Where will international education take you? Join AACC as we commemorate this year’s International Education Week (IEW 2013), November 12–22. This year’s theme is “International Education Takes You Places.”
AACC believes that international education is a quintessential element in the success of community college students and is an integral part of a quality higher education experience. U.S. community colleges play an important role in the global higher education community. For example, consider the impressive academic and professional career of Ambassador James Engle, a graduate of Burlington Junior College (now Southeastern Community College) in Iowa. Ambassador Engle lived and worked in over 18 countries and participated in many of the seminal events of the 20th century. He is the recipient of AACC’s Outstanding Alumni Award in 2012 and was the first Rhodes Scholar also to receive a Fulbright Scholarship.
During IEW 2013, AACC highlights the many outstanding international programs and activities, faculty, staff and alumni from U.S. community colleges. Below are some examples.
Innovative Community College Study Abroad Programs are highlighted each year by the Institute of International Education (IIE) during their Best Practices Conference and the Andrew Heiskell Award Competition. Learn more
Higher Education for Development (HED) Projects, funded primarily by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), highlight prominent community college partnerships through its press releases, partnership profiles and other media. Learn more
Virginia Lipke, a recipient of the 2012 AACC Outstanding Alumni Award, has been honored for her work with the CDC’s Global AIDS Program, one of the world’s most advanced HIV/AIDS prevention programs. In her work, Lipke brings her health-care expertise to some of the remotest regions in the world. She also develops strategies and guidance for infection control in areas with few resources and, in doing so, has helped to set the standard for HIV/AIDS and TB patient care throughout the world. She also works with several international agencies, including the World Health Organization. Learn more.