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PARTNERING

By Marian Kisch

Community Colleges Partner With Brazil

P

UTTING U .S . COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS TOGETHER with students in

Brazil was first a dream, and finally, a reality, for Mary Gershwin, president of U.S.-Brazil
Connect, a nonprofit formed to strengthen ties and educational opportunities between
the two countries.

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Brazil is of
interest to the
colleges because
of its importance
as a democratic
nation, booming
economy and
middle class, and
growth as a trade
partner.

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“It’s important to start making new opportunities
available,” she says. “That’s what we’re doing.”
And it’s worked very well in its first year, as colleges
partnered with Brazil’s largest technical and vocational school network to provide English language
instruction for Brazilian students and expanded cultural understanding and leadership skills for the U.S.
students. Three community colleges joined the initial
effort: Houston Community College (HCC) in Texas,
Red Rocks Community College in Colorado (RRCC),
and Jackson Community College (JCC) in Michigan.
Typically, partnerships take a long time to foster
and develop. This one was unusually quick—one year
from conception to inception—in part because Gershwin had already established relationships in Brazil.
But, she admits, “It was intense.”
Each college pays a membership fee to U.S.-Brazil
Connect. Each student pays a portion of his or her
travel costs, ranging from $500 to $2,000, depending on how much the college contributes toward the
airfare, insurance, and visa. Brazilian partners cover
the costs of housing and meals, as well as a stipend of
approximately $600.
According to Gershwin, the goal of U.S.-Brazil
Connect was to build an infrastructure to provide
consistent support for the program. “Colleges want
to establish an ongoing relationship with Brazil, but
since nobody on the campus has that responsibility,
it gets pushed to a back burner.”

An Opportunity to Expand Exchange
in South America
Red Rocks was interested in expanding its student
exchanges in South America, particularly Brazil, according to Linda Yazdani, director of international
programs. “This partnership was exactly what we
were looking for.” Brazil is of interest to the colleges

because of its importance as a democratic nation,
booming economy and middle class, and growth as
a trade partner.
In June 2011 Gershwin spent a month in Brazil,
meeting with embassy representatives and presenting ideas for the exchange to potential partners. With
leadership from the National Confederation of Industry (CNI), Brazil’s national trade association for
industry, the United States and Brazil partners agreed
to focus on skills development through formation of
the U.S.-Brazil Partnership for Skills.
CNI engaged two Brazilian organizations as partners, Social Service of Industry (SESI) and National
Service for Industrial Apprenticeship (SENAI). SESI
focuses on K–12 education and maintains a network
of schools throughout the country. SENAI provides
training in technical and professional programs. They
both provided funds for the exchange program which,
hopefully, will produce better-qualified and -educated
students for the industrial sector.
The partner organizations took the lead for much
of the development work. Once that was completed,
the colleges began their recruitment efforts in the
United States and Brazil launched its selection process.
Community colleges chose students using a common application, essays, recommendations, and
interviews. Special attention was paid to those in the
science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
fields; about one-third represented those areas.
Students in the Brazilian schools are mostly lower income teens who attend private high school and
technical schools for four years, free of charge, thanks
to SESI and SENAI. These are demanding programs,
specializing in areas such as robotics, automation,
and logistics. The 200 students were selected for the
program based on a test of their English skills.



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International Educator - March/April 2013
Contents
From the Editors
Front Lines
In Brief
Emerging Giant
Local Goes Global
Accelerating Global Learning at Home and Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
Partnering
In Focus
Intenational Educator Language Supplement
Contents
New Tools of the Trade
Intensive English Language
Intensive Foreign Language
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International Educator - March/April 2013 - From the Editors
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International Educator - March/April 2013 - Front Lines
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International Educator - March/April 2013 - In Brief
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International Educator - March/April 2013 - In Focus
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