The Northern Marianas College-Cooperative Research Extension and Education Service (NMC-CREES) provides quality technical programs, services and information to benefit the people, the environment and the economy of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). With continuous interaction, collaboration and a unified direction, the department is dedicated to help improving the economic well- being, living conditions, and overall quality of life of its stakeholders. Our stakeholders include famers, families, youth, individuals, government agencies, and various ethnic communities.


In relation to other Land Grant Institutions, NMC-CREES is small in size, with 30 employees distributed amongst the three most populated islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota. In order to provide equitable service to our stakeholders, NMC-CREES relies on key partnerships with government agencies, non-profit organizations and other entities throughout the region. Collaboration enables us to promote our educational programs, extension services and research projects, while strengthening our professional capacity to aid their respective organizations or agencies. 


Extension services and research projects are primarily stakeholder driven as a result of the growing needs and challenges that the CNMI faces. Concerns are raised by the CREES Advisory Council which is comprised of various facets of our community to include representatives from the respective youth, family, government, business and agriculture areas. 


The NMC-CREES mission to be the leader in providing quality programs, services, and information in order to improve the CNMI's people, environment, and economy through agriculture, family and consumer sciences - is accomplished through a range of technical programs through its two divisions of Agriculture Research & Extension (ARE) and Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS). NMC-CREES' integrated approach amongst its two divisions encourages a multi-discipline and multi-level collaboration that promotes efficiency and strong communication among scientists and extension faculty. This team effort aims to address the National Goals identified by the United States Department of Agriculture:

  1. Honesty
    We tell the truth tactfully.
  2. Open-minded
    We listen in an effort to understand alternative points of view.
    We are open to conversations about new and different ways to do things.
  3. Supportive
    We bring out the best in each other by helping in any way we can.
    We empower our clients by providing science based knowledge and solutions.
  4. Accountability
    We are accountable for all our actions and inactions. We take responsibility for our successes and mistakes and improve upon them. We use science based methods to plan and measure outcomes and impacts.
  5. Trustworthiness
    We make commitments with care and live up to them.
  6. Dependability, Hard-Work, and Responsibility
    We insist on giving our best effort in everything we undertake.
    We take our responsibilities seriously and aim for excellence.
  7. Respect
    We believe that respect is paramount.
    People who treat others with respect respond positively.
  8. Fun
    Working together as a team is enjoyable! We make time to enjoy each other’s company.
    We recognize that having fun has a lot to do with the vibe; when work is fun, the work gets done.

Meet Our Team

Patricia Coleman

Interim Dean

Program Leaders

Dr. Virendra Verma

Agriculture Production Program

Michael Ogo

Aquaculture & Natural Resources

Tayna Belyeu-Camacho

Family, Community, and Youth Development Program

Patricia Coleman

Nutrition and Health Program