Palau Community College
Palau Community College is a two-year college in the Republic of Palau
Palau , officially the Republic of Palau , is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, east of the Philippines and south of Tokyo. In 1978, after three decades as being part of the United Nations trusteeship, Palau chose independence instead of becoming part of the Federated States of Micronesia, a...

, and the only school of higher education
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 in the nation. It is an independent institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
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, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. It offers associate degrees and certificates in fields such as criminal justice
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, liberal arts
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, nursing
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, agricultural science
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 and business
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Palau Community College, together with the College of the Marshall Islands
College of the Marshall Islands
The College of the Marshall Islands is a regionally accredited autonomous community college offering associate degree programs in liberal arts & sciences, business and information technology, elementary education, and nursing. It also offers high school equivalency, community extension, student...

 and the College of Micronesia-FSM
College of Micronesia-FSM
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, offer Micronesia
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 Land Grant
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 programs. There is mention of the Community College having been founded as a vocational and technical school in 1927 when Palau was under Japanese occupation.

In 1980 the U.S. Congress designated the College of Micronesia as the Land Grant College of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. This agreement was later extended by the three Micronesian governments, including Palau. On March 19, 1993, the Palau Higher Education Act of 1993 established it as an independent college with its own governing board. Prior to this, the college was known as the Micronesian Occupational College. It officially became the Palau Community College on April 2, 1993.

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