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Corps Dep. Director launches International Education Week with speech
Peace Corps Signing ~ Streaming Video
Va. – (Nov. 17, 2003) – An event of national note took place at
Tidewater Community College on Nov. 17. Recognizing TCC’s in-depth
practices and model for international education at the community
college level, the Peace Corps signed a declaration with the college.
The declaration cites TCC’s leadership and a partnership to deepen
international education in community colleges through joint Peace
Corps and TCC mentorship.
Corps Deputy Director Jody Olsen commended TCC’s success and years
of leadership with international education in the community-college
arena. “TCC has laid incredible groundwork for students to gain
global awareness through a community-college experience and has
extended its efforts into the wider community. We hope this declaration
will serve as a model for future community-college partnerships
as we strive to promote a better understanding of other peoples
and their cultures through education and volunteer service.” Olsen
followed the signing and news event with a talk and question-and-answer
session to the TCC community.
to solidify our working partnership with the Peace Corps and, by
extension, to dozens of nations around the globe, enlarges TCC’s
opportunities in the crucial role of a community college serving
its citizens,” asserts TCC President Deborah M. DiCroce.
the declaration incorporates a partnership with returned Peace Corps
volunteers, who continue the Corps’ goals of striving for peace
and understanding both abroad and at home. “This is an unprecedented
opportunity for returned volunteers to share what they’ve learned
around the world and continue the mission,” says Dr. Clay Drees
, president of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Hampton Roads.
The volunteers and returned volunteers participate in class sessions,
mentoring activities and K-12 teacher training using the curriculum
from the Peace Corps’ global education program, Coverdell World
Wise Schools .
prominent role in bringing international education to the community-college
stage earned the 2002 award, Promising Practices: Spotlighting
in Comprehensive Internationalization, from the American Council
on Education. The ACE profiled TCC, citing its partnerships with
organizations such as NATO and its mentoring of community colleges,
in the 2002 Promising Practices case book funded by Carnegie Corp.
model features global outreach including major service-learning
abroad programs, one in horticulture in Costa Rica and one in Vietnam,
tutoring English. TCC students can take a variety of languages,
from the traditional Spanish, German and French to rarer Chinese,
Japanese and Tagalog. Study-abroad programs for TCC students take
them to Costa Rica and France, with a plan for a service-learning
program in the Philippines.
“Making a Difference
through International Education and Service” – Dep. Director
The Nov. 17 signing at TCC
and speech with Q&A by Dep. Director Olsen lends itself to the
magnitude of International Education Week, Nov. 17-21, and International
Education Day declared by Va. Gov. Mark Warner. Secretary of State
Colin L. Powell and Secretary of Education Rod Paige have called
for the celebration of the week, in a joint initiative of the U.S.
Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote
programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract
future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences
in the United States.
At TCC on Nov. 17,
Peace Corps Dep. Director Jody Olsen kicked off the week
in a talk about the crucial challenges faced today in global education
and understanding. Olsen, appointed by President Bush in 2002, formerly
served with the Academy for Educational Development in Washington,
D.C., and as executive director of the Council for International
Exchange of Scholars, managing the Fulbright Scholar program. Her
deep Peace Corps service includes a variety of positions from 1979
to 1984 and again from 1989 to 1992, serving as chief of staff for
directors Paul Coverdell and Elaine Chao; regional director for
North Africa, Near East, Asia and the Pacific; and country director
in Togo. From 1966 to 1968 she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia.
Olsen graduated from the University of Utah and holds a master’s
degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.
Streaming Video Clips
|Peace Corps Signing at TCC
(courtesy of WVEC-TV)
~ Laurie White, Chief
Communications Officer, TCC, 757.822.1085, LWhite@tcc.edu
~ Sara Johnston, Public
Affairs Specialist, Peace Corps, 202.692.1050, SJohnston@PeaceCorps.gov
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in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 34,000 students
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System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses
in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as
the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater
district in downtown Norfolk and a regional Advanced Technology
Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-three percent of the region's residents
attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled
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