Chileans impressed with CCCC

01-17-2013
College & Community, Special Events

SANFORD - Almost 5,000 miles separate Santiago, Chile, from Central Carolina Community College, but a delegation of representatives from education-promoting organizations in that country were at CCCC on Jan. 15.

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The representatives were from Fundacion Chile and Educacion 2020, non-profit organizations that work for improvement in quality of and accessibility to education in Chile, especially vocational-technical education.

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They came to gain a better understanding of how educational institutions in the greater Raleigh area prepare students for success. They visited high schools, universities, and community colleges to gain ideas to take back home. CCCC and Wake Tech were the only community colleges on their itinerary.

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At CCCC, the delegation heard how its vocational programs coordinate with industry to keep training up-to-date, how programs and equipment are paid for, how the instructors teach, and how to counsel and motivate students to encourage them to be successful in their studies.

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They also received an overview of the diversity of the college's programs, from adult literacy to vocational education to university transfer. They visited and learned about several programs: Industrial Systems Technology, Computer Integrated Machining, and Veterinary Medical Technology.

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The Chilean delegation was particularly interested in how the college works with high schools, enabling students to take courses while still in high school, continue at the community college, and then go into the workforce or on to a four-year institution.

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That the college maintains working relationships with industry impressed the visitors. They learned that CCCC can train students in the skills industry needs on equipment industry uses as well as provide training for current industry employees to upgrade their workforce skills.

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They learned about the Caterpillar Youth Apprenticeship Program in Welding, a major partnership of the college with Caterpillar, N.C. Department of Labor and Lee County Schools. While still in high school, students in that program take welding classes at CCCC, then train at Caterpillar and work as paid apprentices over the summer. The program allows a seamless transition from high school to community college to a skilled, well-paying career.

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"We would love to have something like the Caterpillar program in Chile, especially in mining," said delegation member Maria Ramirez Espinoza. She is the Educational and Political researcher for Educacion 2020.

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She added that Chile doesn't have American-style community colleges.

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"What we have seen today is very impressive," she said. "What impressed me most was that the college uses so well every resource it has. Every penny is managed because it is so concerned about its students. We can do that in Chile."

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Representatives from Fundacion Chile's Center for Innovation in Education were Vanessa Arevalo Sciaraffia, the head of the Better School and Better Technical Vocational High School Program; Patricio Traslavina Arancibia, coordinator of the Better School Program; and Angelica Fuenzalida Ramirez, director of the Educational Technical Assistance Program.

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"You showed us what a community college is, the diversity of its aspects, and how it models new innovations" Fuenzalida Ramirez said. "We can test these in Chile."

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Leila Bekri, International Visitor Leadership Program director for the International Affairs Council, in Raleigh, accompanied the delegation. The IAC arranged for their visit in coordination with the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program.

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"I appreciate that the CCCC instructors we heard from today are passionate and convey their knowledge in a very intelligible way," Bekri said. "They have a personal dedication to what they do and it is felt."

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Rosemarie Aragon and Linda Ruiz-Laverty, Spanish-English interpreters for the State Department, also accompanied the delegation.

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Chileans impressed with CCCC

Central Carolina Community College Industrial Systems Technology student Fernando Estrada (left), of Sanford describes his program to members of a delegation from education-promoting organizations in Santiago, Chile, who visited the college Jan. 15. They came to gain a better understanding of what a community college is and how it can prepare students for success, particularly in vocational-technical fields. Three of the delegation members were from the Fundacion Chile's Center for Innovation in Education: (from second left) Patricio Traslavina Arancibia, coordinator for the Better School Program; Angelica Fuenzalida Ramirez, director of the Educational Technical Assistance Program; and Vanessa Arevalo Sciaraffia, head of the Better School and Better Technical Vocational High School Program. Maria Ramirez Espinoza (right), Educational and Political researcher for Educacion 2020, represented that organization. Behind Arevalo Sciaraffia are interpreters Linda Ruiz-Laverty and Rosemarie Aragon. The delegation visited high schools, universities, and community colleges in the greater Raleigh area to gain ideas to take back home. CCCC and Wake Tech were the only community colleges on their itinerary. The visit was arranged by the International Visitor Leadership Program of the International Affairs Council, in Raleigh, for the U.S. Department of State. For more information about CCCC programs, visit www.cccc.edu.

