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 Fall 2002 Recruitment Trip to Asia 

November 8-24, 2002

Community College Times article about the Fall 2002 International Recruitment Fairs:
College Recruitment In Asia A Success,” by Kenneth Bus, Community College Times, February 18, 2003

Locations Visited:

Seoul, Korea
Taipei, Taiwan
Bangkok, Thailand
Hong Kong, China
Shenzhen, China

Participating Colleges On-Site:

  • Aims Community College (CO)           
  • Delaware County Community College (PA)       
  • Glendale Community College (AZ)     
  • Green River Community College (WA)     
  • Highline Community College (WA)      
  • Los Angeles City College (CA)      
  • The  Metropolitan Community Colleges (MO)          
  • Portland Community College (OR)             
  • Richland College (TX)               
  • Riverside Community College District (CA)          
  • Sierra College (CA)      
  • Skagit Valley College (WA)        
  • Community College of Southern Nevada (NV)       
  • South Seattle Community College (WA)          
  • Tompkins Courtland Community College (NY)         
  • Utah Valley State College (UT)

Colleges Displaying Materials at the AACC Booth:

  • Arizona Western College (AZ)         
  • Bunker Hill Community College (MA)              
  • Cerritos College (CA)          
  • Daytona Beach Community College (FL)            
  • Hartnell College (CA)            
  • Kirkwood Community College (IA)            
  • Pellissippi State Technical Community College (TN)                       
  • Trident Technical College (SC)

What your colleagues are saying about the Fall 2002 AACC International Recruitment Fairs:

Whether your goal is to add to your international student numbers or to explore cooperative international educational projects for your institution, AACC fairs present you with an outstanding opportunity to achieve both. The money invested provided our institution with much more than any other fair that we have participated in.
– Anneli Jauhianinen, Community College of Southern Nevada

The AACC Fairs in Asia have proven conclusively that a group of community colleges traveling together can successfully recruit international students looking for high quality, convenient, low-cost pathways to higher education in the United States.  I took in applications from four students during the tour of Asia in November 2002.
– Ken Bus, Maricopa Community College

The AACC international recruitment tour offers a great opportunity to meet with government officials and representatives from high schools and two-year colleges.  Such meetings may lead to further exploration of mutually beneficial opportunities for educational exchange.  AACC international tours truly facilitate the promotion of community colleges in an increasingly competitive market.
– Kelley Brayton, Portland Community College

The May 2002 Recruitment Fair in Asia brought immediate results for our College with seven students starting in the August 2002 classes.  We will also definitely have students begin in January as a result of the contacts made in November.  These students can directly be linked to contacts made at the AACC Recruitment Fair.  The AACC recruitment fairs are a necessity for community colleges who want to participate in the arena of international education.  The support and services offered by AACC will insure successful recruitment as well as beneficial exchanges for our colleges.
– Thomas Adams, Richland College

I have had three applications from the Fall AACC fairs, two of which beat me home!   The venues were good and the student flow allowed for good counseling time with each student, and we were busy throughout the entire fair period. The AACC Spring fairs have so far netted three currently enrolled students and two applications for Winter term.  We normally experience a six month to year period between student contact and application for arrival, so I'm impressed with the quick turn-around.
– Kathie Kwilinski, South Seattle Community College

This was an excellent tour.  Logistically, it ran very smoothly.  For the participants the AACC tour has two great advantages.  First, it is exclusively a community college tour and advertised and promoted as such.  As a result, the vast majority of students attending the fairs already understood the community college concept, came prepared with good questions about, e.g. transfer options, and attended because they had decided that the 2-year option would be the best start in the U.S. education system for them.  The students were all serious prospects and no time was wasted explaining that we do not offer MBAs!  Secondly, because the tour was under the auspices of an official body – the AACC – doors to Ministries and other important contacts were opened, which is something few of the commercial tour operators can offer.
– Marin Phillips, Tompkins County Community College

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