TCC’S INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS GLEAN 2ND NATIONAL AWARD*
Recognition follows Peace Corps partnership agreement
NORFOLK, Va. – (April 21, 2004) – Fast on the heels
of this fall’s Peace Corps recognition and partnership agreement,
Tidewater Community College has won a distinguished recognition
for success in global education programs at a community college.
The college received one of three 2004 International Intercultural
Achievement Best Practices awards from the American
Council on International Intercultural Education (ACIIE) this April.
Most notably, TCC’s leadership with the Vietnam Project
won the attention of ACIIE’s selection team. A consortium
of community colleges in Virginia participated in the Vietnam Project,
funded by the National Security Education Program/Department of
Defense, in 2000. Led by TCC, the Vietnam Project developed opportunities
for faculty and students to pursue the less commonly studied Vietnamese
language, history and culture.
TCC began internationalizing its campus in the mid-1980s and has
maintained its hallmark of a decentralized, faculty-driven approach
to globalization. The process began with establishment of the International
Education Committee, one of six standing governance committees
at the college.
TCC’s successful program focuses on providing international
opportunities for students and faculty, emphasizing the infusion
of global content into the curriculum, encouraging students to
study foreign languages, particularly less commonly taught languages,
and promoting opportunities for TCC students to experience the
world beyond the borders of the United States.
The Vietnam Project, for example, was conducted in four phases:
curriculum development, Vietnamese studies, travel, and sustainment
and dissemination. The project integrated academic development
from TCC and six partner colleges in Virginia and North Carolina
through distance learning technology.
The project recently entered the sustainment and dissemination
phase with several related courses included in TCC’s regular
fall schedule: Beginning Vietnamese 1, taught by compressed video
and Introduction to Vietnam, an online course.
Several methods are underway to disseminate the Vietnam Project
model. The college has produced a 30-minute video documenting the
development and impact of the project (available for viewing).
Visitors can see the video on DVD and on TCC’s Vietnam Project
web portal. Interested colleges can use TCC’s assembled instructional
material as a real working model.
“The project allowed TCC to not only take students and faculty
to the country, but also to buy library holdings about Vietnam
and Southeast Asia,” explains Jeanne Natali, international
program coordinator. “This comprehensive approach is crucial
for us to be able to teach and learn about less commonly studied
languages and world regions.”
* TCC’s prominent role in bringing international education
to the community-college stage earned a first national award in
2002 - Promising Practices: Spotlighting Excellence 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.
TCC’s model features global outreach including major service-learning
abroad programs, such as one in horticulture in Costa Rica. 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.
Tidewater Community College is the second largest
of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling
more than 34,000 students annually. The 37 th largest in the nationís
1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing
large community colleges. † Founded in 1958 as a part of the Virginia
Community College 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, the Visual Arts
Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology
Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-three percent of the regionís residents
attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled