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National Security Education Program (NSEP): TCC Viet Nam



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A Grant Funded Project: Funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), the Vietnam Project was created by a consortium of community colleges in Virginia. Led by Tidewater Community College, the Vietnam Project developed opportunities for faculty and students to study Vietnamese language, history and culture. The program concluded in August, 2004, and won national recognition by ACIIE in the Best Practices category.

The program's impact continues as faculty continue to teach from instructional content developed during the project. HUM 150, An Introduction to Vietnan, also developed during the Vietnam Project, continues to be taught each semester.


Tidewater Community College has long been nationally recognized for its outstanding achievement in internationalizing its undergraduate program. It is the mission of the college to promote global education, develop curricula that broadens perspectives and leads to responsible citizenship, provide professional development and study-abroad opportunities, and enhance educational partnerships.

TCC already offers multiple opportunities to travel and study abroad. The 2000-2004 National Security Education Program (NSEP) Vietnam Project expands TCC's international educational experiences into Vietnam.

NSEP incorporated the following components:

  • Three credit cross-discipline courses
  • Intensive Vietnamese language training
  • Student workshops
  • Possible overseas service learning experiences
for Students
Students had the opportunity to choose from a variety of educational experiences that deepened their understanding of Vietnam and the Vietnamese language, through online and classroom learning, and study-abroad experiences in Vietnam.
Project Components for Students
  • 3 Credit Cross Discipline Class: HUM 150 (online)– Introduction to Vietnam – continues to be offered each semester.
  • Intensive Training in Vietnamese Language: Beginning and Intermediate Vietnamese language classes will be offered as student requests warrant.
  • Vietnam Study-Abroad/Service Learning: Study-abroad opportunities in Vietnam will be available on an occasional basis.
for Faculty
Instructional material developed during The Vietnam Project is interdisciplinary and provides opportunities for faculty to infuse material about Vietnam into a variety of teaching disciplines. Topics include, but are not limited to: Buddhism in Vietnam; The Vietnam War; Health Issues in Vietnam; Vietnamese Literature and Folklore; The Geography of the Mekong Delta; Vietnamese-American Relations from 1945-1965; The Second Indochina War, 1945-1975; The Impact of Imperialism on Vietnamese Thought, Politics, Economics, Society, and culture; and The Vietnamese Diaspora.
Project Components for Faculty

Curriculum modules are available in booklet form or on CD ROM. Faculty training seminars, professional development training sessions, and Vietnam study abroad experiences are also available on video. An orientation training model for study-abroad in developing countries is available upon request.

Project Director Jeanne B. Natali, Ph.D.
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