Shoreline Community College will host representatives from four Chinese colleges for a two-week introduction to American-style community colleges.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to share and learn from one another,” SCC President Lee Lambert said. “I am hopeful that this visit will be just the start of an ongoing relationship with these colleges and China.”
The colleges and representatives visiting from April 26-May 6 are:
The visit is part of an ongoing program sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) known as the Vocational Education Leadership Training Program (VELT). The program is intended as a training program for presidents and vice presidents at Chinese vocational and technical institutions of higher education. The program is financed by the Chinese government. It is carried out by the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE), AACC and AACC member institutions.
The VELT program, developed as a result of AACC delegations to China in October 2007 and 2008, is taking place over a five-year period. This year, four separate groups of Chinese college administrators are in the U.S., hosted in different areas of the country. In turn, groups of U.S. administrators also visit China each year. The four other U.S. hosts this year are: Alamo Colleges and Houston Community Colleges in Texas, Miami Dade College –Medical Campus and Trident Technical College in South Carolina.
“The Chinese Ministry of Education is conducting research into American community and technical colleges, with an emphasis on workforce education and training,” said David Cunningham, Dean of Workforce Education at SCC and coordinator of the visit. “The delegates will be meeting with several groups of faculty and staff across the institution during their visit.”
At this point, the group is scheduled to see virtually all of SCC’s programs, including transfer, music, art and design, performing arts, co-op education, visual communications technology, health care, dental hygiene, international programs, ESL, I-BEST, clean energy, manufacturing, automotive and more.
The group will also visit Lake Washington Technical College to see the Harley Davidson program and Bellevue College for information technology. Away from the academic agenda, the visitors are scheduled to take in a Mariners game and go shopping at Bellevue Square. “We will be flexible and meet their needs and desires,” Lambert said.