from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The college's interim president, Frankie Eliptico, said the funds will go a long way to help its recovery and its aim to build modern, state-of-the-art, resilient buildings and facilities.

The college also lost hundreds of computers, lab equipment, its bookstore, vehicles, and other gear, while its classes are still being held in temporary classrooms built by FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.