More and more Shoreline Community College is becoming a destination spot for educators from around the world.
Last year a delegation of educators from China visited the college for a two-week period to learn about the makings and operations of a community college. The visit was part of an ongoing program sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges’ Vocational Educational Leadership Training Program. Last month, Mike Nelson, who teaches renewable energy classes at SCC, talked with a group of educators and energy and innovative technology and environmental policy representatives from India about the college’s solar program. Yesterday, Science Dean Susan Hoyne and Biology Chair Guy Hamilton spoke to a group of eight Russian delegates about Shoreline’s Automotive and Biotechnology programs. The group of six men and two women were nominated as leaders in their fields and invited to the U.S. as guests of the Department of State on an exchange program.
The group of eight were visiting community colleges in the Seattle area specifically via the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The delegation, who represented a diverse range of interests, were here to learn about the community college model in the U.S. and how it addresses the dual goals of access and providing the workforce with state-of-the-art skills.
Before touring the Automotive Training Center and Biotechnology lab, the group had a chance to hear about college programs and ask questions. They were very interested in hearing about the admissions process for our professional-technical programs as well as the transfer process to universities and how the partnership with industry supported the development of programs. Hamilton talked briefly about the Biotechnology program and the internship requirement and its value. Some were interested in hearing about the college’s partnership with the Northwest Association of Biomedical Research. Hoyne said that many of the best hospitals and research labs hire our graduates and spoke more broadly on the breadth of SCC programs.
Dr. Maria Stanislavovna Kadatskaya remarked how lovely the campus was and many delegates lagged behind to take photos of the gardens and the fountain. When they arrived at the automotive center, they marveled at the facility and the number of cars, one of them saying in English, “I wouldn’t mind having that red Honda.” Hoyne talked about the training for incumbent workers as well as the factory-sponsored programs. At the biotechnology lab, the visitors enjoyed seeing a student working with a lab tech as well as a look at students working with tissue cultures.
The delegation: Alexey Viktorovich Gavrilov is the Director of Undergraduate Preparation at Kazan State Technological University; Alexey Pavlovich Gorbatov is the head of Industry Outreach Training at Forestry College; Maria Stanislavovna Kadatskaya is the Head of the Department of Eduation at Izhevsk State Technical University; Vladimir Vyacheslavovich Kudryavtsev is Director of Power Machine Building College at Ivanovo State Energy University; Alexander Aleksandrovich Popikov is Deputy Director of Academic Studies and Teaching at National University of Science and Technology; Evgeny Vladimirovich Vasiley is Director of the Industrial Technology Center at Omsk State Technical University; Vita Georgiyena Vyatchina is head of the Technical Training Center and Department of Professional Continuing Education at Ural Federal University; and Alexander Vladimirovich Zolotov is Director of the Continuing Education Center at Nizhniy Novgoro State University.
The tour was arranged by the World Affairs Council.
Flickr slideshow by Sean Duke.
The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Launched in 1940, the IVLP is a professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. These visits reflect the International Visitors’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States. http://exchanges.state.gov/ivlp/ivlp.html