FARMINGTON - Tunxis Community College has received one-year $20,000 grants from the French Embassy in the Transatlantic Friendship and Mobility Initiative grant competition, to increase study abroad for U.S. and French college students.
The awarded project led by Tunxis, “Connecticut CLICKs: The CT Community Colleges’ International Education Initiative,” aims to create more systematic study abroad opportunities for students of the Connecticut Community Colleges (CCCs). Travel abroad for CCC students has been limited to language classes and ad-hoc foreign excursions organized and led by individual faculty members.
Developing Franco-American peer networks while also providing serious study abroad opportunities for increasing numbers of CCC students are central aims of the initiative. Skill-building in critical thinking, communication, languages, cultural competency, and social responsibility are emphasized.
CCC faculty participated in an orientation and training last spring, and this summer they are holding virtual meetings with faculty of France and Mexico, to collaborate on one of the initiative’s efforts-the design of shared four- to five-week course “modules” that will integrate into existing fall 2017 courses at both the CCCs and the partner institutions.
Students will work together virtually on a common project, ending with presentations shared with one another via technology in real time. The experience will be followed with study-travel opportunities for the students and faculty.
New modules will be developed for the spring 2018 semester, and the initiative continues to add international higher education partners from within France, as well as other countries.
Ultimately the project’s efforts are intended to widen paths to international education for the over 70,000 students of the 12 Connecticut community colleges.
The Transatlantic Friendship and Mobility Initiative aims to strengthen the historic ties between the United States and France by doubling the number of students studying abroad in the two countries by 2025.