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Gov tells ASCC — “ …we’re not going to supply all that money”

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga


Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Community College (ASCC) has a proposed a budget plan of more than $5 million for its Summer Semester and the Fall Semester, for the new school, utilizing both online and face-to-face courses, to remain compliant with governor’s COVID-19 emergency declaration.

While trying to be COVID-19 compliant, another issue faced by the college is meeting its accreditation standards, which means ASCC cannot be an online institution, according to college president Dr. Rosevonne Pato at a recent cabinet meeting, where she gave a detailed presentation on the institutions plan for the Summer and Fall semesters.

Responding to the proposed $5.69 million budget for two semester, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, who had instructed ASCC to provide the presentation, suggested that the college reach out to its grantors funding as well as Congresswoman Aumua Amata for help.

Details of this and an update on the lawsuits against the government over the COVID-19 declarations, plus what’s going on at American Samoa’s quarantine sites — all in Monday’s edition.