Chileans impressed with CCCC

Representatives from two education-promoting organizations in Santiago, Chile, visited Central Carolina Community College Jan. 15 to gain a better understanding of what a community college is and how it can prepare students for success, particularly in vocational-technical fields. One of their stops was at the Computer Integrated Machining Department, where instructor Chris Jackson (right) talked about the Computer Numeric Control mold-making program and presented souvenir molded plastic pens. Pictured are Celia Hurley (back left), CCCC vice president for Institutional Advancement; Angelica Fuenzalida Ramirez, director of the Educational Technical Assistance Program for the Fundacion Chile's Center for Innovation in Education; interpreter Rosemarie Aragon; Maria Ramirez Espinoza, Educational and Political researcher for Educacion 2020; Vanessa Arevalo Sciaraffia, head of Fundacion Chile's Better School and Better Technical Vocational High School Program; and Patricio Traslavina Arancibia, coordinator for Fundacion Chile's Better School Program. The delegation visited high schools, universities, and community colleges in the greater Raleigh area to gain ideas to take back home. CCCC and Wake Tech were the only community colleges on their itinerary. For more information about CCCC programs, visit www.cccc.edu.

Chileans impressed with CCCC

Edwin Thomas (left), chair of Central Carolina Community College's Computer Integrated Machining Department, welcomes visitors from the Fundacion Chile and Educacion 2020, in Santiago, Chile, to his department on Jan. 15. They came to see some of the college's vocational-technical programs and to gain a greater understanding of how community colleges help meet educational needs. Pictured (from second left) are Maria Ramirez Espinoza, Educational and Political researcher for Educacion 2020; Vanessa Arevalo Sciaraffia, head of Fundacion Chile's Better School and Better Technical Vocational High School Program; Angelica Fuenzalida Ramirez, director of Fundacion Chile's Educational Technical Assistance Program; Leila Bekri, director of the International Visitor Leadership Program of the International Affairs Council, in Raleigh, which arranged the visit for the U.S. Department of State; Patricio Traslavina Arancibia, coordinator of Fundacion Chile's Better School Program; translator Rosemarie Aragon (front); and Celia Hurley, CCCC vice president for Institutional Advancement. The delegation visited high schools, universities, and community colleges in the greater Raleigh area to gain ideas to take back home. CCCC and Wake Tech were the only community colleges on their itinerary. The IAC arranged the visit for the U.S. Department of State. For more information about CCCC programs, visit www.cccc.edu.

Chileans impressed with CCCC

Representatives from two education-promoting organizations in Santiago, Chile, visited Central Carolina Community College Jan. 15 to gain a better understanding of what a community college is and how it can prepare students for success, particularly in vocational-technical fields. Pictured (from left) are Celia Hurley, CCCC vice president for Institutional Advancement; Maria Ramirez Espinoza, Educational and Political researcher for Educacion 2020; Patricio Traslavina Arancibia, coordinator for the Better School Program of Fundacion Chile's Center for Innovation in Education; Vanessa Arevalo Sciaraffia, head of the Center's Better School and Better Technical Vocational High School Program; Stephen Athans, CCCC dean of Vocational and Technical Education Programs; Angelica Fuenzalida Ramirez, director of the Center's Educational Technical Assistance Program; Leila Bekri, director of the International Visitor Leadership Program of the International Affairs Council, in Raleigh; and interpreter Linda Ruiz-Laverty. Not pictured is interpreter Rosemarie Aragon. The delegation visited high schools, universities, and community colleges in the greater Raleigh area to gain ideas to take back home. CCCC and Wake Tech were the only community colleges on their itinerary. The IAC arranged the visit for the U.S. Department of State. For more information about CCCC programs, visit www.cccc.edu.